Athletic shoes of today require so much more than shoes of the past. Just because they may be designed for weightlifting or long runs, doesn’t mean they won’t also be used for trips to the grocery store or brunch, too. Your next pair of sneakers have got to look just as good as they work.
Luckily, these shoes aren’t hard to find. Metallic details, soft-knit outers, and unique designs turn your shoes into the most important part of your workout gear—not only by making it next level but also by supporting you even when another rep seems impossible.
The right shoe can prevent injury and improve your performance. To get the most out of your shoe, pick one that complements the type of exercise you do most. For example, cross trainers can be a good pick if you’re doing a mix of weights, classes, and cardio, but if you’re doing heavy weightlifting, a flatter, more cushioned shoe might be better. And for runners, know that changing up your running shoe can help you become stronger and faster.
The shoes below were picked for whatever your needs may be.
1Nike Air Zoom Fearless Flyknit 2
These stylish shoes are a good choice whether you are running in the park or training in the gym. It has a knit upper and asymmetrical shape that supports your foot while practically begging for compliments.
2Adidas Nite Jogger
Inspired by the 1970s shoe with the same name, this revival features reflectors so you’ll be seen on the street. It has an extra cushioned sole for all-day comfort.
3New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz v2 Knit
These seafoam green running shoes from New Balance are laceless so you can easily slip in and out of them. They are cushioned to make long runs easier, but not at the expense of your speed.
4Nike Free TR Flyknit 3
This shoe works where you do—weightlifting, HIIT, or Zumba. The heel is flat to keep you stabilized while you squat, and the sock-like outer shell keeps your foot snug, secure, and cozy throughout your workout.
5New Balance Fresh Foam Gobiv3
While these shoes were made to traverse uneven, unpredictable trails, they’ll do just as well navigating the rocky sidewalks of your life. The cool, ‘70s-inspired design is foam-cushioned and very lightweight.
6Under Armour SpeedForm® AMP 3.0
You can wear these lightweight shoes for all types of training. The extra space near the arch of the foot allows natural foot movement, and moisture-wicking fabric keeps your feet dry.
Runners will love this top-rated shoe, which was specifically designed with bouncy cushioning for hitting the pavement. Reviewers say it’s one of the most comfortable shoes they’ve worn. Choose from one of the 14 colors currently available, or grab a few.
8New Balance Leather 928v3
If you’ll be doing a lot of walking, these supportive shoes from New Balance are a winner. The chunky style is a Kim Kardashian West favorite (and much easier to find than Yeezys). It comes in multiple widths so you can get a snug but comfortable fit.
9Under Armour Micro G® Pursuit D
These running shoes are slightly less expensive than other options and are still a solid choice (plus, you can usually find them on sale). They were designed with everything you rely on for a good run—breathability, cushioning, and excellent support.
10Nike VaporFly 4% Flyknit
If you’re trying to go big, why not go for the shoe worn by actual marathon winners? You’ll pay double compared to other running shoes, but what you’ll spend in cash you’ll gain in faster runs.
11Nike Free TR8
Your reps will feel easier with a shoe that keeps you stable without sacrificing flexibility. The heel is snug and strong to keep you balanced, but the rest of the shoe moves with you.
12Adidas Pureboost X Shoes
If you run on hard surfaces, you’ll want a shoe like this. With adaptive arch support, it will conform to the shape of your foot, protecting it while you slam pavement.
13Nike Free x Metcon
If you’re taking boot camp style classes or doing strength training, this shoe will keep you supported. These cross-trainers keep you steady and grounded no matter how many pounds you’re lifting.
14No Bull Suede Mid Trainer
From the brand that stands for no excuses, comes a simple shoe that gets the job done well. It features a cool, perforated upper, extra ankle support, and a promise to move with you. Wear these shoes whenever you’re training.
15Adidas Ultraboost Uncaged
Your feet will endure a long run that much better when they’re supported and cozied up with this sock-like shoe. The cushioning is designing to respond to your steps, sending energy through every stride.
16New Balance FuelCore NERGIZE
While these shoes are for cross-training, they were also designed with comfort in mind—so you can wear them out all day. The metallic stripe elevates the look whether you’re at the gym or walking around the city.
17Brooks Ricochet LE
Be quick on your feet with the help of the soles of your shoes. These have midsole technology that gives you back energy with every step, and the tread on the bottom helps you go heel-toe smoothly.
18Under Armour Threadborne Slingwrap
This shoe fits snug like a sock, keeps you running fast, and looks good on the go. The perforated details make it breathable, and reflective elements keep you visible.