If The Shoes Fit: Trainers Focus on Comfort, Stability, and Traction
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If The Shoes Fit: Trainers Focus on Comfort, Stability, and Traction

Jul 04, 2023

Searching for a new pair of shoes to kick off the new year in style? We’ve browsed today’s hottest selection of high performance running shoes to help you find the very best options for your next workout. Presenting the latest in luxury footwear and training shoes for athletes who require superior form and function.

Brooks is an innovative and respected athletic footwear brand that started over 100 years ago. The two running shoes we feature here are all about cushioning and stability. Both utilize the DNA Lft v3 midsoles and have solid grips regardless of ground coverage. The Caldara 6 is a long-distance trail-running shoe. The Glycerin 20 is a daily trainer with a lightweight upper best for smooth transitions. Both are partly made from recycled material, which is a plus in our book. $150 / brooksrunning.com

The inspiration behind these stylish yet rugged shoes is boxer Frank York. It’s no wonder the Frank Trainer Camos are flying off the shelves. They’re supportive and breathable with a full-grain leather stability cage, making them functional and fashionable. With 52 points of measurement, they are the perfect fit for multi-use cross-training offering stability while lifting. These guys are limited edition, so if you want to bring the juice to the gym, grab a pair, stat. $155 / yorkathleticsmfg.com

You gotta love an updated version of a classic. The Trainer+ is NOBULL’s newest version of the original. Like other NOBULL models, the Trainer+’s upper is a seamless one-piece construction of, what they call, Superfabric® — material that is durable, breathable, and abrasion resistant. This trainer has increased EVA midsole height, increased outsole dimensions, a herringbone outsole tread pattern for extra traction in any conditions, medial rope grips for climbing, toe bumper, and more. $139 / nobullproject.com

Hot off the presses, Puma has taken advice from athletes and the running community to improve the performance of its award-winning Fuse cross-trainer. This second iteration has PUMAGRIP for multi-surface traction, an internal midsole to get a stable stance during workouts, and higher sidewall coverage. It’s suitable for recreational lifting, rope climbing, and casual CrossFitters. $100 / us.puma.com

“The best workout shoes for men and women ever created,” as stated on the website. With the enormous selection of said shoes, we would say that is arguable, but we’ll be generous and give mad props to this trainer. Features include engineered warp-knit & CORDURA ballistic nylon upper, anatomically molded TPU heel counter, lace-lock eyelets, wide toe box, custom high-density insert, versatile heel-to-toe drop, gradient density EVA midsole, and a triple compound rubber outsole. $125 / goruck.com

Reebok’s latest iteration of its popular Nano series may be the brand’s most versatile training shoe yet. The X2 Adventure was built for not only your most intense gym workouts, but also for when you take your training outside for a running or hiking session in the great outdoors. The shoe’s durability has been bolstered with a more rugged lug outsole, and Reebok’s Floatride Energy Foam allows for comfort as well as a bit of shock-absorption for those heavy runs. $140 / reebok.com