What brand of tennis shoe is best for cross training? Open to all suggestions!
This lady is in need of a new pair of kicks! The shoes I wear for my workouts I also wear at work when training my clients & they're just gettin' run down. I need a good cross-training shoe that allows me to handle the different movements & drills I do in my P90X3, T25, Insanity & soon-to-be the 21DayFix training. No running shoe recommendations please, because the extra cushioning in running shoes don't allow me to land properly & can cause knee & ankle injuries from instability. Function over fashion is my #1 objective, although I do love fun pops of color!
Because most of my work is done barefoot I need shoes that go on and off easily, but work for the occasional cardio or strength class I teach, or for my own outdoor and indoor walking, weight room, etc. I actually really like Merrell. I started wearing their clogs years ago, but discovered they have a hiking shoe I have worn for a several years now. I just ordered a new pair this morning.
You may get a few different answers for this, and it really depends on your feet. I teach a few high intensity classes as well, and find that I'm partial to New Balance cross trainers. I have wide feet and that brand works well for me. In addition to great support for higher impact activities, they also have the support I need for any lateral movement across the floor. Plus a roll bar for over-pronating. They are plain old boring white, but they get the job done!
I always buy two pairs at a time and rotate them (as well as buy special inserts to put in them).
I used to wear them to train when they no longer supported my activities, but now I buy yet another pair (not specifically cross trainers) for this. It helps to wear a different pair of shoes because the cushioning and pressure points are slightly different when you walk. It made a difference to me because I spend a good part of my day training and teaching.
Good luck finding the ones that work for you!
If you love them, get a few pairs and switch them up!
I would also take a look at indoor court shoes as worn for Squash or Racquetball. Those shoes are meant for fast directional changes and are very versatile. Most manufacturers make them, and it would be a matter of just trying out what fits you best.
Personally, for cross training, I pick a shoe that will allow decent proprioceptive feedback, and doesn't have built in compensations like extra stabilizers or padding that pushes one way or another to make up for things like pronation.
That way, I can develop my own joint stabilization, better balance and reaction through proprioceptive response to the environment/obstacle, and identify and correct my own deficiencies (like external rotation, pronation, etc.) instead of allowing my shoes to compensate for them and potentially exacerbate the issue.
But, the shoes that allow the most proprioception also have the least padding. So, if your cross training involves big box jumps or "pavement pounding", inadequate padding might lead to injury. Which leads back to more details about the training needing to be included in the question.
Personally, I rotate between the New Balance Minimus and a 750 V2. One for "cross training" and one for cross training days that might include lots of running or high jumping/high impact movements to the feet.
If nothing else, if a "barefoot shoe" is too little padding, I would agree with Harris. Go to a good running store. A good running store will have people that will watch you move and be able to tell you which shoe will compliment the way you move or at least which one's are the most neutral. Most shoes are designed to compensate for bad movement patterns. The staff at a running store should know which ones are which, unlike the staff at a normal shoe store or sporting goods store.
There are many other things that need to be evaluated for you to pick the best shoe for you as well. But it cannot be done here. And you need someone that knows what they are doing as well. If you ever come to the Big Island of Hawaii, I would be happy to assist you. In the meantime, look for someone in your area that has the necessary skills.