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!
One thing that you might ad to your question is foot width. I have an extremely wide foot and found that certain companies would not work for me, though in examining the shoes, and talking to people I could only say good things about them.
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!