The 17 best sneakers for every workout (that still look cool too).

This might be controversial but I’m willing to cop the heat: I only wear sneakers when I work out. I know, I know, I’m an anomaly in the age of Adidas Sambas and Onitsuka Tigers, but I just can’t seem to get on board. Do I love the look of them on others? Absolutely! On me? Not so much.

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Trust me, I’ve tried to style my two pairs of sneakers, but it always results in me kicking them off and opting for another shoe instead. You’ll probably catch me in bathroom slippers before you see me in sneakers, and if you want to send me hate mail for that… I won’t blame you, because I’m fully aware of how bizarre this all sounds.


That leads me to the point of this story because while you won’t catch me wearing sneakers as a fashion statement, you will see me sporting a few different pairs when working out. Not all sneakers are made the same — some are created especially for agility and speed, making it ideal for runners; while others are made to last, featuring cushion insoles and shock absorption, perfect for HIIT and cross-training.


It’s all very science-y and complicated so I’ll save you the long-winded explanation and just recommend you the best pairs for each type of exercise instead. So if you’re looking for a brand new pair of sneakers for 2024, then keep reading.

Best running shoes.

Adidas Ultraboost 1.0, $260.

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Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 40, $190.

Image: Nike, The Iconic.


New Balance FF 1080 v13, $260.

Image: New Balance, The Iconic.


On Running Cloudswift 3, $249.95.

Image: On Running, The Iconic.


ASICS GEL-Cumulus 25, $220.

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Best training shoes.

Reebok Nanoflex TR 2.0, $149.

Image: Reebok, Rebel Sport.


Nike Air Zoom Bella 6, $129.

Image: Nike, Rebel Sport.


HOKA ONE ONE Arahi 6, $259.99.

Image: HOKA ONE ONE, The Iconic.


Best weightlifting shoes.

Nike Free Metcon, $180.

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Reebok Nano X3 Varsity, $200.

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Adidas Duramo SL, $120.

Image: Adidas, The Iconic.


Under Armour Project Rock 6, $219.

Image: Under Armour, Rebel Sport.


Best walking shoes.

Adidas Samba, $180.

Image: Adidas, JD Sport.

New Balance 550, $200.

Image: New Balance, Foot Locker.


Skechers Bountiful Quick Path, $109.95.

Image: Skechers, The Iconic.


Mizuno Wave Paradox 5, $250.

Image: Mizuno, The Iconic.


Brooks Addiction Walker Suede 2, $249.95.

Image: Brooks, The Iconic.

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