This guide to the best gym sneakers of 2018 covers the best shoes for weightlifting as well as mixed-use options.
A good pair of shoes can make or break your gym-going experience. Whether you’re trying to get in shape or are looking for shoes to give you that extra edge in the weight room, this list has an option for you. While it can be tempting to use the same pair of sneakers for all your walking, running, jogging and gym-going, it’s ideal to have a pair of shoes that you use just for the gym. Beyond extending the life of your running shoes, swapping out that pair for a gym pair does a lot for your workouts. Shoes that are closer to the ground provide more support for your muscles and joints giving you better stability during unilateral (one-sided) moves, as well as operating as a proper platform for lifting heavy weights.
Nike Metcon 4
The Nike Metcon is always a top contender in the gym space — the fourth iteration of this sneaker is pretty darn close to the perfect weightlifting shoe. If CrossFit is your workout of choice, or you like to hit the gym and only lift weights, this is the shoe for you. The grip is tough and will help you crush sled pushes and pulls without slipping. There’s not much cushioning between your feet and the ground, so there’s more of a stable launch point for tuck jumps and power cleans — and the sneakers are a breeze to tighten with an added sixth lace loop option.
Reebok Crossfit Nano 8
Reebok’s new Flexweave material is more breathable, stable and durable than Nanos of the past. The unique dual-layered upper looks like a chainlink fence, but feels more like a rubber tire. This one fits like a glove and aids with stabilization during unilateral moves like lunges and single leg deadlifts. It also has a minimal drop outsole to keep your body close to the ground.