Top 15 Best Cross Training Shoes for Men

New Balance Men’s 517 V1

The New Balance Men’s 517 V1 is part of the New Balance Minimus collection. It features the New Balance Memory sole which provides comfort and versatility. The classic fit and maximum cushioning make it a great daily sneaker. They are durable and made of 100% leather, a mesh upper for great ventilation, and a rubber sole. It features a removable insole and is available in a variety of different color combinations. The shoe is available in regular and wide widths.

The New Balance Men’s 517 V1 is inspired by athletes and offers a classic fit with comfort that lasts all day. It features New Balance’s memory sole, which is a versatile cushion that supports whatever you may encounter in your workouts or throughout the day, every day.

These shoes are good for all types of athletes including runners and those doing strength-training. One of the most attractive features of New Balance sneakers is that they are often available in wide widths for those that need that extra room. The cushioning provides support, stability, and protection for knees and joints across various activities.

Nike Metcon 4

The Nike Metcon 4 base is solid and stable. It is supportive, flexible, and provides maximum resistance for the wide array of training activities that metabolic conditioning workouts are known for, such as rope climbs, box jumps, and sled pushes. The flat sole makes them ideal for heavy lifts such as squats and deadlifts.

The shoe is made of a textured mesh which is stronger and lighter than any of its predecessors. It is available in a wide array of color combinations to suit anyone’s style.

The Nike Metcon 4 Men’s is a leader in the Crossfit and cross training/weightlifting arena, but is a great shoe for anyone doing multiple training modalities.

Much like previous iterations of the shoe, one of the main complaints is that it squeaks. Although, it is reported that this can be alleviated by putting baby powder under the insole. Otherwise though, the Nike Metcon continues to be one of the most popular cross training shoes available.

ALTRA Men’s AL0A4PE7 Solstice XT

The ALTRA Men’s AL0A4PE7 Solstice XT is a firm cross-training shoe with light cushioning. The midsole is very flexible and offers a softer forefoot along with a firm heel cushion. The outsole is made of all rubber which provides great traction, both indoor and outdoor dry surfaces. The midfoot is supported by the caged upper. However, this results in the trapping of some heat during runs.

The Solstice XT is best for strength and agility workouts, but is also comfortable for shorter runs. It is an extension of Altra’s Solstice running shoe, but is more supportive and flexible for cross-training activities such as squats, jumps, and kettlebell swings.

This shoe is best suited for athletes who engage in high-intensity interval training workouts, with perhaps occasional short runs on pavement or treadmills. The tread on the shoe reportedly doesn’t perform as well on trails or outdoor wet surfaces. However, it offers great traction on indoor flooring and dry terrain.

Reebok Men’s Nano X

The Nano X is Reebok’s tenth version of the Nano line. It also represents the end of a 10-year partnership with CrossFit and the sport’s evolution. The popular trainer is a reliable cross-training shoe both in and out of the gym. It is ideal for jumping, lifting, rope climbing, and gymnastics. It is extremely comfortable with a sock-like feel and wide toe box. It’s comfortable right out of the box and doesn’t require a break-in period.

The shoe fits securely thanks to a high-density foam collar and a taller tongue which is separated into three sections, sitting comfortably flush around the ankle. The upper features an updated Flexweave that stretches more than previous versions. The Flexweave in the back has been replaced by a stiffer material in the back for more support and mesh in thoughtful areas for breathability.

The increased flexibility and stability make it ideal for movements for all athletes, including double unders, lunges, burpees, sprints, and box jumps.

Adidas Men’s Strutter Cross Trainer

The silhouette of the Adidas Men’s Strutter is chunky, providing lateral stability, and features the signature Adidas 3-stripe detailing. The upper is made of smooth leather and the outsole is a comfortable rubber with iconic sculpting. It bears a striking resemblance to the Nike Monarch. The Adi-bounce EVA sock-liner makes the shoe cushiony and comfortable.

The shoe is no-nonsense, reliable, functional, and inexpensive. They are lightweight and provide good traction, making them excellent walking shoes—both comfortable and secure.

Touted by many as a “dad shoe” and by Adidas itself as the “dadliest of street shoes,” it is available in wide widths, making it an ideal choice for a comfortable shoe for a variety of daily activities or recreational play. The all black colorway makes for an excellent work shoe where nonslip is required such as in the food industry. However, these are not designed for more intense athletic activities relative to some of the other cross trainers on the market.

Under Armour Men’s Charged Commit 2.0

The Under Armour Men’s Charged Commit 2.0 features a mesh upper that is both lightweight and breathable. The dual-external heel counter provides extra stability by hugging your foot. The mid-foot saddle is made of leather and is both comfortable and supportive. Slippage isn’t an issue thanks to the cushioned sockliner which provides underfoot comfort and molds to your foot’s shape. The Charged Cushioning midsole converts impact into a responsive burst by absorbing it. The outsole is completely rubber and has intentionally located flex grooves for excellent traction on multiple surfaces and added flexibility.

This reasonably priced cross trainer is reliable, making it a good choice for daily wear. However, its stability and support also make it a good choice for weightlifting or other gym activities.

The shoe is best suited for those who want a good option for moderate training and activity without spending lots of money. Although it doesn’t compete with the top cross trainers, it does provide a reasonable, cost-effective alternative.

New Balance Men’s 608 V5

The New Balance 608 v5 combines style and comfort. There are a number of available width options, making it easy to find the perfect fit. The shoe is durable and provides good underfoot support. It is comfortable for both training and walking. It runs true to size and width. Aesthetically, the all black and all white colorway variants provide an attractive option for street shoes. They are durable and provide notable arch support. Additionally, they have superb traction and easily accommodate various orthotics.

The NB Comfort Insert provides memory comfort and cushioning from multiple angles. The ABZORB heel crash pad combines cushioning and compression resistance to absorb impacts, providing excellent shock absorption. It also features a dual-density collar foam is designed to prevent irritation around the ankles. The outsole is flexible, providing cushioning through deep flex grooves covering the entire sole, allowing you to move in comfort. The 608v5 features a leather upper which provides soft comfort and the classic laces, N logo, and Flying NB on the tongue represent classic New Balance style.

The shoe is best suited for those looking for a reliable and durable everyday street shoe.

Under Armour Men’s HOVR Rise 2

The Under Armour Men’s HOVR Rise 2 features UA HOVR technology which provides a ‘zero gravity feel,’ maintaining energy return which then helps to eliminate impact. The upper is made of a compression mesh energy web which contains & molds to your foot. Lightweight and abrasion-resistant, 3D print in the upper provides durability and breathability throughout all of your workouts. The external heel counter combined with overlapping films give added stability while hugging your foot. The tongue and ankle collar are supportive without being restrictive. It features a full rubber outsole, enhancing traction and durability.

This shoe truly returns the energy that you put in. It can handle everything from treadmill running, high-intensity interval training, and light to moderate weightlifting.

The HOVR Rise 2 is ideal for those looking for a lightweight and stylish cross trainer that provides lateral support and long-wearing cushioning. Many reviews claim that it is one of the most comfortable trainers they’ve ever had.

Reebok Men’s JJ III

Designed by JJ Watt, the Reebok Men’s JJ III Cross Training Shoes are made to elevate your training beyond the gym. They feature Reebok’s Flexweave mesh upper which is lightweight and flexible, making it ideal for dynamic moves, as well as a cushioned EVA foam midsole which is responsive and supportive during sprints and short runs. The die-cut EVA sockliner is durable and comfortable. A full rubber outsole wraps up the sides to fight abrasion while also providing durability and traction. They are resilient, supportive, and breathable. The absence of a tongue can make them less than ideal for those with wider feet and they can be difficult to put on.

The shoe offers vibrant colorways and a retro style, reminiscent of the Nike Air Jordans. They are comfortable enough for daily workouts and stylish enough for casual wear, and they are well-built and constructed of quality materials.

The JJ III is ideal for those interested in a high-performing high-intensity interval training shoe or athleisure.

WHITIN Men’s Cross-Trainer

The Whitin Men’s Cross-Trainer is a comfortable, flexible, and durable barefoot trainer. It is also very affordable. They feature an anatomic toe box that ensures your toes aren’t compressed during wear. You’ll be able to spread your toes pain free which, in turn, provides better balance. The sole is firm and thin, providing better feedback and proprioception from the ground. The flat, zero-drop sole keeps your feet in a neutral position, supporting your posture and alleviating joint stress.

This vegan-friendly minimalist trainer is durable, supportive, and promotes healthy posture. It has a wide toe box and lessens joint stress. The shoes have a rubber sole and the rear collar is padded for achilles comfort. The knit like upper provides a sock-like fit and flexibility. The outsole is made of a sticky-grip rubber which make it ideal for trail running by offering grip, traction, and durability.

It is best suited for those who are conscious of animal product use in production and those interested in a minimalist trainer for running.

Reviews note that the shoes run large. In comparison to Merrell Vapor Gloves, they are not as light or breathable.

ASICS Men’s Gel-Venture 6

The ASICS Men’s Gel-Venture 6 is a running shoe designed for rugged terrain. Its trail-specific outsole features reversed lugs and high-abrasion rubber is strategically placed to provide incredible traction uphill, downhill, and on all types of terrain. It also features ASICS Rearfoot GEL cushioning, which keeps you comfortable on the trails by absorbing shock and the removable sockliner allows you to personalize your fit by using custom orthotics. The shoes provide adequate cushioning for a trail shoe, but aren’t designed for long-term use on hard surfaces.

The shoes are a good value at their price point and provide great traction, especially on wet surfaces. They are truly a trail running shoe and excel on muddy trails and softer surfaces.

These shoes are best for trail runners looking for good traction and cushioning.

Some reviews note that they are not very breathable. However, removing the sockliner may help. Others mention that the shoe is too wide in the forefoot.

PUMA Men’s Axelion Spark

The PUMA Men’s Axelion Spark features a knitted upper and a TPU shank which provides support in the midfoot and control through movements. Since the upper lacks structural support, they may not be best for intense sports or activities, but they are a great option for an everyday comfortable training shoe. The extended lacing system provides a secure fit and feel. The split outsole design provides shock absorption in the heel and support in the arch, as well as grip and traction. They provide all day comfort.

The shoes are cushioned and comfortable. They are sturdy enough to handle light gym workouts. The unconventional lacing sets them apart from the rest.

These shoes are best suited for those looking for something stylish and different.

Reviews note that the shoes are not waterproof and your feet will get wet with even moderate rain. The inner sole isn’t very durable, but can easily be replaced with insoles. While some say they run true to size, others say they are narrow and recommend ordering a half size up.

 Nike Men’s Fitness Shoes

These Nike Varsity Compete TR 2 trainers feature a synthetic upper composed of mesh and a skin overlay with a low-profile silhouette. The lacing is integrated with locked down sides which provide traction ideal for weight training. Webbing in the midfoot provides lateral support and a mesh tongue and lining increase breathability. The low-profile EVA midsole gives softness and stability. There are aggressive rubber nubs in the center of the outsole, which enhance traction on both indoor and outdoor surfaces. The shoes run true to size and are available in wide widths. The heel collar extends beyond the Achilles area to ensure a snug fit during workouts and prevent the foot from slipping out. A small pull tab made of fabric located at the back of the shoe helps in putting the shoes on.

These are both comfortable and visually appealing, as well as a great value. These shoes are ideal for high-interval intensity training, gym training, and similar types of workouts.