Best shoes for the gym

If you are a serious gym goer, it is very important to find the very best shoes for the workouts you are doing while you are at the gym. The reason for this is pretty simple, you are far less likely to get an injury if you are wearing the right shoe for the workout you are doing. Now, you may think that we are being a bit of a safety sally about all of this, however, wearing the correct footwear while you workout will mean that you can spend less time recovering from an injury and more time in the gym.

Below, we are going to take a look at some of the very best shoes to wear at the gym. Before we do, it is worth noting that not all of the shoes below are going to suit your workout. The info below is intended to give you an idea of what to look out for when buying shoes for a particular type of workout. Don’t worry, though, if you do a little bit of everything while you are at the gym, we have something for you below.

So, let’s get started with the best shoes for the gym.


Thin, flexible and lightweight shoes are perfect for the role of treadmill shoes. As treadmills are almost always padded, you don’t need a lot of padding in your shoes, this makes your foot unstable, thus increasing your chances of an injury. A thin shoe will mean that your foot can breathe, reducing sweat and smell.

 Spin class

A stiff sole, with a snug heel and room for your toes to wiggle. A stiff sole will mean the power produced by your legs will be transferred straight into the pedal. This means you can work less and get a better workout. The room for your toes to wiggle will mean the shoes are comfortable enough to stay on the bike longer.


Low profile, low cushioning. The low profile helps keep you lower to the ground and will help prevent ankle injuries. The low cushioning means that your muscles can fire like you need them to. Your feet can push onto the floor making your hamstrings and glutes work far more efficiently, meaning you are less prone to injury and you are using your time and energy more efficiently.

 A little bit of everything

If your workout consists of a lot of different activities then you are going to need a shoe that can handle it all. These shoes should be able to support you and help you stay safe during your entire workout. When you are looking for an all-around shoe, they need to be flexible for climbing and body weight exercises, stable enough for support while lifting, comfortable for sprinting and running and also durable to handle daily abuse.

If you are looking for an all round shoe then please take a look at our article about CrossFit shoes, they are built for this purpose and will provide you with the comfort, stability and flexibility for a safe all body workout.

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