Cross training has become one of the most popular types of fitness programs to emerge in the health industry. The program incorporates many different types of fitness routines and sports into one major workout. The end result is a high intensity cardio and strength building routine.
Having the right equipment for cross training is essential. One of the most important pieces of equipment you need to have is your shoes. Cross training requires a lot of movement, and your feet need excellent support so that they do not become overworked.
Best Cross Training Shoes For Women:
1. RYKA Women’s Influence Cross Training Shoe
The RYKA Influence is at the top of the list for the best cross trainers for women. This lightweight shoe is completely synthetic and is ergonomically designed for ultimate support. The fabric allows your feet to breathe and stay dry. Superior arch support and spring cushioning add to the benefits of these womens cross training shoes.
I purchased these shoes after my Zumba instructor suggested I get shoes specifically for Zumba. Get the right shoe for the right activity, she said. I had told her how my knees had been hurting and that is why I didn’t do some of the higher impact moves, and she said the right shoes should help. I was a bit skeptical, and almost didn’t get these shoes especially because of the price point, but I am so glad I did. I wear 6 1/2 or 7, and have a fairly wide foot in the toe box area, but not so much in my heel, which ironically is how these shoes are designed, for a women’s foot, Made “For Women, By Women”, and the size 7 fit me perfectly. First thing I noticed is how lightweight, yet at the same time still very supportive, and surprisingly stable feeling they were. The real test was at my next Zumba class, and they passed with flying colors!!!! My skepticism quickly disappeared when I was doing the high impact moves that I wouldn’t even attempt before because of knee pain. I did a whole one hour class with no knee pain at all and worked out much harder than ever before since I was pain free. The lightweightedness of the shoe helped make kicks, and jumps much easier. And the spin spot on the bottom of the shoe made turns much smoother as well. As a result I am getting a much more intense workout, and becoming better at: “Zumba-ing”! I would also like to mention Amazon delivered before the projected delivery date, which was an awesome surprise to receive them so quick. Kudos to Ryka for making such a great shoe! This was my first experience with Ryka shoes and I will try some of their other shoes as well in the future.
2. Inov-8 Women’s F-Lite 235 Fitness Shoe
Inov-8 has created one of the best cross trainers for women who are into the high intensity part of Cross Fit training. Designed of mesh and synthetic materials, the shoe is ultra-lightweight and allows the foot to breathe. The sole is designed for extra gripping and is wider for better balance. The interior support helps keep feet feeling good, even during the most intense parts of a workout.
I’ve only worn these once, but they are wonderful for lifting! I felt closer to the ground, and better in my heels during heavy lifting. My toes also had enough room to expand since I have a wider toe box, but not wide enough to get wide shoes. Highly recommend!
– Julie Kaye
3. PUMA Women’s TAZON 6 WN’s FM Cross Trainer Shoe
The PUMA Tazon 6 is ranked as one of the best cross training shoes for women on the market. Made from synthetic leather for extra durability, the shoes remain very lightweight and easy to wear. Superior support protects the arches, and the sole has gripping force so you don’t slip during your routine. These womens cross trainers are also available in many different color schemes to match your entire workout clothing.
This shoe is perfect. I love the color, the fit, and way it feels when I workout. It looks great which is important to me, but most of all it’s well made, and very comfortable. I have many workout shoes because I have to look stylish when I workout, and this shoe cover all of my workout needs, from looking good, to Zumba, step, or high impact aerobic, or simply walking on the treadmill it does it all in comfort. I’m thinking of buying another pair in a different color because I like this shoe a lot.
4. Women’s NIKE Free TR 6 Training Shoes
When it comes to NIKE cross trainers womens shoes, the Free TR 6 is the top of the line. Made from a durable mesh fabric, these NIKE cross trainers womens shoes also have superior arch support. Additionally, these NIKE cross training shoes womens style has flywire inserted in the shoe for extra snug fitting. The lightweight soles help the feet stay comfortable even through extended workout routines.
Have worn Nike Free trainers for some time and was very excited to get these. Much more support in the ankle area than my previous pair which has been especially helpful in kickboxing and Zumba classes. Like previous pairs really light weight and great colors. Very happy with the purchase overall.
5. ASICS Women’s Gel-Craze TR4 Cross Trainer Shoe
The ASICS Gel-craze womens cross training shoes are all about comfort. The insoles have special pockets of gel cushioning along with foam to create the most comfort during high impact training. Made from breathable mesh, these womens cross trainers are also very lightweight and sturdy.
I purchased these shoes to use for weight training, and they’ve been one of the best pairs I’ve owned for both weight training and general work out needs.
The fit was true to size. I normally wear an 8 and these fit perfectly.
The shoes are very light weight, but incredibly durable. I don’t need much arch support, but I initially had concerns if these could truly be used for a mixed fitness class (running, weights, etc.). I tried them out during one of my OrangeTheory classes and they were just fine to run in, which surprised me. They have just the right amount of cushion!
The bottoms of the shoes have great grip as well. I didn’t find my feet slipping during floor exercises (planks, mountain climbers, etc.) as some pairs in the past have done.
The color for the pink & grey pair is almost exactly as it was pictured. The pink is a little brighter and slightly more “neon-y”, but not to an obnoxious level.