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Kit that Fits: The best shoes for the gym

Kit that Fits: The best shoes for the gym

You might not need a lot of fancy gear to have a great gym workout, but your footwear is crucial to how you perform, and how you feel. Forget those school -day plimsolls, here’s our pick of the top gym shoes right now.

Best for Men:

Asics Gel-Craze TR-2 - £76

Asics Gel-Craze TR-2HussleHussle CommunityKit that fits - Asics Gel-Craze TR-2

This shoe is the ultimate all-rounder for the gym. Feet are protected during high impact running with great cushioning and weights, boot camp and functional training are covered thanks to an outer sole promoting side-to-side movement. A mesh upper helps the air flow through and soft foam protects your toes rubbing.

Best for Women:

The Nike Free TR 5 iD - £125

Nike Free TR 5 iDHussleHussle CommunityKit that Fits - Nike Free TR 5 iD

Every girl wants to look her best, even when she’s sweating it at the gym. This women's training shoe incorporates a breathable upper and lightweight, flexible outsole, perfect for quick changes of movement. Rubber pods on the heel and toe give it extra durability and the best thing is you can customise the design so you look cool as a cucumber during your gym session.

Best Bargain

New Balance 711 Mesh - £55

New Balance 711 MeshHussleHussle CommunityKit that Fits: New Balance 711 Mesh

A  responsive CUSH+ midsole and forefoot flex grooves, coupled with thin TPU overlays on the upper mean this training shoe is contoured for good fit and flexibility. It also features a rolled collar for added comfort, making it the perfect all-round, everyday training shoe, and at £55 who can complain at that?

Best Splurge

Asics GEL-Kayano 21 Lite-Show - £145

Asics GEL-Kayano 21 Lite-ShowHussleHussle CommunityKit that Fits: Asics GEL-Kayano 21 Lite-Show

Protecting your feet from impact with GEL cushioning, this shoe gives a light, bouncy feeling with a lightweight structure. A snug and comfortable fit prevents slipping and rubbing and this shoe is built for endurance, so no matter how hard you train, your feet will feel cushioned and comfy. With a track record of more than 20 years, the GEL-Kayano is a firm favourite.

Our pick

Reebok CrossFit Nano 4.0 - £85

Reebok CrossFit Nano 4.0HussleHussle CommunityKit that Fits - Reebok CrossFit Nano 4.0

Not over-priced by any stretch, the Reebok CrossFit Nano offers the perfect package of performance, durability and comfort. DuraCage technology creates a strong yet lightweight upper while RopePro protection wrap gives bite and support for rope climbs. Shock absorption in the forefoot and heel mean comfort during any workout.


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Laura Briggs

Laura is a fitness writer who loves running, strength training, Pilates and Yoga. When she's got time to herself you might find her knitting, or in the kitchen trying out an elaborate recipe - healthy of course!.