Best cross training shoes of 2013

On the hunt for your next best pair of trainers?  You’ll be sure to fall in love with one of this years’ top rated and most beloved trainers below.

Jump to Top cross training shoes for men.

Jump to Top cross training shoes for women.


Top Men’s Shoes


The Everyday Shoe: New Balance Men’s 624


Though the shoe itself may not come in a rainbow of exciting colours, one thing’s for certain:  this shoe is a fan favorite.  The 624 trainer is tops when it comes to lightweight, comfortable footwear and is ideal for all-day wear.


NOTE: This shoe is particularly great for anyone with wide feet.


For The Minimalist: New Balance Men’s MX20v3 Minimus



It’s hard to produce a shoe that gives you that true “barefoot feel”, but New Balance has done it with their Minimus trainers.  Low-profile and stable, this shoe is great for running, weight lifting, or for shooting hoops on the court.


For Going the Extra Mile:  ASICS Men’s GEL-Intensity 2 


Not only is this shoe incredibly durable (despite being incredibly lightweight), but it also offers superior traction and is extremely responsive.  They’re the ideal choice for runners or those who are into activities that require you to be quick and light on your feet.


Fashionably Urban:  Reebok Men’s TrainFlex DC


If you’re on the market for a great looking shoe that promises to deliver high performance and durability, then this new shoe from Reebok surely won’t disappoint.  They’re low profile enough to help those looking to transition to barefoot running without causing immense foot pain.


Funky and Versatile:  Inov-8 F-lite 195 Shoe


One of the newest brands on the scene has produced one of the most stunning and comfortable shoes in the realm of cross training shoes.  Unlike many other trainers in its price range, the F-lite 195 gives runners a “natural” running experience while still supporting the runner’s foot with its rubber sole and mesh lining.



Top Women’s Shoes


For The Lightweights: ASICS Women’s GEL-Blur 33 TR

ASICS is back at it again with a new line of colourful (and affordable!) women’s trainers.  Lightweight and incredibly durable, the cushioned sole and mesh upper teams up to build a breathable and incredibly comfortable shoe, no matter what activity you’re into.


NOTE: This trainer was ranked SHAPE magazine’s 2012 best training shoe, and it’s endorsed by the American Podiatric Medical Association.


For Putting Pained Feet In The Past:  New Balance Women’s WX608V3

Looking for a sturdy shoe with plenty of cushioning and support for those days when you’re constantly on your feet?  Then look no further than the New Balance Women’s WX608V3.  The ABSORBZ heel, EVA foam footbed and flexible midsole make this shoe ideal for almost any activity, and the leather upper only adds to the durability of this fantastic shoe.



Flashy and Innovative:  PUMA Women’s BioWeb Elite

If you’re on the hunt for an eye-catching shoe that’ll be able to keep up with you all day, then this new shoe from PUMA is right for you.  The cage design of this visually stunning trainer literally wraps around the foot, providing you with increased stability and protection.  The blend of rubber and EVA outsole offers great cushioning and durability.


NOTE:  Keep in mind that PUMA shoes do tend to be more narrow than other brands, especially at the toes, so those with wider feet may need to order ½ size larger for maximum comfort.


Tops in Flexibility and Adaptability:  Reebok Women’s Realflex Fusion

This Reebok trainer doesn’t just look great, but it feels great too!  Women will attest to how comfortable this incredibly responsible shoe is, even when performing high impact activities.  The “Realflex” sole supports the foot’s natural motion, continually moving and flexing with your every move.


For The Street or The Gym:  Ryka Women’s Downbeat Fitness Sneaker

The edgy Ryka Downbeat Fitness Sneaker impeccably blends both gym and street elements into this one versatile and fashion-forward trainer.  This shoe pairs air mesh with an Ortholite footbed, promising you ultimate comfort no matter where your day takes you.