The Best Workout Shoes for all Exercises

Hill, PT, CSCS

Finding the right shoe shouldn’t call for a remake of Cinderella, but what should you look for when trying to find the right shoe (or glass slipper)? In selecting the best sneakers for running, walking, hiking, or weight lifting, you need to find the one with features that best meet your needs. A sneaker that’s ill-fitting or doesn’t perform well will cause various issues, such as slowing you down on your runs and walks or even worse — causing an injury.

The guide below will provide a detailed insight into selecting the best sneakers for your workouts.

Best Sneakers for Running

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37

These sneakers come in both women’s and men’s sizes and are designed specifically to be a well-rounded daily running shoe. The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37 includes impressive features like new React cushioning and a forefoot Air unit. The shoe is light-weight, breathable, and efficient, making it a great all-around runner. Additional cushioning protects your foot from discomfort, and the outsole provides extra grip to keep you sturdy no matter what your running terrain may be.


  • Light-weight and breathable
  • Padding to eliminate hotspots
  • Well-rounded sneaker
  • Comes in regular and extra-wide sizes


  • Some customers reported having their heel slip out

Adidas Supernova

The Adidas Supernova is also designed to be any easy running shoe. It contains flexible cushioning in the front of the shoe and responsive cushioning in the heel that gives you a stable and comfortable run. The sneaker contains Boost in the heal that helps deliver extra energy with each stride. And in an effort to be sustainable, the shoes are also built with recycled materials.


  • Comes in men’s and women’s sizes
  • Very comfortable
  • The soles are designed for comfortable runs
  • Lightweight and supportive


  • Some customers complain about poor quality

Best Sneakers for Walking

Asics Novablast

The Asics Novablast is well-cushioned, supportive, and very comfortable. It’s sporty and stylish appearance is an additional advantage of the shoe. The Novablast features a trendy thicker than average sole which provides comfort over longer walking distances. The sneaker comes in both men’s and women’s sizes and multiple different colorways.


  • Light-weight
  • Thick sole for comfort
  • Suitable for long distances


  • Some customers complained about lack of stability

New Balance 990 V5

These comfortable, high-quality, and stylish sneakers offer excellent cushioning and stability while walking and running. They’re breathable and very light-weight, ensuring your foot is comfortable even after walking for long distances.  The 990v5 comes in numerous widths so you can find your perfect fit and come in women’s and men’s sizes.


  • Contains orthopedic insert for maximum comfort
  • Light-weight and high-quality
  • Can be worn as a walking, running, and everyday shoe


  • The sneakers are quite costly

Best Sneakers for Weightlifting

Adidas Powerlift 4

These shoes are made for stability while weightlifting. The Adidas Powerlift 4 feature a narrow fit, instep strap, and midsole wedge to keep you grounded during heavy lifts. These shoes are lightweight while providing a secure feel and have a rubber outsole to ensure your feet stay planted while lifting.


  • Light-weight and durable
  • Snug fit
  • Made for stability


  • The narrowness of the shoe might cause discomfort to those with wider feet.

Nike Romaleos 4

These unisex sneakers are comfortable, stable, and stylish. The Romaleos 4s are specifically designed for weight lifting and contain a wide outsole and supportive midsole. The shoe contains adjustable straps in the middle of the foot for a secure fit during heavy lifts.


  • Provides stability
  • Supportive fit
  • Sold in a variety of colors


  • Customers say they run small

Find a Good-Fitting Shoe in a Local Sporting Store

Buying your sneakers in a local store is the best way to gauge the shoe’s quality and fit. Being able to browse multiple styles at once can help you determine the best sneaker for your needs. And you have the freedom to try on different styles prior to making a purchase.

Test Your Sneakers

After selecting and buying a new pair of sneakers, test them out by trying Sworkit’s Plyometrics Jump Cardio workout.  Download our fitness app on your Android or iPhone and get a step closer to reaching your fitness goals.

Hill, PT, CSCS

Steve is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Physical Therapist, and one of Sworkit's Fitness Trainers. His favorite activities are working out, hiking, four-wheeling, and body surfing. Steve loves helping members with injury prevention, exercise modification, and strength training.
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