If You’re Serious About Seeing Gains Then These Are The 4 Best Shoes For Every Kind Of Workout

You move very differently between setting a PR on the squat rack and running a marathon. You might be surprised by how much you’ll feel the benefit of getting the right shoes for the job. If you don’t believe me, try a squat in your bulkiest, most padded basketball shoes. Now try that in lightweight Chuck Taylors: there’s a world of difference.

The 4 Best Workout Shoes For Men (In 2016)

Powerlifting: Adidas Powerlift 2.0 ($70):

This show has a number of features that will support you while you’re hulking out and grunting like an angry rhinoceros. They have a strap that locks over your instep to keep your rearfoot stable, keeping you grounded evenly. They also offer a wide base for balance, durable synthetic leather, and breathable mesh in all the right places. The flat outsole will grip the floor, and the high density insole will stand up to your abuse.


Running: Mizuno Wave Enigma 5 ($139):

You joggers will like this pair. The Enigma 5 is a lighter weight option than the 4 series, but has more cushioning, better durability, better balance, plenty of “spring,” and awesome comfort. This shoe is designed for those of us that haven’t narrowly targeted our running needs: it’s just an all around awesome running shoe that will keep you comfortable and on balance without weighing you down.

We’re also big fans of the Mizuno Wave Catalyst (thanks again to Mizuno Running for sending us a pair!):


Crossfit: Nike Free 5.0 V6 ($120):

The Crossfit fanatics among us (we know you do Crossfit, you told us about your sick local gym last time we spoke) will benefit from some of the awesome features Nike has packed into this shoe. With excellent arch support, lightweight but tough construction, and grippy soles, the V6 line will give you the control you need to navigate tough circuits. These shoes feature a three-layered plastic shell to keep your precious ligaments in tact, and tacky bits on the toe and heel to help you with explosive lunging and jumping movements.


All-Purpose: Puma Tazon 6 Ripstop ($70):

Okay, so you’re not a “more than one pair of sweatin’ shoes” kind of guy. These Pumas can do it all pretty well. Good arch support and heel cushioning makes them good joggers, and they’re light enough for agility training and sprints. Their wide base is good for lifting, but their cushioning isn’t ideal for guys who exclusively powerlift. This is a great pair of trainers that won’t break the bank.

Trust us, you’ll notice a difference. If you’re having trouble picking one pair to add to your arsenal, we recommend the Nike Free 5.0 V6. It’ll do you justice as a weightlifting shoe, plus serve you well for functional training and the relatively light cardio that a lot of us do.


Christopher Earp is the founder of redhatchetoutdoors.com. Most of the time, you can find him meticulously sharpening his knives, cooking, planning a hike, taking a complicated object apart, cleaning his guns, or endeavoring to build something. He’s been fascinated with the wilder side of things for his whole life. He has a passion for risk, reward, fresh air, and exercise. He IS related to the Earp Brothers. His other hobbies include playing the guitar, watches, bourbon, working out, and great movies like Carlito’s Way. You can follow Red Hatched Outdoors on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram