The 7 Best Gym Shoes for Men

Get the most out of your workout with the right sneaks

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Best Overall: Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Running Shoes

Nike Zoom 36

The Nike Men’s Air Zoom Pegasus 36s are a great all-around shoe for the gym. They're sleek with a seamless design and offer ample arch support for running and jumping, with plenty of ventilation throughout for breathability and longevity. 

They have fantastic multi-surface traction (with waffle pistons and lugs) for every gym surface, which is ideal for CrossFit workouts. The Air design and beveled heel make for easier transitions between activities, while the sock liner shape and partial bootie design create a comfortable and snug fit.

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Best Budget: Fila Men's Disruptor II

Fila disruptor

You don’t need to spend a ton to get a reliable shoe. The Fila Disruptor II is a great option for the gym: These shoes are supportive and specifically designed to keep you steady on your feet. The rubber outsole will protect your footing on sweaty gym mats and slippery equipment, and the traction is tested for professional-grade ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) requirements. 

With a leather and synthetic exterior and a rubber sole, this Fila sneaker is particularly tough for the rigors of gym wear. The memory foam liner gives men more comfort throughout the midsole.

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Best for HIIT: Nike Free Run 5 Shoes

Nike Free RN

High-intensity interval training requires a diversity of movement and a lot of stamina. Nike Men’s Free Running Shoes can definitely help with the movement. These wildly lightweight sneakers are made to let your feet move in every direction without any issues.

They're built with “foot flex” that allows you complete movement and flexibility, expanding and contracting with every step. With a rubber sole, a breathable fabric body and innovative laces, these sneakers let you move from a jog to a series of rapid high-intensity workouts without any discomfort.

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Best for CrossFit: Reebok CrossFit Nano 8.0

Reebok Nano

Reebok makes a pair of shoes specifically for CrossFit. They're designed to be versatile and stable. The Nano 8 sneakers use a minimal drop outsole for solid footing. The wide toe box creates a comfortable fit and the secure rubber sole is paired with an upper made of “Flexweave.” They breathe well, feel light, and will last for countless workouts.

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Best for Stationary Biking: Under Armour Men's Commit Tr Ex Cross Trainer Sneaker

The UA Men’s Commit Shoes are tough with plenty of traction. They're made with a breathable, lightweight upper that is flexible—perfect for pushing yourself in a spinning class. You get a snug fit in these sneakers because of the “die-cut 4D foam sockliner” as well as the full-length Charged Cushioning. These shoes also feature extra rubber on the sole for the “high impact” area and have grooves at the hinge points for added longevity.

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Best for Rowing Machine: NOBULL Men's Training Shoes

NoBull Men’s Training Shoes are a great option for the rowing machine and just about anything else at your gym. They have great traction with the lug pattern on the outsole and a flexible design for indoor/outdoor use. The upper is made with a durable, breathable, and damage-resistant material that works well in this one-piece design. You also get the protection of the SuperFabric guard plates to avoid scuffs and abrasions. 

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Best for Treadmill: Brooks Men's PureCadence 7 Running Shoe

Brooks Men’s PureCadence 7s are a solid option for treadmill training. They have a sleek and low-profile design that provides reliable arch support and plenty of bounce with each step. Light and stable, the design is perfect for people with some overpronation.

The shoe is made with a mesh upper, 3D-printed overlays, and standard lace-up closures. They'll help stabilize your foot every time it pounds on the treadmill with a protective heel cup, a comfortable tongue, and padded collar. The insole is foam and removable with a BioMoGo DNA midsole cushioned design. They’re a perfect addition to the gym bag for anyone who runs regularly at the gym. 

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