Because I do both weight lifting and cardio on my cross-training days, I’ve tried having two separate pairs of shoes and just one. I finally decided it’s easier to have one pair I can both lift (so they aren’t super cushioned) and do cardio in just I’m not running back and forth between workouts just to change shoes. I did try doing cardio in my weight lifting shoes (Converse All-Stars) but they didn’t have enough support so it was uncomfortable getting in even 30 minutes of cardio.
So what did I find are my perfect pair of cross-training shoes? The Nike Flex Trainers! They don’t have a thick heel so doing weights is super comfortable in them and I don’t feel like my body is out of alignment (especially important when squatting and deadlifting). But they aren’t completely without cushioning so I can also wear them for cardio on the elliptical, indoor bike or Stairmaster without my feet falling asleep or my arches bothering me.
Plus, I love the design of them! I know you shouldn’t buy a shoe just because of how they look but that’s what drew to me these shoes first (and then I did more research/reading of reviews on them). They aren’t obnoxiously bright which is nice because a lot of my workout clothes are bright colors so I don’t have to worry about clashing or being (as much) of a neon monster in the gym. My favorite part of these shoes might be that the soles are speckled.
What shoes do you love to wear for cross-training? Let me know in the comments!