Raising the Bar
Five Head-Turning Gym Shoes Released in January
So you started the new year strong — hitting the gym daily, meal prepping with more fruits and vegetables and possibly even dabbling in meditation. But now, it’s February and resolutions are fading fast. Or maybe it’s the opposite, and you are continuously crushing your weight goal and need something to keep you inspired. Either way, a new pair of gym shoes is a great way to solidify your routine or help jump-start a new one.
Whether you’ve already pounded the outsoles of your last pair of gym sneakers or you’re in dire need of some new gear, these gym shoes dropped within the last 30 days and are available right now.
Under Armour TriBase Reign
At 10.3-ounces and a 2-mm drop, you’ll feel grounded so you can knock out your heaviest squat and lunge combinations. The full rubber outsole wraps around the side of the shoe, so you can finally reach the top of the rope climb, and the foam midsole is firm, yet supportive for CrossFit workouts and beyond. Pair all that with an abrasion-resistant upper and you have a durable shoe. The UA TriBase Reign works best for weight lifting and WODs.
Lane Eight Trainer AD 1
Back in August of last year, Lane Eight launched its first training shoe built for athletes at every level. The two founders, Josh and James Shorrock, wanted to design a shoe that you can wear to the gym, for a pickup game and a short run. In January, the brand dropped two new colors: burgundy and indigo.
Nike Metcon 4 XD
The Metcon has been a staple in every CrossFitter’s gym kit since 2015. While not a ton has changed since the first version, each iteration has its fans. The 4 XD features a 3D upper that’s durable and reinforced all over instead of just the heavy hitting areas. The new fabric stretches from toe to heel. Nike kept the outsole, TPU heel clip and 4-mm drop all the same. You’ll still find these are best for deadlifts, sled pushes, track starts and explosive movements.
Adidas Alphabounce Instinct
The original Alphabounce shoes made the best gym sneakers list for mixed-use gym shoes in 2018, and this Instinct update doesn’t fall too far from the originals. The seamless upper is supportive, yet flexible for when you need to go straight from mountain climbers to lateral hops. The shoe is built to move with you on runs, as well as quickly from side to side. It’s 12-ounces, so on the heavier side of shoes and the 10-mm drop isn’t something you’ll want to lift weights in but works perfectly on any machines at the gym as well as on the track.
Hoka One One Cavu 2
Hoka One One is famous for its plush cushioning that will help save your knees during marathons and ultras, but the brand went minimalist with the Cavus and the second iteration is no different. Running shorter distances in the Cavu 2 is possible, but it also shines on the gym floor. A 5-mm drop and 7.2-ounce weight make this lightweight trainer ideal for a cardio or HIIT class. A breathable mesh upper means your feet are comfortable well past the duration of your workout.
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