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The Best Cross-Training Shoes to Get You Through Any Workout Class

Nike Metcon 4

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Nike's latest iteration of their cult-favorite Metcon shoe is a crowd favorite. Metcons are well-known in the CrossFit and weightlifting communities for being some of the most versatile workout shoes, and the newest version of the shoe in a colorway designed by trainer Kirsty Godso (the mastermind behind this creative bodyweight EMOM workout) is no exception. With a higher level of durability and more forefoot cushioning than before, these promise added comfort and many months of use. ($130; nike.com

Buy these if: Weightlifting is your focus, but you want to be comfortable during bodyweight workouts and short runs, too.

(If running is your main workout, check out the best new running sneakers for logging spring miles.)

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Skechers Flex Appeal 2.0 High Energy

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This pretty pastel knit training shoe not only looks spring-ready, but it also features an air-cooled memory foam insole for extra breathability and cushioning on those warm days ahead. ($70; skechers.com

Buy these if: You do a lot of walking to and from the gym—and love incorporating athleisure into the rest of your wardrobe

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Inov-8 F-Lite 260 Knit

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What really stands out about Inov-8's new training shoe is how lightweight it is. It also features a sticky-grip sole ideal for challenging moves like rope climbs and wall walks, and a toe bumper to keep your forefoot protected when doing burpees, planks, and more. ($140; inov-8.com)

Buy these if: You want a comfortable training shoe that's also super light.

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Puma Fierce Rope EP Training Shoes

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These NYC Ballet–inspired kicks might look like fashion sneakers, but they're actually totally legit in terms of tech. They have a thicker heel on both the inner and outer edges for more support, making them a great fit for any class where you know there will be some side-to-side action. ($110; puma.com)

Buy these if: You want a fashionable AF training shoe.

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Adidas by Stella McCartney Pureboost X TR 3.0 Shoes

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These training-specific sneakers were designed to provide both comfort and support during high-intensity workouts as well as short runs. Because of the super-responsive cushioning in the midsole, you may even find you're getting more air during jump roping and squat jumps. ($180; adidas.com)

Buy these if: You do bodyweight workouts and jumping-heavy routines on the reg. (Try this 30-minute jump rope workout that burns an insane number of calories.)

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Under Armour UA Ultimate Speed

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Sneakers meant for both weight training and quick jogs seem to be all the rage at the moment, likely due to the current popularity of HIIT-style workouts. Under Armour's addition to the pack of options in this category is a sock-like liner for a customized fit, as well as a grippy sole for additional traction. ($100; underarmour.com)

Buy these if: You frequently take studio workouts where traction and comfort are key. Think: dance cardio, boot camp, and more.

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New Balance Fresh Foam LAZR Sport

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Using a high-tech laser-engraving technique on the foam sole of these sneakers, New Balance has created a training shoe that offers superior comfort on the go. With a slip-on construction, they're easy to throw on when you're rushing out the door trying to make it to your workout. ($90; newbalance.com)

Buy these if: You want to wear your sneakers before, during, and after a workout—no matter where you're headed.

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Reebok CrossFit Nano 8 Flexweave

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Rebook's newest CrossFit shoe utilizes the brand's new Flexweave upper, which allows for more flexibility and breathability than previous Nano versions. They've also upped the comfort level with this update, so even if you're in the pain cave, at least your feet will be happy (and look stylish). ($130; reebok.com)

But these if: You're a die-hard CrossFit enthusiast. (BTW, here's how to avoid CrossFit injuries and stay on your workout game.)

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Asics Conviction X 2

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The second generation of Asics' cross-training shoe was released this spring. With a higher-cut upper than many other training shoes on the market and an all-black color scheme, these provide a slightly different look fashion-wise. A tried-and-true training style, these have a stiff heel and solid platform, making them a good alternative for those who don't want to invest in a separate pair of weightlifting shoes. ($120; asics.com)

Buy these if: You want a training shoe that does it all, with a minimalist look.

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