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Best Cross-Training Shoes for Comfort & Support

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Updated on July 3, 2024

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Are you looking for a pair of shoes that can help you reach your fitness goals? The best cross-training shoes offer a unique custom fit that adapts to your individual foot shape. This ensures proper support and alignment during your workouts, which can help to reduce the risk of injury and improve your overall performance.

If you want to take your workouts to the next level and avoid the pain and frustration of inadequate footwear, consider investing in a pair of KURU cross-training shoes. You’ll be amazed at the difference they can make for your fitness journey.

What are Cross-Training Shoes?

A hybrid kind of athletic shoes, cross training shoes or cross trainers allow you to perform different sports and exercise-related activities with enough comfort and support. Cross-training originally refers to an athlete’s training in an activity or sport that they’re not really an expert in.

Now, cross training sneakers or cross trainers combine the different characteristics of tennis shoes, volleyball shoes, and running shoes. They are designed to provide sufficient cushion and stability for the various physical activities you’re engaging in.

Made of top-grade materials, the best cross training shoes offer incomparable durability, stability, breathability, shock absorption, support, and a perfect fit. At KURU, you can find the best cross trainer shoes for both men and women that will give you the necessary support you need to perform even the most intense activities.

  • A woman lifting weights at the gym while wearing fitness shoes for cross training.

How To Pair Your Cross Training Shoes and When To Wear Them

While you often see people wearing trainer shoes during workouts, more individuals now wear this pair casually, such as when running errands or hanging out with friends. One of the ways to achieve a comfortable, sporty, and stylish look with cross training sneakers is by wearing the right pants. You can choose from sweatpants, training bottoms, tracksuits, and jeans.

If you’re attending a concert, relaxing in the park, or meeting your friends, slim-fit jeans with training shoes are a great combination too. Do not pair your training shoes with chinos or dress pants.

You can mix and match different shades of color to achieve a classic but trendy look, like blacks and browns or grays and tans. Dark brown and charcoal gray jeans also work well with black training shoes.

Wearing the right socks is another key to pulling off a fashionable look with your cross trainers. Pick ankle or no-show socks as they go well with training shoes, especially when you pair them with shorts for some ankle exposure.

You can use colorful crew socks too with your training shoes and then some track pants or joggers for a perfect silhouette showcasing your cross trainers. Match the color of your socks with that of your pants.

Training shoes for women can also lead to a fresh and comfortable summer outfit for ladies. For example, you can grace a cool all-black ensemble. Pair your black cross trainer shoes with a plain black top or oversized black sweater and black skinny jeans. You can also pick a white long-sleeve shirt, navy blue shorts, and your top-grade training shoes.

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Cross Training Shoe Care Tips

Even the best training shoes will give up on you if you don’t take care of them properly. Extend your cross training shoes’ lifespan and make the most out of your investment with these simple but crucial steps:

  • Store your cross trainers properly. This includes taking them out of your gym bag as soon as you’re home and then storing them in a dry environment with an average temperature. Don’t leave them out on the porch and expose them to the sun because these may attract harmful pathogens and degrade the shoe’s material. Instead, secure a shoe rack, and then place it in your laundry room or closet.
  • Do not throw your cross trainer shoes into the washing machine. Instead, clean them with a washcloth or brush, lukewarm water, and soft soap. Wipe down dirty areas of the shoe, remove the insoles, and let them dry separately. Place the shoes in a dry area.
  • Develop the habit of unlacing and lacing your cross trainers again when removing them or putting them on. This helps avoid ruining the internal construction of the heel.
  • Avoid wearing your cross-trainers all the time. Wear them exclusively for your exercise-related activities or training. This gives them time to breathe while keeping their upper construction, midsoles, and outsoles intact.
  • Use a disinfectant spray to kill any germs or bacteria that may spread out from the inside of your cross training sneakers to the outside environment.

Features of Best Shoes For Cross-Training

Here are the key elements to consider when finding the best cross training shoes:

  • Durability
    High-quality cross trainers should last for at least six months. You can test their durability by checking the quality of the materials and the type of technology applied. At KURU, we utilize a three-part technology to keep every training shoes’ functionality and durability.
  • Shoe construction
    The insole, midsole, and outsole of the best training shoes should offer superior cushion, stability, and shock absorption as you perform different activities. With KURU you’ll receive advanced foams with dual-density design and state-of-the-art technology.
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  • Fit and comfort
    To reduce the risk of pain and injury, choose cross training tennis shoes that offer the perfect fit. With KURU’s heel cupping design lets you move freely and comfortably while avoiding slips and falls.
    Fit and comfort


  • Can you run in training shoes?

    Yes, you can run in athletic training shoes. They can be good for running short distances with a 5K maximum as well as on soft surfaces like grass and terrains that don’t need plenty of cushioning like a treadmill. Meanwhile, if you’re running long distances more frequently, training shoes might not be the best option for you.

  • What are training shoes for?

    Cross training tennis shoes are meant to support a wide range of movements, including jumping, changing directions, stopping, and breaking. They’re intended for various types of training, including weightlifting, short-distance running, fitness classes, and some racquet sports.

  • What is the difference between a training shoe and a court shoe?

    A training shoe supports different types of training such as strength training, weightlifting, and short distance running. Meanwhile, a court shoe is designed for activities or exercises related to an indoor and outdoor court, including basketball and tennis.

  • How often should you replace your training shoes?

    This depends on the frequency of your workouts and the way you move. However, it’s recommended to replace training shoes after 80 to 100 workout hours or around six months.

  • What are training shoes best for?

    Cross training tennis shoes are best for weightlifting, agility training, strength training, short distances on a treadmill, high-intensity gym workouts, boot camps, and trail hiking.

Athletes, active individuals, and even those embarking on a new fitness regimen face a higher risk of experiencing foot and ankle injuries, whether from trauma or overuse.


In fact, 47% of respondents in our study reported that their foot pain began due to an injury.

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Three Layers of Support

At KURU, we pride ourselves on our unique approach to shoe design. We believe that shoes should be shaped to fit the natural contours of your feet, which is why we create every pair in three distinct support layers, not just an insole.


Our revolutionary ergonomic design starts with a curved footbed and adds unparalleled triple-layer support that includes shock-absorbing KURUCLOUD, heel-cupping KURUSOLE, and arch-supporting ULTIMATE INSOLES. The result? Shoes that are so comfortable you’ll stop thinking about your feet.

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  • How KURU brings relief


    As the mid-layer of our unique three-part approach, KURUSOLE dynamically flexes with each step you take. With a rounded heel cupping design, this patented technology offers superior cushioning, less pain, and a perfect fit. Thus, the best shoes for training from KURU help protect you from any mobility and alignment issues.

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Best Training Sneaker For All My Activities. I almost never write reviews. But, I had to review ALL of the shoes I’ve purchased from KURU. If I could have an entire shoe and boot wardrobe from this brand, I would! The QUANTUM is like walking on clouds! It’s practically cured my plantar fasciitis and my heel spur. I take Zumba & Spin Classes in these sneakers plus lift weights. They are great for all the squats, leg lunges and burpees I do. They’re even great for all the jumping jacks & mountain climbers I do in my cross training workout classes. BEST Training Sneaker I’ve ever purchased. Will keep buying KURU for every activity I can!

Angelica In The City

Best pair of training shoes I ever purchased! This is the best pair of training shoes I have ever purchased. Just the right amount of room in the toes, great arch support, and comfortable. If they are as durable as they are in comfort, support and fit I will be a lifelong customer!


I Can Workout Comfortably Again! Second pair of the Atom sneakers for me in one year! I’ve been dealing with a heel spur, plantar fasciitis & I tend to pronate. I’ve tried every sneaker my podiatrist recommended. He had never heard of KURU. Thankfully, one of my best friends recommended this shoe. In less than a month, my feet felt incredible and pain free. I’m able to dance, jog, hike and do all of my cross training in these sneakers! I am now a HUGE fan of KURU!!

Angelica In The City

Quantum Success. I bought sixth pair of KURU shoes to have for casual wear and general fitness training. The Quantum Black/Blue. They are so comfortable and I get compliments on them every time I wear them.

Stan A.

Love the Quantum! I have several pairs of the Quantum…so many compliments on this color! The wide fits perfectly and works great for my dog agility sports training!”

Karen Kay

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