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Best HIIT Shoes

Engineered with a wide sturdy base for explosive multi-directional movements.

Whether you’re an athlete or a gym buff, you know that it takes the right attitude—and shoes—to perform high-intensity interval training (HIIT).

At KURU, we offer the best shoes for HIIT or CrossFit shoes to help you give your maximum performance while meeting the complex demands of the workout. Equipped with our patented technology, KURU athletic shoes offer enough shock absorption, cushioning, stability, comfort, and support for high-intensity activity.

So, grab a pair of the some of the best shoes for HIIT workouts to help make your fitness journey smooth, safe, and exciting.

Experts Guide to HIIT Shoes

What are HIIT Shoes?

HIIT shoes are footwear designed to give you the right amount of support when performing high-intensity interval training, which includes jumping, running, squatting, lifting, climbing, and more. A jack-of-all-trades in the footwear department, HIIT workout shoes offer sufficient stability for strength work and cushion your feet on landings.

They also provide unique features to satisfy the demands of other HIIT activities, such as wall exercises and climbing ropes. Given how intense and high-impact HIIT exercises are, you’ll need the best shoes for HIIT and weight training, like what we provide at KURU.

With excellent cushioning, stability, support, breathability, and responsiveness, KURU HIIT shoes are just as intense as HIIT exercises.

Top Selling Shoes

Our Customer Favorites

"Made me enjoy running for the first time...ever!
These shoes really give you a pep to your step. I had worn them on casual walks, and enjoyed them just fine. It wasn't until I attended a few HIIT classes at OTF that I realized how awesome these are. I LOATHE running, and I actually enjoyed time on the treadmill. These are by far the comfiest runners I have had."
"Great comfort Fit!
I love how comfortable these sneakers are. Great fit! Durable feel for my intense workouts! Really put together sneaker! Thank you, H"

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A woman wearing crossfit shoes lifts weights at the gym. 	A woman wearing crossfit shoes lifts weights at the gym.

How to Choose HIIT Shoes

Wondering how to choose the best HIIT shoes for you? Our KURU GURUs outline how to select the perfect pair.

  • Support and protection: Whether you’re buying CrossFit shoes or HIIT workout shoes, you’ll want to make sure they offer the right amount of support and protection from pain or injury. The best shoes for HIIT training and the best shoes for CrossFit also excel in terms of flexibility, responsiveness, and cushioning.
  • Breathability and comfort: From lightweight, dual-density, and advanced foams to dynamic heel support, your HIIT shoes should be breathable and comfortable enough to help you complete your HIIT workouts with confidence and a smile.
  • Fit: The best HIIT shoes should fit perfectly and feel like a gentle hug to your heels. They must also dynamically flex with every step to protect your feet and maintain good posture while performing a wide range of activities from jumping to climbing.
  • Design and materials: Consider your preferred design, such as minimalist, compact, or stylish. They should be made of cutting-edge materials and impressive technology to help ensure that they’re durable and suitable for high-impact workouts like HIIT.

HIIT Shoe Care Tips

Keeping your HIIT shoes fresh and clean is as simple as following these simple tips from our KURU GURUs.

Even if you got the best shoes for HIIT, they can become dirty or worn if you don’t take good care of them. Follow these steps to help preserve the quality of your HIIT shoes:

  • Practice footwear rotation. Do not rely on just one pair of HIIT shoes and wear them every day. Giving them time to dry and rest will not only keep their durability and longevity but also help prevent the growth of bacteria and fungus.
  • To remove microbes and germs and avoid cross-contamination, use disinfectant spray between uses.
  • Do not wash your HIIT shoes in the washing machine to avoid any damage. Hand wash them instead, and use an old toothbrush or dry brush to eliminate any dirt from the uppers, midsole, and outsole. Let them air dry while the insoles are removed. Never put them in the dryer as they’re not built to withstand such type of heat.
  • Store your HIIT workout shoes in a cool, dry environment. Regardless if you’re storing them on your closet shelf or their original box, there should be enough ventilation while keeping them away from heat and moisture.
A man wearing the best crossfit shoes runs up a flight of steps. A man wearing the best crossfit shoes runs up a flight of steps.

Types of HIIT Shoes & Finding the Best Fit

HIIT shoes that fit well can improve performance and reduce injuries. Find the best style for you with the help of KURU.

  • Shoes that can handle complex cross-training: HIIT sessions include kettlebell swings, box jumps, rope climbing, and more, so you’ll need the type of footwear that’s designed for complex cross-training, like those with abundant cushioning to reduce impact when you’re jumping.
  • Shoes with stability: Choose HIIT shoes with a stable base for increased balance, stability, and even distribution of weight.
  • Shoes with exceptional shock absorption: Given that HIIT workouts are usually high-impact, you need shock-absorbing foam to help prevent any injury. These shoes can also help enhance your performance, since they offer higher energy return.
  • Shoes with traction for lateral movements: When performing multi-directional movements, you need HIIT shoes that provide excellent traction, grip, and versatility.
  • Shoes that match your preferences and needs: Find the best shoes for HIIT by considering your tastes and needs too. For example, do you prefer low-cut HIIT shoes over high-top HIIT shoes? Do you need shoes with enhanced arch support? Do you like slip-on shoes rather than lace-up shoes?

Why Others Love KURU

See What Our Customers Are Saying About Us

"My 5th pair and counting

I suffer from plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, multiple foot injuries, etc. These sneakers are the best I have found to help me be able to maintain my lifestyle including daily walks with the dogs, and I have even been able to have reduced and minimal pain days, even no pain days, so that I can do strength training and HIIT workouts again."

"Comfortable shoe with a fun casual style

As someone with too many foot challenges to list, finding KURU was like a dream come true. I own a few pairs (Lucys) and purchased the ATOMS as soon as they became available as I needed a performance shoe for the gym. The ATOM works perfectly for HIIT training. I did need to finagle the laces a bit to ensure a tight fit as the toe box is nice and wide, but once I wore them a few times, they seemed to mold to my feet and were absolutely comfortable. Planning to buy another pair to wear this summer (outside of the gym) as they really are super comfy and my feet don't hurt at all."

"Happy Feet!

So happy. I have been through the shoes! All of them! Plantar faciatis, heel spur, corns, you name it. My feet always hurt. Especially when I exercise. But NOT IN THESE SHOES! Saving my life, one day at a time. I LOVE them. Amazing all-around support. Especially great for HIIT workouts. Standing for long periods of time is not a problem. TRY them! I always order up a size for workout/walking shoes and that worked here as well. I wear 8.5 in all shoes except tennis-shoes - these I wear a 9 and they fit perfectly."


Answers to the most frequently asked questions are just a click away.

Should I wear running shoes for hiit?

While beginners often wear running shoes when going to the gym, these shoes are not designed for HIT. You need HIIT shoes as you’ll be moving forward, backward, up and down, side-to-side, and more.

What shoes are best for hiit training?

Shoes that are perfect for HIIT training are the ones with extraordinary support, stability, cushioning, comfort, breathability, and shock absorption.

Do I need HIIT shoes?

If you’re only doing sprinting for your HIIT exercise, running shoes will do. However, if you’re performing cross-training, which is usually the case, you need HIIT shoes to have a solid base for multi-directional movements, reduced toe drop, and enough cushioning.

Are crossfit shoes good for lifting?

Yes, they’re good for lifting. They offer enough stability required for effective and safe lifting. The soles also have sufficient grip and traction. However, some cross-training shoes may offer lifting benefits to accomodate rope climbing, running, and other exercises.

Do you sell replacement insoles or sock liners, etc?

We are happy to offer free replacements on ULTIMATE INSOLES for the lifetime of the shoe. While we don’t offer inserts as a separate purchase, you can always contact a KURU GURU for a free replacement if your ULTIMATE INSOLES wear out or suffer damage.

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