The 25 Best Gym Shoes for Men

When it comes to what you want in a gym shoe, versatility is key. Why? Let’s face it—when you hit the gym, you’re doing something different each time, whether you’re lazily pedaling on the bike while watching ESPN, sweating it out in the weights area, or begrudgingly attending whatever yoga class your girlfriend convinced you to try (“just once”). And because of that, you need a shoe that can take whatever you throw at it.

You also want your gym shoes to be sturdy but lightweight (so you can shove them into your gym bag and haul them from home to work to the gym to home without breaking your back), and you want them to be fashionable yet functional. Yeah, we said “fashionable” and “gym shoes” in the same sentence. Believe us, when you’re sporting that ratty t-shirt from that 5K you ran six years ago, you’re going to want to have something nice on your body. Check out 25 of our favorites that fit the bill and then some.

PUMA Carson Runner 1

PUMA Carson Runner

You love the comfort of your favorite sweatshirt, so why not replicate it in your gym shoes? These PUMA Carson Runners are crafted from heather jersey, giving you that collegiate look, even if you’re 10 years out of college.

Purchase: $52

Nike Air Max 1 Essential

Nike Air Max 1 Essential

Nike Air Max is legendary among sneaker geeks, and the Air Max 1 Essential is no exception. It has the signature air sole for maximum cushioning, and the classic Nike swoosh to inspire you to just do one more set.

Purchase: $75

Reebok Furylite OG Red Rush

Reebok Furylite OG Red Rush

Featuring a low-cut design that enables you to move around the gym with ease, Reebok’s Furylite OG Red Rush is solid enough to take you through your workouts, but stylish enough to wear post-workout as well.

Purchase: $75

New Balance 574

New Balance 574

Perhaps New Balance’s most iconic shoe, the 574 has been produced since they combined two of their best shoes together in 1988. And while it might look more like a lifestyle shoe than an athletic shoe, crafted out of a combination of suede and mesh and paired with an ultra-cushioned sole, it’ll quickly become your favorite shoe to work out in.

Purchase: $75

Reebok Ventilator Neon

Reebok Ventilator Neon

You’re guaranteed to look fly on the treadmill with these 1990s throwback Reebok Ventilators, with oversized logos and neon accents.

Purchase: $75

Adidas Tubular Runner

Adidas Tubular Runner

A reintroduction of the popular 1993 version, the Adidas Tubular Runner features a, well, tubular outsole made out of EVA, taking its inspiration from an inflatable tire.

Purchase: $77

Reebok ZPump Fusion

Reebok ZPump Fusion

Everyone remembers the classic Reebok pump from 1989 that was supposed to help you dunk baskets like Shaq. All these years later, you still might not be able to dunk like Shaq, but at least you can still don the pump with pride, by wearing the reimagined Reebok ZPump Fusion, which takes the pump from its original home on the tongue and puts it right on the side.

Purchase: $80

Nike Internationalist

Nike Internationalist

Inspired by retro Nike running shoe styles, the Internationalist features a rugged waffle sole to ensure traction throughout whatever you’re doing. Pair that with the classic Nike swoosh, and you’ve got a classic shoe that’s up for anything.

Purchase: $85

Nike Air Pegasus 83

Nike Air Pegasus 83

Similar to the Internationalist, the Nike Air Pegasus 83 features a rubber waffle sole to ensure that you’re sure-footed, and the mesh and suede upper allows for a good casual look that’s appropriate for the gym and for other weekend activities.

Purchase: $85

Reebok Les Mills ZCut

Reebok Les Mills ZCut

A collaboration between Les Mills and Reebok, the ZCut is a handsome shoe that looks like something a bit out of this world. Utilizing NanoWeb and Fit Frame technologies, the shoe is super comfortable and flexible, and the adjustable Velcro heel strap not only looks delightfully old school, but it ensures your shoes will fit like a glove.

Purchase: $90

Adidas ZX Flux

Adidas ZX Flux

If you’re looking to stand out in the weight room, the Adidas ZX Flux will do that. Featuring colorful geometric designs on the compression-molded EVA sole, the shoe is eye-catching as it is reliable, with its stretchy mesh upper and Torsion System interior.

Purchase: $95

Adidas Climachill Cosmic Boost

Adidas Climachill Cosmic Boost

If you’re the guy who simply hits the treadmill at the gym, the Adidas Climachill Cosmic Boost is the shoe for you. Crafted with Adidas’ bouncy Boost midsole and built-in Climachill technology, these shoes will keep you clocking miles on the treadmill for longer than you ever have.

Purchase: $98

Nike Air Huarache

Nike Air Huarache

These look less like gym shoes and more like moon shoes, but Nike Air Huaraches are a revamped version of the 1991 classic construction that everyone lusted after. And while these kicks feature a ton of accents that will look killer on the street, the neoprene and elastane construction, forefoot flex grooves, and phylon midsole will make these also perform well in the gym.

Purchase: $100

Adidas Los Angeles

Adidas Los Angeles

Aping the design aesthetics of Adidas’ original LA Trainer, the Adidas Los Angeles takes everything that’s good about a walking shoe and everything that’s necessary in an athletic shoe and fuses them together.

Purchase: $100

Nike Roshe LD-1000

Nike Roshe LD-1000

An update on the classic Nike shoe from the 1970s, the streamlined Nike Roshe LD-1000 has deep forefoot flex grooves for natural range of motion, a breathable mesh upper, and an Ortholite sockliner for a snug feel.

Purchase: $100

Nike Roshe One Fleece

Nike Roshe One Fleece

An update of the update featured above, the Nike Roshe One Fleece is simple and clean, crafted out of fleece (which is all the rage nowadays), and has a waffle sole that is designed to look like stepping stones.

Purchase: $110

Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit

Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit

Nike’s Flyknit series introduces a breathable, ultra-light running shoe. The Free 4.0 Flynight is more cushioned and lower to the ground than other Flyknits, making it perfect for taking down miles on the treadmill when it’s too cold to run outside.

Purchase: $120

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Sweatshirt

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Sweatshirt

Crafted from breathable sweatshirt material, New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Sweatshirt is the perfect weekend shoe—hit the gym, grab coffee, and head straight into relaxation mode.

Purchase: $120

Nike Air Presto Fleece

Nike Air Presto Fleece

Another pair of sneaks made with breathable fleece, Nike Air Presto Fleece’s soft sweatshirt-material uppers pair well with its molded midfoot overlays. Its flex grooves provide natural range of motion, and also just look cool.

Purchase: $75

Nike Air Max 90 Ultra

Nike Air Max 90 Ultra

Another update on the original sought-after Nike Air Max, the Nike Air Max 90 Ultra is almost a third lighter than its predecessor, while still featuring the signature Air-Sole heel that made the originals a “must have” buy in the early 90s.

Purchase: $130

Athletic Propulsion Labs Techloom Pro

Athletic Propulsion Labs Techloom Pro

Athletic Propulsion Labs is new to the sneaker scene, but their shoes are nothing less than incredible (they were actually banned by the NBA for giving players an unfair advantage). The Techloom Pro has a one-piece woven upper crafted to be ultra-breathable, as well as a super-cushioned interior and sole made with the company’s proprietary Propelium material.

Purchase: $140

Air Jordan Future Low

Air Jordan Future Low

Air Jordans leapt onto the scene in 1984 and were one of the best-selling shoes in history. There have been a ton of iterations ever since the shoe’s 1980s debut, and the Air Jordan Future Low is one of the newest. Featuring a minimalist mesh upper with reflective coating and a sole crafted out of both translucent and solid rubber with a herringbone pattern, it’ll look good both on and off court.

Purchase: $145

Nike Air Max 95

Nike Air Max 95

The Nike Air Max 95 is an update of the original that was a hit with runners after its debut in 1995. Featuring the signature Air Max sole, the shoe has an innovative lacing system for a secure lockdown, which means you won’t have to hop off the treadmill to tie your shoe ever again.

Purchase: $160

Adidas Ultra Boost

Adidas Ultra Boost

The mega-lightweight Adidas Ultra Boost will feel like your favorite pair of running shoes from the first day you put them on, and the fact that they’re so light will make it even easier to convince yourself to grab your gym bag on the way out the door in the morning.

Purchase: $180

Adidas Yeezy Boost 350

Adidas Yeezy Boost 350

Out of the partnership between Adidas and Kanye West comes the Adidas Yeezy Boost 350, which is an all-black, minimalist shoe featuring a funky ribbed sole, mesh uppers, and barely-there laces.

Purchase: $200+

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