No matter your preferred workout – running, weightlifting, cross training, HIIT, or all of the above – the right pair of gym trainers is non-negotiable if you want the best results. As well as proving to your fellow gym-goers that you mean business, the best gym shoes for men combine flexibility, support and breathability. However, the exact specifics depend on your workout of choice, so read on for our guide to choosing your perfect pair of gym shoes for any workout, as well as the best styles to buy in 2022.

What to look for in gym shoes for men

With so many dedicated gym shoes for men on the market at the moment, finding the perfect pair can feel like a feat – and you haven't even begun your workout yet. But this needn't be an overwhelming decision to make.

    

The most important thing to consider is the main type of exercise you'll need your shoes for. If you're a runner, you'll need specific running shoes that offer a combination of comfy cushioning and just the right amount of bounce. For interval training, look for a secure fit, solid support in the heel and mid-foot, and a larger, flatter base for extra traction on multiple types of surfaces. If weightlifting is your thing, your main priority will be reducing lower back pain and maintaining proper form, so opt for extra support in the form of a stiff upper, a strap across the laces, padded heel and hard outsole. And if you like to mix it up with a range of different workouts? You'll need a multi-functional all-rounder that's cushioned and supportive yet flexible and breathable.

Best men's gym shoes for running

Hylo Athletics Men's Hylo Run 2

These vegan running shoes from London-based label Hylo are some of the most planet-friendly trainers we've come across. Innovatively crafted from renewable materials including corn fibre, algae bloom and organic cotton canvas, they're recyclable and boast a 52% lower carbon footprint compared to the average running shoe. Their environmental impact may be low, but the performance they promise is undeniably high. Special Corn Spring® technology ensures maximum speed and momentum, while a breathable, single-layered, engineered knit offers breathability, comfort and a glove-like fit. Finally, an anatomically shaped footbed achieves the perfect cushioned landing.

Best men's gym shoes for weightlifting

Adidas Powerlift Weightlifting Shoes

Whether you're a weightlifting novice or a fully-fledged pro, Adidas' Powerlift Weightlifting Shoes will have you sorted. The combination of a wide velcro strap and laces provide a stable base that will keep your midfoot locked down when attempting those big lifts. The die-cut wedge midsole and narrow fit offer extra support, while a flexible forefoot gives you room to move your toes for comfortable lifting. Note that these shoes run slightly small, so size up for a comfier fit.

Best men's gym shoes for cross-training

New Balance Minimus TR

Cross-training – a workout involving varied functional movements performed at various intensities – requires a pair of men's gym shoes that allow you to move in different directions while offering enough support to minimise the likelihood of sustaining an injury. For this type of workout, New Balance's Minimus TR gets our vote. These ultra-versatile trainers boast a midsole with full rubber coverage for added cushioning and enhanced support, as well as a premium liner that allows you to train without wearing socks, and a mesh upper designed for enhanced airflow and ultimate breathability.

Best men's gym shoes for HIIT

Nike Zoom Metcon Turbo 2

Approach your HIIT sessions with absolute confidence, in a pair of Nike's Zoom Metcon Turbo 2 trainers. Stability and responsiveness are combined  for quick movements, springy take-offs and a cushioned landing. The goal in creating these kicks was maximum durability and minimal weight. They're cushioned underfoot with lightweight Zoom Air cushioning and the instep of the upper is thin but tough, with mesh on the outer part for breathability. Other helpful features include a wide, flat heel for stability and a grippy rubber sole that's flexible enough to let your foot bend comfortably.

Best men's gym shoes for cycling

Tiem Slipstream

These sleek cycling trainers from British brand Tiem fuse good looks, high performance and sock-like comfort. They boast a breathable mesh toe-box, slip-on construction, and single-strap closure system, so all you have to do is focus on the cycling – indoor or outdoor. Note that cycling shoes should fit slightly tighter than your other trainers, so if you have a narrow foot it is recommended that you opt for half a size down from your usual trainer size, otherwise stay true to your usual shoe size.

Best value men's gym shoes

Puma FUSE Training Shoes

Designed to help you tackle any workout, Puma's FUSE Training Shoes get our vote for the best value gym shoes for men. Grip, support and stability are prioritised, with a 4mm drop, a wide toe box to give you a stable stance, an internal midsole for shock absorption, a durable PUMAGRIP that provides all-purpose traction and a TPU heel clip for enhanced support. All for only £80.

Best men's gym shoes for mixed use

Reebok Nano X2

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If you like to mix things up in the gym with an array of different workouts, you'll need some all-rounder gym trainers that are ready for anything. Reebok has just the pair. Its Nano X2 sneakers are made with a Flexweave® woven upper that's breathable and durable, with integrated support for stability and a rubber outsole with a strategic lug pattern for ultimate traction. The perfect shoes for in and out of the gym.

For stylish trainers suitable for everyday wear, check out our guide to the best minimalist sneakers for men.