Full disclosure: We can't wait to get back to our favorite arm machine at the gym and our endorphin-boosting dance classes. Until then, we'll be doing Zoom workouts from our living room. But that doesn't mean we can skimp on the fitness gear. While we've been admittedly using cans of beans as hand weights (don't lie; you have, too), nothing can replace a supportive, bouncy sneaker to fuel all of those burpees and plank jacks. Which is why we're sharing eight of the best workout sneakers that can be purchased this very second.
8 Workout Sneakers For Every Type of At-Home Sweat Sesh
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1. Adidas Women's Ultraboost 20 Running Shoe
The name doesn't lie—these sneakers give your workout a boost thanks to the responsive sole that bounces back with ease. While you can run in them, they're also ultra comfy for living room cardio sessions. If you're worried about blisters, don't be. The knit upper is virtually abrasion proof, so it won't cause painful rubbing as you jump around.
2. Apl Women's Techloom Phantom Running Shoe
We’ve seen this stylish training shoe on everyone from fitness instructors to avid boxers for good reason: They’re comfortable and supportive, and they come in a range of cute colors that look just as good in the gym as they do out and about. While we wouldn't necessarily run a 10K in them, they're supportive and cushioned enough for classes that combine burpees, box jumps and shadow boxing.
3. New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v9
If you're lucky enough to be self-isolating near some running trails, slip into these New Balances, which feature foam instead of gel for a soft yet supportive shoe. The outer sole is designed with strategically placed flex grooves to help maintain traction and durability for a smoother stride. Although this pair has plenty of cushion, it doesn’t lack in support, and it delivers all that with a light-as-air feel. The breathable fabric will help keep sweat at bay, so your feet won’t be quite as stinky as usual after a few miles.
4. Asics Gt 2000 7
Whether you're a runner or a dance cardio fanatic, these are ideal for people who over-pronate (when your foot rolls inward as you move), as they feature additional support at the inner arches. If you notice your foot caving inward when doing things like lunges or squats, it could mean you need a little help with realignment. The base of this particular pair has just enough ankle stability and arch support without being too heavy (or too orthopedic looking). Bonus: It's a great option if you like switching up your workout often.
5. Asics Women's Gel-cumulus 21
On the other end of the spectrum, these cushiony sneakers are great if you under-pronate (AKA, bear your weight on the outer edges of your feet). They’re extremely cushioned and have built-in arch support to help evenly distribute pressure upon impact (we're looking at you, jump squats). Plus, a little extra foam padding in the interior liner feels like a satisfying little hug for your feet every time you slide them on.
6. New Balance Women's 20v7 Cross Trainer
If running 10 miles isn't your idea of fun, these cross-training sneakers will get you moving in a way that is. Designed with a grippy bottom, they provide maximum traction between the sole and whatever surface you're on, whether it's wood, carpet, concrete or grass. The shape of the shoe is also made to provide lateral stability, which is crucial for HIIT workouts where you're often moving from side to side and back to front.
7. Nike Women's Flyknit Lunar 3 Running Shoe
The Nike Flyknit Lunar 3 is about half the weight of a typical performance trainer but has the support most experts agree runners and cross-trainers need. Constructed from a single piece of tightly woven polyester yarn (in surprisingly stylish colors), the shoe contours naturally to the foot, almost like a very sturdy sock. And because it's so lightweight, it's also makes for more nimble transitions during dance cardio or HIIT classes.
8. Brooks Womens Adrenaline Gts 20 Running Shoe
Many PureWow runners credit these sneaks among their top favorites of all time. And that's because they're so much more than shoes to log miles in. They have a light layer of cushioning that cradles the foot without being too cumbersome and a sole that provides ample support on all sides. They're versatile enough for everything from Instagram Live boot camps to basement weightlifting sessions to mastering TikTok dances.