There are so many training shoes to choose from that it’s a staggering task to decide which shoe to buy for the gym. You can find everything from cutting-edge, tech-heavy models designed to handle everything in the weight room, to shoes designed specifically for just 1 or 2 types of lifts. It can get tricky to sift through all the available sneakers, especially if you’re looking for the best budget training shoes available.
All of the shoes featured on our list feature all the basics of a training shoe and nothing more or less. They won’t boast premium materials or the highest level of technology but they do perform well. Our best budget training shoes list is all about top-notch performance at a reasonable price.
At WearTesters, we test hundreds of sneakers each year. To put together this list, we found outstanding budget training performers that can offer a little bit of everything. We chose stable shoes that have the correct training-focused support features and are also affordable. Cross training is no easy task for one shoe, but we think you’ll enjoy our picks for the best budget training shoes.
Categories are used below so you can easily find what’s important to you. If you know what you need, you can simply click the category link. If not, feel free to browse the whole list.
Best Budget Training Shoes
Nike Renew Retaliation TR 3
The Nike Renew Retaliation TR 3 is a versatile budget Nike training shoe. The Renew foam midsole isn’t housed inside another foam. It’s free to move and compress, but it doesn’t compress so much that you feel unstable. The materials are breathable so your feet never feel like they’re in a sauna during an intense workout. It has everything you need and nothing you don’t. It’s a good option if you’re looking to spend less than $100. See the full review. Price:
Nike Legend Essential 2
The Nike Legend Essential 2 is the cheapest shoe on this list, but don’t be fooled by the low price. It won’t surprise you, but you won’t be disappointed. The Legend Essential 2’s midsole wraps up at the sides for extra stability, features a bit of leather on the upper, and has a thick and durable outsole. However, the heel counter may be too flimsy for many gym-goers. This may be ok if you deal with Achilles soreness. Oh, and wide footers can go true to size in these. Read the full review. Price: $60
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Nike Metcon 7
The Nike Metcon 7 is a stand-out. With the Metcon 7, you get full-length React foam cushioning, great traction, and an improved toe box with greater mobility than previous Metcon models. The upper is breathable, flexible, and supportive and the shoe’s wide forefoot will give you even more stability while lifting. Keep any running (very) short because the heel is clunky. Otherwise, this is a solid all-around workout shoe, now at a discount. See the full review. Price:
Reebok Nano X1
The Reebok Nano X1 is technically a CrossFit shoe, which means that it’s designed to handle a wide variety of different moves. Reebok used their split-finger outsole on the Nano X1. Consider it Reebok’s attempt at giving a traditional training shoe the mobility of a five-toe shoe. The Nano X1 outsole is split in the forefoot enough to allow for each toe and toe area to grip the floor almost independently. The Nano X1 is an excellent shoe for the gym and you can now get it for less than retail. Read the full review. Price:
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