Can you wear running shoes for HIIT and gym workouts? Quick answer: To be safe, don’t. Generally, trainers and shoe experts (granted, some are marketeers too) recommend that you wear training shoes – instead of running shoes – if you’re planning to do a mix of exercises in one session, such as sprinting, squatting, jumping and lifting.
So, what’s the difference between training and running shoes? Running shoes are built for single-directional movement (forward and backwards), while training shoes are designed with multi-directional movements in mind. Running shoes tend to have a greater heel-toe drop (to facilitate forward movement) than training shoes, which are designed to optimise ground contact for stability. Another case for training shoes: They come with reinforcements to protect or support parts of your feet that have increased ground contact during workouts, such as the toes and heels.
Here, we’ve sussed out the training shoes that meet our criteria: snug and supportive fit, flexible midsoles, grippy outsoles and sufficient support for various types of exercises.
Product images are from the respective brands.