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Lee Reherman

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Best Men's Cross Trainer Shoes & Men's Cross Trainer

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It wasn’t that long ago, that an active person’s day of hiking up the side of a mountain in the morning, playing a game of tennis at lunch, and maybe going for a jog after work, all were accomplished in the same low cut basketball shoe that Dr. J wore! Can you imagine? My ankles hurt, just thinking about it!

In more recent years, the big brand named shoe companies got smart and realized they could slap the face of an overpriced athlete on a box and move a million pair during the Christmas selling season! Never mind that the shoe inside the box was garbage! Well “good riddance” to that, too!

Thankfully, you, today’s consumer, has become the savvy one, and the companies that make those shoes have had to adapt, and adapt they have. The modern Cross Training shoe is a perfect example of that, with great ankle support, solid soles, waterproof material, and many more features, having become standard fare. The Cross Training shoe section of any sporting goods store today is a smorgasbord of general and specialty products built for any activity you can think of, and probably some you haven’t. The key is to just take the time to pick the right one.

A couple simple things to consider when buying a Cross Training Shoe are:

1. What do I need a shoe for? Is it multiple activities, or do I need something specific? If you’re training for a marathon, go get a high-end running shoe! Duh!

2. If I decide I do need a Cross Trainer, then what “dominant” activity will I be participating in? Obviously, if hiking through the woods is the chore, then an aerobic shoe might not be the right choice, as you’ll want to err toward more ankle support.

3. Finally, what “other” activities might I be doing? Sticking with the above example, you’re not going to want to go to your aerobics class in a hiking shoe that has creek sludge all over it from yesterday’s trek up the Matterhorn!

Find the best men's cross trainer shoes that fit your workout schedule and offer the support you need. Our men's cross trainer recommendations include Patagonia, Vasque, New Balance and other men's cross trainer selections.

Best Mens Cross Trainers by Lee Reherman

The Best You Can Get

  • Lowa Pinto Lo Cross-Training Shoe

    Lee says: Lowa has created a whole line of Cross Training Shoes that combine state of the art technology and top of the line materials to deliver an athletic shoe with work boot durability. The Pinto Lo is Lowa’s premium shoe with the plenty of thick, yet flexible leather, extra padding, and a rubber sole to make it perfect for those outdoor activities in less than hospitable terrain. If you’re looking for a quality shoe that can take just about whatever you can throw at it, then the Lowa line of Cross Trainers may be just what you are looking for.

    • A sturdy low-cut trekker designed for light backpacking, scrambling, and adventures on and off the trails
    • Durable nubuck leather uppers are lightweight yet supportive, and supersoft leather linings with Cambrelle® nylon fit your feet like a golf glove and offer the utmost in comfort and moisture management
    • Padded ankles and tongues relieve pressure and add comfort; removable footbeds add cushioning and support and are compatible with orthotics
    • Molded, contoured polyurethane midsoles with nylon stabilizer shanks provide dependable cushioning and lightweight support
    • Vibram® Pinto rubber outsoles have braking, impact and rigidity zones which give a stable base and excellent all-terrain traction
  • Patagonia Drifter Gore-Tex Cross-Training Shoe

    Lee says: All the heft of a hiking boot with the flexibility of a running shoe, the Drifter Gore-Tex Cross-Training Shoe is Patagonia’s more versatile version of its Drifter Gore-Tex Hiking Shoe. There is so much really good-looking leather on this shoe, you’ll almost want to keep it clean to wear with jeans on a Saturday night! But rugged rubber sole and waterproof padded liner will make them impossible to keep in the closet the other six activity filled days of the week.

    • Feel free to play hard in these waterproof Patagonia Drifter Shoes that feature Gore-Tex liners and are made partially from recycled materials
    • Supple leather uppers are flexible, handsome and wear well, standing up to abuse on or off the beaten path
    • Gore-Tex® waterproof liners let feet breathe while protecting them from the elements, keeping them dry and comfortable
    • Capilene™ linings, made from recycled polyester, are soft against skin and move moisture away from feet, and bellowed tongues help keep water, mud, and debris out of shoes
  • Ahnu Lodi Winter Waterproof Mid Cross-Training Shoe

    Lee says: If going off road is your thing, then the Ahnu Lodi Winter Cross Training Shoe may be just the ticket. Its mid height cuffs offer “basketball high top like” support on unpredictable terrain, and the rugged rubber sole has the kind of traction to keep slipping to a minimum. All this work boot support in a flexible, breathable athletic shoe that doesn’t feel like an anvil at the end of your leg after a long hike! It won’t fit in on the aerobics floor, but there aren’t many outdoor activities where the Ahnu Lodi won’t feel right at home.

    • Insulated, waterproof protection as well as shock absorption, support, and traction for multi-sport activities
    • QuiteLight® construction principles throughout the shoes center on superior comfort and materials with exceptional strength-to-weight ratios
    • Mid height cuffs offer support to help protect ankles from injury, gusseted tongues keep trail debris out, and supple full-grain leather uppers deliver durability, flexibility, and support while remaining breathable
    • Lace lock system is fully integrated into the upper design for ease of use and features a single-finger lock release, and waterproof inserts with wicking linings offer waterproof protection while allowing moisture vapor to escape
  • Vasque Breeze Low Gore-Tex XCR Cross-Training Shoe

    Lee says: Vasque delivers a low cut cross trainer that if the rugged sole wouldn’t chew up the hardwood, is comfortable and versatile enough to very easily be worn for an afternoon of pick-up basketball! The waterproof leather and Gore-Tex lining make this a great option if anything off-road is on the schedule, but the sleek contemporary design make it equally suitable as the only shoe you’ll need for a casual weekend get away.

    • These waterproof and lightweight hiking shoes with athletic-cut uppers are great for day-hikers and fast-packers
    • Waterproof nubuck leather and nylon air mesh uppers provide ventilation, support, and durability for rugged trail use, and extra-breathable Gore-Tex XCR® liners are seam sealed to stop water leakage and allow warm moisture vapor to escape
    • Removable, dual-density EVA foot bed adds cushioning to lightweight, compression-molded EVA midsoles, and molded EVA midsoles deliver ample cushion for long day hikes
  • Newton Men’s Stability Trainer

    Lee says: If you’re a cross-trainer, but predominantly a runner, then Newton may have created your dream shoe. It’s lightweight with as much arch support as any running shoe on the market. This arch support is what makes it such an attractive Cross Training Shoe, as it has been engineered to prevent the “rolling of the ankle,” that often occurs in recreational sports activities. Thus, if you’re a runner in the market for a shoe you can use for aerobics or tennis, then the Newton Stability Trainer deserves a look.

    • Running shoe for road distance training for foot types who need maximum protection
    • Medial posting support extends directly underneath the metatarsal heads to combat late stage pronation, and thus minimizes excessive motion, preventing injury, and increasing efficiency for more speed and endurance
    • 2-3 ounces lighter than current training shoes, and less weight means less energy burned, less fatigue, less injury, and quicker recovery

You will be happy with any of these

  • New Balance 608 Cross Training Shoe

    Lee says: The New Balance 900 line is my running shoe of choice to begin with, so the 608 Cross-Trainer was an easy sell. Quality construction with that rock solid New Balance sole, may make this the best shoe on the whole Cross Trainer list, but certainly make it the most economical and put at the top of the Best of the Rest list. If you’re looking for a great indoor cross trainer that is as comfortable on the stationary bike as it is walking the weight room floor, then the New Balance 608 Cross Training shoe might be exactly what you are looking for.

    • A versatile cross-trainer featuring Abzorb® cushioning in the heel for exceptional shock absorption
    • Injection-molded EVA foam in the midsole for firm yet flexible cushioning
    • Leather upper for natural comfort, durability, and breathability
    • A solid rubber outsole provides longwearing durability
  • Under Armour Proto Evade Men’s Trainer

    Lee says: OK, I watch the commercials just like everybody else, and I have to admit the hype and the good looks of the Proto Evade sort of had me excited even before I took a look! But the sizzle of the Under Armour Cross Trainer is definitely backed up by the substance. All the usual modern elements are there including the solid sole, the breathable material and the reinforced ankle support; but what really sets the Proto Evade apart is the way Under Armour has engineered the inside of the shoe to move with and respond to the foot.

    • Made for the performance athlete training for explosive change of direction and side-to-side agility
    • Engineered synthetic upper with performance mesh that allows the hot air to escape away from the foot and cool air to come in, and HeatGear technology delivers cool, dry comfort with signature moisture transport and temperature regulation
    • ArmourGuide directional TPU cradle guides the foot through athletic movements, providing stability, efficiency, and total propulsion
    • The ArmourBound proprietary material helps reduce foot-strike compression found in typical materials and provides superior rebound/energy return
  • Chaco Redrock Men’s Cross-Training Shoe

    Lee says: The Chaco Redrock is somewhat of an outdoor/indoor hybrid Cross Trainer that can as easily be worn through a cardiovascular circuit at the gym, as on a hike through the woods. The rugged construction can withstand rugged terrain, but the low cut design and non-marking sole add versatility for indoor use.

    • Feature Chaco fit, technical materials, and friction soles
    • Highly breathable spacer mesh uppers dry quickly and resist abrasion, and rubber toe guards and synthetic nubuck rands protect feet and uppers
    • Webbing eyelets create a quick lace system for tug-and-go convenience and a secure fit, and polyester mesh linings breathe easily and dry quickly for increased comfort
    • Chaco BioCentric™ footbeds and EVA midsoles deliver pronation control and lateral stability for a well-supported, comfortable stride, and non-marking, friction rubber outsoles offer excellent traction
    • Built-in flex points ensure a comfortable stride
  • The North Face Prophecy Men’s Cross-Training Shoe

    Lee says: North Face isn’t usually known for economy, in fact, with many North Face products you pay a “fashion premium” for the brand name! But the Prophecy Cross Trainer is one heck of a shoe at a remarkably reasonable price. The mesh nylon design is all athletic shoe, with the support and feel of a higher-end running shoe; but the super rugged outsole is almost “cleat like” to keep you from falling off the path, even in the most rugged terrain.

    • Lightweight, low-cut cross trainers that offer high performance for high-output outdoor activities
    • Synthetic nubuck leather uppers with highly breathable air-mesh nylon are flexible and lightweight, and reinforced toe boxes and molded rubber heel counters protect uppers from abrasion
    • Gusseted and padded tongues keep out debris and add comfort, and wicking nylon linings allow moisture vapor to escape; removable Northotic™ ergonomic footbeds add cushioning
    • Exclusive Vibram® rubber outsoles supply dependable traction on rugged terrain
  • Merrell Pulse II Cross-Training Shoe

    Lee says: The Merrell Pulse II is the most rugged outdoor cross trainer on our Best of the Rest list, but it won’t break the bank despite all the hefty features. The engineering of the support in the toe and the heel deliver work boot stability, and the ankle padding of the Pulse II is uncharacteristic of most low cut cross trainers. Plenty of breathable mesh give the shoe flexibility and versatility for less rugged street use, so this might be just the product if you need a cross trainer that is as comfortable “off the road,” as on.

    • With well-padded protection from rough terrain, uppers feature nubuck and pigskin leathers with protective Benecke Ceraprene® toe bumpers and injection-molded heel counters
    • Air-mesh and leather bellowed tongues provide a superior fit while enhancing ventilation, and narrow webbing lacing eyelets offer firm instep security
    • Polyester mesh linings help absorb and disperse moisture quickly, and heel loops ease entry
    • Molded nylon arch supports deliver superb torsional stability, and aggressive Vibram® Multi-Sport™ outsoles feature deep lugs for stability on various surfaces

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Find the best men's cross trainer shoes for the most versatile athletic shoes that are always the best price. Our men's cross trainer recommendations feature the best from New Balance, North Face, Merrell and others that offer ankle support, solid soles and waterproof material. Choose these cross training shoes, and you'll be in shape in no time as you keep up with all your athletic activities.