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Designed to meet the requirements of many activities.
The outsoles (bottom) of cross-training shoes are wide and stable to provide lateral
(side-to-side) support and stability
If your foot tends to roll inwards or pronate the wide base of support may help reduce that
Most cross-trainers have fairly durable outsoles to allow them to go from the gym to the street
or tennis court
Outsoles will typically be made of extremely durable carbon rubber or a combination
of carbon rubber and blown rubber, a softer, lighter, more flexible outsole compound
Cross-training shoes offer a moderate amount of cushioning, primarily at the heel and forefoot of the shoe.
Cushioning is usually fairly durable and dense, which enhances the shoe's overall stability
There are two main types of cushioning materials in cross-training shoes that are frequently used in
EVA: Lightweight cushioning, but not as much stability and durability. EVA can be compressed to
make it somewhat more durable.
Polyurethane (PU): More dense and durable cushioning material. Adds both stability and
Durable, Breathable Uppers
Many cross-training shoes have leather uppers, which are designed to provide more ankle support. Some uppers
combine leather and lightweight, breathable, synthetic mesh.
All-leather cross trainers provide greater stability but are less breathable than those that feature mesh as well.
Secure Lacing System--Look for secure lacing systems to keep the foot stable and secure during lateral movements.
The easiest way to tell if you need new running shoes is to look at the soles. If they are worn out or very
unevenly worn, they should be replaced immediately. Cross-training shoes should be replaced every 100 hours, roughly
once a year if you're wearing them for an hour twice a week.
If you are wearing your cross-trainers for a variety of activities, especially running or vigorous exercise, you
should replace them twice a year as they wear down in various spots.