Best workout shoes 2021: Box, Run and Squat your way into shape this year with our top rated gym shoes

With so many types of workout shoes on the market, check out our top rated trainers below

The best workout shoes not only help you perform, but keep you looking good whilst doing it. Any good pair of workout trainers will offer improved grip and support to help you workout safely and with more efficiency.

This being said, not all shoes are built equal! Different shoes are good for different activities, and a pair of Adidas boxing shoes probably won’t be ideal for that half marathon you keep promising you will sign up to next year *ahem*. You can’t be careful enough when it comes to working out, and our team of experts here at MyVT alongside out community of awesome instructors have curated this list based on what we have tried and tested over the years, going the extra mile putting each pair of shoes through its paces and make sure they will help you perform when you need it most.

Some people choose to forego shoes when it comes to certain exercises such as squats, that being said we still prefer to use a pair of lifting shoes incorporating classic features such as a flat sole and sturdy heel alongside the cutting edge performance upgrades of the best running shoes.

We have tried out almost every major brand, from Nike to Adidas, Under Armour, Reebok, Puma, Asics, Lonsdale and much, much more! Keep reading to see which shoes we love best and why!

Best running shoes

Our favourite running trainers have to be the tried and tested Ultraboost 4.0 DNA shoes from Adidas. Featuring an Adidas Primeknit textile upper and a Boost midsole, your foot will almost mould into the shoe and give you your most comfortable run to date.

Pro’s: Comfortable, Great sole cushioning, A variety of colours, Take almost no time to break in due to the Primeknit upper

Cons: Expensive

Price: £140

Best all round gym shoes

Looking for the perfect all rounder? Weather it be a sweaty HIIT session, some light cardio, or trying to hit your PB lift, Nike’s latest addition to the ever popular Metcon range will help get the job done. The Nike Metcon 7 Training Shoes have a responsive foam underfoot which help add another layer of comfort alongside a tab that locks down the laces to prevent them coming undone

Pro’s: Lace locking system, Comfortable, Well built

Con’s: Not much variety in colour

Price: £119.95

Best lifting shoes

We all know that heavier = better, so it’s important that your lifting shoes are right for squats, deadlifts and any other heavy lift you regularly do. Our favourite is the Reebok Legacy Lifter II Shoes. These are built with a stacked heel for an optimal squat position alongside a rubber outside providing much needed stability.

Pro’s: Sturdy, Stacked heel, Grip well

Con’s: Expensive

Price: £150

Best boxing shoes

Throughout years of boxing the piece of equipment I see neglected the most is the boxing shoe. Anyone who has used boxing shoes can attest to how much they help your movement inside the ring. Keeping it simple, our favourite is the Adidas Box Hog 2.0 boots. At just £60 they are great value for beginners and experts alike and with a flat sole alongside great ankle support they are a no brainer

Pro’s: Affordable, Well made, Great ankle support, Lightweight

Con’s: May be tight on wide feet

Price: £60

And that completes our roundup of our favourite gym shoes, hopefully you have found the perfect to help you smash your next workout. Why not put your new shoes to good use and head over to and train with a world class instructor without leaving the house!

Until next time, The MyVT team 🏋️