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Best gym trainers for men 2022 from Nike, Adidas and more

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 11/8/2022 Peter Bevan

Not solely reserved for New Year’s resolutions and Baywatch summer body goals, keeping your fitness regular and consistent throughout the year is the key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, for both your body and mind - and investing in a new pair of trainers tailored to your favourite exercise will allow you to make the most of your workouts in style.

Whether you need extra support when you’re weight lifting for a look à la Arnold Schwarzenegger, want a pair that are as good for running on a treadmill as they are for strength training, or need extra control for movement when you spend 45 minutes in pure agony at Reshape - 1Rebel fans, you know what I’m talking about - there are designs to suit every exercise out there.

When it comes to aesthetics, you could channel the dad trainer vibe with a pair of New Balance or ASICS, go for a sustainable style by Hylo or Veja, or keep it classic with the sportswear stalwarts Nike and Adidas.

Whatever your preference, keep scrolling to discover our curated edit below.

New Balance 624v5

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New Balance is having a moment in the fashion-sphere right now, with its shoes all over street style pics. But that doesn’t mean to say the sportswear designs are any less performance-ready, and these gym trainers are a case in point. Featuring advanced cushioning for exceptional shock absorption, they’re a stylish design that works on and off the machines.

Buy now £60.00, New Balance

Nike MC Trainer 2

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Whether you’re partial to weights or circuit training is more your style, these Nike trainers are a versatile multi-purpose design that will allow you to focus on the workout at hand. With a flat base to stabilise you while you’re weightlifting, support wraps from the heel up to the sides to help with lateral foot movements, and thick and thin traction to keep you steady on different surfaces, they’re the perfect all rounder.

Buy now £64.95, Nike

Veja Condor 2

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Leaders in the sustainable sneaker market, in 2019, Veja designed the first ever post-petroleum running shoe, the Condor, in which they replaced much of the plastic traditionally used to make running trainers with bio-based and recycled materials.

Since, they’ve released the Condor 2, an update to the original design based on feedback from the running community, and they’re the perfect go-to for easy runs, recovery sessions, and treadmill training.

Buy now £140.00, Flannels

Adidas Trainer V Shoes

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Featuring a flexible upper for extra movement, lightweight cushioning and a bounce midsole for comfort throughout your gym session, these Adidas trainers are the gym buddy you never knew you needed. They also have a snug feel with a gum sole for a stable fit. Even better, they’re made using 50 per cent recycled materials.

Buy now £75.00, Adidas

Asics GT-2000™ 10

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If you’re in the market for a lightweight that still provides stability, it’s Asics GT-2000 v10 you should be adding straight to your basket. With Asics’ signature gel cushioning and a soft knit breathable upper that hugs your foot in all the right places, they’ll not only allow you to smash your running PB day after day, but will also see you through the toughest of strength training workouts.

Buy now £135.00, Asics

Hylo Light

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For comfort and style in and out of the gym, look no further than Hylo’s Light trainers. Built with a 9.5mm heel-to-toe drop and 20mm stack height, they’re a lightweight running-inspired sneaker designed for the everyday athlete made using responsible materials.

Buy now £110.00, Hylo

On Running Cloud X Shift

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A design that will easily take you from HIIT to strength training, On Running’s Cloud X Shift are designed to absorb shock in every direction. With a cool Nineties aesthetic and the label’s signature sole, they’re enough to turn heads in even the most stylish of gyms.

Buy now £160.00, On Running

Puma Fuse 2.0 Men's Training Shoes

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Engineered to increase output, Puma’s Fuse trainers feature a no-sew construction, rubber grip for traction and a heel clip for minimising unwanted movement. These gym ready trainers will take your workout progress up a notch, or five.

Buy now £60.00, Puma

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