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Reviewers Swear These Sneakers Feel Like Slippers You Can Exercise In

Good Housekeeping Logo By Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping Institute of Good Housekeeping | Slide 1 of 21: We updated this article to include new winners based on updated feedback from reviewers in our tester panel and remove sold-out or discontinued products. We added 11 new workout shoes from top tested brands like On, APL, Under Armour, Reebok and Nike. Exercising is a healthy way to manage stress and feel good. Alongside the proper gym equipment, the right pair of workout shoes can prevent foot pain and help you reach your goals with peak performance. Worn with your favorite athleisure outfit, a great workout shoe is perfect to support you through all types of exercise, including running, HIIT-style workouts, strength training and weight lifting, dance classes like Zumba and much more. How to find the right workout shoes for youWhen heading into your next workout, make sure you have the right shoes on your feet to support your arches, avoid injuries and help you get stronger. Emily Splichal D.P.M. at New York's Center for Functional & Regenerative Podiatry recommends looking at "the specificity of the shoe" when shopping to determine if it'll work for a certain type of workout. For example, when running, you need a shoe with more structure that’ll propel you forward while cushioning the forefoot and heel. (Running shoes are designed for speed and performance while preventing strain on your shins and Achilles tendons.) On the other hand, for a gym workout, group class or a training program like CrossFit, opt for trainers that have more flexibility to allow for quick movement in all directions. If you will mainly use your sneakers for running and walking, go with a pair of more flexible running sneakers that can be used for a variety of workouts. And if you plan on running marathons and going to dance fitness classes, you'll need multiple pairs of workout shoes for proper support in each activity. How we test to find the best workout shoesThe Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab is comprised of footwear experts who have evaluated sneakers for walking, running and gym workouts. We ask our panel of testers to wear the workout shoes while exercising and then provide feedback on comfort, support, appearance, fit and more. Then, we slice the sneakers in half so podiatrists can evaluate the midsole. The best workout shoes, below, are from brands with previous top-tested performance, plus styles with exciting, new features and pairs that are popular online vetted by our pros:

We updated this article to include new winners based on updated feedback from reviewers in our tester panel and remove sold-out or discontinued products. We added 11 new workout shoes from top tested brands like On, APL, Under Armour, Reebok and Nike.

Exercising is a healthy way to manage stress and feel good. Alongside the proper gym equipment, the right pair of workout shoes can prevent foot pain and help you reach your goals with peak performance. Worn with your favorite athleisure outfit, a great workout shoe is perfect to support you through all types of exercise, including running, HIIT-style workouts, strength training and weight lifting, dance classes like Zumba and much more.

How to find the right workout shoes for you

When heading into your next workout, make sure you have the right shoes on your feet to support your arches, avoid injuries and help you get stronger. Emily Splichal D.P.M. at New York's Center for Functional & Regenerative Podiatry recommends looking at "the specificity of the shoe" when shopping to determine if it'll work for a certain type of workout.

For example, when running, you need a shoe with more structure that’ll propel you forward while cushioning the forefoot and heel. (Running shoes are designed for speed and performance while preventing strain on your shins and Achilles tendons.) On the other hand, for a gym workout, group class or a training program like CrossFit, opt for trainers that have more flexibility to allow for quick movement in all directions. If you will mainly use your sneakers for running and walking, go with a pair of more flexible running sneakers that can be used for a variety of workouts. And if you plan on running marathons and going to dance fitness classes, you'll need multiple pairs of workout shoes for proper support in each activity.

How we test to find the best workout shoes

The Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab is comprised of footwear experts who have evaluated sneakers for walking, running and gym workouts. We ask our panel of testers to wear the workout shoes while exercising and then provide feedback on comfort, support, appearance, fit and more. Then, we slice the sneakers in half so podiatrists can evaluate the midsole.

The best workout shoes, below, are from brands with previous top-tested performance, plus styles with exciting, new features and pairs that are popular online vetted by our pros:

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