7 Best Hiit Shoes in 2022

Nicholas Rizzo
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7 Best Hiit Shoes in 2022

High-intensity interval training isn't for the faint-hearted. It's truly high-intensity, and you will surely sweat it out. To do well in this program, you need the support of good training shoes that are attuned to the unique demands of HIIT. 

Of course, brands like Nike, Adidas, Reebok, and Under Armour would like you to believe that their offers are versatile enough to support the many types of exercises in an HIIT program. They may be telling the truth. But we want you to be sure, so we present our top HIIT shoe picks.

How we test hiit shoes

An HIIT program is composed of different types of exercises. We really have to go through it in order to fully assess the versatility and durability of each shoe that we review. You can rest assured that our claims are all based on actual experience in the gym.

Aside from making sure that we test the shoe in actual HIIT workouts, we also do the following to ensure the validity and reliability of our reviews:

  • Remain bias-free by buying the shoes using our own funds
  • Strive for comprehensiveness by taking into account the experience of other testers, including those from outside RunRepeat

 

 

Best HIIT shoes overall

New Balance TRNR
New Balance TRNR

Corescore

83
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 1,847 users
N/A

Pros

  • Exceptionally stable and supportive
  • Secure foothold
  • Fits true to size
  • Excellent cushioning 
  • Minimal break-in period
  • Durable
  • Very breathable
  • Exceptional grip
  • Contemporary style
  • Great deal

Cons

  • Not wide feet friendly
  • Not ideal for running

Verdict

The New Balance TRNR is an excellent-value training shoe with high-end features at a very reasonable price. It has excellent cushioning and is exceptionally stable and supportive. This training shoe has a nice contemporary design that appeals to everyday athletes or seasoned gym rats.
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Best Nike HIIT shoes

Nike Air Zoom SuperRep 2
Nike Air Zoom SuperRep 2

Corescore

82
Good!
4.1 / 5 from 1,009 users
92 / 100 from 4 experts

Pros

  • True to size
  • Stable
  • Reliable traction
  • Futuristic design
  • Well-cushioned
  • Bouncy feel

Cons

  • Lockdown issues
  • Narrow toebox
  • Bulky sole

Verdict

This performance-ready shoe has a nice, futuristic design. Kudos to Nike for stepping outside the box to design a far-out training shoe. The shoe is impressive and stable when it comes to hard lateral movements. While it runs true to size, the shoe is not suitable for users with wide feet.
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Best Reebok HIIT shoes

Reebok Speed TR
Reebok Speed TR

Corescore

87
Great!
4.4 / 5 from 1,978 users
87 / 100 from 8 experts

Pros

  • True to size
  • Snug fit
  • Superb comfort
  • Breathable
  • Very lightweight
  • Great ground contact
  • Versatile for various activities
  • Durable

Cons

  • Not for wide feet
  • Break-in period
  • Lace bite
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Best Adidas hiit shoes

Adidas Dropset Trainer
Adidas Dropset Trainer

Corescore

83
Great!
4.6 / 5 from 39 users
93 / 100 from 2 experts

Pros

  • Reinforced forefoot for durability
  • Breathable upper materials
  • Forefoot is cushioned for short runs
  • Stable heel area for light weightlifting
  • Wide-foot friendly
  • Outdoor-ready tread

Cons

  • Hard to break in

Verdict

Designed for the usual fitness enthusiast, the Adidas Dropset Trainer feaetures a dual-density midsole that makes it suitable for short runs, plyometric exercises, and light weightlifting. High-abrasion areas in the upper are reinforced to ensure durability. This plus an aggressive tread pattern make this trainer ready for more grueling workouts outdoors.
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Best Under Armour HIIT shoes

Under Armour HOVR Rise 2
Under Armour HOVR Rise 2

Corescore

86
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 3,126 users
86 / 100 from 2 experts

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Good looks
  • Supportive
  • Versatile in use
  • Light
  • Breathable
  • Price

Cons

  • Issues with the bootie upper

Verdict

A stylish yet highly functional training shoe, the UA HOVR Rise 2 ticks most essentials demanded during workouts. Under Armour has taken their highly-praised, energy-returning HOVR cushioning from running and applied it into the training domain, more specifically this shoe, making every move more comfortable and effective. All in all, it is a fantastic footwear choice for an intense time in the gym.
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Best value HIIT shoes

Nike MC Trainer
Nike MC Trainer

Corescore

79
Good!
4.3 / 5 from 525 users
N/A

Pros

  • Very plush
  • Good solid foundation
  • Grippy
  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Budget-friendly

Cons

  • Narrow
  • Not extremely flexible
  • Poor ventilation

Verdict

The Nike MC Trainer brings the high-quality standard for a wallet-friendly shoe that will perform exactly how you need it to. Comfortable, functional, and sharp-looking, the MC trainer rises to meet the standard instead of feeling like a cheap, low-quality alternative.
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Author
Nicholas Rizzo
Nicholas Rizzo

Nick combines 10+ years of experience in the health and fitness industry and a background in the sciences in his role as the Fitness Research Director. During his competitive powerlifting years his PRs have him sitting in the top 2% of bench presses (395 lbs), top 3% of squats (485 lbs) and top 6% of deadlifts (515 lbs) for his weight and age. His work has been featured on Bodybuilding.com, LiveStrong, Healthline, WebMD, WashingtonPost, and many more. Along the way, collaborating with industry leaders like Michael Yessis, Mark Rippetoe, Carlo Buzzichelli, Dave Tate, Ray Williams, and Joel Seedman.