The Best Crosstrainer Shoes for Knees & Ankles

Updated April 17, 2017

Cross-trainer shoes provide users with support and stability for court games such as basketball, mild running activities and everyday walking. These shoes have moderate cushioning at the heel and forefront and leather uppers for better ankle reinforcement. Cross-training shoes are usually heavier than regular running shoes and are designed with wider bases for better support. There are many cross-trainers on the market to support the knees and ankles

Avi Stoltz

Designed to be an ultralight racing shoe, the Avi Stoltz shoes weigh only 284gr each and contain lightweight air mesh with a protective monofilament layer. Dura-Ryd and Dura Stryk shock absorption technology provides forefoot and heel cushioning, along with increased outsole durability. The Stoltz also comes with Rocksteady forefoot protection.

Nike Free Trainer

The Nike Free Trainer 7.0 simulates the experience of running barefoot, featuring a very thin upper material, no heel counter and an outsole with deep grooves to allow for better flexibility. The Phylite midsole construction offers a barefoot-like feel, strengthening the feet and lower legs during lateral and fast feet movements. Research from the University of British Columbia showed that the Free Trainer could even be useful in rehabilitating sprained ankles.

Rockport Astride

The Rockport Astride walking shoe provides extra comfort while walking. The shoe features full-grain, waterproof leather. Hydroshield breathable technology helps keep feet dry and comfortable. The Strobel construction provides extra forefoot flexibility, combined with an EVA midsole for lightweight cushioning to decrease foot and leg fatigue.

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