You’ll likely see at least one person at the gym rocking those training shoes, and it’s not hard to see why. The trainer steals elements from the brand’s popular running shoes and makes them perfect for cross-training. For example, the TechLoom Tracer’s breathable knit upper doesn’t stretch to zero, ensuring your foot stays center stage on the footbed for maximum stability.
Other components of low-profile kicks include a sculpted heel that allows for a full range of lateral movement, layers of rubber padding in the high traction areas for added durability, and a new lacing system that limits slack during workouts.
Despite keeping your foot closed, getting these sneakers on and off is a breeze thanks to the collage and stretchable Lycra tongue. There’s also just enough cushioning from the Propelium™ midsole to make it comfortable (and it holds up longer than the traditional EVA plastic typically used).
This shoe is very popular with women with narrow feet, and receives rave reviews from gym goers. Says one reviewer“These shoes have been my weightlifters for years. I have very narrow feet, and the knit material feels like it’s shifting to my anatomy—and the sole is sturdy and flat.” Another adds, “This is a stylish shoe that’s perfect for multiple workouts like CrossFit, pushups, and short runs.”
However, some shoppers find these shoes undesirable for squats due to the lower heel to larger toe (8 mm). If you try it and it doesn’t work, APL has a free return policy.