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When it comes to training, being in a comfortable shoe can make all the difference in the world. Nobody wants to constantly be thinking about how uncomfortable their shoes are, or how they don't fit or perform the right way. An athlete needs to focus and be completely distraction free in order to maximize their workout and get the most out of their hour or so.
Comfort has many different shapes, forms and sizes. Some prefer a comfortable shoe that's more minimalist. Some prefer a one-piece construction for that sock-like fit, while others want a study, well build performance trainer. No matter which you prefer, this list has a shoe for every athlete. From the bigger bulkier all-purpose trainers to the minimal, free soles, here is a list of The 2014 Most Comfortable Trainers Available Now.
No. 10 - Reebok ZJET
Comfort Level: Moon Bouncer
Fit: Snug and Sneaker Like
Similar to the ZQuick, the Reebok ZJET is a comfortable, light-weight trainer for any athlete looking to step their game up. The ZJET features a sole full of individual speed channels which forces air from heel to toe with your foots natural motion allowing for a soft and responsive ride. These speed channels are even separated by spacious underfoot grooves allowing the foot to flex and bend freely adding additional comfort. For support and stability, the ZJET’s entire upper is wrapped in Reeboks Nanoweb technology keeping your foot locked in during every training session.
No. 9 - adidas RG3 Energy Boost
Comfort Level: TempurPedic Mattress
Fit: Sneaker Like
For those of you who prefer a little more bulk and ankle support from a trainer, look no further than the adidas RG3 Energy Boost. This old-school design is an all-purpose trainer built to take you from the field, to the court to the gym. This is the first all-purpose trainer to feature adidas’ Energy Boost foam technology providing some spring and bounce to a training session. This trainer was also designed for some off the field flash. Rock the strap unlocked and feel free to hit the streets.
No. 8 - Nike Fingertrap Max
Comfort Level: Bubble Jacket
Fit: Sock Like and Tight
Nike Free technology meets Nike Air Max for the ultimate combination of comfort. Nike’s innovative Fingertrap technology pulls and squeezes your foot as you move from side to side and back and forth. The overlapping bands engage and tighten for support with movement, and relax with resting for comfort. The forefoot of the trainer is designed with Free technology, giving the athlete a natural flex, while the Max Air unit in the heel provides cushion and bounce like performance. The seamless upper also gives you that sock like fit so you know you won’t be disappointed.
No. 7 - adidas adiPURE 360.2
Comfort Level: Girlfriends Couch
Fit: Low And Tight
The adidas adiPURE 360.2 is a part of adidas’ “Pure” series – a lineup of their natural running, minimal style trainers. The adiPURE prides themselves on superior flexibility and support of your foot’s natural movement. This low profile shoe is sure is engineered with a seamless mesh providing your foot with a glove like fit. This trainer is constructed with a breathable mesh and an ultra-soft, water-resistant SUPERCLOUD EVA footbed for an extremely comfortable ride.
No. 6 - Reebok ZQuick
Comfort Level: Mall Massage
Fit: Sock Like
The Reebok ZQuick trainers were inspired by high performance Z rated tires engineered for supercars traveling in excess of 150mph. The cut and function of the ZQuick sole is based around the cut and design of the performance tire. They are designed to help the athlete cut and turn around corners at high speeds as well as provide quick starts and stopping power. The upper is also constructed with a full Nanoweb weave which locks the foot into the shoe when making these sharp movements. Because the shoe is a no-sew upper, the slip on feel provides the athlete with excellent comfort.
No. 5 - Under Armour SpeedForm Apollo
Comfort Level: Fuzzy Socks
Fit: Anatomically Correct
Lately, Under Armour has been stepping their game up with innovative technology. The UA SpeedForm Apollo features the first-ever molded seamless heel cup allowing an athlete’s foot to more comfortably sit in a pair of trainers. The SpeedForm Apollo is also designed with a seamless upper made with SpeedForm technology providing the athlete with a slimmer, athletic trainer. The 4D Foam sole is lined with Micro G foam which allows for a cushioned landing with an explosive takeoff. Not only will this sole help with response time, but it also features natural flex grooves allowing for a more responsive, natural run.
No. 4 - Nike Free 5.0
Comfort Level: Hotel Pillow
Fit: Anatomically Correct
Nike has made some serious changes to their Free trainer and if you’ve yet to give them a try, then now is the time. They’ve adapted to the anatomical shaped heel, promoting greater control and stability in intense workouts. They’ve even upgraded and changed the shaped of the Free sole by cutting it with a hexagon pattern as opposed to the previous squares, allowing for a greater agility and natural movement. And of course this trainer feature a dynamic lace harness system allowing for locked in comfort. So again, if you haven’t tried on a pair of Nike Free’s then now is the time, you won’t turn back.
No. 3 - Jordan FlightFlex
Comfort Level: Slippers
Fit: Sock Like
When it comes to the world of sports, the Jordan brand has their hand in almost everything. From basketball, to the motorcycle racetrack, and everything in between, Jordan brand has officially made a solid trainer worthy of taking to the gym. This shoe is extremely similar to something like the Nike Lunar Presto with its slip on, one piece construction, as well as its flexible Free outsole. The FlightFlex trainer is going to fit true to size and hug your foot like a glove. They slide right on and provide a soft, comfortable, snug fit. These trainers also feature dynamic Flywire technology to lock you in place. For those of you looking for some premium Nike Free’s, the Jordan FlightFlex is the shoe for you.
No. 2 - Under Armour Spine Clutch
Comfort Level: Down Comforter
Fit: Like A Glove
Another one of Under Armours most recent innovative technologies is known as “ClutchFit”. This “second skin” wraps the entirety of the upper and flexes with applied pressure to the foot. The bow-tie like design helps the skin to expand and contract with your foot’s movement, creating a superior, snug fit. This innovative trainer also takes on a newly modified version of the extremely popular UA Spine sole. The Spine sole is lined with Micro G and 4D Foam leaving you with a personalized fit and explosive response times.
No. 1 - Nike Lunar TR1
Comfort Level: Cloud
Fit: As Tight As You Want
The Nike Lunarlon sole is one of most comfortable and cushioned rides your feet can go on. This sole is designed for the long haul as it resists breakdown from training over time, giving you a long lasting trainer you can count on. This trainer will also give you an extremely comfortable fit with their no-sew upper and reinforced Flywire lace locks. The Lunar TR1 is a low-profile shoe giving you that barefoot-like feel, all while providing a cloud-like landing with every step. Run on clouds with the new Nike Lunar TR1.