The summer is well and truly over and for many of us it will be time to move indoors for our sports. Whether it be squash or badminton, or maybe you picked up a new Olympic favourite in HandBall, you are going to want to choose the best footwear your budget can stretch too.

Indoor Sports Trainers

It’s no longer a case of just selecting those with non marking rubber soles, we need to match our trainers to those designed specifically for the various types of indoor training we are going to try. A simple running trainer won’t cut it, you are more likely to be twisting, turning, jumping & lunging like a failing gymnast which means your trainers need to be lightweight BUT extra supportive and comfortable.

Lightweight and breathable

Choose lightweight trainers that allow your feet to breath and for you to be quick on your toes. Whilst your outdoors runners will be sturdy to cope with varying weather and terrain, the best indoor trainers, by contrast, are light enough to sustain the high degrees of lateral movement typical of cardio training and indoor racquet sports. The soles are usually thinner (in some cases near non-existent), giving the user freedom to bounce around easily. However, because of this high lateral performance, a quality indoor trainer must also have a decent sole and grip to ensure control and tight turns. A versatile shoe, like the Nike Dual Fusion is a good choice, especially for those on a budget. Its lightweight mesh material allows ventilation, while also featuring a supportive lacing design that gives the user control over the shoe and ensures comfort during most types of training.

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Comfortable and supportive

Equally, the best trainers for indoor sports will also be extremely comfortable, with sufficient cushioning in the midsole to support the forefoot and heel, as well as prevent blisters and calluses (we have all been there!!). These days, with trainer technology being so advanced, there are several types of cushioning on the market, including padding, air and gel. The popular Reebok Realflex Flight, features a removable PU sockliner for additional cushioning, plus its sole is designed with flex nodes, which support the foot’s natural movement . The other critical feature of a good indoor training shoe is support, particularly around the ankle (turning on a tight spot places a lot of strain!). Choose a shoe with a secure lacing design and supportive panels, but which doesn’t restrict the natural motion of you and you’re A game.

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Durable

Although this final characteristic is not exclusive to indoor training shoes, the best indoor trainers are ideally well structured around the front of the show / toe area, so that they can sustain the wear and tear caused by excessive stopping and turning. Choose a trainer with protective panelling along the front and around the toe to ensure their durability and make them last beyond this season.

This post was kindly featured on behalf of JD Sports, click here to see their full range of men’s trainers.

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