The Best Multi-Purpose Sneakers

Multi-purpose gym shoes or just sneakers that you can take anywhere are long searched products that everyone should have at least one pair of in their closet. Other than their practical usage, these types of sneakers have been a trending style for many streetwear looks. With a functional approach towards fashion, we have outlined some of the key features to look for when spotting multi-purpose sneaker and some of our favorite picks.

Features of a Multi-Purpose Sneaker

Right Fit

A sneaker that sits just right is a must when it comes to comfortable shoes. Sometimes knowing your size just might not be enough to get the right fit. With half sizes and brand-specific shoe lengths getting a sneaker that is just right for you seems more difficult than it should be. Therefore, trying on shoes before purchasing them, or ordering shoes from brands that you already own, is the preferred method of getting that perfect fit. Another way of ensuring that the sneaker will be comfortable for you is to research the shoe beforehand  Reading customer reviews or articles covering sneakers is a great way to get some insight on if the shoe is correct to its size.


There are many factors to keep an eye on when it comes to determining the quality of a sneaker. The first and most obvious is the materials used to create a sneaker. A multipurpose shoe should use fabrics that are comfortable, breathable, and long-lasting. Usually, a great pair of sneakers have many components that are made out of different materials, which are ideal for their part. For example, the sole of the shoes are commonly made out of durable rubber, that can withstand any wear and tear. Whereas the base is stitched from a mix of breathable fabrics such as cotton, polyester, and even leather. When shopping for sneakers feeling the fabric or just taking a look at its description might not be enough to determine if the shoe is a quality purchase. In the shoe industry, a quality shoe can frequently be represented by the brand’s name. Buying some original Adidas sneakers, or even new Nike shoes might just be enough to ensure that you are investing in a well-made product. 

If you want to read more on how to determine the quality of a sneaker, check out our article on “How to Buy the Perfect Pair of Sneakers.”


A multipurpose should should be an item in your closet that is flexible for any environment. With a thick supporting feature that is needed in activities such as lifting, hiking, and more. Mixed with a lightweight aspect that allows for long use, workouts, or even easy everyday use. A versatile sneaker should be ideal for many activities. 

Men's Multi-Purpose Sneakers

Reebok Men's Nano 9 Cross Trainers

Released in the summer of 2019, these training style sneakers are a part of Reebok’s CrossFit Nano line. Marketed as versatile running shoes, they take on the definition of multi-purpose, with their added features. Made out of Flexweave technology fibers, the shoes are built for strength and flexibility. Furthermore, the product is wrapped in a soft rubber mid-sole and an added cushioning in the forefoot, making them known for their lightweight and comfortable aspects. Switching over the design of the shoes, we can see a fashionable low-cut style for added mobility. Additionally, available in over 20 different colors and styles anyone can find the perfect match for them. If you are looking for a lightweight multi-purpose shoe that can be used for workouts, running, and everyday use then these are the sneakers for you.

New Balance Men's MT10V1 Minimus Trail Shoes

If you are always one to take on a spontaneous off-road adventure, then these are the sneakers for you. These New Balance hiking shoes have the long-lasting comfort many search for when buying trail-ready sneakers. When wearing them flexibility is what comes to mind. Made with a Vibram out-sole with flex grooves, the shoe provides stellar traction and durability on any type of terrain. Finally, with a fresh colorful look, the shoes are available in multiple colors and styles. Ideally worn in any outdoor scenario these shoes are a value multi-purpose sneaker.

Adidas Originals Men's X-PLR Shoe

With a modern and multi-purpose spin on the Original Adidas sneakers, these shoes are an outfit friendly product that you will want to keep on forever.  Designed as part of Adida’s Orignal VPLR collection, the sneakers are built with style and comfort in mind. Made out of a mesh-lined knit the shoes have a lightweight feature that allows for prolonged everyday use. Furthermore, wrapped in a rubber outsole, they are known to support the foot and withstand any terrain. A final feature that many can appreciate is the sneaker’s speed lace system that makes them easy to use and put on. On the other hand, the simple look of the shoe is another key aspect that makes these the ideal everyday shoes. Lined with the iconic Adidas three bold lines on the side, they have a classic appeal with a modern knit look.

Women's Multi-Purpose Sneakers

Nike Joyride Run Flyknit

Moving on to women’s sneakers, similar to the men’s selection, there are countless brands that create multipurpose sneakers. One of the best-known labels for functional shoes is Nike. Release last summer, the Nike Joyride Run Flyknit trainers are a shoe that you do not want to miss out on. Designed with the latest running technologies in mind, the shoes are known for their heel pod filled with thousands of colorful beads. Other than its interesting and futuristic look, these pods help cushion your stride and adapt to each person’s own foot strike. This personalized cushioning system makes these sneakers a multi-purpose shoe as their comfort will support you during any everyday activity. Furthermore, the sneakers beaded midsole is paired with an ultra-light fly knit upper that delivers a seamless fit and lightweight comfort. Available in many different colors fining a Nike Joyride Run Flyknit trainer is one of the best picks for a multipurpose shoe.

Addidas Women's Cloudfoam Shoe

Adidas is a timeless brand that one can always pair with their outfits. Whether you are looking for some sneakers for the gym, going out, or just running some errands, the Adidas Women’s Cloudfoam Shoe is a popular choice. Named after the cloudfoam memory sockliner that cushions the shoe, comfort is the key aspect that the brand focused on. Paired with a sleek foot-hugging upper knit, the sneaker is a great choice if you like lightweight shoes that have a thin feel. Available in countless colors you can match the sneakers with any attire.

New Balance Women's FuelCore Nergize V1

Finally on our list is a New Balance sneaker that is designed for cross-training. These training shoes are known as the “put on and go” sneakers. With a modern slip-on approach they have become the ideal everyday shoe that one can just kick on. With an upper made out of a synthetic blend and a REVlite midsole foam, the shoes are light, weather resistance, and a go-to for everyday use. Despite being last on out list, these are a pair you should not miss out on.