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Workout novices might think there’s little difference between a running shoe and a training shoe, but as the head of men’s training footwear at Nike, Greg Smith knows that’s not the case.

“We tend to see most people buying running shoes out of habit and to be their overall workout shoe when they run once or twice a week — but they’re spending much more time in the gym,” he explains. “It should be the other way around.”

The difference all comes down to how you move your feet during your workout. Running is linear, so a running shoe is designed to support linear movements. This is usually achieved with a light upper, underfoot cushioning and a durable outsole.

More general training, however, is not so linear. You need a training shoe that will support everything — whether you’re lifting, climbing or pedaling.

Nick explains that for almost all workouts, and especially weight training, stability is key to keep your focus on activating the right muscles and “not on trying to stay upright.” For more specific aerobic exercises, all over cushioning ensures workouts are pain-free to keep you working out for longer.

The key to finding the perfect training shoe, according to Nick, is to find one that gives you stability, durability and all-over cushioning. Most importantly — don’t just wear your running shoes. Read the full Nike guide right here.

Watch Kevin Hart explain the need for training shoes above, then read why you should reconsider hitting on women at the gym.

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