Training shoes are the latest thing to fill catalogs and web stores of your favorite action sports brands, and for good reason: loyalists to DC, etnies, and Fox want to spend money with the people that invest in their sport and would rather not fund the football and basketball stars of the world. The latest athletic kicks are just as well done as those coming from the titans of the sporting world, and were light enough for us to throw them over one of the utility lines feeding to our house without bringing the wires down. Grab a pair of these when you are ready to run that beer gut off… 

SHOE: etnies Scout
COLORS: Black (shown), Red
SIZES: 5-15 (Half sizes available from 5.5 to 11.5)
PRICE: $59.99

The latest addition to the action sports training shoe market comes in the way of the Scout by etnies. The mesh and STI Foam Lite construction make it one of the lightest pairs of kicks we’ve come across, and also some of the most comfortable. And we say that after trying to squeeze our size 11 feet into a pair of size nine samples lent to us for this post.

SHOE: DC Unilite Flex Trainer
COLORS: Nate Adams Signature (shown), Travis Pastrana Signature, Red, Black, Blue
SIZES: 7-13 (Half sizes available from 7.5 to 11.5)
PRICE: $80-$85 (Signature)

DC set the standard for action sports training shoes with the original Unilite Trainer and have raised the bar with their latest release, the Unilite Flex. Its one-piece mesh upper breathes incredibly well (almost too well on cold morning runs), and the Unilite foam material cushions any impact. With a solid construction and pillowy comfort  have made the Unilite line our go-to kicks for shooting long days at Supercross and the Nationals.

SHOE: DC PSI + Flex Trainer
COLORS: Black (shown), Red, Blue/Yellow
SIZES: 7-13 (Half sizes available from 8.5 to 10.5)
PRICE: $130

What’s lighter than air? Not much, and this is what DC had in mind when they created the PSI + Flex model, which utilizes pockets of air to cushion impacts. This allows the sole to bend in a multitude of directions, hence the “Flex” naming, while remaining lightweight and agile. Like every shoe in the DC line, the mesh uppers flow plenty of air and the Ortholite liner wicks any excessive moisture away. 130 dollars for a pair makes the PSI + Flex line the most expensive in the market, but their build is worth the buck.

SHOE: Fox Motion Elite
COLORS: Black/White (shown), Black/Red, Black/Green, Black/Grey, Grey
SIZES: 7-13 (Half sizes available 7.5 to 12.5)
PRICE: $90

Training kicks have long been a part of Fox’s extensive catalog, and we must say that each year has seen drastic improvement of performance and style (our first pair in 2008 were a far cry from what the Motion Elites shown above). Like every Fox product, their motocross heritage is woven through the design process, and a support system around the mesh material keeps the foot cradled when training. A 3D molded EVA sockliner, Rebound base foam, and Skylyte midsole takes the brunt of the force, and the Duratrak material on the sole offers just as much grip as one has with the Instinct boot. No better way to train for the track than with the same materials has you use on the track.

SHOES: Fox Motion Scrub
COLORS: Blue/White (shown), Black/White, Black, Dark Brown, Black/Green
SIZES: 7-13 (Half sizes available 7.5 to 11.5)
PRICE: $79

Okay, so the Scrub may not directly be a training shoe, but it still has the same parts and build of every other runner on the market. The Skylyte midsole and Duratrak sole is the base for the sleek suede and mesh uppers that bring an athletic look to the casual sneaker world, and the high contrast colors demand attention. They are the perfect hybrid and addition to your shoe game.