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The best shoes for walking, running, dancing, spinning, Zumba and more

If you want to get the most out of your workout, think feet.

Whether you're an avid spinner, Zumba enthusiast or all-around gym rat, your sneakers should match your activity.

"There are different kinds of shoes for different activities, and that is important if you want to excel at one thing really well," says Allison Berry, master trainer at Crunch W. 19th Street.

Berry herself has different pairs of shoes based on whether she's squatting, running or doing dance fitness. If you're looking to lace up in the right gear, here are some options for all types of classes.

Best shoes for running

Running shoes are all about the cushioning and
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Running shoes are all about the cushioning and don’t provide much in the way of lateral support, since most of the time you’re moving forward, says Berry. “There’s going to be a little more cushioning on the ball of the foot, less in the back and from side to side.”

Try: Brooks Running Women’s Ghost 7, $120

Great shoes for walking

Walking shoes also should provide cushioning. “If you
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Walking shoes also should provide cushioning. “If you only walk, you’re going to want a little more cushion in the heel of that shoe,” says Berry. “When your foot strikes the ground, it’s going to be further back.”

Try: Reebok EasyTone 6 Fly II, $69.97, Reebok.com

Best shoes for dance fitness

If you tend to go to dance and
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If you tend to go to dance and hip-hop classes, go for shoes that provide more flexibility and breathability, says Berry. “You want a little bit more air space and a little bit more flexibility through the sole of the foot.”

Try: ASICS Gel-Rhythmic 2, $65, Asicsamerica.com

Best shoes for cross training

A good cross-training shoe would have more lateral
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A good cross-training shoe would have more lateral support and less of a cushion, which is especially helpful in the gym, says the trainer. “When you have a cushion, you can’t feel the ground as much. But when you’re at the gym it’s great to feel the spread of your foot, you’re able to connect to the ground a little more.”

Try: New Balance 608v3, $74.99, Newbalance.com

Best shoes for spin class

There are two ways to go here, says
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There are two ways to go here, says Berry. One is with a shoe that clicks into the bike. “You can get a little bit more into the workout because your foot’s literally a part of the pedal,” she says. If you don’t get a special cycling shoe, make sure to wear ones with enough cushioning on the ball of the foot. “I’ve taken spin with more of a cloth-like shoe and it hurt,” Berry warns. “I wouldn’t wear a Zumba shoe to a spin class.”

Try: Shimano Women’s SH-WR32 Road Cycling Shoe, $89.09-$100 (cleats separate), Amazon.com

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