From left: The latest in lightweight fitness shoes from Hoka One One, New Balance, Adidas, Salomon, and Nike (Photo by Chris Plavidal/styling by Heidi Adams).

5 Workout Shoes that Pair Packability with Performance

By Michael Frank

Hoka uses midsoles that are thicker than most other brands, which makes running in them a cushioned joy. Though it Hoka One One Hupana appears bulky, it’s one of the lightest shoes on this page, and its mesh upper folds to pack flat. Our pick for wider feet. $115.

More than a jogger, Nike’s Metcon 3 DSX, with its flat, stable outsole and firm heel, is tailored for multisport gym workouts. The knit upper collapses to save room in bags and fits softly against the top of your feet to eliminate pressure points. $160.

The ultralight New Balance 1500 v3 provides maximum compressibility, but with a more responsive cushion. Its treads grip well during runs on gravel and on rain-soaked streets, and the wide heel and roomier forefoot offer excellent stability. $110.

Billed as a trail runner, the Adidas Terrex Agravic Speed combines excellent traction with solid support and cushioning. Its entire upper is constructed of a socklike mesh for lightweight, easy traveling. $120.

Salomon’s S-Lab Sense 5 Ultra has been pared in every way possible for lightness: Instead of laces, a single pull tightens a cord, and elastic wraps beneath your arch to hold the tongue in place. This handy gym shoe packs down to nothing and is ideal for treadmills and activities that don’t require a lot of stability correction. $180.