Performance training shoes exist for almost every sport. Specific qualities will vary, as every sport has different needs. For example, performance training shoes for runners usually have less cushioning compared to a regular running shoe, for lighter weight and greater responsiveness. For football players, shoes can be heavier for increased stability and range of motion.
Consumers targeted for this product are competitive athletes who are training for a specific sport or just active individuals who are sports enthusiasts. The footwear is also appropriate for those who participate in athletic activities to attain a personal goal.
No known specific requirements or regulations exist that determine whether manufacturers can label their products as performance training shoes. However, the term is typically reserved for shoes with improved specifications and quality.
Prices vary between pairs of performance training shoes. They depend on the brand and the target sport, but the shoes are usually more expensive than traditional or standard athletic shoes, because they are built with more complex capabilities.
One type of performance training shoe available as of December 2009 is the Nike Air Zoom Elite 2. It is especially designed for runners who need a lightweight and protective shoe for training and racing. Its full-length midsole is designed to be more responsive and durable for athletes with high leg speeds.