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Over the last year and as we head into 2024, the STR/KE MVMNT Haze Trainer is the shoe that I get the most asks about on my site and YouTube channel. The main questions I get usually revolve around their durability, sizing, and performance.
The STR/KE MVMNT Haze Trainer is a slept-on cross-training shoe, in my opinion. What’s also interesting about the Haze Trainer is that I find them to be a pretty polarizing shoe.
As in, athletes either love the Haze Trainer and how it fits or they despise it — there’s no in-between with this shoe which I find super interesting. I have some theories as to why this is and I’ll discuss those below.
In the quest to find the best cross-training shoes, I was super excited to test the Haze Trainers. Now on my fourth pair of these shoes, I’ve learned a lot about their performance and what to expect with their durability.
Haze Trainer Pros and Cons▼
- Great for those who love minimalist-feeling trainers. This shoe's midsole flexes and articulates well which feels awesome for lower body training.
- The casual appearance of this model adds a nice layer of versatility to them for casual wear. This is why I use and bring the Haze as my singular gym shoe when traveling.
- The jacquard knit upper hugs the foot well and does a good job with general breathability. This model is easy to wear in different climates and gym settings.
- The toe box can rip from excessive friction and I've noticed my heel collar splitting after about 8-10 months of high-volume walking and training.
- The outsole tread isn't the most aggressive and can fade with high-volume concrete use. My models tend to start showing signs of fading around month 6 of frequent use.
- If you have high-volume feet or a high instep then you may find the lower tongue gusset used in the Haze Trainer to be uncomfortable
My Haze Trainer Summary
The Haze Trainer can be super polarizing due to its fit, and more specifically, its tongue gusset. This shoe strives to provide a “minimalist feel” and the midsole, outsole, and upper all contribute to this.
I have an E-width foot with a moderate arch and the Haze Trainer fits like a glove which I enjoy for daily wear comfort and performance in the gym. That said, when this shoe fits your feet well, then you typically fall in love with them fast.
Their Cush50 midsole is stable for lifting and it has a high level of articulation. It’s also responsive enough to feel comfortable in most CrossFit WODs and cross-training contexts.
The appearance of the Haze Trainer is also something athletes tend to love or hate. I like their low-profile appearance and how you can wear them casually. Pro tip, if you’re on the fence, I’d highly suggest ordering through Box Basics (they have a better return policy).
Haze Trainer Construction Specs to Know
- Heel-to-Toe Drop: 4mm
- Weight: 11.2 oz (size 10 men’s)
- Stack Height: N/A
- Removable Insole: Yes
- Width: Regular/Medium
- Sizing: True to size
- Most Comparable To: UA TriBase Reign 6
STR/KE MVMNT Haze Trainer
- Heavy Lifting
- Cross-Training Workouts
- Athletic-Focused Sessions
- Shorter Runs (<3 miles)
- For Cost-Efficiency
- For Custom Orthotics
- For Thicker Feet
If you love flexible cross-training shoes with a lot of articulation, then the STR/KE MVMNT Haze Trainer is a solid pick to explore. The Cush50 midsole is dense with good flexibility for jumping, lifting, and cross-training.
What My Community Is Saying
On my YouTube channel, I’ve had a lot of my community members buy Haze Trainers based on my recommendations. Over the last two years, they’ve provided a ton of awesome feedback on them.
One commenter who goes by @fredericksantos7598 writes and gives a tip saying, “Thanks for the review, Jake! Love these shoes with how versatile they are! A little tip for those with a wide foot and/or who have an insert/orthotics.
I stuffed my shoes with socks at night before wearing them the next day to help break them in and create a little more room in the mid and forefoot due to the low profile of the shoe. Struggled with them being a little tighter at first but doing this has really helped and now they’re hella comfy.”
Another commenter who likes the Haze Trainer and goes by @eb5000 writes, “I love mine. I’ve used them 3-4x a week for 3 months. Durable, great fit, comfortable, agile, true to size. I will buy another pair, I only wish I could catch a sale or use a coupon code”
One commenter who goes by @RogueCylon who’s had issues with STR/KE’s customer service warns, “Terrible customer support. Probably the worst I have dealt with in over 10 years. Absolutely horrible to work with. They don’t care that the company took your money and didn’t send a shoe.”
For the most part, my community tends to like the Haze Trainer. I constantly find that athletes either LOVE or HATE the Haze Trainer. Very rarely are reviews in-between on this model.
Users tend to love their appearance and minimalist feel, and then conversely, things that are disliked tend to revolve around long-term durability and customer service.
STR/KE MVMNT Haze Trainer Performance
For the performance section in the STR/KE MVMNT Haze Trainer, I’m going to discuss how this shoe performs with lifting, more versatile training, shorter runs, and daily wear.
Testing the Haze Trainer for Lifting and CrossFit
When it comes to lifting, the STR/KE MVMNT Haze Trainer has been really strong across the board. The medium-density midsole does a really good job of resisting compression in static and dynamic strength exercises.
I’ve deadlifted over 500 lbs in this model and had no issues or worries about this model compressing. This model features a 4mm heel-to-toe drop with a fairly low stack height.
If you’re someone who likes more “minimalist” style shoes, then I think you’ll also enjoy how this model fits when lifting. The last of this model also has a semi-curved construction which helps give this model a more natural movement feel.
I would describe this model as one of the more “barefoot-style” training shoes on the market. As someone who constantly rotates between training shoes and barefoot shoes for training, I appreciate this fit aspect.
For CrossFit, the Haze Trainer can be highly hit or miss. I’ve had some friends have their shoes last a year while others have had their pairs disintegrate in 6 months of high-volume use.
I like the Haze Trainer’s performance for CrossFit for the most part. The things I like revolve around its ability to be stable for my heavier WODs, but versatile enough for things like double-unders and box jumps.
My main gripe with this shoe for CrossFit revolves around its variable durability. Be very conscious of your shoe’s durability when doing a lot of rope climbing and when training outdoors as the outsole tread can fade.
Testing the Haze Trainer for Agility, Plyometrics, and HIIT
For versatile training, three major construction details help the Haze Trainer excel. First, this model’s outsole moves well and provides adequate traction on a variety of surfaces.
Second, the upper is breathable and is pretty much broken in from the onset of this model’s use. There was never an awkward break-in period with this model’s upper construction for me.
The third and final pro to this model for versatile training is the overall reactivity you get through the midsole in this model. This shoe’s midsole does a really good job at supporting take-off and landing phases during plyometrics and other bounding activities.
My only concern with this shoe’s performance for versatile workouts is its long-term outsole tread. This shoe’s outsole can fade over time if you’re doing a lot of multi-directional work outdoors on concrete, for example.
Testing the Haze Trainer for Short Runs and Daily Wear
In the context of running, the Haze Trainer does a fairly good job with short runs under 1 mile. Some athletes don’t mind running in their Haze Trainer, but I tend to prefer them most for shorter intervals.
For example, if I’m tackling a WOD or circuit with 400-800 meter bouts programmed on the curved treadmill, then this shoe feels fine and responsive enough for that running threshold.
For runs longer than a mile, I tend to find these to run a little too dense for my preferences. If you have a forefoot strike and like dense midsoles then you may enjoy their feel, but for longer runs, these are not my favorite hybrid training shoes.
On a daily wear basis, this model is simplistic and looks clean. If I’m traveling, 9/10 times I bring my Haze Trainer because it’s an easy “do-it-all” style shoe that looks good as well.
For example, I find that most of the Haze Trainer’s colorways pair well with most outfits and it’s a good trainer to wear with pants without looking overly like “gym shoes“.
STR/KE MVMNT Haze Trainer Sizing
- Haze Trainer Sizing Thoughts: True to size for most.
When it comes to sizing in the STR/KE MVMNT Haze Trainer, most athletes should be safe going true to size. This model’s length fits true and the toe box is wide enough to accommodate a wide range of forefoot widths.
The only type of athlete that may experience sizing issues with this model is the athlete who has a foot wider than an EE-width or a thicker foot that may feel too restricted from the tongue gusset.
If you constantly find yourself limited in your shoes due to toe bunching, then you may want to size up a half-size in the Haze Trainer.
STR/KE MVMNT Haze Trainer Pros
Throughout all of my testing, the STR/KE MVMNT Haze Trainers have been consistently solid and I’ve found multiple pros to like about this shoe.
Pro 1: Stable, Yet Versatile
The first pro to the Haze Trainer is the blend of stability and versatility it offers. In the world of cross-training shoes, I think one of the toughest tasks for companies to do is to walk the line between stability and versatility.
Generally, when you have a lot of one, the other will start to decrease, but the Haze Trainer defies this in a really good way. STRIKE MVMNT uses a medium-density Cush50™ midsole which has a medium-density feel.
When doing heavier cleans and deadlifting over 500 lbs in this model, I’ve had no issues with midsole compression in this model. If you’re regularly loading over four plates on your lifts, I think the Haze Trainer can be a good option to explore.
Pro 2: Toe Box Is Fairly Anatomical
Another perk to this model is that it offers an anatomical-inspired last with a wider toe box. This shoe features a semi-curved last with a wider toe box that is designed to promote natural movement.
I like the amount of room I had in this shoe’s toe box and I think most will not have issues with toe splay in this model. I have an E-width foot and find that this shoe gives my feet plenty of room to splay and move.
Pro 3: Sole Is Highly Flexible
The third pro of this model is the Cross Platform 2™ outsole STR/KE MVMNT uses. For shoe lovers, this tech detail is cool. The Cross Platform 2 outsole is a singular piece of material that has a toe guard for durability, a construction that promotes mid-to-forthfoot.
On top of these details, the outsole also has an elevated lateral chassis to support lateral training and promote long-term durability for rope climbs. Across the board, I like the outsole’s ability to promote more natural movement and be highly maneuverable.
Pro 4: Breathable and Comfortable Upper
The final pro to this model is the upper construction. This model features a 3D knit jacquard upper construction, which essentially means that the upper is composed of woven knit that doesn’t have additional stitching or materials.
The Haze Trainers break in seamlessly and this isn’t a shoe that needs a ton of sessions to feel good on the feet. I will say, for some wider feet, you may need to give it a few sessions to have the upper break in for your width needs.
STR/KE MVMNT Haze Trainer Cons
Across the board, I’ve enjoyed testing this model, but there are a couple of cons worth noting with this model.
Con 1: Price Point Can Be High
The first potential drawback is that this model has a slightly higher price point than other cross-training shoes on the market. For $150.00, the Haze Trainer does cost a bit more compared to other high-performing models.
Granted, I think the price is worth it for how versatile this model is, but again, if you’re solely looking for cost efficiency, then you may want to explore other models. For example, the UA TriBase Reign 6 costs $20 less and is just as strong in the gym.
Con 2: Not the Best for Thicker Feet and Orthotics
The second drawback to the Haze Trainer is that I don’t think it’s going to be the best cross-training shoe for anyone with custom orthotics and thicker feet. This model has a removable insole, however, its overall construction is fairly low-profile in design.
If you have thinner orthotics, then you should be fine, but for anyone with thicker orthotics, I’d suggest treading lightly when considering this model. The tongue gusset can also be super offputting for thicker-footed athletes.
Con 3: Upper Durability Can Vary GREATLY
Another drawback with the STR/KE MVMNT Haze Trainer is its long-term upper durability. If you’re doing a lot of toe-dragging exercises like burpees or training outdoors, I would highly suggest keeping an eye on the upper around the toe box.
On two of my Haze Trainers, I’ve had the jacquard knit start to rip around the toe box due to stress and friction which is a bummer since these models do have a higher price point. I’ve also had the top of my midfoot rip after 6-months of high-volume walking.
If you’re strictly using these for lifting, then I think you’ll be fine, but there are contexts where I would limit the volume of use due to this. For example, cross-training outdoors on concrete is a no-go for me in these.
Who Should Buy the STR/KE MVMNT Haze Trainers?
The STR/KE MVMNT Haze Trainer offers a no-frills approach to training with a high-performing shoe. This model delivers a variety of subtle construction features that help it perform well with lifting, cross-training workouts, and on a day-to-day basis.
The Haze Trainer has a solid blend of stability and versatility and it performs well under the bar and when training in more versatile settings.
The outsole offers ample maneuverability and with its wider toe box, I think the Haze Trainer will work for a majority of cross-training and lifting-focused athletes.
STR/KE MVMNT Haze Trainer Construction
Below, I’ve broken down a few of the key construction details for the STR/KE MVMNT Haze Trainer. If you’re interested in all of the details, then I’d highly suggest checking out the Haze Trainer product page.
- Heel-to-Toe Drop: 4mm
- Weight: 11.2 Oz (for a size 10 model)
- Cross Platform 2 Outsole
- Medium Density Cush50 Midsole
- Knit Upper
- External Heel Loop
- Lateral Speed Chasis
- Anatomically-Curved Last
- Wider Toe Box
- Tongue Pouch for Lace Storage
If you have any construction-related questions about the STR/KE MVMNT Haze Trainer, feel free to drop a comment below.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q:Can I lift heavy in the STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainer?
Q:Do the STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainers fit true to size?
Q:Can I run in the STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainer?
I think the STR/KE MVMNT Haze Trainer is an underrated cross-training shoe. It performs exceptionally well across the board and delivers a “no-frills” construction which is ironically subtly detailed and well thought out.
If you have any additional questions about the STR/KE MVMNT Haze Trainer, drop a comment below or reach out to me personally!