This shoe provides excellent lateral support & cushioning for any type of plyometric or high intensity training with a lot of jumping & lateral movement. I am a personal trainer & group fitness instructor and wear these when I teach as well as when I do fitness programs such as Insanity and the plyometric routines of P90X. I purchased these shoes looking for more cushioning and lateral support than I had with another brand of crosstrainers. They are comfortable & accommodated my orthotics and were not tight. I highly recommend these shoes.