The world of CrossFit has grown tremendously in the past few years. It uses a different approach to getting fit by introducing high-intensity workouts surrounded by a culture that makes you feel a part of a family.

Due to its intense nature, not only will your body get a workout but so will your shoes. That’s why it’s important to come prepared with proper footwear when you’re giving your 110% in the gym. The type of shoes you’ll end up wearing will depend on a combination of personal preference as well as your current strengths and weaknesses in terms of exercises.

Improving where you fall short and correcting your weaknesses is what CrossFit is all about. Helping you do so with the proper footwear can end up helping you tremendously.

So if you’re a CrossFitter looking for the best CrossFit shoes you can buy, check out the list below to find the right shoe for you.

What Is CrossFit?

Before we jump into the best CrossFit shoes of 2017, let’s take a quick look at what CrossFit is. If you’re already a member of a CrossFit gym, feel free to skip over this section but if you’re new to CrossFit this may help you get a better understanding of what it is and how it works.

CrossFit is less of a workout and more of a lifestyle. According to CrossFit themselves:

CrossFit is constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity.

It was developed by a man named Greg Glassman over several decades and essentially incorporates different elements of various sports and exercises such as:

  • Gymnastics,
  • Weightlifting,
  • Rowing,
  • Running, etc

CrossFit is a very high-intensity workout. One minute you could be running an 800m sprint and the next you could be doing clean and jerks until failure. Although it might sound intense (which it is) CrossFit provides a community atmosphere and a place where you can feel comfortable to workout with others. Learn more about CrossFit in this short video:

Best CrossFit Shoes 2018

The following shoes were all good enough to make it to our list of the top 10 CrossFit shoes in 2018. Whether you’re a man or a woman, you can buy these shoes for either gender.

Be sure to check out our CrossFit shoes buyer’s guide at the bottom of this post to learn more about how CrossFit shoes differ from other types of sports shoes, what to look for when buying a pair of best CrossFit shoes, what types of CrossFit shoes exist, and more.

Shoe NameTypeDropPreferred Use 
Reebok Crossfit Nano 6.0 (Editor's Choice)Minimalist3 mmHybrid
NIKE Metcon 3Minimalist4 mmHybrid
Adidas Performance Powerlift 3Oly13 mmWeightlifting
inov-8 Bare-XF 210 V2 (Editor's Choice)Barefoot0 mmHybrid
Reebok CrossFit Nano 5Minimalist3 mmHybrid
ASICS Gel-Fortius TRMinimalist0 mmHybrid
Reebok Ros Workout TR 2.0Minimalist4.5 mmHybrid
5.11 Tactical Recon TrainerRunning / Minimalist8 mmRunning / Hybrid
New Balance 20v5 Vibram MinimusMinimalist4 mmHybrid
Vibram KMD EVOBarefoot0 mmHybrid

1) Reebok Crossfit Nano 6.0 – The Best CrossFit Shoes

The Reebok Crossfit Nano 6.0’s are what some say is the best generation of the Nano series. They’re essentially a blend of generations 2.0 and 5.0. These shoes are incredible for Crossfit because they are extremely versatile and durable. That’s why we’ve named these the best CrossFit shoes of 2018.

The Kevlar mesh uppers provide superior durability. The toe box is larger than the 5.0’s and is mesh, thus providing a little more flexibility and added comfort. The arch sides of the shoe also come with a heavy-duty strip of Kevlar to help prevent wear from rope climbs.

The midsole uses a tri-blend foam cushion technology which provides added cushioning and responsive feedback. Many reviewers of the 6.0’s have commented on the exceptional level of comfort that these shoes provide. This is, of course, is very important for CrossFit workouts given that they’re quite intense.

The outsole features a section of RopePro+ rubber for added protection when doing rope climbs and use piston technology lugs.

Overall, the Nano 6.0’s are our choice for the best CrossFit shoes. They’re extremely versatile and will help you accelerate in a variety of CrossFit exercises. They offer an exceptional lockdown, are durable thanks to being infused with Kevlar, and are among one of the most comfortable CrossFit shoes on the market.

Type: Minimalist

Drop: 3 mm

Preferred Use: Hybrid

Pros

  • Very comfortable
  • Extremely versatile and durable
  • Wide toe box
  • More forgiving due to less Kevlar in the uppers as compared to the 5.0s
  • Now less expensive due to newer version being released (7.0s)

Cons

  • Not as breathable as other best CrossFit shoes

2) NIKE Metcon 3 – Runner up for the Best Minimalist CrossFit Shoe

The Nike Metcon 3’s have been dubbed the “ultimate training shoe” by some and are known to be very versatile – making them perfect for CrossFit workouts.

The uppers of these shoes are made of mesh with TPU yarn infused which not only provides superior durability but also flexibility and breathability.

The midsole offers just enough cushioning so that your feet aren’t resting against hard plastic but not so much that your stability will suffer when performing heavy weightlifting exercises. This makes it a perfect shoe for short distance running, weightlifting, etc.

The outsole of these shoes is interesting in that the forefoot has a sticky rubber while the heel section has a very firm rubber. The molded flex grooves provide tons of flexibility and the forefoot rubber offers great traction. The rope wrap outsole also provides additional abrasion protection when doing rope climbs which is perfect for CrossFitters who have experienced torn shoes due to rope climbing in the past.

Deciding whether to name the Reebok Nano 6.0’s or the Nike Metcon 3’s the best CrossFit shoe of 2018 was a tough one – you can’t go wrong with either one. Overall, if you’re looking for a great pair of CrossFit shoes that are extremely versatile, flexible, comfortable, and able to hold up to the amount of rigor that CrossFit workouts entail, check these out!

Type: Minimalist

Drop: 4 mm

Preferred Use: Hybrid

Pros

  • Uses a sticky rubber in the forefoot and a firm rubber in the heel for enhanced traction
  • Rope wrap outsole helps prolong the life of the shoe and minimizes abrasions when doing rope climbs
  • Versatile – great for a variety of exercises
  • Durable, flexible, and breathable

Cons

  • On the pricier side
  • Some users have mentioned that they squeak

 3) Adidas Performance Powerlift 3 – Solid Weightlifting Shoes at a Great Price

If you want to improve the weightlifting portion of your CrossFit workouts, getting a good pair of powerlifting shoes is a must! The Adidas Performance Powerlift 3’s are constructed to offer a stable platform and secure fit so that you can focus on your technique.

The uppers feature a lightweight synthetic leather and a mesh tongue, collar, and lining to help provide added breathability. Apart from the laces, you’ll also notice an instep strap closure which helps improve support and provides a locked-in fit.

The high-density, die-cut midsole, and anti-slip rubber outsole help stabilize your stance when doing heavy-weight movements such as squats, deadlifts, or clean and jerks.

As previously mentioned, these powerlifting shoes are great for CrossFitters who want to improve the weightlifting portion of their workouts. Although you’ll need to change these shoes out for a more lightweight/flexible shoe during cardio-intensive exercises, these will certainly help you improve your form and reduce the risk of injury. The Adidas Powerlift 3’s are also cross-trainers meaning they’re great not only for weightlifting but also any other exercise that involves a hard surface and side-to-side movement.

Type: Oly

Drop: 13 mm

Preferred Use: Weightlifting

Pros

  • Great price
  • Stable midsole and anti-slip outsole for added support
  • Strap closure enhances lock-in
  • Extra-wide design

Cons

  • Outsole can be very slightly compressed, whereas some powerlifters prefer no compression whatsoever

 4) inov-8 Bare-XF 210 V2 – The Best Barefoot CrossFit Shoes

These shoes are a great option for those who have experience with barefoot training or simply want to start experimenting with barefoot training.

The uppers of these shoes contain a TPU material on both sides of the shoe to help protect against wear and tear from exercises such as rope climbs. Furthermore, the toe box uses lightweight mesh material to provide flexibility and breathability as well as a rubber bumper to further improve durability.

The only thing between your foot and the ground in these shoes is a 3mm footbed and a 3mm rubber outsole. Therefore, you’ll experience some added comfort thanks to the footbed, however, there is no high differential between the heel and the toe.

If you’re looking to do a lot of running, these shoes probably aren’t your best choice. However, they are extremely versatile in that they offer outstanding grip in the outsole, are lightweight and flexible, and offer a decent amount of protection against abrasion-prone exercises. This makes them fantastic in places where you need to be light on your feet such as box jumps or burpees or when you required immediate response for exercises such as deadlifts or any other type weightlifting.

Type: Barefoot

Drop: 0 mm

Preferred Use: Hybrid

Pros

  • Excellent power delivery and response (great for powerlifting and weightlifting)
  • Extremely lightweight and breathable
  • Simulates barefoot training
  • Rope-tec provides traction and protection for rope climbs

Cons

  • Not ideal for medium to long distance running
  • Not recommend for long periods of use by beginners

 5) Reebok CrossFit Nano 5 – Previous Generation of the Best CrossFit Shoe

The Reebok Crossfit Nano 5’s are a lightweight, low drop CrossFit shoe that will help you excel in a variety of exercises. The uppers of these shoes are made of a Kevlar-infused mesh providing them with plenty of breathability, durability, and support.

The midsoles of these shoes use a Polyurethane NanoShell which helps further improve durability by providing extra defense against midsole abrasion while also adding extra support. Additionally, the EVA within the midsole offers CrossFitters added comfort and responsiveness to exercises such as box jumps.

As for the outsole, these shoes are designed to improve traction and minimize slips. Strong “RopePro” carbon rubber is used on the outsole making them extra durable and versatile enough to handle an assortment of CrossFit exercises.

These shoes are great as an all-around shoe you can take to the CrossFit gym. Although they’re not the most optimal shoe for any specific exercise (e.g. running or weightlifting) they strike a solid even ground between many CrossFit maneuvres. Furthermore, since they’re an older generation, they’re cheaper – and who doesn’t like that!

Type: Minimalist

Drop: 3 mm

Preferred Use: Hybrid

Pros

  • Durable and lightweight thanks to Kevlar material
  • Wider toe box than previous versions
  • Reasonably priced
  • Offer a good amount of support
  • Great for running short distances and offers solid support for weightlifting

Cons

  • Not optimal for long distance runs
  • Tongue isn’t padded and may cause discomfort at times

6) ASICS Gel-Fortius TR – Zero Drop with Maximum Outsole Durability

The ASICS Gel-Fortius TR’s are a very low-profile and lightweight CrossFit shoe. Their minimalist design provides you with the protection and traction normal shoes offer, but without weighing you down.

The uppers are constructed of a combination of synthetic leather and mesh allowing your foot to breath. The toe cap is made with a synthetic leather called RhynoSkin which is abrasion and tear resistant, thus increasing durability. Furthermore, the toe cap and quarter panels of the shoe are also double stitched to reduce the chance of tears and improve support for lateral movements.

The midfoot features rearfoot gel cushioning system to help soften the impact when doing exercises that involve vertical movements. Apart from this, there isn’t much else in the midfoot to improve stability or support. Although that’s the beauty of minimalist shoes – without the artificial support, you’ll naturally become stronger and won’t need it.

The outsoles of these shoes employ AHAR and Wet Grip Outsole technologies. AHAR is an extremely durable rubber which is 50% stronger than ASICS’s typical high abrasion rubber, while the Wet Grip Outsole improves traction in damp conditions.

Type: Minimalist

Drop: 0 mm

Preferred Use: Hybrid

Pros

  • Double stitched to improve durability and extend life
  • Extremely durable outsole thanks to AHAR technology
  • Provides a slight amount of cushioning in the rearfoot for added comfort
  • Lightweight and zero drop

Cons

  • Not ideal for running
  • Runs narrow

7) Reebok Ros Workout TR 2.0 – The Affordable, Introductory CrossFit Shoe

The Reebok Ros Workout 2.0’s are a versatile workout shoe offered at a great price. These shoes have a slightly higher heel-to-toe drop than most premium CrossFit shoes (4.5 mm) which is ideal for those who would rather have a tad more cushioning for cardio-centric exercises as opposed stability for powerlifting.

The uppers of these shoes are constructed of a lightweight mesh upper and abrasion resistant textile overlays. The mesh uppers provide both great flexibility and breathability.

The injection-molded EVA midsole of the Workout 2.0’s is super shock absorbing and provides great energy return.

As for the outsole, it uses RopePro carbon rubber on the medial side to help prolong the life of the shoe and reduce wear and tear when climbing ropes. The rest of the outsole employs a full-length rubber with a parallel line pattern.

Type: Minimalist

Drop: 4.5 mm

Preferred Use: Hybrid

Pros

  • RopePro carbon rubber on the medial side to reduce shredding from rope climbing
  • Great price
  • Breathable and flexible
  • Molded toe cap for added durability

Cons

  • Not made for heavy lifting although you should have no problem with light-medium weightlifting

8) 5.11 Tactical Recon Trainer – Versatile and Strong In All Terrains

The 5.11 Tactical Recon Trainer’s have a higher heel-to-toe drop than any other minimalist shoe mentioned in this list of best CrossFit shoes. Therefore, you’ll be able to run longer distances in them without your feet feeling as fatigued or sore. That being said, these shoes are also great cross trainers and have their own specific advantages and drawbacks.

The uppers of these shoes are constructed with a combination of breathable and stretchable air mesh and TPU, along with ultra-durable HELCOR zones built specifically for rope climbs.

The midsole contains a compression molded EVA foam and promotes a neutral stance that is supportive and stable.

The outsole of the 5.11’s is built with both durability and traction in mind. Its thick and rubbery quality along with lug pattern provides enhanced grip regardless of the terrain you’re training on.

Overall, these shoes were built to be worn in a wide variety of terrains which is what makes them so attractive to people who find themselves working out both indoors and outdoors. Moreover, they’re one of the only shoes in this list that are more specifically built for running. Thanks to the higher heel-to-toe drop, they provide much more cushioning

Type: Running / Minimalist

Drop: 8 mm

Preferred Use: Hybrid

Pros

  • Great CrossFit shoe for WODs that involve lots of running
  • Great price
  • Versatile in a variety of terrains and exercises

Cons

  • Not the best shoe for heavy weightlifting due to higher than normal heel-to-toe drop

9) New Balance 20v5 Vibram Minimus – Minimal and Very Breathable

The New Balance 20v5 Vibram Minimus’s are a versatile shoe that can handle anything from weightlifting to resistance training and mid-distance running. These shoes are lightweight, offer tons of breathability and are reasonably priced.

Overall, the shoe is made up of 75% synthetic materials and 25% mesh. The uppers of these shoes are primarily made of mesh material and feature a burrito-style tongue and asymmetric collar with molded foam.

The midsole uses REVlite technology to provide a responsive yet durable midsection. It offers a medium amount of cushioning which is optimal in the event that you’ll be using these shoes for a variety of exercises.

Lastly, the Vibram outsole features multi-directional traction to provide enhanced grip and durability. The Vibram outsole helps extend the life of the shoe because as we all know, CrossFit workout days are intense and can take a toll on your footwear.

Type: Minimalist

Drop: 4 mm

Preferred Use: Hybrid

Pros

  • Very breathable
  • Lightweight and flexible
  • Suitable for a variety of CrossFit exercises

Cons

  • Some users have reported the burrito tongue is uncomfortable

 10) Vibram KMD EVO – Natural Feel (Five Finger Contour)

The Vibram KMD EVO’s are the only five finger barefoot training shoes in this list of best CrossFit shoes. They are made of a 100% low elastic polyester filament making them not only flexible but also strong.

The five finger contoured design allows for a more natural feel which is the entire premise behind barefoot training. These shoes do have slightly more overall cushioning as opposed to the other barefoot training shoes mentioned in this list (the inov-8 Bare-XF 210 V2’s).

In total, these shoes provide 11 mm of underfoot protection (2 mm sockliner, 6 mm midsole, 3 mm outsole). Therefore, if you’re looking for a pair of barefoot training shoes but still want a little extra protection against tougher terrains or for running longer distances, these are a great choice.

Type: Barefoot

Drop: 0 mm

Preferred Use: Hybrid

Pros

  • Very flexible and lightweight
  • Offers a decent amount of protection in terms of cushioning
  • Very breathable uppers
  • Allows for a more natural, barefoot feel thanks to the five finger contour shape for your toes

Cons

  • Some reviewers dislike the 11 mm of protection and prefer a closer-to-ground feel

CrossFit Shoes Buyer’s Guide

If you aren’t sure which CrossFit shoe you should purchase, it’s useful to know a little more about what shoes work best for the type of workout you’re doing. Being aware of what makes a CrossFit shoe different from other shoes will help you make an informed decision about what you should be looking for. Furthermore, you might be asking yourself if one of your existing pairs of shoes will be sufficient for your CrossFit workout.

All of these questions and more are answered in this CrossFit shoes buyer’s guide. So read on if you’d like to learn more about what you should be putting on your feet to ensure optimal performance the next time you step foot in the gym.

What Makes a CrossFit Shoe Different?

CrossFit shoes are a special breed of shoe since they need to accommodate many different movements. As mentioned at the beginner of this post, CrossFit typically incorporates aspects of running, weightlifting, gymnastics, and rowing into the workout. Therefore you need a shoe that’s able to withstand the requirements of each of these sports/exercises. Below you’ll find a few characteristics that any good CrossFit shoe must possess.

Protective (Supportive and Stable)

Protection is one of the most important characteristics of a good CrossFit shoe. As CrossFit involves many different high-intensity movements you need to ensure that your shoes will provide enough protection in terms of support and stability. Depending on if there’s a particular exercise or set of exercises you’re not fully comfortable with yet, you may choose to go with a shoe that offers better support for that particular exercise/set of exercises. For example, choose a pair of shoes that fit your pronation type for improved protection when running.

Suitable for Lifting

Lifting weights is a key part of any CrossFit workout. Therefore you need to have shoes that are able to withstand heavy loads without sacrificing comfort or durability. When looking for a CrossFit shoe that’s suitable for the lifting portion of any CrossFit workout, ensure that it provides enough support in the heel arch, has a stable sole, and offers a medium heel-to-toe drop.

Suitable for Running

As CrossFit shoes must provide stability for lifting heavy weights, they must also provide enough flexibility and cushioning to absorb shock when running and jumping. Since the requirements of a weightlifting and running shoe are quite opposite, it’s important to find a shoe that offers a solid middle ground. As always, look for a balance between the amount of cushion that’s provided in the midsole section of the shoe and the amount of support that’s provided in the heel, arch, and toe box.

Traction

traction

Choosing a CrossFit shoe that offers ample traction on the outsole is important as CrossFit exercises take place on various surface types. You could be on pavement, foam mats, or on a piece of exercise equipment all in the same session. Furthermore, your shoes need to be able to accommodate for quick directional changes. If your shoes don’t provide proper traction, your foot could slip therefore causing an injury.

Versatility

As previously mentioned, CrossFit is a very versatile sport. It combines a variety of sports and exercises and therefore you need a shoe that can balance between the requirements of each. Of course, a single shoe that accommodates multiple disciplines won’t be as good as a dedicated lifting or gymnastics shoe, but with the intense nature of the sport and the quick changes in exercises, you can’t be switching from shoe to shoe each time you need to perform a different exercise. That’s why professional CrossFitters look for a shoe that’s dynamic and adaptable to a variety of movements.

Breathable

breathable

With such high-intensity training, your feet will get very warm. Wearing a breathable shoe helps minimize sweat which can lead to blisters or slips. Heat will build up especially during cardio exercises therefore if you have a particular focus on cardio then wearing a pair of shoes that are breathable is extremely important.

Lightweight

CrossFit is all about high-intensity training, that means going fast. So whether its running or doing a quick set of burpees, you don’t want anything slowing you down. Choosing a pair of lightweight CrossFit shoes will help speed up your workout and ensure nothing slows you down.

Durable

Finding a shoe that is not only lightweight but also durable can sometimes be a challenge. Materials like leather help prolong the life of a shoe but are heavier than materials such as mesh. However, these days, shoe manufacturers are able to create high-durability shoes from synthetic materials thus being able to withstand the intensity of CrossFit while remaining relatively light.

Should You Choose a High vs Low Drop Shoe?

The “drop” of a shoe refers to the heel-to-toe drop which measures the difference between the height of the heel and height of the forefoot section of a shoe. We’ve covered this more in-depth in our best running shoes guide but a simple visualization of how it works is shown below.

heel to toe drop

Many running shoes typically have a large heel-to-toe drop to provide added shock absorption to the heel as your foot makes contact with the ground. Running shoes usually hover around the 8mm drop area whereas CrossFit shoes have a smaller drop due to the need for stability and even weight distribution during lifting exercises. Squats, for example, require that you stay in your heels. You don’t want a large of amount of cushioning for this exercise as it will force you to sink into your shoes and ultimately make the exercise more difficult or potentially dangerous.

Ideally, CrossFit shoes should have a 3-4 mm drop. If you’re used to highly padded shoes, try starting out with one that has a 6mm drop and move down from there as you feel comfortable.

Types of CrossFit Shoes

There are a few different types of shoes that CrossFitters wear. Not all shoes are created equal and therefore if you’re working on improving your form on a particular exercise you might consider buying a pair of shoes that are designed for that specifically. Otherwise, if you feel you’re fairly well-rounded in all exercises, you might only need one pair of shoes that are designed to combine the benefits of multiple sports shoes.

Below is a list of 5 different types of CrossFit shoes and an overview of their pros and cons.

1) Minimalist Shoes

minimalist crossfit shoesAccording to many CrossFitters, minimalist shoes are said to be the best shoe you can buy. Minimalist CrossFit shoes are designed specifically for CrossFitters. They combine the strengths of multiple shoe types into one allowing you to not have to change shoes during your workout, regardless of the exercise you’re doing. Although they won’t be as good as a dedicated weightlifting shoe for lifting or a dedicated running shoe for running, they’re versatile, durable, and great for beginners and pros alike.

2) Running Shoes

running crossfit shoesSome CrossFitters use a separate pair of running shoes for the cardio aspect of their WOD. If you’re used to running in shoes that offer more cushioning than a typical pair of CrossFit shoes or if you’re simply new to running, than you may need a pair of shoes which are more comfortable and fix any under/over pronation. If this is the case, be sure to bring both a pair of running shoes and a pair of CrossFit or weightlifting shoes to your workout.

Running shoes aren’t made to lift weights in, therefore, you’ll need both pairs in order to perform better and minimize injury.

3) Oly (Weightlifting) Shoes

weightlifting crossfit shoesOly or weightlifting shoes are specifically designed to lift heavy weights. Oly shoes offer an elevated and stiff heel section to provide weightlifters with a solid base and enough stability to perform the lift without sacrificing form. The elevated heel also allows for a better range of motion and in the case of squats, allows the lifter to squat into a deeper position. Weightlifting shoes also provide more support around the foot and minimize any slippage in the ankle.

Similar to running shoes, if you bring a pair of Oly shoes to your next CrossFit session be sure to also bring a pair of running or minimalist shoes that offer more flexibility and shock absorption during cardio session and gymnastics exercises.

4) Chucks

chucks crossfit shoesChucks are decent baseline shoe for those who don’t really need much artificial support or cushion during their weight training. Chucks have a strong sole and are fairly high top so that when the laces are tightened and tied down, you’ll get a bit more ankle lock-in. For exercises like deadlifts or squats they’re great, but for running they’re not optimal.

Chucks are durable and fairly inexpensive but if your WOD involves both weightlifting and running, you’ll find yourself needing an extra pair of shoes if you’re performing exercises where lots of shock absorption is preferred.

5) Barefoot Shoes

barefoot crossfit shoesBarefoot shoes offer next to no artificial support or cushioning. Rather, their goal is to provide CrossFitters with a shoe that doesn’t feel like you’re wearing a shoe at all. They’re extremely lightweight, provide good traction and help runners develop a better heel arch as there’s no artificial support helping them.

If you’re used to barefoot shoes or have been doing CrossFit for quite some time, try giving barefoot shoes a try. On the other hand, if you’re still fairly new to the sport, you might want to consider wearing a shoe that offers more protection and support to help minimize the risk of injury.

Using Running Shoes as CrossFit Shoes

Some CrossFitters may be inclined to use their existing running shoes as Crossfit shoes. Although this will work fine for the running portion of a CrossFit workout, it isn’t the best idea for the other exercises involved. Generally, the heel-to-toe drop of a running shoe is much higher than that of a CrossFit shoe which makes it undesirable for weightlifting.

CrossFit shoes are stiffer in the sole section and use a less flexible upper than the average running shoe.

However, if you’re a barefoot shoe runner, you might be able to get away with using your running shoes as they’ll have a zero (or near zero) drop thus increasing stability and minimizing the occurrence of ankle sprains during your workout. Barefoot shoes are great for those who don’t need any artificial support to correct their pronation.

However, they certainly aren’t for everybody. If you need a balance of cushioning and stability, it’s better to go for a dedicated CrossFit shoe instead of using your running shoes.

Training vs Competition CrossFit Shoes

Whether you’re training or competing in CrossFit, you’ll want a good pair of shoes that you can depend on throughout the workout. However, the shoes you wear during training season and during a competition might differ.

If you’re just training, a single pair of well-rounded CrossFit shoes should be just fine. Make sure that they meet the criteria above in that they’re versatile, durable, have a low drop etc. However, if you’re training with the intention of competing, the shoes you wear for each exercise might be slightly different. To maximize your performance in the weightlifting exercises you should wear weightlifting shoes. Similarly, to maximize your performance in the running exercises you should wear running shoes.

Again, if your intention is to compete you should be training with these different shoes so that when it comes time to compete, your feet will be comfortable wearing them and you’ll be used to how each pair feels.

General CrossFit Shoe Recommendations

There are certainly a few things to consider when buying a pair of CrossFit shoes. Depending on the type of workout your doing, how experienced you are, what kind of pronator you are, etc should all be taken into account when purchasing the best CrossFit shoes for you. As a bit of a summary of the general CrossFit shoe recommendations, consider the following:

  • Use shoes with a greater heel-to-toe drop if you’re focussing more on weightlifting WODs
  • Use shoes with a smaller heel-to-toe drop (around 4mm) if you’re looking for something that strikes a middle ground between lifting weights and cardio
  • Consider purchasing multiple pairs of workout-specific shoes to optimize your performance in those areas (e.g. weightlifting shoes for weights, running shoes for running, gymnast shoes for gymnastics)
  • If you don’t require any artificial support, consider buying a pair of barefoot CrossFit shoes

CrossFit Shoe Sizing Tips

The last part of this running shoes buyer’s guide will provide you with a few tips for finding the right shoe size. Wearing shoes that fit correctly is extremely important not only for comfort reasons but also for stability and injury prevention. Keeping these tips in mind the next time you’re buying a shoe should help you find a shoe that fits right the first time.

  • Check Amazon’s Shoe Fit Responses – If you’re buying your running shoes from Amazon, be sure to check the “fits as expected” section on popular shoes. Although this feature isn’t available for all shoes sold on Amazon, it’s great to gather feedback from other purchasers to see what the general consensus is. Amazon’s 3D size suggestions tool is also handy to check out when making a sizing decision.amazon shoe size tool
  • Foot Size – It’s important to know what size your foot is and reference it against the manufacturer’s size chart. Knowing the manufacturer’s exact shoe size is quite convenient for Amazon shoppers as size charts are readily available.
  • Be Aware of the Shoe Type – The fit and feel will certainly change depending on the type of shoe you’re wearing. For example, the difference between a weightlifting shoe and a running shoe will be significant in terms of flexibility, width, etc. Keep this in mind if you’re purchasing multiple CrossFit shoes – they won’t all feel the same.
  • Trying Shoes at the End of the Day – Feet can slightly swell based on how much activity you’re doing during the day, the amount of fluids you drink, etc. Trying shoes on at the end of the day helps account for swelling, thus avoiding the risk that you purchase a pair of shoes that are too small.

Final Words – Wrapping Up

Choosing the best pair of CrossFit shoes involves a combination of personal preference and budget, but also take into account the exercise or set of exercises you’re looking to improve. Nine times out of ten, CrossFitters will choose to wear a minimalist style shoe as they are widely versatile, convenient, and get the job done. However, for those who need a little more help during a particular exercise, there are plenty of great options out there if you’re looking to hone in on improving your performance in a specific area.

Hopefully, you’ve found this list of best CrossFit shoes helpful. If you’ve skipped over the buyer’s guide above, be sure to take a read through it before making a final purchase decision. If you think we missed a great CrossFit shoe in this list, be sure to leave a comment below or contact us!

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