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After wearing and testing nearly every current shoe designed for general training and CrossFit type workouts, my team and I determined that the best CrossFit shoes for 2021 are the Reebok Nano X1, with the Nike Metcon 6 close behind. Although this is a fierce debate and our runner-up could easily hold the top spot depending on preferences, we had to go with one.

There are so many factors to take into consideration when looking at shoes, like durability, cushioning, if they are breathable if they fit your foot. Honestly, it’s pretty subjective because what works for a wide foot won’t be great for a narrow foot. I had several people try out all kinds of shoes to bring you the best picks for what you should put on your feet.

Why You Should Trust Us

First of all, it’s me, Coop, who lives, eats, and breathes fitness equipment (I don’t actually eat the equipment … all the time). I started training for CrossFit nearly a decade ago and have competed multiple times. I also had several other people on my team–including a CrossFit L1 trainer and CrossFit box owner Kate Meier, who happens to be on our expert panel here at Garage Gym Reviews–test the shoes you’ll find here (along with many, many others).

We actually put these shoes on and wore them for all kinds of metcons, lifting sessions, runs, and jumps. The shoes go through an eight-point testing methodology where we evaluate everything from construction and performance to delivery and other user reviews. That’s how we rank and score each pair you’ll find on this page.

My Picks for the Best CrossFit Shoe

Best Crossfit Shoe Overall: Reebok Nano X1

Best CrossFit Shoe Overall
Reebok Nano X1
Reebok Nano X1

The Reebok Nano X1 is designed for wearability. With Floatride cushioning, a refined toe shape optimized for more movements, an energy return running foam and speed chassis, you'll add comfort to every step, get a locked-in feel and better stability in Reebok Nano X1 training shoes.From box jumps to burpees and squats to sprints, the Reebok Nano X1 is a beast that comes in two powerful forms. Reebok Nano X1 Grit upper is built with material that's ultra-strong, durable and lightweight. And the Reebok X1 Knit is built with a softer Flexweave knit upper. Both Reebok Nano X1 training shoes feature a comfort collar for improved comfort–no break-in period needed, and all-day wearability guaranteed. If you're looking for the official cross training shoes of all things fitness, Reebok Nano X1 training shoes are all in.

$130.00

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Good for: Virtually anyone with any size foot who wants to WOD

My Favorite Things:

  • Great for all aspects of CrossFit, including rope climbs
  • Wide toe box
  • Mild cushioning for comfort but still great support
  • Priced competitively around $130

My Callouts:

  • Heel comes up a little high and could give you a blister
  • Nanos have been reported to have ripped soles from handstand pushups
  • No trial period

It’s no secret that Reebok and Nike dominate the CrossFit shoe space. Reebok sort of burst onto the scene with the Nanos, and the Nano 2 was perhaps one of the most popular models. Then the Nano sort of tanked around the 4s and 5s, but I’m here to say: the X1s may be the best Nano yet.

First, you have so many options for variations of the Nano X1: The Grit, the Vegan and the Lux. Kate, who is on our expert panel and owns a CrossFit gym, tried out the Grit, wearing them for metcons, weightlifting, and coaching. She’s typically a Nike fan, but these won her over for how comfortable they are. They offer a little more cushioning in the midfoot than the Nike Metcons and slightly more of a heel-to-toe drop at 7mm (versus 4mm on the Metcons).

Appearance-wise, this has the look of a Reebok shoe. It does come in a number of color and style options. As of this writing, there are 19 women’s varieties, including takes on the X1 like the Grit and the Adventure, and 24 versions for men, like the Grit, Pride and Lux. These all sit around $130, except the Vegan and Lux options, which are $150. Considering the Metcons and the NoBulls run much more expensive, the Nano X1s are a good deal. That’s also no surprise because Reebok notoriously puts out more budget-friendly gear.

One downside to the Nano is that, unlike previous versions, the heel cup comes up pretty high on the back of the foot, which can cause rubbing. Kate wore tall socks and had no issues, but it’s easy to see where someone might not like the feel of it.

Read my full Reebok Nano X1 review.

Best Overall CrossFit Shoe Runner Up: Nike Metcon 7

Best Overall CrossFit Shoe Runner Up
Nike Metcon 7
Nike Metcon 7

The Nike Metcon 7 is the gold standard for weight training–even tougher and more stable than previous versions. We've also added React foam that ups the comfort to keep you ready for high-intensity cardio.

$130.00

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Good for: Support, breathability and agility in training

My Favorite Things:

  • Firm base ideal for squatting
  • Flexible enough for running and jumping
  • Sporty appearance
  • Amazing return policy

My Callouts:

  • Priced at $150 or more, depending on style
  • Runs a little narrow
  • Some reviewers find running in Metcons to be uncomfortable

I love the Nike Metcon 7. I think Nike saw what Reebok was doing with the Nano and said, “Hold my beer.” And then came the Metcon, which, in my opinion, gets better with every iteration. In fact, I would have put the Metcon 7 as my top pick, but, as Nike shoes do, it runs a little narrow, so it may not be the best fit for most amount of people.

That said, I don’t have a wide foot, so I don’t need a wider shoe. I wear my Nike Metcon 7s a lot: for box jumps, cardio, deadlifts, and basically anything else that would require cross training shoes.

So, here’s why I like them: First, the Metcon 7s have what all the other Metcons have, which is a firm, stable heel ideal for squats, and a cushioned foam forefoot in the midsole that makes it ideal for plyometrics and running.

The all-rubber outsole is hardcore. As anyone who does CrossFit and uses CrossFit equipment knows, you need a hard bottom to withstand climbing ropes. Similar to the Nike Metcon 3 shoes, the Nike Metcon 6 has an extremely breathable upper. The large perforations in the material truly do make a difference, especially when I’m working out in hot conditions.

Nike gets away with charging $150 or more because simply put, people will pay it. If you don’t mind investing that kind of money in a cross-trainer, then this is definitely the way to go. Also, Nike has one of the best return policies I’ve ever seen. The brand gives you 60 days to try out the shoe and will let you return them for any reason you want.

Read my full Nike Metcon 7 review.

Best Lifestyle Shoe: NOBULL Trainer

Best Lifestyle Shoe
No Bull Trainer
No Bull Trainer

NOBULL is a footwear, apparel and accessory brand for people who train hard and don't believe in excuses. If you think gimmicks in your shoes make you a better athlete, NOBULL is not for you. NOBULL products perform with you when and where you need them. That's it.

$130.00

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Good for: Wearing in and out of the gym

My Favorite Things:

  • Stylish look works while training or socializing
  • Wide variety of looks to choose from
  • Performs well across variety of exercises

My Callouts:

  • A little uncomfortable when you first put them on
  • Expensive for a seemingly basic-looking shoe
  • 4mm heel to toe drop

In my experience, you’re either in or out on the look and feel of the NOBULL Trainer. Our team was a little divided, actually, because I really like the look of the shoe, but Kate was indifferent. That’s why we chose this for our best lifestyle pick, however, because if you like the look of the shoe, you can essentially wear it anywhere.

In March 2021, the CrossFit Games announced NOBULL as its title sponsor. Let’s be honest, though, NOBULL was climbing the popularity ranks among CrossFitters well before then. The brand locked down big names like Tia Clair Toomey, Katrin Davidsdottir and Alex Smith and just watched the sales pile up.

The Trainer comes in several height levels: low, mid and high. They started with a very utilitarian look to them–solid color, no contouring, plain white sole, with essentially just the words “NOBULL” on them. However, over the years, the brand has expanded its line substantially to include more designs and patterns, both on the shoe and on the sole.

Okay, but you didn’t come here for the best looking shoe (or did you?); I assume you want to know how it performs. I was pretty surprised, to be honest. When you first put them on, that very small 4mm heel to toe drop makes the shoe feel almost uncomfortable.

However, once you start moving, you don’t notice it at all. In fact, the shoe moves and breathes incredibly well across the breadth of CrossFit exercises. There is a mesh upper as well, which keeps the shoe breathable.

The biggest downside is the cost. Even the most basic Trainer is about $140, and it feels to me like you’re essentially paying for the name “NOBULL.” But, since these can double as your workout shoes and your out-on-the-town shoes, it might be a good investment.

For more, check out my full NOBULL Trainer review.

Best Budget CrossFit Shoe: Reebok Speed TR

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Best Budget CrossFit Shoe
Reebok Speed TR 2.0 Shoes
Reebok Speed TR 2.0 Shoes

The next generation of Reebok’s CrossFit Speed TR performance shoes introduces a range of new features, including a durable Cordura upper, a traction pattern outsole, and updated RopePro technology for maximized grip—not to mention a new line-up of colors and patterns. Like the original model, Version 2.0 also has an exposed heel clip for optimal stability, a shock-resistant EVA midsole, and a low-cut design for greater range of motion. From local boxes to the annual CrossFit Games, Reebok has worked directly with leading athletes from around the world to engineer versatile athletic shoes specially equipped for the demands of CrossFit training. The Speed TR 2.0 has been refined with any and every WOD in mind. There are flex grooves for weightlifting stability, breathable mesh and anti-friction collars for reduced heat and moisture, and the molded compression midsole for comfort and responsiveness during high-intensity training. Specifications: Men’s CrossFit Athletic Shoe Low-cut design for optimal range of motion CORDURA® upper material Flared outsole and metasplit flex grooves for stable weightlifting base Soft EVA Midsole for shock resistance + comfort Heat/Sweat resistant collar and tongue Exposed Heel Clip for added stability Updated RopePro carbon rubber tech and New Traction Pattern Outsole

$80.00

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Reebok Speed TR Shoes
Reebok Speed TR Shoes

From local boxes to the annual CrossFit Games, Reebok has worked directly with leading athletes from around the world to engineer shoes specially equipped for the demands of CrossFit training. The Speed TR 1.0 is a new model designed with any and every WOD in mind. There are flex grooves for weightlifting stability, a breathable mesh upper and anti-friction collar for reduced heat and moisture, and a molded compression midsole for impact resistance and max comfort. Reebok also built in a heel KippingKlip and its patented RopePro carbon rubber to prevent sliding and improve explosiveness. Specifications: Men’s CrossFit Athletic Shoe Low-cut design for optimal range of motion Monomesh overlay upper for combo breathability and durability Flared outsole and metasplit flex grooves for stable weightlifting base Compression molded midsole for shock resistance Heat/Sweat resistant collar and tongue KippingKlip heel and RopePro carbon rubber for slide prevention

$69.99

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Good for: An affordable, lightweight shoe useful for cross training

My Favorite Things:

  • Priced well under $100
  • Quality, durable shoe
  • Lightweight and ideal for speed-based workouts

My Callouts:

  • Not a lot of support for squatting
  • Low-cut shoe may not provide enough support for some agility movements
  • Model not available in women’s sizes

At under $100, the Reebok Speed TR is a great pick for someone who wants to save money on running shoes that could also be used in functional fitness. With the name “Speed,” it’s clear that these are intended for faster-paced workouts. These weigh just 8.5 ounces, whereas the Nike Metcon 6 weighs about 12.6 ounces.

A pleasant surprise is that the Speed TRs perform well in lifts–as long as you aren’t someone who needs substantial support from your shoe. Some people really need the feedback from a sturdy heel cup or dense midsole. The Speed TR uses a lot of EVA foam. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s going to absorb your feet when you lift rather than give them a harder base to push against.

I absolutely love having the Speed TRs in my personal collection of cross-training shoes. I have used them in CrossFit workouts and in lifting weights.

Reebok doesn’t make the Speed TR in women’s sizes (though just drop 1.5 sizes off the men’s size and there you go). However, there are Speed variations available on the Reebok site for women, like the Speed Flexweave TR and the Speed Her TR. These look different from the shoes I wore, so I can’t vouch that they would perform the same. Reviews of the women’s shoes suggest they offer the same lightweight and moderate support as the Speed TRs.

Read my full Reebok Speed TR Review.

Best CrossFit Shoes for Running Workouts: Nike Free Metcon 4

Best CrossFit Shoes for Running Workouts
Nike Free Metcon 4
Nike Free Metcon 4

The Nike Free Metcon 4 combines flexibility with stability to help you get the most out of your training program.

$120.00

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Good for: People with narrow feet who enjoy feet hugs while running

My Favorite Things:

  • Hugs the foot like a sock
  • Lightweight with a grippy outsole
  • Provides stability for CrossFit workouts
  • Priced around $120

My Callouts:

  • Very narrow shoe
  • Not easy to put on
  • May not stand up to rope climbs

So, here’s what happened: Nike took the Free running shoe and the Metcon training shoe and they had a baby. And you got the Free Metcon, specifically the Free Metcon 4, which we tested.

This is a great blend of both shoes. You get the “foot hug” feeling that the Free running shoe offered, but still have that stability that the Metcon has always provided. In testing, we found that the Free Metcon 4 moves really well with the foot when running, especially on treadmills. It weighs 11.2 ounces, so it’s not quite as light as a straight up running shoe, but it’s not as heavy as the more CrossFit-specific shoes are.

The Free Metcon 4 has a lot of features that cater to CrossFitters: a wide heel that is great for squatting movements, webbing along the midfoot that forms to your feet for support on agility movements, and a flexible forefoot for running. The bottom tread is incredibly grippy and feels great when doing any kind of running or jumping.

We did notice that the Free Metcon 4 runs small. If you have a very narrow foot, you may get away with sticking to your actual size. Otherwise, going up half a size may give you a little more room. These are supposed to fit snugly, but you also don’t need to lose any toenails. Lastly, this is a great shoe for running workouts, but the outsoles might not withstand rope climbs.

Check out my full Nike Free Metcon 4 review.

Best CrossFit Lifting Shoes: Adidas AdiPower 2

Woman doing a split squat in the Adidas Adipower 2 weightlifting shoes
Best CrossFit Lifting Shoes
Adidas AdiPower 2
Adidas AdiPower 2

Redesigned for a new reign. Showing off a streamlined silhouette, these weightlifting shoes have a breathable woven textile upper with inner reinforcements for added stability. It hugs the foot for targeted support while accommodating the natural flexing of the toes. Laces and a strap work together to lock down your midfoot while a raised heel adds stability.

$200.00

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Good for: CrossFitters who want to wear weightlifting shoes in a WOD

My Favorite Things:

  • Extremely comfortable
  • Great support
  • Cool look
  • Very flexible forefoot
  • Full canvas outer

My Callouts:

  • Narrow toe box
  • Really flexible–almost too flexible
  • Really competitive pricing

CrossFit basically re-introduced weightlifting to the world because people who would have never otherwise heard of movements like the snatch or the clean were suddenly doing them in daily WODs. Professional weightlifters wear shoes specifically designed to handle those kinds of lifts, and from time to time, as a CrossFitter, you might prefer to have a shoe that’s even more stable than your typical cross trainer.

That’s where weightlifting shoes come in, and I really like the Adidas AdiPowers 2 for CrossFitters who want to wear a lifting shoe in a metcon.

The AdiPowers 2 are, most noticeably, one of the most flexible but still high quality weightlifting shoes I think I have ever seen or used. They have a full canvas outer, which keeps your feet cool, and a really flexible forefoot which is ideal in a workout where you have to do more than a squatting movement. All of this while still keeping a 20-ish mm heel drop, giving you that elevation that is ideal for moving below parallel.

These are priced at around $200. Now, I’d recommend these for people who want weightlifting shoes that can be worn in a metcon. I don’t think these are the best outright weightlifting shoes because the soles don’t give you quite the feedback that most weightlifters would want from a shoe. However, they certainly got the job done for us in workouts that featured snatches and squat cleans.

To learn more about these, check out my full Adidas Adipower 2 review.

Best Affordable Weightlifting Shoes: Do-Win Classic Lifter

Best Affordable Weightlifting Shoes
Do-Win Classic Lifter
Do-Win Classic Lifter

The original Rogue weightlifting shoe, the Do-Win, is back in a re-launched "Classic" edition, available here in three colorway choices: Black & White, Red & White, and Blue & White. As longtime Rogue athletes will know, the Do-Win Lifter was the very first lifting shoe ever sold through Rogue Fitness, starting back in 2007. This simple, precision design–with its 0.75" heel-to-toe drop, ample ventilation, and lock-down stability–earned a devoted following from the amateur ranks to the highest levels of competition. And while plenty has changed in the worlds of CrossFit and weightlifting over the past decade, a classic never goes out of style. The Do-Win Classic Lifter includes a suede and mesh upper with a rounded toe shape (just like the old-school version had). Two hook-and-loop tarsal straps + nylon webbing backers ensure a firm, custom fit, and each heel is crafted from stacked layers of genuine leather. Like the originals, the effective heel-to-toe drop of the Do-Win is approx. 0.75" (19mm).

$125.00

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Good for: People looking for a quality, budget-friendly weightlifting shoe

My Favorite Things:

  • Priced around $125
  • Stacked leather heel
  • 20mm heel drop
  • Extremely stylish

My Callouts:

  • May not fit true to size
  • Not quite as durable as more expensive shoes
  • Softer rubber sole may seem unusually quiet for a weightlifting shoe

Let’s face it: You can snatch in your Metcons all you want, but you won’t get the same type of foot feedback from them that you would get from a true weightlifting shoe. However, you’re a CrossFitter, and you might not want to spend an arm and a leg on the top weightlifting shoes.

The Do-Win Classic Lifter is a great place to start when looking for a budget-friendly shoe that supports weightlifting movements. It’s priced around $125–yes, less than your Metcons–and still provides the support you want from a weightlifting shoe. That’s nice when considering all the gear we buy as CrossFitters.

With around a 20mm heel-to-toe drop, the Do-Win Classic meets the standard for these types of elevated heel shoes. The toe box is wider than, say, the Nike Romaleos, which is great for people who need to feel their piggies move.

Also, these shoes are just dripping in style. They have a compressed leather heel that makes it look like you’re lifting on wood. The upper is a combination of suede and mesh that comes in black, red, and royal blue.

Rogue recommends dropping half a size when purchasing, though we actually found these to fit either true to size or even a little small. Also, you’re going to get what you pay for: While people who wear the Do-Win Classic love the shoe, there are reports of them falling apart after a year or so.

Read my full in-depth Do-Win Classic Lifter review here.

The Competition

We have a few other shoes we tested and liked (and some we don’t love at all):

Reebok JJ IV Men’s Training Shoe: It’s actually a pretty decent shoe–if you’re a guy with big feet. JJ Watt is a big dude, so he needs big shoes. The JJ IV give a lot of space and support for cross-training workouts. These were a little hard for us to test, just because none of us are quite big enough to fill these shoes.

Nike Romaleo 4: This is arguably the best weightlifting shoe on the market right now. Nike killed it with the Romaleo 2s, then hit a setback with the 3s, but came back with the 4s to produce a heavy, wholly supportive shoe. However, this isn’t a shoe to wear in CrossFit workouts, which is why it didn’t make our list. Also, it’s expensive around $200.

Under Armour HOVR: I just didn’t like these. Under Armour hasn’t really figured out the cross-training shoe yet. Maybe next time.

Inov-8 F-Lite 235 V.2 or the Inov-8 F-Lite 235 v3: Inov-8 has produced great trainers for years, but their latest releases lack durability and lack overall comfort. We hope Inov-8 continues to innovate as we are overall big fans.

How We Tested

The shoes we picked to test could all be considered great for CrossFit and general training. Granted, some of the shoes we tested simply won’t work for certain people either due to the looks or fit, but our picks should work for the majority of people. After some deliberation, we narrowed down our specifications to the following list of features ordered in no particular order.

Overall Construction: The shoes we recommend are some of the best available and are often priced as such. They should be constructed with high-end materials and last a minimum of 6 months under heavy training conditions.

Value: The price of the shoe should be in alignment with its performance. If a shoe costs $150 but performs just as well as a $100 shoe without any outstanding features, then it has poor value.

Appearance: We understand that this is a subjective quality and as such, it plays a small part in which shoes we chose. Rather than basing it solely on our views of the shoes, we also took the opinions of others as to which are the most aesthetically pleasing.

Fit: Shoes mostly fit depending on the dimensions of your feet, however, we tried to choose shoes that fit the widest range of people. All of our top picks can be used by those with thin or wide feet and combine a locked-down feel with great comfort.

Comfort: If you train as much as we do, you’re going to be spending a lot of time in these shoes. They should be comfortable both during training, runs, and after training.

Versatility: A CrossFit shoe should not just work well in the gym doing burpees and squats, but also outside of it as well. This includes short-distance runs as well as dragging and pushing sleds as well as ruck marches.

Special Features: As CrossFit evolves, so should the specialization of the shoes designed for the task. Obviously, CrossFit hits a wide range of movements, so the shoes will always be more for generalized training. However, things like heel clips and rope guards are important to keep the shoe performing well.

During testing, we performed various workouts: long, short, and in between. We squatted, deadlifted, box jumped, wall-balled (is that a word?) clean and jerked, snatched, ran, and did many other movements that might be included in your CrossFit WODs.

We did heavy lifting as well as EMOMs, AMRAPS, and lots of metcons. We requested the opinion of many different people including a couple of CrossFit Games Athletes without shoe sponsors (to avoid biases.)

What to Look for in CrossFit Shoes

If you’re looking for the best shoes for CrossFit, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. Sure, you can swing a kettlebell in just about anything, but you want something to help you perform well across all aspects of fitness, like lateral movements and heavy lifts. Here are what we see as being big factors:

Durability

CrossFit can be hard on our bodies, and it can be really hard on our shoes. An all-mesh upper or soft sole could get totally torn up. Just one rope climb can rip the bottom off a shoe, no problem. Strapping into a rower or running outdoors can put wear and tear on the outer layers. The average amount of time manufacturers recommend you get out of your shoes is about 7 months of normal use.

Look for a shoe that has a reinforced bottom for those rope climbs and a reinforced heel for the abrasion that comes from doing handstand pushups against a wall. In many cases, manufacturers add thermoplastic polyurethane, or TPU, to the sidewalls, heels and upper for added durability. Also, a lot of companies, like No Bull and Reebok, do a good job of providing a breathable upper that is perforated but still coated or reinforced so it won’t rip at the first sign of friction.

The Hard Sole

Perhaps one of the most noticeable differences between CrossFit shoes and, say, running shoes or other cross training footwear is the sole. A harder sole is key for powerlifting, Olympic lifting and squatting movements. It gives you feedback in explosive movements and stability in the power movements.

Weightlifting shoes like the Nike Romaleo 4 or Do-Win Classic Lifter have a much more rigid sole than shoes like the Reebok Nano X or X1. We aren’t suggesting you wear weightlifting shoes, but, rather, find a training shoe with a more rigid sole.

Heel Drop

Generally speaking, an elevated heel is great for getting into a squatting position in which your knees can travel forward over the toes. That is ideal body mechanics, whether you are hitting an air squat in HIIT training or working on barbell exercises and doing weighted squats.

Weightlifting shoes have a large heel-to-toe drop of about 20mm. CrossFit shoes typically have about 4 to 6mm, but many shoes come with a removable and additional insole that can get you to about a 10 to 12mm drop. One of the big changes of CrossFit shoes from traditional training shoes is the more minimalistic style. A 0mm heel drop would make your foot parallel to the ground. Although there are few with a 0mm heel drop, there are many that are close.

Cushioning

Now, we need to balance out the rigid sole and heel drop with some cushioning, because you still need to run and jump in these shoes. This is a fine line, because too much cushioning means your shoe absorbs weight in lifts instead of giving you the feedback to push off from. Too little cushioning, however, like the minimalist line from Vibram, can be painful for people who need more support.

Cushioning in a trainer shoe is ultimately pretty personal. Most shoes like the Metcon from Nike or the Reebok CrossFit Nano line strike a good balance.

Shoe Width

Too narrow of a shoe will be incredibly uncomfortable while running. Too wide of a toe box will make you feel a little lost in the shoe, wondering where your support is as you’re cycling the barbell.

In our experience, Nike shoes tend to run a little narrower, Reeboks give the most room, and No Bull feels in between. The good news is that all these companies take returns, so you if you order online or via Amazon, you can try and send back shoes that don’t fit right.

Other Support

CrossFit shoes aren’t exactly known for comforts like arch support, but it is possible. Of course, you can always take out the insoles and replace them with your own. Alternatively, look for cross trainers with more cushioning, as that might provide the support you need.

You’ll notice that many shoes designed for CrossFit have a wider toe box and this is to allow you to splay your toes when doing grounded movements like squats. Some shoes feature tongues that are stitched to the sole and are secure without even being laced, while others require you to crank them down.

Price

Finally, the price of the shoes should be a factor. No matter how good a shoe is, its price should be a criteria for whether it’s chosen or not. Rather than say shoes are expensive or cheap, we like to look at the value. If the shoe is costly, does its performance match up? If not, then it is overpriced.

With so many great options today, it’s unlikely that a $200 pair of shoes designed for CrossFit are going to be that much better than the $130 pair.

Frequently Asked Questions About CrossFit Shoes

What are the best shoes for CrossFit?

The answer to this is fairly subjective, but typically you live in either the Reebok Nano or the Nike Metcon camp. We like both, and the Nano X1 edged out the Metcon 6 solely because we believe that the Nanos might fit more feet than the slightly more narrow Metcons.

Can you run in CrossFit shoes?

Yes, the best CrossFit shoes are designed for all kinds of exercise: lifting, running, jumping. Some have great lug soles for gripping the ground during runs, some have an extremely flexible forefoot, some, like the Nike Free Metcon 4, is literally a combination of a running shoe and a shoe made for lifting weights.

What makes a good CrossFit shoe?

A good CrossFit shoe is one you can use to run, jump, climb ropes and lift weights. A more rigid sole is great for weightlifting, an elevated heel (even slight) is ideal for squatting, a flexible forefoot makes for good running and jumping, and a reinforced sole and heel is ideal for durability.

Are CrossFit shoes worth it?

Here’s the thing: You can grab a pair of Asics or New Balance shoes and hit the box. It’s doable and possible and people all over the world do CrossFit in shoes that aren’t your typical “CrossFit shoes.” Shoot, some people do it barefoot!

However, having the right shoes for the sport can help you feel better, and, in turn, perform better. An elevated heel and an appropriate amount of cushioning assist in the breadth of movements we do in CrossFit. Also, some shoes just can’t stand up to the sport and will literally fall apart. I recommend investing in a comfortable, durable pair of shoes if you plan on exercising often.

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