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After wearing and testing nearly every CrossFit & cross training shoes on the market, my team and I determined that the best CrossFit shoes of 2023 are the Reebok Nano X2s, with the Nike Metcon 7s 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.

CrossFitting Since 2012

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 multiple CrossFit Level 1 trainers and certified personal trainers–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.

8 Best CrossFit Shoes

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Best Crossfit Shoe Overall: Reebok Nano X2

Best CrossFit Shoe Overall
Reebok Nano X2 Men
Reebok Nano X2 Men's Training Shoe

In April 2023, Reebok unveiled the Nano X2, a training shoe designed to accommodate people who like to do a little bit of everything: running, lifting weights, jumping, and more. The X2 follows the X1, which was a deviation from Reebok's other Nano designs.The improvements you'll see with the X2 include:A more breathable upper A more durable upper A lower heel clip, which is intended to provide more stability Added cushioning in the midsole A lower cut heel to prevent the rubbing that the X1 causedHowever, much of what we love about the Nano has stayed the same with this latest iteration. For example, there is still a wide, accommodating toe box. And, these are still incredibly comfortable shoes, especially when compared with competitors like the NOBULLs and Nike Metcons.The X2 has a 7-millimeter heel-to-toe drop. The men's training shoe, as of this writing, comes in five different colorways.

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


  • Great for all aspects of CrossFit, including rope climbs
  • More shock absorption than other CrossFit shoes
  • Mild cushioning for comfort but still great support
  • Priced competitively around $135
  • 7-mm heel-to-toe drop


  • EVA midsole means they aren’t awesome for heavy lifting
  • Toe box is pretty wide, may not fit narrow feet
  • 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 X2s may be the best Nano yet.

Previously, the Nano X1s topped our guide to the best CrossFit shoes, but our team has been more than pleased with the new release. While I generally am not a big fan of the direction training shoes are going in–it seems most manufacturers are heading toward “more” shoe and I prefer minimalist shoes–our other product testers were stoked about the support and stability offered by the X2.

Amanda Capritto, fitness staff writer and CrossFit Level 1 trainer, said she loves the combination of a cushioned midsole and wide, flat base. While the EVA layer means the X2s aren’t fantastic for heavy lifting, it also means they provide more shock absorption during running and ballistic movements than other CrossFit shoes. (Your ankles won’t take the brunt of box jumps in the X2s.)

best CrossFit shoes nano x2 shoes on feet

Additionally, we’re happy to report that Reebok has addressed some of the primary concerns we had with the X1s. Namely, the heel cup is lower, and our testers didn’t report blisters or having to wear tall socks to prevent them.

Ultimately, we think this is the best all-around CrossFit shoe because it truly exemplifies CrossFit as a concept–in other words, it’s supremely versatile. Amanda wore the X2s for everything from traditional WODs to long runs to everyday errands, and while these shoes of course aren’t a superstar in any single arena, they perform decently in all things. (And that’s exactly what we want to see from CrossFit shoes.)

Read my full Reebok Nano X2 review.

Most Versatile Shoe: NOBULL Trainer

Most Versatile CrossFit Shoe
NOBULL Trainer
NOBULL 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.

Good for: Wearing in and out of the gym


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


  • 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 most versatile 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.

Woman wearing NOBULL training shoes in the gym

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 $120, 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. (P.S. Here’s how to get a NOBULL discount code.)

For more, check out my full NOBULL Trainer review.

Best Value CrossFit Shoe: Nike Metcon 8

Best Value CrossFit Shoe
Nike Metcon 8
Nike Metcon 8

The Nike Metcon 8 is the latest iteration of the popular cross-training shoes, and from the look of things, not much is changing from the Nike Metcon 7s. That's not necessarily bad, as the Metcon 7s were the best pair of Metcons yet. They performed well during heavy lifts and quick cardio bursts, had features such as a mid-foot rope guard and heel clip that made them perfect for CrossFit workouts, and were durable enough that you got your money's worth out of them, and then some.According to Nike's website, the Metcon 8s will have all those features. The most significant change is that Nike members, who as of this writing are the only ones who can pre-order the shoes, can customize their kicks with an updated color palette and finish options. This includes being able to add chrome to every part of the shoe, down to the laces, and the option for a marble finish on the outsole.We're excited to try out the Metcon 8s, and will update this page when we get our hands, err, feet on them.

Good for: Support, breathability and agility in training


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


  • Priced at $160 or more, depending on style
  • Runs a little narrow
  • Some reviewers find running in Metcons to be uncomfortable

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 8 as my top pick, but, as Nike shoes do, it runs a little narrow, so it may not be the best fit for most people.

That said, I don’t have a wide foot, so I don’t need a wider shoe. I wear my Nike Metcon 8s a lot: for box jumps, cardio, deadlifts, and basically anything else that would require cross training shoes.

Man wearing Nike Metcon 7 cross-training shoes during deadlifts

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So, here’s why I like them: First, the Metcon 8s 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 8 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 $160 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 8 review.

Best Budget CrossFit Shoe: Reebok Speed TR

Best Budget CrossFit Shoe
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

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


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


  • 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 7 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.

Best Budget CrossFit Shoe Reebok Speed TR

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: Nike Free Metcon 4

Best CrossFit Shoes for Running
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.

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


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


  • 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.

Woman jumping rope in Nike Free Metcon 4

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 Shoes for Barbell WODs: Adidas AdiPower 2

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.

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


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


  • 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.

Woman doing a split squat in the Adidas Adipower 2 weightlifting shoes

These are priced at around $200, depending on the style you want. 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 CrossFit Shoes for Wide Feet: INOV-8 F-Lite G 300

Best for Wide Feet
Inov-8 F-LITE 300 G
Inov-8 F-LITE 300 G

The latest addition to our versatility collection, the new F-LITE G 300 is our most responsive and protective cross-training & fitness shoe to date. Featuring brand new, exclusive technologies this versatile training shoe brings you maximum lifting support and stability, without compromising on cushioning and flexibility.

Good for: CrossFitters who have a wide foot and want a comfortable shoe


  • Comfortable for those with wide feet  
  • A durable shoe 
  • Only weighs 10.5 oz.
  • No lengthy break-in period 


  • Laces don’t get very tight
  • Not sold in a lot of stores  
  • Not good for people who like tighter shoes

People with wider feet typically have a tough time finding specialty shoes that not only fit well, but also help with performance. Just ask GGR fitness writer and product tester Anthony O’Reilly, who wears a size 15 shoe. For people who fall into that category, we recommend the INOV-8 F-Lite G 300.

In addition to being a bit wider than most CrossFit shoes, the INOV-8 F-Lite G 300 has cushioning similar to our top pick, the Reebok Nano X2, and comes with additional shock absorption. It’s also great for those looking for additional arch support, and those looking for a shoe that has little to no break-in period.

As far as their performance goes, the G 300s have a breathable upper and they’re durable due to the infused graphene outsole.

Read my full Inov-8-F-Lite-G-300 review

Best Weightlifting Shoes: Rogue Do-Win Classic Lifter

Best 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).

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


  • Priced around $130
  • Stacked leather heel
  • 20mm heel drop
  • Extremely stylish


  • 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 $130–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.

Woman doing overhead squats while wearing the Do-Win Classic Lifter
Woman doing overhead squats while wearing the Do-Win Classic Lifter

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 Nano X1: These were our top pick before the Nano X2 came out. We like the X2s more thanks to the lower heel cup and more flexible forefoot.

NOBULL Trainer Plus: This is a new version of the NOBULL Trainer that’s much “chunkier” with a thick EVA midsole and deeper outsole lugs. Our product tester Amanda loved these for everyday, casual wear, but not as much as the regular Trainers for working out.

Wearing a pair of white NOBULL trainer shoes during rope climbs

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 and Picked the Best CrossFit Shoes

best crossfit shoes

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.)

How to Choose the Best CrossFit Shoe

Man wearing Nike Metcon 7 cross-training shoes during deadlifts

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:


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.

Rigid 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.


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.

Wide Toe Box

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.

Lateral 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.


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.

Best CrossFit Shoes FAQs

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 X2 edged out the Metcon 8 solely because we believe that the Nanos might fit more feet than the slightly more narrow Metcons.

Our other top picks are:

Best Everyday Shoe: NOBULL Trainer
Best Budget CrossFit Shoe: Reebok Speed TR
Best CrossFit Shoes for Running: Nike Free Metcon 4
Best CrossFit Lifting Shoes: Adidas AdiPower 2
Best Weightlifting Shoes: Do-Win Classic Lifter

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.

Further reading

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The Best CrossFit Shoes of 2023

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The Best Stray Dog Strength Coupon Code (2023)

If you’re shopping rack systems, you might be looking for the best Stray Dog Strength coupon code. We have that as well as other ways to save. Read more