For those of us who have gone to CrossFit, whether starting it up for the first time or upping our levels from last year to trim off any excess body weight and get in a lean, fit state – knows that we need great drive and determination. Anyone who works out at an intense level can attest to the internal will that is required to perform during each workout. However, we also need the right shoe to take us through demanding workouts, giving support and preventing injury. With the right shoes, along with other workout apparel, one can reduce the risk of injury and ensure that they are able to perform at their absolute best – while also looking fashionable while doing so. Look no further than this article to help you find the best crossfit shoes for this year and make a well-informed purchase decision!

Best CrossFit Shoes 2018 – Men’s and Women’s Shoes

The fact is: not just any decent running shoe will do. CrossFit-compatible footwear needs to meet a broader range of criteria and also our personal needs. Finding the right shoe to compliment an already tough workout is as essential as finding the right instructor or coming up with the best fitness schedule. The market’s crowded and matching yourself to the best supportive shoe can be a tough search – especially for those new to the game. However, we’re here to help! This buyer’s guide review article that we’ve put together will detail the best crossfit shoes in 2018 and help you find the perfect pair for your exact needs!

There are many things to think about when choosing the right CrossFit training shoe and these reviews aim to give you a good grasp of what’s vital in a shoe for you to get the most out of your training. At the same time, you’ll protect your feet and the rest of your body from injuries and stresses that may mean you have to hang your shoes up all together as you recover for an extended period of time!

We’ve gone through several of the popular brands and models available at the moment for both men and women in this guide. Here’s the result – our best CrossFit shoes 2018 guide for men and women.

Model NameFor 
New Balance Minimus MX40V1Men
Reebok CrossFit Nano 7.0Men
Nike Metcon 3Men
5.11 Tactical ReconMen
Reebok CrossFit Lite
Men
Reebok CrossFit Nano 6.0Men
Inov-8 F-Lite 235 V2Men
Reebok CrossFit Nano 6.0Women
Nike Metcon 3Women
Reebok Nano Weave 7.0Women
Puma Fierce CoreWomen
Reebok CrossFit SpeedWomen
ASICS Conviction X
Women

Our Top Picks for Men

 

1) Reebok Men’s CrossFit Nano 7.0

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The Nano has been the quintessential CrossFit shoe since the exercise regime took hold and Reebok’s staple footwear continues to impress like no other, especially in terms of its all-round suitability for weight-based workouts. It’s difficult to go wrong with this one, and its overall excellence means it sits firmly at the top of the pile.

 

FUNCTION: 5/5

FIT: 4.5/5

FINISH: 5/5

VALUE TO PRICE: 5/5

 

2) Nike Men’s Metcon 3

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The Metcon has greatly improved since its first incarnation in 2015, and it is starting to reach the loftier heights frequented by the Reebok Nano. With enhancements across the board including great strides in support and versatility, this men’s shoe still has a bit of catch-up to play, but the gap is closing. Overall though, we love this choice of shoe!

 

FUNCTION: 4.5/5

FIT: 4.5/5

FINISH: 5/5

VALUE TO PRICE: 4.5/5

 

3) Reebok Men’s CrossFit Nano 6.0

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Somewhat of a comparative old-timer now, but the Nano 6 is unlikely to shift from its place near the summit of the CrossFit shoe chart any time soon. Immaculate in many areas and the core that forms our chart-topper, great for high and low-intensity workouts across a range of disciplines.

 

FUNCTION: 4.5/5

FIT: 4.5/5

FINISH: 4.5/5

VALUE TO PRICE: 4.5/5

 

4) 5.11 Tactical Men’s Recon

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Despite Reebok’s and Nike’s dominance of the market, other competitors are now emerging, and the 5.11 Tactical Recon edges out the New Balance Minimus and Inov-8 as well as the harder to find older versions of the Reebok and Nike designs to take the fourth spot. Our experts found they provided a little more room for the wider foot too.

 

FUNCTION: 4.0/5

FIT: 4.5/5

FINISH: 4.0/5

VALUE TO PRICE: 4.5/5

 

Our Top Picks for Women

1) Nike Women’s Metcon 3

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It’s the Nike Metcon 3 that sets the pace for women’s CrossFit shoes. The functionality is close to perfection, and the immaculate design that exudes style edges out the competitors. Unsurpassed at this time for women’s crossfit footwear.

 

FUNCTION: 5/5

FIT: 4.5/5

FINISH: 5/5

VALUE TO PRICE: 4.5/5

 

2) Reebok Women’s Nano Weave 7.0

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There would have to be a special shoe to outshine this one and while the Nike Metcon 3 has just edged it, the high levels of functionality and fit in the much improved Nano Weave 7.0 meant it was a close-runner up. This shoe oozes with style, along with functionality. Can’t go wrong here!

 

FUNCTION: 4.5/5

FIT: 4.5/5

FINISH: 5/5

VALUE TO PRICE: 4.5/5

3) PUMA Women’s Fierce Core

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Missing out on the top two by a whisker, Puma’s Fierce Core Cross-Trainer shoe stands out in its design – different to the other shoes out there and also its price to value ratio cannot be beaten. Add to this, a solid all-round performance and a few minor improvements could see it take the challenge to the competitors in years to come.

 

FUNCTION: 4.5/5

FIT: 4.5/5

FINISH: 4.5/5

VALUE TO PRICE: 5/5

4) Reebok Women’s CrossFit Nano 6.0

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Reebok may not take the women’s crown, but it places two shoes in our top 4. Surpassed by its follow-up, the Nano 6.0 still stays strong in functionality, fit and finish. With the newer design out, this is still a fantastic women’s CrossFit shoe.

 

FUNCTION: 4.5/5

FIT: 4.5/5

FINISH: 4/5

VALUE TO PRICE: 4.5/5

 

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First things first. Why a CrossFit shoe and not just a running shoe?

 

As we all know, running is great cardiovascular exercise and to run long, or even short distances comfortably requires great shoes. This workout is complimented by CrossFit as it improves balance and our stamina, helping to reduce the risk of injury. The thing is, running shoes are designed to make you move, to push you forward, to enhance your speed. When you’re in the middle of squats or lifts, the last thing you want is to be moving – it’s a solid, sturdy base you require on your heels. It is for this reason that CrossFit shoes are as essential as the exercises themselves, and are designed as such.

The footwear is constructed with a flat sole and little to no drop – the difference in height of the heel and forefoot is what makes this drop possible. This lack of drop means you are locked firmly in place when performing heavy lifts or other activities which put great strain on your body. A running shoe has a flexible sole to maintain comfort and support over long distances – that softer bottom might result in serious injury when lifting.

A simple running shoe also doesn’t offer the same support that a CrossFit shoe does, and there are CrossFit running shoes that can give you the advantage of both a running and lifting shoe in one technologically advanced shoe. They have multi-directional traction to improve grip, the strength to withstand the intense pressure of a few hundred pounds, and hardy rubber out soles to add to their durability when toughing it out on varied surfaces for things like rope climbs or box jumps. As well as this, they also provide flexibility for lateral movements. They are an all-round shoe for the all-round workout and fitness program that CrossFit is.

In short, anyone serious about CrossFit, can’t merely settle for a shoe designed merely with one aspect of fitness in mind – however well it may serve you for a marathon or sprint.

 

Finding The Shoe That’s Right For You

As you trawl through online retailers to look at reviews and ratings of different shoes, you’ll notice that there is no one shoe, of any brand in any style, that sits at 100% in any rating or scale – just like any product. While this seems completely obvious, what these varied ratings and customer experiences give is great feedback and insight into the best and worst shoes for your varied needs.

All the shoes in our best CrossFit Shoes review, for both men and women, are fantastic footwear choices – but like anything else, there is always a personal aspect to any shoe. We are all slightly different and so are our feet (I know my own two feet aren’t even the same size or shape!), and taking heed of these customer comments and coupling them with your own feet’s idiosyncrasies will greatly assist you in making the choice that is right for you.

Many shoes are great for those with flatter or narrower feet, but not for those with wider- or fuller-shaped feet, nor for those who need a different style of arch support. Match these types with your own, and it may make the search somewhat easier.

Similarly, one size doesn’t fit all – sometimes from brand to brand, or even design to design, so if your feet find themselves close to the next larger size or at the lower end of the scale of that measurement, it may be worth looking at the next sizes up or down. Thankfully, some online retailers, due to the lack of opportunity to try them out for size in person, offer flexible and easy exchange and refund policies. So this is something to consider if you don’t have a nearby store that stocks a good range of CrossFit shoes.

Of course, with shoes like any other fashion product, there are loads of designs, colors and looks out there that may go with your personal style or ensemble and that is another thing to look for. Yes, we know the function and fit of the shoe are vital, but it sure is great to have them look the part too – turning heads and getting compliments on your stylish workout shoes is always a plus!

This may all seem ridiculously obvious, yet you’d be surprised how just at least having these seemingly minor details at the back of the mind when weighing the pros and cons of specific choices can make finding the perfect shoe for you much, much easier.

Testing The Fitness Shoes

Your CrossFit shoes need to step up just as much as your pulse rate steps up during an intense workout, so we put all of these shoes listed in our best men’s and women’s CrossFit shoes guide through some serious tests to make sure they are up to any challenge you throw at them.

Many fitness experts stretched the shoes to their limits over a sustained period of time using a range of fitness disciplines – just as you would on your personal CrossFit regime. Not only do they need to keep up with the pace, they also have to be exceptional from every angle. With this in mind, we looked at necessities such as comfort, versatility, flexibility, durability, breath ability, weight, additional features, style, appearance and lastly, value. While saving the odd dollar is not a worthwhile compromise on something so important as your footwear for CrossFit, if the price is right, it’s always a welcome bonus.

For further details on testing, you’ll find a more comprehensive breakdown at the end of the article.

 

Full Reviews – Men’s Shoes

New Balance Minimus MX40V1

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Features and Structure:

  • Co-molded rubber sole consisting of Rapid Rebound forefoot for running, EVA midsole, Vibram outsole, REVlite heel for stability when lifting
  •  No-sew overlay
  • External heel clip for extra support
  • TPU yarn woven mesh upper
  •  Molded external counter

Pros:

– Durable – held up well in testing over a considerable period

– Structure supports narrower or pronating feet

– External heel clip adds further support – a nice touch

Cons:

– Limited amount of colors

– Lightweight shoe but can feel bulkier than it really is

 

The New Balance Minimus held up well over a prolonged period of testing – something that certainly puts it up there with competitors in terms of durability. There is also a good amount of cushioning for running, and the shoes also gave good support for narrower feet or those who have feet inclined to pronate. The brand prides itself on the lightness of the product, but it didn’t feel any lighter than some shoes that were of a greater weight. There has been a question mark previously over their stability for intense gym floor workouts, and the external heel clip is a nice feature that attempts to address this and it performs the task reasonably well. For those of you that are fashion conscious, you had better keep your gym wardrobe to one of only a few shades of grey – there isn’t a wide range of colors available, so don’t expect them to sparkle. Overall a very solid shoe.

 

Reebok Men’s CrossFit Nano 7.0

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Features and Structure:

  • High-abrasion rubber outsole, with forefoot flex grooves
  • Nano Weave upper
  • Low-cut design, 360-degree TPU heel wrap for a locked-in feel
  • 4mm heel-to-toe drop

Pros:

– Supremely comfortable for a variety of activities

– External heel counter provides great lifting stability

– Versatile, durable

– Many styles and pleasing on the eye

Cons:

– Less cushioning if used for running longer distances

– Breaking-in can take longer than other shoes

 

It’s easy to see why the Reebok Nano 7 (and its predecessors) have kept this shoe at the top of the game for so long and make it the go-to brand and design for many a CrossFit enthusiast. The Nano 7 ensures that both lateral and horizontal movements are completed regularly in great comfort with no slip. Stable as you can get and the style is there too – multiple colors and never OTT, as other brands can get. While the comfort was still there for running, they are not long distance running shoes – which is why they really excel in the CrossFit arena. The shoes can err slightly on the short side for those whose feet are at the high end of their size, so this is something to consider when purchasing. They are incredibly inflexible when necessary – a real plus for lifting, but can mean the breaking-in can be a little longer. Having said that, budging this shoe from its roost at the top of the CrossFit shoe tree is a very tough task.

 

Nike Men’s Metcon 3

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Features and Structure:

  • Drop-in midsole, firm at the heel, softer and more flexible in the forefoot
  • Flat platform and cushioned support
  • Embroidered upper, mesh on ankle and heel for lighter feel and airflow
  • Flywire cables for powerful lockdown

Pros:

– Lightweight and cool feel without compromising on support

– Versatile and stable for a wide range of activities

– High comfort with little breaking-in

– Great range of colors, very stylish

Cons:

– Can be squeak-prone on certain surfaces

– Durability slightly less than other brands

 

Like the most famous of sports derbies, the Metcon and Nano camps are religiously divided in their brand loyalty. Metcons meet the mark in so many ways that they are more than a pretender to the throne for those who feel that the Nano reigns supreme in the CrossFit kingdom. Lightweight and sleek but without any accompanying compromise on solid support, they also look the part. With these shoes, it’s hard to go wrong. Having said that, the adversary never likes to be heard approaching, so the isolated squeaking issues are something to take note of – especially if the battle for supremacy will be a long one. Truly up there from what our experts found.

 

5.11 Tactical Men’s Recon

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Features and Structure:

  • Stretch mesh frame for airflow and flexibility
  • HELCOR leather overlays to enhance strength
  • CMEVA midsole, OrthoLite insole
  • Integrated Rope Ready Zones
  • 8mm heel-to-toe drop with toe reinforcement

Pros:

– Broadened forefoot adds greater width and good arch support

– Extremely comfortable, especially for running

– Little to no breaking-in

Cons:

– Some comfort and support lost on the heavier of the lifts

– Limited range of colors and not a head-turner

 

The 5.11 is a comfortable shoe and is a great choice for those of you that have slightly wider feet and don’t do as many lifts at the uppermost end of the scale. Running and light gym workout activities really emphasized the comfort levels of the shoes and they seemed to mold immediately to the feet of our experts who put them to the test.

The limiter here, as far as these shoes are concerned, is the extra support needed for the more intense lifting exercises where countering the hefty loads is paramount. As a runner and lighter to medium CrossFit shoe they do the job – but for the more intense among you, these may be found to be slightly lacking in that area. While they don’t top the style list, they are definitely one of the top choices for wider feet on the market.

 

Reebok Men’s CrossFit Lite

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Features and Structure:

  • High-top upper with traditional lace-up closure for close fit and centralized support
  • Padded foam sock liner for cushioning and comfort
  • Heel clip for heavier lifting
  • High-abrasion, textured rubber outsole for durability and traction on court surfaces
  • Enhanced rear foot and toe support

Pros:

– High-top provides good ankle support for all types of lifts

– Recommended for those who are flatter and wider footed

Cons:

– Not as widely available as other Reebok designs

– More focused on lifting than other disciplines, especially longer running distances

 

This particular Reebok CrossFit shoe is a little more difficult to track down than the Nanos but is worthy of a mention due to its solid, broader support that makes it a great choice for those with wider feet. The toe box is particularly roomy which allows for the spreading of the toes which assists greatly with deadlifts. The only criticism that might be added is the primary focus on lifting only, which sees it slip a notch when it comes to all-round CrossFit suitability – not quite as top-notch for running considerable distances.

Reebok Men’s CrossFit Nano 6.0

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Features and Structure:

  • Ropepro+ with sandpaper-textured Kevlar for durability
  • Anatomical-shaped fit for locked-in stability
  • Mesh upper
  • Tri-blend foam fusion technology midsole

Pros:

– Stiff heels and large toe box for lifting

– Stylish and understated

– Very strong as an all-purpose and back-up shoe

Cons:

– Not as readily available as the Nano 7.0

– Not ideally suited to running longer running distances

 

It may have been on the shelves a little longer than most of the shoes out there, and a result a bit harder to track down, but its longevity speaks volumes. A fantastic choice for lifting in particular, it’s considered the essential shoe by many who use it for CrossFit purposes. The main word of caution is not to rely on it for running longer distances, as the cushioning isn’t maximized for this type of activity. The Nano 6 can feel like it has been molded to the foot, so occasionally it is worth looking at a half-size larger up the rung for a bit more toe room. A classic that still holds its weight and can’t be budged from the upper rungs of any CrossFit shoe ranking.

 

Inov-8 Men’s F-Lite 235 V2

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Features and Structure:

  • Meta-flex technology and cradle lacing system for flexibility and sturdy support
  • Dense heel for lifting stability
  • 360-degree rope-tech system extends to upper shoe
  • Measures low-top from arch
  • Removable insole

Pros

– Versatile for multi-discipline workouts

– Good choice for wider feet

– Strong choice for weight-focused activity

Cons:

– Not ideally suited to running longer running distances

– Can have a slightly clunky-looking appearance

– Not as many colors available as other makes

 

The Inov-8 F-Lite 235 V2 is an update of its predecessor but with a slightly thicker heel. It excels in many weightlifting disciplines and is a solid choice for other CrossFit activities. It does, however, lack a little something on runs that top the quarter of a mile mark, so it is not an ideal choice for those who like to include longer distances in their running repertoire. The shoe doesn’t have the same finesse as others out there, but it is definitely worth consideration for those with slightly wider feet. Our expert who was assigned the shoe has broader feet and found the Inov-8 to be a solid runner to the competition in this respect.

 

Full Reviews – Women’s Shoes

 

Reebok Women’s CrossFit Nano 6.0

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Features and Structure:

  • Ropepro+ with sandpaper-textured Kevlar for durability
  • Anatomical-shaped fit for locked-in stability
  • Mesh upper
  • Tri-blend foam fusion technology midsole

Pros:

– Stiff heels and large toe box for lifting

– High levels of comfort as well as support

– Many colors available

Cons:

– Not as readily available as the Nano 7.0

– Not ideally suited to running longer distances

 

The women’s Nano 6 is held in as high regard as the men’s, and has enjoyed similar longevity in popularity as a result. It still holds its own and was considered a notable improvement on the already solid Nano 4 that still remains a popular choice – when it can be found.

The larger toe size adds width to all lifts and provides a good, strong base. It doesn’t hold up as well as a long-distance running shoe but you could base an argument on the fact that neither should it – it’s a perfect fit for CrossFit and if you can still track it down, it remains near the top of its class.

 

Nike Women’s Metcon 3

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Features and Structure:

  • Drop-in midsole, firm at the heel, softer and more flexible in the forefoot
  • Flat platform and cushioned support
  • Embroidered upper, mesh on ankle and heel for lighter feel and airflow
  • Flywire cables for powerful lockdown

Pros:

– Lightweight and cool feel without compromising on support

– Versatile and stable for a wide range of activities

– Striking style and colors make them stick out in all the right ways

Cons:

– Not as strong for those with flat feet

– A little weaker on longer running distances

 

If you aren’t looking to run very long distances as part of your WODs, these are an extremely popular design that is regularly head-to-head with the Reebok Nanos at the top of the pile. They are thin, flat, cushioned shoes with a low cut ankle which gives the support necessary for the heavier of the lifting exercises at the gym. As for the look – it’s elegant, stylish and the sweeping half-half color separation puts it in a class on its own aesthetically. This is the one to beat for many a CrossFit enthusiast and our experts found it to be the same.

Reebok Women’s Nano Weave 7.0

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Features and Structure:

  • High-abrasion rubber outsole, with forefoot flex grooves
  • Nano Weave upper
  • Low-cut design, 360-degree TPU heel wrap for a locked-in feel
  • 4mm heel-to-toe drop

Pros:

– Supremely comfortable for a variety of activities

– External heel counter provides great lifting stability

– Versatile, durable

– Blended, weaved style looks sleek and stylish

Cons:

– Less cushioning if used for running longer distances

– Slight discomfort at times around the ankle

 

Light yet durable and supportive, the Nano 7 Weave sits up there with the best of CrossFit shoes. Particularly comfortable for plyometric workouts, they generally have a great fit but it can be a little tight around the ankle area depending on foot type. The rigidity provided for weightlifting is difficult to match, nearer impossible to pass but for those who like more cushion for running, it would come up a little short. Overall, there is nothing lacking on this slightly modified version of the Nano 7 that launched with a more muted response. Highly recommended.

 

Puma Women’s Fierce Core

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Features and Structure:

  • Ariaprene/mesh boot-like construction for breath-ability and support
  • Lace-less high-top with goring for secure fit
  • Gripping outsole for traction
  • Padded tongue and collar with pull loops

Pros:

– Versatile, functional and supportive providing medial and lateral support over 360 degrees

– Grip and support enhances comfort and ample toe room for greater spread when lifting

– Impressive durability

– Unique, striking style at a cheaper price point than other brands

Cons:

– While the style sets it apart from other shoes, it may not be to everyone’s taste

 

During the testing period, these Pumas really impressed across durability, flexibility, and comfort, as well as a range of CrossFit activity. Additionally, they are striking and svelte – despite the bootie-resembling design, and really add width, especially for squat and deadlifting exercises. There is a wide range of colors, and although cheaper than other brands out there, the quality and features are not compromised. For price point and value, they can’t be beaten and put up a fierce fight indeed for topping the charts of women’s CrossFit shoes.

 

Reebok Women’s CrossFit Speed

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Features and Structure:

  • Metaflex grooves on outer sole for better toe splay
  • Ultrasoft compression-molded midsole and forefoot cradle
  • Good range of color choices and sleek design

Pros:

– Comfortable across a series of workouts, with solid support

– A good choice for wider and flatter feet

– Durable, flexible and breathable

Cons:

– Watch out on size – our expert found that a size down was the winner with these

– Not for over-heavy lifting

 

Slightly cheaper than their sister shoe the Nano, the CrossFit Speed performed well within a variety of workouts and scored highly in other areas such as durability and airflow. They also held their own in lifting but wouldn’t be the go-to shoe for higher, more intense lifts. They have a striking design and are both solid and stable. They are a little bigger than other shoes so it may be worth looking at a half or full size down to ensure the best fit possible. Sufficient support for running ensures these are a good CrossFit all-rounder.

 

ASICS Women’s Conviction X

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Features and Structure:

  • RhynoSkin synthetic leather increases the durability of the upper shoe, making it abrasion- and tear-resistant
  • Perforated sock liner to optimize moisture drainage and breath-ability
  • Stitch- and seam-free

Pros:

– Good for high-intensity exercises and volume weight training

– Flexible for use with a manner of WODs

– Good range of colors add to the style of the shoe

Cons:

– Not for mid to long distance runs

– A little heavier than other shoes

The firm and flat heel structure of the ASICS Conviction won it praise from our reviewers in the realm of lifting in particular. Although a little heavier than other shoes in its class, it was highly effective at minimizing impact for the higher intensity workout options. Running would not be the shoe’s forte in comparison with others on our list but a good-value, very highly marked shoe in terms of comfort and durability.

 

Other Shoes We Would Recommend (Limited Availability)

 

As we mentioned with some of the shoes in our main review section, over time as updates and new versions of certain designs are released to the market, the previous incarnations become increasingly harder to find. However, if you can still track them down, they work great as backup shoes, or in the case of the designs that are either geared towards the intense weights or running aspects of CrossFit, they’re a good idea to have for workouts that focus specifically on those disciplines.

Both the major players on our review list for men’s and women’s CrossFit shoes – the Reebok Nano and the Nike Metcon – can still be found in their prior versions if you have a good search around online retailers. This applies in particular to the Metcon 2 and original Metcon, as well as Reebok Nano 5 and 4. Other designs that you might want to try if you can locate them include the Adidas Adipower (good for a weight-focused workout), the Brooks Beast 12 (more aimed at running), and the ASICS Men’s GEL-Intensity 3 (as an all-round shoe). Happy hunting!

 

In Conclusion

shoe in middle text in upper left hand corner white backgroundThe aim of writing this guide was to help make your search for the ideal CrossFit shoe that little bit easier – hopefully ensuring the shoe that you do eventually opt for is the shoe that, indeed, works out for your workout.

Every CrossFit shoe in this guide is worthy of a mention. There isn’t a men’s nor a women’s shoe on the list that wouldn’t more than meet the needs of many who regularly follow a CrossFit exercise plan – the final point for consideration is your individual needs and priorities to find the shoe that fits you.

As mentioned when we started out with this guide – your feet are as unique as you and mass market shoes aren’t tailored to every little dent in our toes or curve in our instep – they truly are out of the box solutions that our feet may or may not take to. That’s why we’ve tried, wherever possible, to bridge the gaps between sizes, widths, flatness and all the other factors that make our feet our own and match them to the shoes you may end up buying.

As gym workout technology has developed, so too have both running and multidiscipline shoes, and it is vital that the shoe you choose, is more than one for just a little run-around – it needs to go the distance with the disciplines it’ll be required to support you in completing. An unwise pick or opting for a simple running shoe will certainly result in placing greater strain, ache and stress on your body and could even mean injury – something that anyone exercising is keen to avoid – one of our priorities in compiling this 2018 CrossFit shoe guide.

The more intense of the CrossFit lifting exercises come close to your own bodyweight in terms of level, and the shoe needs to up to the task – solid, sturdy and immobile for the task, cushioning and supporting every area of your body that it needs to. Even when undergoing lighter strains for other workouts and smaller weights, a CrossFit shoe is the ideal choice as it will assist in improving posture and keeping you free of back complaints. Moreover, there aren’t many of us who want the inconvenience of changing footwear two or three times a workout to be certain of getting the level of underfoot support required for all exercises.

Our expert panel of reviewers took time to properly examine the shoes, also reading feedback on retailer websites from those who had purchased them to adapt the testing and ensure those experiences were incorporated into the process. This is an ongoing sharing of information, so please share this article if you found it informative and feel free to comment on your own personal experience – we hope to have helped you and others and hope this cycle continues.

We hope we were successful in our aim in compiling this guide and we wish you every success in obtaining the goals you’ve set yourself in your personal CrossFit program!

 

Review and Testing Criteria

All the shoes we reviewed were subjected to an intense testing period that lasted for a few months – to be certain that if the shoes seemed durable at first, they truly were and it could be proven. Many fitness experts subjected them to a wide range of activities of different intensities and frequencies – just as they would be if they were the shoe of choice while you were working out as part of an intense and thorough CrossFit program.

The criteria were broken down into four main areas; function, fit, finish and value. These areas, in turn, were inclusive of a number of factors.

 

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About the Author Liam Flynn

Liam is a 23-year old student. He has dedicated his time to compile these product reviews and product guides on DB Strength to help consumers determine their best purchasing options. Avidly involved with fitness, Liam spends much of his time working out and testing top health products to provide expert opinions available on this website.

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