10 Best CrossFit Shoes Tested and Compared
So, whether you attend your local box or choose to do your WOD in the comfort of your own home, you will find it is essential to use the proper CrossFit Shoes. You will be engaging in a variety of exercises—from squats and another Olympic lifting, to box jumps and agility gymnastics movements.
The best CrossFit shoes have a flat sole and a negative or neutral heel drop to help you push weight through your heels and help you feel grounded during heavy lifts.
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- Secure, locked-in feel
- Comfortable foot bed
- Reebok CrossFit Nano 8.0
- Nike Free X Metcon
- Nike Metcon 4 XD
- No Bull Trainer
- Adidas Powerlift 3.1
- ASICS Gel-Quantum 180
- Nike Romaleo 3
- New Balance Minimus 40
- ASICS conviction X2
- Inov8 F-lite 235 V2
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Other Factors to Consider
- Frequently Asked Questions
10 Best CrossFit Shoes
1. Reebok CrossFit Nano 8.0
- Secure, locked-in feel
- Comfortable foot bed
- Takes time to break in
- May be too rigid or narrow
This is the new Nano model Reebok has put out and it has the same great features the 7 did, but with some added beneficial additions. They are extremely versatile and one of the best CrossFit shoes to many CrossFitters out there.Read more
Added heel piece and heel drop provide even more stability for lifts than previous models. Anatomical toe box and multidirectional traction are designed for natural toe splay during lifts squats and jump although some people feel the toe box is still too narrow to get the grip they are accustomed to.
Nanoweave upper designed to provide secure but comfortable fit and increased durability. 360-degree TPU heel lock wraps around to increase stability. Strong foundation and multidirectional contouring enhance traction and durability all around. It also has a 4mm heel drop. These shoes are a little heavier than the other shoes on this list. Their flexweave technology also allows them to be breathable and flexible.
These require a bit more work to break in than previous models but may be worth the payout. Some people feel the Nanoshell is too compressing and rigid initially but those who stick with them notice the fit eases up after a few workouts and report the shoe reaches a good level of stability without hindering movements. The higher heel lock and sturdy sole remain a bit controversial but many feel the contoured footbed is a step up from previous models.
These are highly durable and have an improved toe box that make them built to last.
This model is much more breathable than the previous model.
The Nanoweave overlay creates a mesh look to add contrast to the selection of brightly colors that climb up the heel lock and outsole.
These are a tad pricey and have been more popular than the 7.0
2. Nike Free X Metcon
- Highly durable
- Some users won't like the 6mm drop
Here we have another Nike shoe entry on our list! This one is similar to the Metcon 4, but still different enough to have them included on our list of the best crossfit shoes currently available.Read more
These are highly versatile shoes that feature a 6mm drop. While many CrossFit athletes feature a 0 drop, the 6mm drop on these allows them to be versatile for beginner to more proficient athletes. They also work for lifts (such as back squats) where many athletes may want to use a pair of lifters. Overall, these CrossFit Shoes are a great option for CrossFit athletes who don't want to haul more than one pair of shoes around and are willing to compromise the 0 drops to so.
These shoes are similar and different from the Nike Metcon 4 shoes in many ways. They feature Flywire technology to provide you with a secure fit that keeps your stable supported and stabilized. There Laser siped flex groove allow for the full range of motion and their ventilation system keeps your feet cool and dry during your runs.
As far as comfort, these shoes are sure to keep you comfortable during all of your workouts. They are lightweight, breathable, and have foam cushioning--just like the Metcon 4 model. Their 6mm drop makes them a better option for beginners as well as a tad bit more versatile for those of you looking for a well-rounded pair of CrossFit Shoes to crush all of your WODs.
These are highly durable and built to last. They are lightweight, protective, and utilize TPU mesh for optimal strength while keeping the shoes lightweight and durable. Their higher fit allows for additional protection and ensures the shoes can withstand more.
These come in several color and pattern options. Prices do vary according to what color or pattern you decide to go with. These look great and have a sleek design that most people will love.
These are pricey but well worth the cost if you are looking for a durable pair of shoes that you can use long-term.
3. Nike Metcon 4 XD
Wide Toe box
Good for Ropes
Nike Metcon 4 XD is a well balanced and versatile addition to the 10 Best Crossfit Shoes lineup. Its noticeably more supportive heel and coveted flywire structural support alone makes it a stand out among Crossfit junkies.
Metcon 4 XD is the solution to consumers past durability concerns within Nike’s Metcon Line. The Metcon 4 was and is a huge success but by adding the XD, they beefed it up in durability and improved weight support. They made a Crossfit shoe that does everything but the CrossFit for you.Read more
The Metcon 4 XD’s flat platform stabilizes you for almost any movement. Sled pushes, heavy lifting, sprints, this CrossFit shoe was designed to take on all your quick switches with rhythm and ease.
The forefoot is a sticky rubber material that works with the TPU heel counter to offer more traction and control on lateral movements. Nike also included a new drop-in midsole that works with the heel to toe action, figuring in more stability to your lifts and flexibility to your runs.
Furthermore, the new toe to heel 3-D printed base element durability upgrade blended with the enhanced mesh material, adds the strength and grip needed to rock the ropes without wrecking your souls. The outer sole was constructed with added abrasion protection for this purpose.
It wouldn't be a Metcon if it didn't have Flywire Technology. Nike integrated flywire cables into the mesh for added structure and more stable transfer of quick movement. Flywire throughout the mid-foot also unifies with the laces to make a secure yet flexible fit.
Also adding lateral stability is the smart TPU heel counter. This makes Nike Metcon 4 XD’s firm platform that much more reliable. Add, some sticky rubber on the bottom and you’re completely connected to the floor when digging in for those extra lifts.
As we mentioned, the 3-D printed reinforced outer sole is where a lot of that added durability comes into play. It really adds that extra advancement to the Metcon 4 XD. You are able to climb, slide and jump more securely without sweating a blowout.
Moreover, the light mesh breathes so well that sweat build-up hasn't seemed to be a factor within the shoe either. This prevents the breakdown of inside materials, smells, and leaves your foot feeling fresh for longer.
Just like the Metcon 4, the XD has a super firm heel and softer midfoot padding to allow for an extra flexible toe box. Add that breathable mesh we were just praising, and you have more of an extension to your foot than a bulky sneaker.
Nike Metcon 4 XD’s design works to stabilize without compromising comfort levels. Consumers feel as if they are grounding into the shoe when adding weight pressure and the versatility of the all-terrain outer soul construction makes for a pretty decent run as well.
There seems to be just enough of everything in the Metcon 4 XD to make it do virtually anything you put your foot to without feeling weighted down.
Nike did not skimp on the flavors with the Metcon 4 XD. It comes in a whole slew of colors and faded design patterns. They are so comfortable, we say you can grab one for every day of the week or even mood if you're really into sneakers.
The Metcon 4 XD kept the multi-directional “tri-star” traction design that the 4 had and it treks up the inside of the mid support to help with the ropes. This definitely gives it a distinct look original to the Metcon style.
Totally worth it is the first thing we think when looking at the price. Nike made a CrossFit shoe that continuously is offering the answers to concerns of customers. You wanted added durability and you got it. Metcon 4 XD runs right at the cost of most well made CrossFit styles and,well, it is just a lot better than most.
4. No Bull Trainer
- Exceptional flexibility in a cross training shoe
- Able to switch environments seamlessly
- Unparalleled durability
- Not necessarily an easily accessible brand
No Bull is a well-known name among CrossFit athletes. Their CrossFit Shoes are specifically designed for CrossFit athletes and have their specific needs in mind. These trainers will get you through any CrossFit workout, without having to switch CrossFit shoes along the way.Read more
These CrossFit Shoes are highly versatile. They are meant to take you through quick transition and help you excel at each movement and workout in your WOD. You can go from sprinting to hang and complete them efficiently along the way.
These CrossFit Shoes feature an outsole lug pattern--which allows them to easily transition between movements as well as from indoor and outdoor environments. They also use SuperFabric--to make them withstand anything.
The No Bull CrossFit Shoes are comfortable, flexible, and breathable. The outsole lug pattern allows you to easily transition between movements and environments--comfortably. Their 4 mm heel drop allows you to have close contact with the ground during your workouts, which allows for increased stability, grip, and traction. Their flexibility optimizes your agility movements and their multi-directional grip patterns on the sole of the shoe are specifically there to help you with your rope climbs. These shoes will allow you to freely move in between movements and perform to the best of your ability.
As mentioned earlier, these shoes utilize SuperFabric--making them insanely durable and able to withstand almost anything. The upper of the shoe is made of one seamless piece of SuperFabric--making them abrasion resistant and long-lasting. The No Bull trainers also utilize SuperFabric Guard Plates, which further increase both their durability and their flexibility.
These trainers have the typical No Bull design--they are more like the Nano's in the sense that they look practical and simple. These shoes get the job done and come in a variety of colors, but don't have a sleek design some athletes are looking for.
The No Bull brand is well-known in the CrossFit world. They are highly durable, effective, and help you perform at optimal levels. So, these shoes are on the higher end of the price spectrum-but they are well worth the investment if you are looking to continue CrossFit in the long run.
5. Adidas Powerlift 3.1
- Effiective weight distribution plate
- Great price
- Adjustable hook and loop strap
- Secure fit
- Adequately cushioned
- Flexible toe
- Narrow fit
These lifters are my personal favorite and I have been carrying them with me for my daily WODs for the past year. I have crushed several PR's and perfected lifts thanks to these CrossFit shoes. They are comfortable, stylish, durable, and highly effective in their capability to help you perform.Read more
These lifts are meant for weightlifting and will help you crush lifting PRs. They are not meant for running or WODs but are an excellent pair of CrossFit shoes to keep with you so you can work on your lifting goals.
These CrossFit Shoes offer excellent support during your lifts, and their mesh collar ensures your CrossFit shoes stay cool and dry. They also have a flexible toe to ensure you have the right amount of flexibility and their weight distribution plate keeps you stable during your lifts and-- as the name suggests--ensures your weight is evenly distributed.
These CrossFit shoes are incredibly comfortable, lightweight, and breathable. They have a midsole wedge to improve the shoe's cushioning and stability capabilities. They also provide a secure fit and ensure you stay comfortable during all of your lifts.
As far as durability, these are built to last. They are made of synthetic leather and are made to take a beating. While lifters aren't meant to encounter elements that need to be protected from, it is important to have a durable pair of CrossFit shoes that will help you crush PR's longterm.
These lifters are stylish and feature a sleek design. They come in lots of color and design options--I always get compliments on mine!
These CrossFit shoes vary in price--it honestly depends on the color and style you choose. However, they are definitely one of the most affordable lifters out there. I can personally attest that they are well worth the cost and have done wonders for me at the gym.
6. ASICS Gel-Quantum 180
- Abrasion resistant materials for maximum durability
- Snug and secure fit
- Increased cushioning for high impact exercises
- Narrow fit for some
These CrossFit Shoes are a favorite among many athletes--and they are an excellent option for those of you who are looking for a pair of CrossFit shoes to crush WODs with. These CrossFit Shoes are comfortable, lightweight, flexible, and well worth the cost.Read more
These CrossFit shoes are pretty versatile. They are comfortable, supportive, and stabilizing--something you need to ensure you have during all of your workouts. You'll be able to run, lift, and rope climb. While these CrossFit shoes won't help you effectively crush lifting PRs, they will let you go from running 400s to power cleaning during your workouts.
These CrossFit shoes offer several features that ensure you get the most out of your workout. Their gel cushioning and Solyte midsole ensure comfort and support, while there high abrasion rubber material and Trusstic system ensure your CrossFit shoes are durable.
These shoes are comfortable--they are cushioned, supportive, and stabilizing while remaining breathable and lightweight. Their gel cushioning system helps the shoes adequately absorb shock and provides you with effective energy return. Overall these shoes are comfortable and don't have a long break in period to deal with.
As far as durability, these are built to last. They have a rubber sole and utilize high abrasion rubber to ensure they can resist whatever you throw their way. Their Trusstic system keeps these CrossFit shoes structurally intact while helping them remain lightweight and breathable at the same time.
These CrossFit shoes have a modern and simple style. They come in several color and pattern options that will keep you looking great during your workouts.
These CrossFit shoes can be pricey depending on the color and style you decide to get--but you can get them at an affordable price if you are willing to get a simpler design.
7. Nike Romaleo 3
- Flywire lacing system
- Sleek design
- Several color options
- High cost
- Narrow Toe box (you should get a half size bigger if you want to use them in some WODs)
The Nike Romaleo 3 lifting CrossFit shoes are another great option for seasoned CrossFit athletes looking for a durable lifting shoe to incorporate into their workout routine.Read more
These CrossFit Shoes are specifically meant for lifting, although you can use them in CrossFit workouts that alternate between barbell movements and upper body workouts--they will not fair well in running or agility exercises). However, every CrossFitter needs a good pair of lifters if they want to crush their PR's and lift efficiently.
These lifters are an upgrade from the Romaleo 2's. This model now has a flywire lacing system and a sleeker design than its predecessor. Its updated strap also provides you with more stability and support than they used to. And the biggest update in this model is how lightweight they are--this is why you can use them for most of your workouts and all of your lifting.
These CrossFit Shoes are comfortable, lightweight, and breathable. They are designed for any athlete that lifts weights, whether it's in CrossFit, power-lifting or your local gym.
These CrossFit Shoes are highly durable and are meant to last you at least a few years.
These lifters have a sleek design and are stable enough to function as lifters while also being lightweight enough to function as a trainer during certain upper body or barbell WODs.
These come at a high cost but will last you a long time.
8. New Balance Minimus 40
REVlite Heel Technology
These may be more affordable than our top 2 options but they are still one of the best options out there. They are a comfortable, versatile, and overall great option to tackle your WODs.Read more
These CrossFit shoes are versatile and multi-functional. You can easily transition from running to lifting and cycle through barbell work like nobody's business!
Their REVlite heel technology allows them to provide maximum cushioning and shock absorption. They're responsive and their rapid rebound capabilities won't let you miss a beat.
These are super comfortable, but it's important to note that they do have a narrow fit, so make sure to size up.
These are really durable and are made of high-quality material.
These CrossFit Shoes have a sleek and minimalistic design and come in several color options.
These are moderately priced but can get pricier depending on the color or pattern option.
9. ASICS conviction X2
RhynoSkin Synthetic Leather
Not great if you have to run more than 800 meters
These CrossFit shoes are highly durable, comfortable, and breathable. They are a great option for all CrossFit athletes and will help you perform in each of your WODs.Read more
These were meant to help you cycle through your workouts and push you to perform better. While they aren't meant for distance running, they will get you through short runs that may be incorporated into your workouts.
The shoe's perforated sockliner improves moisture management and allows for optimal breathability. Their seamless construction prevents irritation and blisters from forming.
These are comfortable and will help you power through your workouts daily.
These CrossFit shoes feature RhynoSkin Synthetic Leather which is abrasion and tear resistant and adds a lot of durability to the shoe.
They are pretty breathable and will keep your feet cool and dry.
These come at a great price.
10. Inov8 F-lite 235 V2
- Lightweight and flexible
- Natural foot-feel
- Enough support to improve form but will not get in the way
- May show signs of wear and tear
This less recognizable brand is another favorite of dedicated CrossFitters, especially those who prefer a more natural barefoot feel. This is a super lightweight and flexible shoe with a great grip. It is designed to fit more snugly and move with your foot while still providing a wide toe box and supported heel to aid in lifting.Read more
This shoe provides support for almost any exercise without getting in the way. It is more flexible and snug-fitting than other CrossFit shoes allowing athletes to feel less restricted during plyometrics, cardio and climbing exercises. However, the wide toe box and structured heel still offer adequate support and stability to keep weight in your heels while lifting and squatting.
The met-cradle lacing system provides snug yet flexible security to lock the foot in place, so your shoe moves with you. Attachment to the laces allows a customized fit to optimize this natural feel. It has a Zero drop. Rubber toe cap provides extra protection without catching during box jumps. Sticky rubber outsole extends onto the upper to provide increased traction for rope climbs.
Designed to fit like a glove, people love the secure and flexible fit. This shoe especially popular for cardio buffs who are not accustomed to the sturdier feel of lifting CrossFit shoes.
These CrossFit shoes feel well-made and sturdy, but some do experience some wear in the mesh area between the fingers of the met-cradle.
Fun and functional for the gym. They do not offer as wide of a variety as some other brands, but they do offer one bright, colorful pair for both men and women as well as a few other gray and black options with much more subtle color.
Around the same price as those listed above. These CrossFit shoes are not a cheaper option but are great for those not impressed with the standard CrossFit shoes. Worth the investment if you are seeking flexible and lightweight CrossFit shoes that can still provide support and improve your form.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
When looking for a top 10 CrossFit shoe, versatility is a key feature in the design.
CrossFit offers many challenges to support and lateral movement. Versatility doesn't mean it is good at transitioning into a marathon but more so that it can handle the versatility of a true CrossFit Challenge.
Lifting and quick movement support are huge in what to look for in a “best” CrossFit shoe design. What is your lift limit? Are you a climber? How much pressure are you putting on the design? Even your own weight will have a huge effect on how versatility will play into the shoe function.
With more versatility comes more durability as well. You really cannot have one without the other. If your Crossfit shoe can handle the pressure of all the different fast-paced and heavyweight movements you will be putting into it but the rubber is shredding, it completely defeats the purpose of the versatility of the CrossFit design.
We suggest taking this into consideration as well when you are looking at what versatility a true CrossFit shoe offers.
Here, we have gone into more depth on why the features we use to research our 10 Best Crossfit Shoes are what make them stand out above the rest. We take what consumers and enthusiast like you are saying about the features in a product and determine whether it is enough to stand up against the competition.
Heat happens. Friction and rapid movement combined with the pressure of added weight can cause some serious sweat. How a shoe deals with that in its design can really make or break what it takes to be a 10 Best Crossfit Shoe.
No matter how comfortable and awesome a shoe is, if your feet get too hot, it can interfere with stability, causing slippage and all over discomfort due to the sweat and humidity build-up in the shoe. Furthermore, sweat and heat create bacteria that can make a shoe unbearably smelly.
You want to look for a shoe that is light and arid so you can continue pushing through reps without the stress of hot sweaty feet interfering with the integrity of your CrossFit shoe. Many designs offer different technology that aid in keeping a shoe cool while you work on crushing those CrossFit goals.
Weight is something you want to lift not deal with on your feet. If your CrossFit shoe is weighing you down it really takes away from the efficiency of your movements. Built-in support and durability should not be making a shoe noticeably heavier, it should be giving you more mobility and longevity.
A well designed CrossFit shoe offers all the comfort and structure without the weight. You want CrossFit shoes that can bring the versatility, support, and breathability without making you feel like you have bricks on your feet.
When you think style, you may be thinking color and design and how a shoe looks on your foot. However, this isn't all that matters in the style of shoe. When we think "style", we think fit and comfort as well.
Style mostly depends on you. Furthermore, the fit and comfort of a shoe greatly affect the outward look of shoe design. Curvatures in different shaped feet can make the style of a shoe look completely different in the box as it does on the foot.
However, we aren't saying style shouldn't be a personal color option either, we feel personal design can play into confidence. When you look good, you feel good. So when it comes to style, we suggest trying any of these 10 Best Crossfit Shoes on, you might just be surprised.
Those who have never worn lifting CrossFit shoes may find the flat sole and extra heel support takes some getting used to...
Comfort is key for any shoe regardless of the activity but there are some elements that make the fit of CrossFit shoes a bit different. CrossFit veterans prefer CrossFit shoes with a wide toe box to allow toes to splay comfortably during lifts and jumps. Those who have never worn lifting CrossFit shoes may find the flat sole and extra heel support takes some getting used to but you should grow to love the security and support of these CrossFit Shoes.
CrossFit is characterized by high-intensity workouts...
CrossFit is characterized by high-intensity workouts that are hard on CrossFit Shoes. Activities such as rope climbs, box jumps, and handstand push-ups make different areas of the shoe susceptible to wear and tear.
We compared price ranges for the top CrossFit Shoes...
Price varies significantly for many CrossFit Shoes depending on color, size, and seller. We compared price ranges for the top CrossFit shoes and considered durability and quality when considering the value.
Other Factors to Consider
While each shoe selected has some balance of flexibility and support, some CrossFit Shoes favor one or the other. It is important to consider what feel you prefer and what CrossFit elements you are looking to improve on. If you are looking for support and a locked-in feel to secure your feet during lifts, opt for a more structured and supportive shoe. If you can’t stand to be slowed down by weight or bulk, a shoe with minimal support and barefoot feel may be for you.
Consider how dedicated you are to CrossFit. If you have been going 5 times a week for the past year you may want to invest in a durable and specialized pair. Whereas if you are just starting out or are dabbling in CrossFit along with other cross-training workouts you may opt for a more general pair of cross-trainers.
The CrossFit name carries with it a reputation of intense strength, speed, and athleticism. Many dedicated athletes take great pride in the hard work they put in and like to make it known. Some CrossFit shoes are specifically labeled as CrossFit shoes and others are just highly regarded in CrossFit circles. If this matter to you, consider investing in one of the higher end CrossFit shoes.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: Can these CrossFit Shoes double as running shoes?
While this answer will vary for each shoe and individual, the general consensus is no. Many options are great for running less than a mile but do not provide appropriate support for running distances.
q: Do I need special CrossFit Shoes?
We highly recommend it! CrossFit is a high impact activity that requires careful attention to form. Having the best crossfit shoes can make a big difference to protect from injuries and get the maximum benefit from these workouts.