CrossFit is a high-intensity training program that requires proper gear to perform effectively and safely. One of the essential pieces of equipment that every CrossFitter (or gym-goer in general) needs is a good pair of shoes. But with so many options available on the market, it can be challenging to determine which is the best CrossFit shoe. In this blog post, we'll explore some of the key features to look for when choosing a CrossFit shoe and highlight some of the top options recommended by our coaches.
Key Features to Consider When Choosing a CrossFit Shoe
Durability: CrossFit involves a wide range of exercises, from weightlifting to running, jumping, and more. A good CrossFit shoe should be built to withstand the wear and tear of these different activities.
Support and Stability: CrossFit requires a shoe that provides ample support and stability. The shoe should have a firm and stable sole, which is particularly important when lifting weights. It should also have a supportive upper that keeps your foot securely in place during lateral movements.
Flexibility: Although a CrossFit shoe should be supportive, it should also be flexible enough to allow for a full range of motion. The shoe should be designed to enable you to move freely during exercises like box jumps, burpees, and double unders.
Breathability: CrossFit is a high-intensity workout, and you're likely to sweat a lot during the session. A good CrossFit shoe should have breathable materials that help keep your feet cool and dry.
Comfort: Last but not least, a CrossFit shoe should be comfortable. It should fit snugly without being too tight and provide enough cushioning to absorb shock during high-impact exercises.
CrossFit Shoes Recommended By Our Coaches
Coach Luke Mead - Reebok Nano
"I'm a Reebok Nano guy. Have been since the Nano 2! The two most recent versions (X2 & X3) have both been very comfortable for coaching and super versatile for anything that could be in a WOD!"
Coach Tia Sapienza - Brooks Adrenaline
"Brooks Adrenaline, when you sub running for everything else that’s all you need! #triathlontia"
Coach Tracy Trejo - NoBull Trainer+
"Switched to these after trying nano and metcon for a while, and at least for me, they meet more of my expectations compared to the other brands. I gotta say design has a lot to do with it, since I am more into minimalist shoes. Plus I really like the new Trainer+ fit, feeling wider and giving my feet more space to feel comfortable since I mostly use barefoot shoes during the week."
Coach Justin Bartels - Strike Movement - Haze EZ Trainer
"I love that they are lightweight, have a wide toe box, a sturdy heel, and not a crazy high heel lift. They are the only shoes I can work out AND coach in comfortably."
Coach Matt Freda - Haze EZ Trainer
"I definitely agree with Justin, it’s the haze trainers for me. They give a ton of ground feedback with any closed chain movement. Additionally, I find It’s a really nice balance between providing enough stability and flexibility with all the fun kb things I’ve been doing lately. A very close 2nd would be the RADs, which I like more for oly."
Coach Nicole Cadorette - RAD
"Big RAD gal. I have a narrow foot and a high arch. I used to wear metcons since they were the only ones to fit my shape well but they screwed my knees after running or a full day of training. Pain-free with the RADs and similar to Justin with his shoes I can train all day and coach all day with no pain."
Coach Bern Prince - NoBull Trainers+
"Sneakers I am a little biased….
I AM HUMAN.
I AM A FITNESS PROFESSIONAL.
I AM BOTANY.
I AM NOBULL."
Coach Molly Berkstresser - Lems
"Small Colorado company…wide toe box, zero drop, closest to barefoot without showing my toes Athletic and casual shoes so yeah I have a few!"
Choosing the best CrossFit/gym shoe depends on your preferences and the exercises you'll be doing. Look for a shoe with durability, support, stability, flexibility, breathability, and comfort. All of the shoes listed are excellent depending on what you like. Try on different pairs and choose the one that feels best for you.