What Are The Best Shoes For Crossfit?
(For Men And Women)
Crossfit, by almost every definable metric, has pretty much taken the world by storm. In fact, there are now more Crossfit gyms worldwide than there are Starbucks. (source).
Since Crossfit is all about maximizing performance, it only makes sense that you'd want the best shoes in the world to maximize your effort in the gym.
We've got our full reviews down below, but here's a table made if you're just looking for the best.
Best For Women
Best For Men
Who Needs Crossfit Shoes?
While everyone needs shoes to do Crossfit, not everyone needs shoes specifically for Crossfit. Particularly if you're just getting into it and not sure if you will continue, a pair of shoes specifically for Crossfit may not be worth the effort.
If, however, you are:
1) Serious about strengthening your body, mind, and spirit
2) Committed to exercising
3) Wanting to maximize your performance in the gym and on the track
Then a pair of shoes for Crossfit will undoubtedly by a great investment in terms of time, energy, and money.
What Crossfit Shoes Do
Crossfit shoes solve a problem that many Crossfitters face: your shoes aren't ideal for running, or they aren't ideal for lifting.
Often, your shoes aren't much use for running or lifting.
But a good pair of shoes really makes a difference. In 2017 during Nike's Breaking2 project, a project using the world's greatest runners attempting to break the 2 hour marathon, one of the key pieces of equipment that Nike outfitted their runners in was nothing other than a new shoe geared for speed. (source).
In the same way, weightlifting shoes offer support for your feet and ankles and help assure that your heel (and, by extension, your entire leg) stays perfectly aligned with the floor.
Crossfit shoes conquer both of these dilemmas by producing an ideal shape for running while also ensuring you have the support and stability required of weightlifting.
Crossfit shoes will:
How To Choose The Best Crossfit Shoes For You
Crossfit is a sport with a lot of different variables; how much you run, lift, climb ropes, or run around pounding the ground and shouting after a successful lift will depend on what cage you're a part of.
With all the possible variation in the mix, the best shoes for you may not be the best shoes for your buddy going to the cage across town.
Likewise, if you want to focus more on one area, there are shoes that will be able to help you accomplish that.
The best Crossfit shoes for you will undoubtedly be the ones that help you do the lift, run the mile, climb the rope, or make you an all-around better athlete.
Pick the shoe that most closely matches what you'd like to get out of it and will provide the most value for you. If running is your favorite part of Crossfit and you do it outside the gym, (if you don't, here are five reasons you that are basically guaranteed to make you want to start) then you may want to get a pair that helps you beat the clock all the more while still providing support for the big lifts in the cage.
If you're an avid weightlifter and love snatches, cleans, and lifting heavy things, then there are shoes that get your heels closer to the ground (keeping strain off your back), give ankle support, and will still speed up your mile time.
Whatever you're looking for, don't be afraid to stand out among the crowd and get the shoes that you (not your friends or your buddies in the cage) want.
There are Crossfit shoes out there with fitting your style and those shoes have your name on them. Don't be afraid to do a little digging to find them; we promise it will be worth it.
Our Picks For Best Crossfit Shoes
I've chosen the best Crossfit shoes in the world to help you step up your game. We've graded these shoes based on:
1) How much they help your runs
2) How much they help your lifts
3) How durable these shoes will be
For each of these metrics, we've assigned a star rating and then given our own rating, which is an average of all the metrics above.
We have sections for both men and women and we start our reviews with the ladies. Click below to jump straight to the reviews:
And if you're not looking for a review and just want to get straight to the best options, here is a neat little table below where you can click and go straight to Amazon.
Best For Women
Best For Men
Best Crossfit Shoes For Women
The Nano 8.0 is one of the absolute best shoes in the world for those Crossfit lifts, rope climbs, and sprints.
The Nano has a wide toe box, allowing you to stabilize during lifts, and a low rise from roe to heel meaning that your heels are that much closer to being on the ground.
This is great news if you struggle with form on higher weights, have knee problems, or experience back pain while lifting.
The Nano is also super durable, meaning that it will last you more than a few rope climbs without you having to tear the soles out. It'll also do you well if you do a lot of running on gravel or other rough surfaces.
Running is probably the Nano's biggest weak spot; while you can definitely run in these while staying comfy, these shoes aren't designed with much more than a mile in mind.
If you're doing sprints of any kind, you'll never know the difference. If you're looking to clock a 5k, 10k, or marathon, you wouldn't be bad off to look for other shoes dedicated to running.
This shoe is also super fashionable. It has a huge variety of colors and the reviews say that it fits true to size.
The Tazon 6 is a shoe that very few Crossfitting women will ever regret getting.
First off, this thing is great for running. It includes toe padding and heel padding to ensure that you won't start feeling the miles later on in your run, and may even help with your speed a bit due to light weight and aerodynamic design.
The Tazon is also packing in the durability: it's surefire that this shoe won't give out on you during your brutal punishments. This shoe can climb rope, run around, and box jump with the best of them.
Due to its great design for running, this shoe suffers a bit on weightlifting. It does have good support for your feet and ankles, including feet padding to ensure that you aren't moving on the edges of your feet.
Keeping you off the edges of your feet while lifting really helps to keep your knees out, protecting you from injuries.
Yet this shoe doesn't have anything stellar as far as a wide toe box or low toe/heel rise. The toe box isn't super necessary, but the low toe/heel rise can be helpful if you struggle with form, are going for high weight, or have pains.
All in all, this is an incredible shoe for Crossfit and one of the better options for those whose emphasis is running.
This shoe looks good and has several color options. Some said it fits true to size, others say it fits a bit small. I would say if you're between two sizes with most brands, go up a size, but otherwise you are probably fine.
The Cell Raize Heather is meant to be a cross-training shoe and it delivers spectacularly.
While this shoe is not the best shoe on the market for either running or lifting, at time of writing it is the shoe with the lowest price tag by a significant margin, making it the value pick of this review.
The Cell Raize Heather comes with padding for both toes and heels plus has a light weight and aerodynamic feel to it.
This shoe also comes with some foot support and helps you avoid the inside of your feet when you're lifting.
The Cell Raize Heather does not come with a wide toe box for heavy lifts and doesn't have much to brag about in the way of toe/heel rise, so don't expect any miracles when you try this shoe on and go for a deadlift.
This shoe has some serious durability. Whatever you intend to put it through, it will last with the best of them and you'll be laughing when all your friends go to buy new shoes.
The Cell Raize Heather also lost half a star due to lack of serious ankle support.
Many ladies said it was comfortable, but may have been sized a bit too small. Several reviews mentioned the wish that they'd have bought half a size up.
The Cell Raize Heather looks great, but doesn't have a lot of color options.
Best Crossfit Shoes For Men
The Nano 8.0 for both men and women consistently have the highest reviews and the best performance for Crossfit shoes.
This shoe, like the women's version, has a wide toe box and the toe/heel rise is made for people looking to set PRs in all forms of Olympic lifts. The low toe/heel rise is also great for anyone who suffers from knee, hip, or back pain as the low toe/heel rise keeps stress off these areas.
This shoe was also made to endure the tough trials of Crossfit; specifically made to last during rope climbing sessions, the Nano 8.0 won't wear out on you whether you're climbing the rope, lifting, or cranking out some more sprints.
While the Nano 8.0 excels at lifting, it's not the greatest shoe in the world for long distance runs. It has enough padding where you won't have any problems at all in short bursts like sprints, but you probably don't want to run a marathon in these.
But as long as you aren't going much more than a few miles, these shoes are comfy, durable, and made to set records in your cage.
Most people say that these fit true to size, but a few say purchase a half size up. I would say purchase your size and return them if they're a fuzz small for you.
This shoe looks really good and has tons of colors available.
The Glove 4 is one of the premier shoes for Crossfit with an emphasis on helping you log the distance and speed you want while running.
These shoes are lightweight, aerodynamic, and have both toe and heel padding to make sure that your run is as comfortable as it can be.
These shoes are also extremely durable. Having been made for the purpose of trail running, the Glove 4 is meant to last you through any terrain, any lift, and any rope. It's actually the trail running characteristics that make this shoe so good for Crossfit.
While the toe/heel rise isn't anything to write home about, this shoe does have a nice toe box for stability and the design will help you stay off the insides of your feet while lifting (which will help you make sure your knees aren't going in during the heavy lifts).
Most reviews say that these shoes fit as expected, but some say to order a half size up. I think for the majority of people, ordering your true size is probably fine.
The Glove 4 looks great and has tons of color options.
The Charged Ultimate 2.0 has unique traits that make it one of the best shoes on the planet for Crossfitters, particularly anyone looking to shoe shop on a budget.
The Charged Ultimate is lightweight and aerodynamic, plus it includes some pretty good padding for the heels and toes. This shoe will also help you land and stay on the outsides of your feet, giving you more running power and stability, as well as keeping your knees from pushing inward when you're lifting. These attributes make the Charged Ultimate a great running shoe.
It is also a pretty good weight lifting shoe. It has some decent ankle support, but the toe/heel rise can't compete with shoes that are made only for weight lifting. The toe box is fairly wide, which will help with runs and lifts.
While this shoe is durable and will last you a while, it is the value pick of this list and probably won't handle as many rope climbs and runs on rough surfaces that the other shoes we've will.
At time of writing, this shoe has the lowest average cost of any shoe on this list, so this is definitely a go-to for the budget shopper looking for value.
Most people said this shoe fit to size, but some said it was a fuzz small. If you usually don't have any problems with shoes feeling too small, you're probably fine to shop at your true size.
Some comments were made about the tongue on this shoe being different. Some said they didn't like it, no one said that they loved it, but the vast majority of people said it just took some getting used to. Many reviewers specified that after wearing the shoe for a bit, it was extremely comfortable.
The Charged Ultimate 2.0 has a few colors to choose from, but not too many.
Thanks for reading! Since there are so many variables in different workouts, I recommend different shoes for different circumstances. That said, if I only had to recommend one, I would recommend the Men's Nano 8.0 and the Women's Nano 8.0 as the best Crossfit shoes overall.
The Nano 8.0 series gives you the support you need for lifting, the comfort and speed you need for sprints, and are durable enough to last a long time.
Let me know in the comments below: What are your go-to Crossfit shoes?
Stay awesome. Have a great day.
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