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The 10 Best Shoes for CrossFit In 2024 (Unbiased Real Testing)

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It’s 2024, and we have more CrossFit shoe options than ever. If you feel overwhelmed when finding your next pair of shoes, you’re not alone. My current and most recent dilemma has been picking which shoes I want to wear for each 2024 CrossFit Open workout.

Look, if I’m going to die doing Open workouts, I want to at least look good on my deathbed. I’ve hand-tested and reviewed every single CrossFit shoe featured in this list. I have written individual reviews of every model and filmed YouTube videos to accompany them.

To my fellow CrossFit shoe collectors — real respect real. If you’re new here and have questions about any of the shoes featured, drop a comment below.

My Favorite CrossFit Shoes In 2024

Author’s Note: I update this list regularly based on new shoes being tested that make more sense in certain performance categories. Generally, I update my lists once or twice a quarter depending on new shoe releases that outperform older models.

Reebok Nano X4 Vs Nike Metcon 9

How I Test and Review CrossFit Shoes

I’ve been testing training shoes for over seven years and have been a trainer for over a decade. When testing shoes for CrossFit, I perform a battery of tests, which I’ve discussed on my YouTube channel. For CF shoes, I’m focused on four key features.

  • Stability: This entails assessing a shoe’s midsole and its limits for promoting stability when training heavy. I squat, clean & jerk, and deadlift heavy in every CrossFit shoe and use those to assess a shoe’s stability.
  • Versatility: This revolves around testing a shoe’s responsiveness, comfort, and breathability. I pay attention to how reactive the midsole feels and how the sole articulates during box jumps, double-unders, and short runs.
  • Durability: To assess durability, I’m purposely trying to beat the heck out of a shoe’s upper and midsole. Whether it’s with burpees or rope climbs, I’m trying to find at what threshold you can expect a shoe to break down.
  • Value: Inflation is a very real thing we’re all navigating today. As CF shoe prices increase, so does the importance of getting your money’s worth. This entails tying a shoe’s price to its long-term durability and value.

At this point in my career, I have tested hundreds of shoes, so recognizing the context between different CrossFit shoes is helpful. I have personally tested every shoe featured in this article.

Best Overall CrossFit Shoe | RAD ONE

  • Fave WODs To Do In Them: Pretty much everything
  • Price: $150
  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 6mm
  • Weight: 12.7 oz (for my size 10 model)
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Sizing: Narrow feet, go true to size. Neutral-width feet and wide feet, go up a half size.
  • For More InfoRead My Review
  • Haze Trainer: Good Alternative

R.A.D ONE

$150

RAD ONE Training Shoes
4.6
Stability
4.7
Versatility
4.8
Durability
4.2
Quality
4.5

Best For

  • Heavy Lifting
  • CrossFit Workouts
  • Recreational Lifting
  • HIIT Training
  • Athletic-Focused Training

Falls Short

  • For Cost-Efficiency
  • For Wider Feet

R.A.D ONE Training Shoes

RAD ONE Pros and Cons

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Pros

  • If you like training shoes with a more bouncy and responsive midsole, you'll enjoy the SwellFoam midsole in this model.
  • This shoe delivers a well-rounded performance with a bias towards CrossFit. If you want a shoe for CrossFit and a bit of everything the RAD ONE works well.
  • The RAD ONE can be a great travel-friendly shoe. They're comfortable for walking and have a classic streetwear look to them.

Cons

  • These can run a little narrow at times through the toe box and if you have a wide foot then you may want to pass on these.
  • The upper can be a little problematic for outdoor-focused workouts where you could run into abrasion with concrete. If you train outside, keep this in mind.
  • If you love shoes that feel more minimalist then these may not be the best pick for you. They're not as low-profile as other CrossFit shoes.

The RAD ONE is taking home my top overall pick. Honestly, the STR/KE MVMNT Haze Trainer and RAD ONE could both easily rotate in and out as my top pick overall pick for CrossFit shoes.

I love a lot of things about the RAD ONE, and there’s a reason you likely see more and more of your peers rocking these at your box. They’re a sick well-rounded CrossFit shoe. Of all their features, I like their SwellFoam midsole the most.

This midsole is awesome because it’s one of the few truly dialed CrossFit shoes that can walk a fine line between stability and versatility. I’ve deadlifted well over 500 lbs in my RAD ONEs and have cleaned over 300 lbs in them.

Testing the RAD ONE for CrossFit

I also like that this shoe features a rubber/TPU wrap around the entirety of the outsole. This is great for prolonging this shoe’s durability, which helps your investment last longer and gives this model additional grip for rope climbs. I talk about this in my rope climbing section below, too.

Another subtle perk of this shoe that I like is that its materials are pretty responsibly sourced, which adds to why this model is great across the board. Good shoe, good brand ethos. If you’re looking for a good all-around shoe for tackling CrossFit, then the RAD ONE is definitely worth looking into.

Best CrossFit Shoe for Wide Feet | Born Primitive Savage 1

  • Fave WODs To Do In Them: Lifting-biased WODs, full-body sessions
  • Price: $130
  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 4mm
  • Weight: 11.2 oz (for my size 10 model)
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Sizing: True to Size
  • For More Info: Read My Review
  • Reebok Nano 2.0: Good Alternative

Born Primitive Savage 1

$130

Born Primitive Savage 1 Product Shot
4.8
Stability
4.8
Versatility
4.7
Durability
4.8
Quality
4.8

Best For

  • Strength Training
  • CrossFit
  • Cross-Training
  • “Minimalist” Trainer Lovers
  • Wide(r) Feet

Falls Short

  • For Running

Born Primitive Savage 1 Review

Show Me the Pros & Cons

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Pros

  • Good durability for CrossFit WODs
  • Wide Toe Box Is Great for Toe Splay
  • Dense Midsole and Lower Stack Height

Cons

  • Not the Best for Running
  • May Be Too Wide for Narrow Feet
  • Lower Material At Midfoot Folds At Times

I love the Born Primitive Savage 1’s wider toe box and less aggressive midfoot. They give this shoe a much more wide-foot-friendly feeling and make it a good pick for lifters constantly battling toe boxes and midfoots.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the anatomical toe box in this shoe and they give me plenty of width for splaying my toes. For context, I have an E to EE-width foot depending on the company’s sizing scale.

In terms of performance, the Savage 1’s dual-density midsole provides good stability for heavy lifts and is responsive enough for movements like double-unders and box jumps. I’ve pulled over 500 lbs in this shoe, have hit 275 lb walking lunges, and 405 lb squats and have yet to have stability issues in this model.

Testing the Born Primitive Savage 1 for Jump Rope

I also like the durability of this shoe and how it felt its own when doing rope climbs and burpees. The TPU overlays feel strategic and help protect the mesh upper from ripping early.

I think if you enjoy older CrossFit shoes like some of the OG Metcons and Nanos then you’ll resonate with the Savage 1. It’s a stripped-down shoe that gives you the key features you want out of a well-rounded CrossFit shoe.

Best CrossFit Shoe for Men | STR/KE MVMNT Haze Trainer

  • Fave WODs To Do In Them: Pretty much all WODs
  • Price: $150
  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 4mm
  • Weight: 11.2 oz (for my size 10 model)
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Sizing: True to Size
  • For More Info: Read My Review
  • TriBase Reign 6: Good Alternative

STR/KE MVMNT Haze Trainer

$150

STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainer
4.4
Stability
4.7
Versatility
4.6
Durability
4.0
Quality
4.5

Best For

  • Heavy Lifting
  • Cross-Training Workouts
  • Athletic-Focused Sessions
  • Shorter Runs (<3 miles)

Falls Short

  • For Cost-Efficiency
  • For Custom Orthotics
  • For Thicker Feet

Testing the Haze Trainer for Daily Wear

Show Me the Pros & Cons

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Pros

  • Great for those who love minimalist-feeling trainers.
  • Casual look and vibe are great for daily wear.
  • Upper breathes well and promotes security while training.

Cons

  • Toe box can rip from tough abrasion.
  • Outsole can fade with high-volume concrete use.
  • High insteps may find these tight.

I love the STR/KE MVMNT Haze Trainer along with most of the guys in my community who have tried this model. For CrossFit, the Haze Trainer delivers a super versatile performance so I don’t think you’ll have many issues with this model.

The Haze Trainer has done a good job with my heavier lifting, and I credit this to its Cush50 midsole. My top deadlift in these shoes to date is 530 lbs, and my max squat set includes 420 for 4 reps. On both occasions, stability was never a concern for me.

The minimalist feel that you get with the Haze Trainer is what really won me over with this shoe. I love rating between barefoot shoes and training shoes and the Haze Trainer feels like a “bridge” between these two footwear styles.

Testing the Haze Trainer for Weight Training

If you’re similar and love having more ground feel in your workouts and CrossFit WODs, then you’ll resonate with the Haze Trainer. Outside of its minimalist feel, I also like the jacquard knit upper and how it hugs the foot and promotes overall security.

To add a final note on this shoe’s versatility, if I’m traveling I’ll usually bring my Haze Trainers. They look casual which is an added bonus outside of their performance in various WODs and they’re comfortable for all-day wear.

Best Weightlifting Shoe for CrossFitters | TYR L-1 Lifter

  • Fave WODs To Do In Them: WODs with heavy squats and weightlifting movements
  • Price: $200
  • Max Weight Squatted In These (thus far!): 420 lb back squat, 375 lb front squat
  • Effective Heel Height: 21mm/.83″
  • Weight: 19.05 oz (for my size 10 model)
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Sizing: True to size for most. Size up a half-size for wide feet.
  • For More Info: Read My Review
  • Fastlift Power G 380: Good Alternative

TYR L1-Lifter

$199.99

TYR L-1 Lifter Product Shot
4.4
Stability
4.7
Versatility
4.6
Durability
4.3

Best For

  • Weightlifting
  • Squats
  • Recreational Lifting
  • Wider Feet

Falls Short

  • For Narrow Feet
  • For Budget-Conscious Shoppers
  • For Long-Term Sole Durability

TYR L-1 Lifter Weightlifting Shoes Review

L-1 Lifter Pros and Cons

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Pros

  • If you need width this will be your best option for weightlifting shoes. This model's toe box is similar to barefoot shoes like Xero Shoes.
  • The TPU midsole has good feel and stability for heavy squats and weightlifting sessions.
  • The dual-straps are great for locking down the feet and promoting overall foot security when training.

Cons

  • The outsole can lip on some models and my community has pointed this out, too, on my L-1 Lifter YouTube video review.
  • The upper is heavy so these can run pretty hot in warm climates and for long sessions.
  • If you like a snugger fit and have narrow feet then you may want to pass on these as they might actually be "too wide" for you.

The TYR L-1 Lifter is my favorite weightlifting shoe for CrossFit workouts where there’s a skill focus on squats or the Olympic lifts. In my opinion, there’s a lot to like about the TYR L-1 Lifter, and its main claim to fame is that it’s built with a wider toe box construction.

I think if you use weightlifting shoes for squats and Olympic lifts during your CrossFit workouts and you constantly feel confined by your current shoe’s toe box construction, then the TYR L-1 Lifter can be a solid shoe to explore.

This model’s toe box width is comparable to that of the popular minimalist shoe Xero Shoes Prio. I also like the midfoot security provided by the dual strap system in the TYR L-1 Lifter.

Testing the TYR L-1 Lifter Weightlifting Shoes for squats

I like that the midsole is constructed with a TPU, as it does a good job of providing a nice level of stability. I’ve squatted 420 lbs in this shoe and haven’t had any issues whatsoever with stability in this model.

The thicker rubber outsole has a nice grip to it for catching clean and snatches, too. I will say, and this is my only gripe with this shoe, that the rubber outsole can lip away from the midsole at times in the L-1 Lifter. If you experience this, reach out to TYR and they should replace it.

Best CrossFit Shoe for Running WODs | Reebok Nano X4

  • Fave WODs To Do In Them: Lifting-biased WODs, full-body sessions, WODs with some running
  • Price: $140-150 (colorway dependent)
  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 7mm
  • Weight: 13.25 oz (for my size 10 model)
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Sizing: Narrow/Neutral-width feet, size down a half size. Wide feet, go true to size.
  • For More InfoRead My Review
  • Inov8 F-Fly: Good Alternative

Reebok Nano X4

$140

Reebok Nano X4 Product Image
4.4
Stability
4.4
Versatility
4.6
Durability
4.4
Quality
4.2

Best For

  • Strength Training
  • HIIT and Versatile Workouts
  • Sprints and Short Runs (<2 miles)
  • CrossFit and Functional Fitness

Falls Short

  • For Feet Wider Than EEE-Widths
  • For Runs Longer than 2-3 Miles
  • For Minimalist Lovers

Skater Strides In the Reebok Nano X4

Show Me the Pros & Cons

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Pros

  • Great option for doing a little bit of everything
  • Floatride Energy Foam midsole is stable and responsive
  • Good shoef for short runs/HYROX-style workouts

Cons

  • Can feel bulky for minimalist lovers
  • Arch can feel uncomfortable for flat feet
  • Toe box isn't as wide as older Nano models

The Reebok Nano X4 is a good model for anyone who wants to tackle CrossFit workouts and shorter runs every week. In my testing, this model has worked decently well at providing a fairly cushioned ride for runs up to about 3 miles.

When I program WODs, I’ll typically add 400-800 meter runs in-between exercises for an additional conditioning stimulus. For this distance and ask, this shoe has performed well and I never feel that beat up after running in these.

I like the Reebok Floatride Energy Foam midsole and I’m happy Reebok left this unchanged from the Nano X3. This midsole has a medium-density feeling which helps it walk that fine line between running too dense and being too plush.

Cross Training In the Reebok Nano X4

On top of its fairly responsive midsole, the Reebok Nano X4 also features Reebok’s Lift and Run Chassis System. I’m a big fan of this tech as someone who can sometimes be a heel striker when running. It helps dampen the impact of my running.

All that said, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed using the Reebok Nano X3 for WODs that have a bit more of a hybrid focus. Plus, with the reworked upper and ROPEPRO+ in the Nano X3, this model is a much more well-rounded shoe than its predecessor, the Nano X3.

Best CrossFit Shoe With Arch Support | Inov-8 F-Lite G 300

  • Fave WODs To Do In Them: Lifting-biased WODs, full-body sessions, WODs with a little running
  • Price: $150
  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 6mm
  • Weight: 12.3 oz (for my size 10 model)
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Sizing: True to Size
  • For More InfoRead My Review
  • TYR CXT-1 Trainer: Good Alternative

Inov-8 F-Lite G 300

Inov-8 F-Lite G 300
4.6
Stability
4.6
Versatility
4.6
Durability
4.7
Quality
4.5

Best For

  • Versatile Training
  • Recreational Lifting
  • Shorter Runs
  • Plyometrics

Falls Short

  • For Cost-Efficiency

Inov-8 F-Lite G 300 Pros

F-Lite G 300 Pros and Cons

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Pros

  • Midsole is stable yet responsive delivering a well-rounded performance for lifting, HIIT, and CrossFit.
  • These can be a good option for those who like a little more width in their forefoot for toe splay.
  • Great option for lifters and athletes who like having more arch support in their training shoes.

Cons

  • The TPU midfoot cage can press into the top of the feet if you have a high instep or thick feet.
  • If you have flat feet, pass on this shoe. The tapered midfoot may feel too snug for your foot anatomy.
  • The bootie-style construction isn't for everyone and if you like traditional tongue and lacing systems you'll want to consider this.

The Inov-8 F-Lite G 300 is one of the few true CrossFit shoes with adequate arch support built in. This shoe has a fit scale rating of “5” which indicates that it was purposefully made to have a wider fit per Inov-8’s scale. I find that to be true with this shoe’s toe box.

The medial sidewall is pretty noticeable in this shoe and it feels supportive when lifting and jumping. I notice it most when I’m doing big deadlifts or cleans and I’m driving my feet into the floor.

I think if you need and like arch support in your shoes for CrossFit, then you’ll appreciate this model’s last construction. This shoe won’t be the best for flatter feet, but for my arch-loving friends, it slaps.

Inov 8 F Lite G 300 Boot

This shoe does a great job supporting CrossFit workouts. Its graphene construction increases its long-term durability and I have yet to glaring issues with either of my G 300s. One of my pairs has lasted comfortably more than a year.

I also like that this model has a TPU cage around the mid-foot for additional midfoot support for things like rope climbs. It boosts this shoe’s long-term durability, in my opinion, and it provides a unique “locked-down” feeling that plays well with the bootie-style construction.

Best CrossFit Shoe for Flat Feet | VIKTOS Core Gym

  • Fave WODs To Do In Them: Lifting-biased WODs, full-body sessions
  • Price: $125
  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 4mm
  • Weight: 12.8 oz (for my size 10 model)
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Sizing: True to Size
  • For More Info: Read My Review
  • TriBase Reign 6: Good Alternative

VIKTOS Core Gym

VIKTOS Core Gym Product Image
4.5
Stability
4.6
Versatility
4.3
Durability
4.5
Quality
4.6

Best For

  • heavy strength training
  • thicker and wider feet
  • rigorous cross-training workouts
  • CrossFit and rucking

Falls Short

  • for longer runs
  • for narrow and low-volume feet

VIKTOS Core Gym

VIKTOS Core Gym Pros and Cons

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Pros

  • Well-rounded performance for lifting and cross-training
  • Nice width for wide and flat feet
  • Great for high insteps and thick feet

Cons

  • High upper volume may not work for low-profile feet
  • They can feel clunky when running
  • Not the best-looking shoe on the market

I’m going to be real with you, the VIKTOS Core Gym has been a surprisingly strong-performing shoe for CrossFit. I did not expect this shoe to perform as strongly as it has for my CrossFit tests.

I was surprised by this shoe because it’s not necessarily being built exclusively for CrossFit. However, this model has continually outperformed some of its hyper-focused CrossFit peers. Ah, the subtle irony in that.

I think the big callouts of this model revolve around its unique fit and its blend of stability and versatility. The VIKTOS Core Gym is one of the most spacious CrossFit shoes I’ve tried regarding its upper volume.

Testing the VIKTOS Core Gym for Deadlifts
Deadlifting 475 lbs for 6 reps

If you’re constantly fighting toe boxes and low-volume tongue gussets, then I think you’ll appreciate the Core Gym’s fit. This shoe’s EVA midsole has also been exceptional for heavy WODs while feeling comfortable for things like box jumps and jump rope.

Thus far, the upper of my VIKTOS Core Gym has held up well, and I’ve enjoyed the Parariggers sidewalls in this shoe. This feature helps give this shoe more lateral support while boosting this model’s overall durability for CrossFit.

Best Barefoot Shoe for CrossFit | Vivobarefoot Motus Strength

  • Fave WODs To Do In Them: Lifting-biased WODs
  • Price: $200
  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 0mm
  • Weight: 9.2 oz (for my size 10 model)
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Sizing: True to Size (in-between sizes? go down)
  • For More Info: Read My Review
  • Xero Shoes 360: Good Alternative

Vivobarefoot Motus Strength JJF

$200

Vivobarefoot Motus Strength JJF Barefoot Shoes Product Shot
4.7
Stability
4.8
Versatility
4.7
Durability
4.7
Quality
4.8

Best For

  • Lifting
  • Cross-Training
  • CrossFit WODs
  • Short Runs
  • Athletic Sessions

Falls Short

  • For Cost Efficiency
  • For Longer Runs

Vivobarefoot Motus Strength JJF Sizing

Motus Strength Pros and Cons

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Pros

  • To date, the Motus Strength is Vivobarefoot's strongest shoe for cross-training, CrossFit, and athletic-focused workouts.
  • This model's outsole has awesome grip and 1.5mm deep lugs give this shoe a lot of traction on different surfaces and for explosive and multi-directional work.
  • The extended outsole wrap and reinforced upper construction lock the foot down well and it should be durable for most workout contexts.

Cons

  • This shoe has a pretty big price point at $200 USD and if that price point makes you shudder then you can find strong-performing models for less.
  • The heavier upper around the toe box does take away from breathability a bit and the toe box creasing can feel awkward during the break-in phase.
  • The heel wrap may bother some lifters and athletes when running in this shoe, especially those with thicker and more pronounced Achilles tendons.

The Vivobarefoot Motus Strength has honestly surprised me in all of my CrossFit workouts. I’ve thrown some gnarly WODs at this shoe and it’s still standing strong with little to no sign of breakdown — which is great because it’s expensive AF.

This shoe is one of the first barefoot shoe options I’ve used that can hold its own across all WODs, and this means WODs with rope climbs, short runs, and handstand push-ups.

I think I’ve been so impressed with this shoe because the Motus Strength is primarily intended for lifting and versatile training. However, with its reinforced upper you can use them for CrossFit without a ton of worry about them breaking down quickly from rope climbs and other abrasion movements.

Testing the Vivobarefoot Motus Strength JJF for deadlifts

This shoe’s outsole wraps over the toe box and up the lateral and medial sides so it helps with giving this shoe a “locked-down” feeling. I’ve liked the more aggressive tread on this shoe for grip when catching clean & jerks, snatches, and doing squats.

Outside of its more rugged grip, I’ve also liked the upper of this shoe and how its translated to my CrossFit workouts. The sock-like feel is fantastic for preventing sliding and slipping when moving dynamically in your workouts.

Best CrossFit Shoe Rope Climbing | RAD ONE

  • Fave WODs To Do In Them: Every WOD (these excel for everything)
  • Price: $150
  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 6mm
  • Weight: 12.7 oz (for my size 10 model)
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Sizing: Narrow feet, go true to size. Neutral-width feet and wide feet, go up a half size.
  • For More InfoRead My Review
  • NOBULL Outwork: Good Alternative

R.A.D ONE

$150

RAD ONE Training Shoes
4.6
Stability
4.7
Versatility
4.8
Durability
4.2
Quality
4.5

Best For

  • Heavy Lifting
  • CrossFit Workouts
  • Recreational Lifting
  • HIIT Training
  • Athletic-Focused Training

Falls Short

  • For Cost-Efficiency
  • For Wider Feet

Testing the RAD ONE for Rope Climbs

RAD ONE Pros and Cons

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Pros

  • If you like training shoes with a more bouncy and responsive midsole, you'll enjoy the SwellFoam midsole in this model.
  • This shoe delivers a well-rounded performance with a bias towards CrossFit. If you want a shoe for CrossFit and a bit of everything the RAD ONE works well.
  • The RAD ONE can be a great travel-friendly shoe. They're comfortable for walking and have a classic streetwear look to them.

Cons

  • These can run a little narrow at times through the toe box and if you have a wide foot then you may want to pass on these.
  • The upper can be a little problematic for outdoor-focused workouts where you could run into abrasion with concrete. If you train outside, keep this in mind.
  • If you love shoes that feel more minimalist then these may not be the best pick for you. They're not as low-profile as other CrossFit shoes.

The RAD ONE has been one of my favorite shoes for rope climbs. A good shoe for rope climbing needs two things: grip and durability. The RAD ONE has delivered on both and I’ve been impressed with their ability to perform over extended periods of time.

For rope climbs, this shoe performs exceptionally well for j-wrap and s-lock climbers, and they come with a nice level of durability. I’m a j-wrap climber and when I’m moving fast and going for volume, I NEED a durable shoe.

There’s a TPU wrap around the entirety of this shoe which promotes the bite you get from it on rope climbs and it protects the midsole construction. I’ve blown out shoes from TYR and Reebok when rope climbing and have yet to have issues with the RAD ONE.

Testing the RAD ONE for HIIT workouts

The upper in this model also does a pretty good job with the abrasion that you’ll run into from rope climbs. The mesh and synthetic overlays provide a nice amount of protection for the foot and tend to last a while.

Outside of rope climbs, I enjoy the Swellfoam midsole in the RAD ONE and its outsole construction. These features give this model a nice blend of stability, versatility, and traction on different surfaces.

Best Budget CrossFit Shoe | Reebok Nanoflex V2

  • Fave WODs To Do In Them: Lifting-biased WODs, full-body sessions
  • Price: $90
  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 7mm
  • Weight: 11.8 o (for my size 10 model)
  • Removable Insole: No, but can easily be taken out
  • Sizing: True to Size
  • For More Info: Read My Review
  • PUMA Fuse 2.0: Good Alternative

Reebok Nanoflex V2

Reebok Nanoflex V2 Product Shot
4.5
Stability
4.4
Versatility
4.6
Durability
4.5

Best For

  • Recreational Lifting
  • CrossFit (for those on a budget!)
  • Cross-Training
  • Versatile Training
  • Budget-Friendly Shoppers

Falls Short

  • For Serious Barbell Training

Testing the Reebok Nanoflex V2 for daily wear

Nanoflex V2 Pros and Cons

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Pros

  • Exceptionally well-rounded performance for lifting, cross-training, and CrossFit for a fair price.
  • The medium-density foam midsole is stable for heavy training and responsive for things like short runs and box jumps.
  • This model's forefoot width should accommodate most foot anatomies pretty well, especially narrow, medium, and slightly wider feet.

Cons

  • Flat feet may want to steer clear of this shoe as it does have a little arch which can feel uncomfortable.
  • For longer runs, this shoe can feel a little heavy and clunky at times so you'll want to cap your distances in this shoe.
  • The lateral toe box could use a little more support for explosive lateral training.

The Reebok Nanoflex V2 is an awesome budget option for CrossFit. This training shoe is attractive because the original Reebok Nanoflex TR wasn’t my favorite CrossFit shoe by any means. However, the V2 has some key updates for CrossFit settings.

For example, the Reebok Nanoflex V2’s RopePro feature is pretty good. It surprised me by giving me plenty of bite when rope climbing. I could see this model being best for beginners who rope climb here and there, but it doesn’t make up the brunt of their training.

I would even take the RopePro in the Nanoflex V2 and its performance over its more premium peers, such as the Reebok Nano X2 and Nano X1. The midsole in this model also provides a nice blend of stability and versatility for different types of WODs.

Testing the Reebok Nanoflex V2 for HIIT workouts and jump rope

I’ve lifted well over 400 lbs in this model, and they’ve done an exceptional job for their price point. The midsole of this shoe should provide plenty of stability for most CrossFit beginners.

I also enjoy the outsole tread on this model and the durability it provides. This model has an extended outsole wrap that covers the toe box which is great for burpess durability. Additionally, this outsole provides a nice level of tread for jump rope, multi-directional exercises, and short runs.

My Gripes With Most “Best CrossFit Shoe” Lists

Ah, the irony of “best CrossFit shoe” lists. As you search for your next pair of CrossFit shoes and read round-ups from big media companies, I’d highly suggest paying attention to the media they’re using.

I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of big media companies covering topics like CrossFit shoes when they’re not even truly testing products. Far too often, I find other lists lacking any media showing real testing in the shoes.

TYR CXT-1 Trainer Review YouTube Video

I’m a consumer like you and a small business owner who’s built That Fit Friend off of transparency. The last thing I want is to leave you more confused or skeptical of a shoe’s placement.

Every CrossFit shoe featured in my list here has been hand-tested by me, and I have individual written reviews, and YouTube video reviews for EVERY SINGLE shoe featured.

I do this to give you as much depth as possible before making an informed buying decision. As always, hit me in the comments if you have questions about the shoes featured in this.

My Favorite CrossFit Shoes Buying Tips

When looking into CrossFit shoes, I’d suggest leading with four construction features. Believe it or not, I’m a total nerd with a spreadsheet that documents these four features of the shoes I buy and use.

  1. Assess a shoe’s midsole density.
  2. Pay attention to whether the shoe uses a full rubber outsole for traction.
  3. Review the shoe’s upper and ensure it’s not problematic due to durability issues from abrasion.
  4. Make a note of how a shoe fits and sizes based on other’s feedback.

Peep the example below.

 Dropset 2Reign 6
Midsole~500+ lifts~455 lbs
OutsoleFull rubberFull rubber
UpperLight & breathableHeavier
SizingTTS,Med/Wide(r) Fit

Most modern CrossFit shoes cost $130-$150, which can be steep for some athletes and beginners who are getting into this sport. If you don’t want to pay full price for your shoes, look into older models.

Pro Tip: Often, companies will mark down older CrossFit shoes as they release new models fairly often. Older shoes can help you save money and will typically perform strongly.

How Should Your CrossFit shoes fit?

Answer: Generally, I recommend having roughly .2″-.6″ of space in the toe box of your CrossFit shoe.

If you like having a snugger fit, then aim for the lower end of that range, and if you like having a bit more room or if you have a wider foot, then you may want to size accordingly to the larger side of the range.

how should crossfit shoes fit

Takeaway Thoughts

There are a ton of different CrossFit shoes on the market, and each model excels in different areas of performance for various reasons.

My best piece of advice when searching for new CrossFit shoes is to focus on what exactly you need most from your shoes with your CrossFit workouts, then consider how you like your shoes to fit.

If you have any questions about the CrossFit shoes featured in this article, drop a comment below or contact me personally via Instagram (@that_fit_friend or @jake_boly).

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q:
Do shoes matter for CrossFit?

A:
Absolutely. CrossFit is a strength sport and style of training that has a variety of specific demands and shoes can help support performance. Whether you're climbing ropes, lifting heavy weights, or doing box jumps, you'll want to have a pair of shoes that works well for CrossFit.

Q:
What are CrossFit shoes called?

A:
CrossFit shoes are cross-training shoes, but with specific construction features that make them great for tackling the diverse nature of CrossFit workouts. I like to bucket CrossFit shoes in their own performance category under their larger counterpart cross-training shoes.

Q:
Can you run in CrossFit shoes?

A:
Yes, but generally, if you're putting a ton of mileage in every week, then you'll likely want a running shoe to tackle your training sessions. CrossFit shoes will vary in regard to their running capabilities and I'd suggest keeping your mileage on the lower end in your CrossFit shoes as they can get uncomfortable fairly fast.

Q:
Why do CrossFitters wear Converse?

A:
Most CrossFitters DO NOT wear Converse for their training and workouts. Converse lack responsiveness and can be fairly uncomfortable to wear for longer sessions where there's a lot of jumping and dynamic work.
 
Jake Boly, CSCS, MS Sports Science

Jake Boly, CSCS, MS Sports Science

Jake Boly is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of That Fit Friend. He's often regarded to as a go-to resource in various performance shoe communities. He’s been formally reviewing shoes and training gear for over 7 years and has hand-tested over 400 pairs of shoes. Jake is known on the internet and YouTube for blending his review process with his educational, strength sports, and personal training background.

Jake has a Masters in Sports Science, a Bachelors in Exercise Science, a CSCS, and he's been personal training for over 10 years helping hundreds of clients get stronger, lose weight, and accomplish their goals. He uses his exercise science brain and personal training background to make curated and thoughtful review content on the fitness gear he's testing.

6 thoughts on “The 10 Best Shoes for CrossFit In 2024 (Unbiased Real Testing)”

  1. Hey Jason!
    Would you recommend any of this for training kickboxing outdoors? (Jumping, kicking, twisting and turning) if not, which one?
    Love your content and thanks in advance!

      1. Hey Jake,

        I noticed that you rated the Tribase Reign 6 higher than all of these shoes but they didn’t even crack the top 10? Am I missing something? Just curious why you thought they didn’t make the cut?

        Thanks!!!

        1. Great Q — As of right now, they’re featured as an alternative for the guy’s section. With niche lists like this, I always tend to wait to update them based on the longer term performance of a shoe.

          Plus, when discussing how I rate shoes on my site — every shoe has a 1 to 5 rating and that’s based on their overarching performance. Then, as we get more niche with performance asks like with CrossFit, I cross-reference that broad rating against other models dialed for that activity for the specific sub-category which makes it a little more gray regarding all out scores. My goal is to add the Reign 6 to this list into a #1 spot in the next few weeks assuming they keep performing well! For example, the Haze is a sick minimalist-feeling shoe for CrossFit, but in the grand scope of all trainers their durability and runnability (read, versatility) do bring their score down a bit. However, because they are more dialed for CF, they earn a top spot comfortably even though their rating may be a smidge lower than some of their peers.

          1. Thanks for the detailed reply!!!

            That makes sense, as an FYI, the Sueze Haze Trainer is my current go to for pretty much everything CrossFit at the moment. I’ve been wanting to try something new and was considering the Reign 6 or the X4. I think I’m gonna roll with the Reigns.

            Thanks again!

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