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10 Best CrossFit Shoes (Fall 2022 Update) | Picks for Men, Women, Rope Climbs, and More

As CrossFit continues to grow and evolve as a sport, so do the CrossFit shoes we use for tackling our toughest training sessions. With so many brands building great CrossFit shoes, it can be tough to find the perfect CrossFit shoe for your specific training needs.

In this article, I will discuss which CrossFit shoes are best for certain activities and contexts. It’s important to note that this article will be hyper-specific for CrossFit shoes and not general cross-training shoes.

If you’re on the market for a cross-training shoe for tackling workouts that are not only specific to CrossFit and their demands, I suggest checking out my best cross-training shoe round-up.

CrossFit shoes have certain characteristics that differentiate them from traditional cross-training shoes, such as additional upper durability and features for supporting movements like rope climbs, to name a couple. Below are some of the best CrossFit shoes I’ve tested and reviewed.

 

Best Overall CrossFit Shoe

The best CrossFit shoe overall is a high accolade. This means the selected models below are top of the top when it comes to being stable, versatile, and durable for tackling even the toughest CrossFit workouts.

If you’re looking for that one shoe that doesn’t disappoint when tackling heavy lifts, rope climbs, and every other demand that comes along with CrossFit workouts, then check out my two top picks below.

Top Pick: RAD ONE

The RAD ONE is taking home my top pick as the best overall shoe for CrossFit. 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.

Testing the RAD ONE for CrossFit

This model features RAD’s proprietary Swell Foam construction, which gives this shoe a really good blend of stability and versatility. Whether I’m deadlifting 500 lbs in this shoe or wearing them for box jumps, they feel comfortable, stable, and responsive.

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.

R.A.D ONE Training Shoes for crossfit and lifting

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

  • Best For: CrossFit and Lifting
  • 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.
  • Read My ReviewR.A.D ONE Review

R.A.D ONE

$150

RAD ONE Training Shoes
4.8
Stability
4.8
Versatility
4.7
Durability
4.8

Best For

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

Falls Short

  • For Cost-Efficiency

Runner-Up: STR/KE MVMNT Haze Trainer

The STR/KE MVMNT Haze Trainer is taking my second and runner-up pick as the best CrossFit shoe. To be honest, I think this is one of the most slept-on CrossFit shoes which is a shame because this model is fantastic across the board.

Testing the Haze Trainer for Box Jumps

This model gives you a high level of foot articulation when lifting, jumping, and doing short runs, and they feel much more minimalist in nature if you like that in your CrossFit shoes. They’re also a solid model for rope climbing. That being said, for CrossFit-specific workouts, it’s hard to fault the Haze Trainer and its construction.

The Haze Trainer offers a medium-density Cush50™ midsole which provides stability in heavy sessions and a nice versatile feeling for plyometrics and more athletic-focused work. Thus far, I’ve trained up to 505 lbs in the Haze Trainer and have had no issues with the stability.

Testing the Haze Trainer for CrossFit workouts

On top of the midsole, the Cross-Platform 2™ outsole provides a nice blend of traction and maneuverability, this model has one of the most maneuverable outsoles that I’ve tried with CrossFit shoes. The final two pros of this model are its durable upper construction and slightly wider anatomically-shaped toe box construction.

  • Best For: CrossFit-Style Training and Lifting
  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 4mm
  • Weight: 11.2 oz (for my size 10 model)
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Sizing: True to Size
  • Read My Review: STR/KE MVMNT Haze Trainer Review

STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainer

$150

STRIKE MVMNT Haze Trainer
4.8
Stability
4.8
Versatility
4.7
Durability
4.8

Best For

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

Falls Short

  • For Cost-Efficiency
  • For Custom Orthotics

Best CrossFit Shoes for Women

When considering the best CrossFit shoe for women, I’m basing my picks on two aspects. First is the feedback that I receive from women athletes on my review content, and videos, and from my girlfriend.

Second, I’m considering the last construction of different shoes and if they work well for the anatomy of the avid CrossFit-focused woman’s foot.

Top Pick: Nike Metcon 8

The Nike Metcon 8 is earning the pick as the best CrossFit shoe for women. The Metcon 8 has multiple construction features that feed really well into CrossFit workouts. This model has a built-in Hyperlift insert in the heel for stability purposes and lifting support.

Nike Metcon 8 Review

Additionally, this model also features Nike React Foam throughout the midsole, which is different than prior Nike Metcon models. This React Foam provides the Metcon 8 with a much more responsive fit and feel.

In the context of CrossFit workouts, I also like that this model features additional rubber midfoot overlays for rope climbing support. The Nike Metcon 8 is one of the better cross-training shoes for tackling rope climbs, especially for j-wrap climbers.

Reviewing the Nike Metcon 8 Heel Construction

The toe box also features a synthetic overlay for durability purposes in exercises like burpees and other toe-dragging movements. If you want an athletic-fitting shoe that works really well for CrossFit, some HIIT, and lifting, then the Metcon 7 is worth exploring.

  • Best For: Lifting, HIIT, and CrossFit-Style Training
  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 4mm
  • Weight: 12.4 oz (for my size 10 model)
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Sizing: True to Size
  • Read My Review: Nike Metcon 8 Review

Nike Metcon 8

$130

Nike Metcon 8 Product Shot
4.5
Stability
4.5
Versatility
4.3
Durability
4.6

Best For

  • Cross-Training
  • CrossFit and CrossFit-Style Workouts
  • Lifting

Falls Short

  • For Wide Feet
  • For Running

Runner-Up: Inov-8 F-Lite 260 V2

The Inov-8 F-Lite 260 V2 takes the second pick for women for a couple of reasons. The first reason is their overall lightweight and breathable construction. This is one of the lighter pairs of CrossFit shoes on the market, and they feel like nothing on the feet even when wearing them for longer durations.

inov 8 f lite 260 v2 lifting

The second reason is their last construction and how it typically aligns well with women’s feet (per my YouTube community’s feedback!). This model features a size “5” fit scale for Inov-8, which indicates that this model is slightly wider than some of their other cross-training shoes.

If your concern is toe splay and gripping the floor for CrossFit workouts, then you shouldn’t have to worry about that aspect in this model, especially if you have a narrow or neutral foot width.

inov 8 f lite 260 v2 hiit

The last reason is that this model has multiple characteristics that you’d want to see in a great CrossFit shoe. For example, they have features like Inov-8’s midfoot ROPE-TEC for rope climb support and a sticky rubber outsole construction for additional traction.

  • Best For: CrossFit-Style Training
  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 8mm
  • Weight: 10.5 oz (for my men’s size 10/11.5 women’s model)
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Sizing: True to Size, but if you have a wider foot, then some may want to size up a half size
  • Read My Review: Inov-8 F-Lite 260 V2 Review

Inov-8 F-Lite 260 V2

$140

inov-8 f-lite 260 v2
4.6
Stability
4.6
Versatility
4.7
Durability
4.6

Best For

  • CrossFit Workouts
  • Recreational Lifting
  • Versatile Training
  • HIIT and Agility Workouts

Falls Short

  • For Wider Footed Athletes
  • For Cost-Efficiency

Best CrossFit Shoes for Men

There are a couple of key aspects that I look for in the best CrossFit shoes for men that love tackling tough CrossFit workouts. First, the shoe needs to be exceptionally durable across the board.

Second, the shoe needs to be well-rounded, so it needs to have a nice level of stability and versatility to accommodate the wide range of CrossFit workouts you’ll encounter.

Top Pick: TYR CXT-1 Trainer

The TYR CXT-1 Trainer is taking my top pick as the best CrossFit shoe for men. There’s a lot to like about the TYR CXT-1 Trainer and this shoe comes with a few unique features that make them great for CrossFit and certain types of athletes.

Testing the TYR CXT-1 Trainer for Squatting

For starters, this shoe is built with TYR’s patent-pending Stability Platform technology and it does a good job for heavier lifting. Whether you’re deadlifting over 500 lbs or squatting over 400 lbs, you should be plenty stable in the CXT-1 Trainer.

Another feature to like is the upper construction of this shoe and how it walks a nice line between being breathable and secure. I like the CXT-1 Trainer a lot for plyometrics and you should get a nice level of durability from the toe box for burpees.

Testing the TYR CXT-1 Trainer for Functional Fitness

The last important aspect to note about this shoe is that it has a 9mm heel-to-toe drop. If you’re like me and you like a little more heel for workouts with squats, wall balls, and thrusters, then I think you’ll enjoy this aspect of the TYR CXT-1 Trainer.

  • Best For: CrossFit-Style Training, Athletes That Like Higher Heel-to-Toe Drops
  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 9mm
  • Weight: 12.65 oz (for my size 10 model)
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Sizing: True to Size
  • Read My Review: TYR CXT-1 Trainer Review

TYR CXT-1 Trainer

$130

TYR CXT-1 Trainer Product Shot
4.6
Stability
4.8
Versatility
4.7
Durability
4.3

Best For

  • CrossFit/Cross-Training
  • Recreational Lifting
  • Athletic-Style Workouts
  • Athletes That Like Higher Drops

Falls Short

  • For Minimal Drop Lovers
  • For Athletes That Like “Minimalist-Style” Shoes

Runner-Up: NOBULL Trainer+

The NOBULL Trainer+ is taking my second pick for being a great CrossFit-focused shoe for men. This model is built slightly differently than the traditional NOBULL Trainer, and it has a few key pros that make it awesome for CrossFit and men.

NOBULL Trainer Plus for lifting and CrossFit

First, this model is built to be slightly wider than the traditional NOBULL Trainer, which is great for accommodating a wide range of foot anatomies and works for wide and flat feet. If you have a wider foot, then you should find that you have ample room in the NOBULL Trainer+.

Second, this shoe received a reworked midsole and outsole construction. The midsole in the NOBULL Trainer+ provides you with a bit more responsiveness than the original NOBULL Trainer. The outsole’s herringbone lug pattern gives a nice grip on different surfaces.

Testing the NOBULL Trainer Plus for Rope Climbing and CrossFit

Whether you’re training heavy or tackling a cardio-focused metcon, the NOBULL Trainer+ should provide you with a solid performance and will be a stronger performer in this context than other NOBULL models like the NOBULL Trainer.

  • Best For: Flat Feet, General Training, and CrossFit
  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 4mm
  • Weight: 12.7 oz (for my size 10 model)
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Sizing: True to Size
  • Read My ReviewNOBULL Trainer+ Review

NOBULL Trainer+

$139

NOBULL Trainer Plus
4.5
Stability
4.5
Versatility
4.5
Durability
4.6

Best For

  • Cross-Training Style Workouts
  • CrossFit
  • Recreational Lifting

Falls Short

  • For Versatile Training
  • For Cost-Efficiency

Best Lifting Shoes for CrossFit Athletes

All of the CrossFit shoes on this list will work for lifting and that’s one of my prerequisites when considering shoes for this round-up. So, to add variety and depth to this article, I wanted to include two weightlifting shoes that I think are great for CrossFit athletes.

Basically, different workouts and different exercises call for different demands and needs. When hitting the gym, I bring a pair of CrossFit shoes and weightlifting shoes for this reason. If you want an elevated heel to train with for squats, then two are my favorite picks.

Top Pick: TYR L-1 Lifter

The TYR L-1 Lifter is taking my top pick as the best weightlifting shoe for CrossFit athletes. 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.

Nike Romaleos 4 Versus TYR L1-Lifter

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 has a toe box width that is comparable to what the Xero Shoes Prio provide, which is a popular minimalist shoe. I also like the midfoot security that you get with the dual strap system in the TYR L-1 Lifter.

Testing the TYR L-1 Lifter Weightlifting Shoes for squats

The midsole and heel are constructed with a TPU which does a good job at providing a nice level of stability and the outsole has a grippy rubber, so I don’t think you’ll experience slip issues whatsoever in this model.

  • Best For: Wider Feet, Olympic Lifts, and Squats
  • Heel Height: 21mm (.83 inches)
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Sizing: True to Size, athletes with wider feet may want to size up a half size
  • Read My Review: TYR L-1 Lifter Review

TYR L1-Lifter

$199.99

TYR L-1 Lifter Product Shot
4.7
Stability
4.8
Versatility
4.7
Durability
4.7

Best For

  • Weightlifting
  • Squats
  • Recreational Lifting
  • Wider Feet

Falls Short

  • For Narrow Feet
  • For Budget-Conscious Shoppers

Runner-Up: Reebok Legacy Lifter II

The Reebok Legacy Lifter II is a solid weightlifting shoe for the CrossFit athlete that loves using weightlifting shoes for tackling movements like snatches, clean & jerks, squats, and other exercises where a heel wedge is desired.

squatting in reebok legacy lifter 2

The Reebok Legacy Lifter II has a fairly durable upper construction and its forefoot breaks in pretty fast which is a nice perk compared to the original heavier-built Reebok Legacy Lifter.

This model features a 22m (.86″) heel elevation, and the heel is made with a tough TPU which is great for both stability and long-term durability. The mid-foot strap also provides a nice level of security when training hard.

Reebok Legacy Lifter 2 Weightlifting

If you like weightlifting shoes that come with a heavier and more “locked-down” feel to them, then I think you’ll enjoy the Legacy Lifter II’s construction and performance. For those that like lighter-weight models, I’d suggest looking into the Inov-8 Fastlift Power G 380.

  • Best For: Weightlifting, Squats, and Other Heel Wedge-Focused Exercises
  • Heel Height: 22mm (.86 inches)
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Sizing: True to Size, athletes with wider feet may want to size up a half size
  • Read My Review: Reebok Legacy Lifter II Review

Reebok Legacy Lifter 2

$200

Reebok Legacy Lifter 2
4.5
Stability
4.6
Durability
4.5
Quality
4.5

Best For

  • Weightlifting
  • Squats
  • Accessories With an Elevated Heel
  • Heel Height: 0.86″

Falls Short

  • For Functional Fitness Workouts

Best CrossFit Shoes for Running

Generally, CrossFit shoes are not going to be your best shoe option for running. However, if you plan to program WODs with runs more often or tack on some weekly miles, then the two options below are good CrossFit shoes for running.

The options below will be best for distances that range from 1-3 miles and I’d suggest exploring running shoes for running distances that exceed this threshold.

Top Pick: Reebok Nano X2

The Reebok Nano X2 is a good model for anyone who wants to tackle CrossFit workouts and shorter runs on a weekly basis. In my testing, this model works decently well at providing a fairly cushioned ride for runs up to about 3 miles.

Testing the Reebok Nano X2 for running

This shoe features Reebok’s Floatride Energy Foam throughout its midsole, and as a whole, I like this material for shorter runs. It’s a bit more responsive than the high-density foam midsole that was featured in the Reebok Nano X.

If you like a more “responsive” fit and feel with your CrossFit shoes and their midsole construction, then the Reebok Nano X2 can be a good option to explore. This shoe will work best for the much more casual CrossFit-focused athlete.

Doing Pistol Squats and Testing the Reebok Nano X2 for CrossFit

One thing to note about the Reebok Nano X2 and its performance for CrossFit is that its outsole durability can fall short for rope climbing. More specifically, if you J-wrap rope climbs, then you may experience a faster breakdown in this shoe, so I’d suggest keeping an eye on your shoe’s medial outsole if you use this climbing strategy with the Nano X2.

  • Best For: General Training and Wider Feet
  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 7mm
  • Weight: 11.9 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.
  • Read My ReviewReebok Nano X2 Review

Reebok Nano X2

$135

Reebok Nano X2
4.4
Stability
4.5
Versatility
4.6
Durability
4.2

Best For

  • Recreational Lifting
  • Athletic-Focused Training
  • Casual CrossFit Sessions
  • Shorter Runs

Falls Short

  • For Cost-Efficiency

Runner-Up: TYR CXT-1 Trainer

The TYR CXT-1 Trainer is taking my second pick as the best CrossFit shoe for running. This model features Surge NRG foam in its midsole and it gives this shoe a nice level of responsiveness and ground feedback.

Testing the TYR CXT-1 Trainer for Running

I’ve enjoyed using the TYR CXT-1 Trainer for 400-meter runs programmed in WODs and for interval-style runs that I program for conditioning. If I’m squatting and doing short runs in the same workout, the CXT-1 Trainer has been one of my go-to shoes.

For athletes that want a shoe with a higher heel-to-drop and slightly more stable feel when lifting and running, I think they’ll enjoy the TYR CXT-1 Trainer’s performance. It feels athletic in this context, which I really appreciate.

TYR CXT-1 Trainer Upper Construction

I like that you can do a little bit of everything in the TYR CXT-1 Trainer and that it ticks most of the major CrossFit shoe boxes regarding durability, versatility, and stability. I’d suggest keeping your mileage to two miles or less in the CXT-1 Trainer.

  • Best For: CrossFit-Style Training, Short Runs, Athletes That Like Higher Heel-to-Toe Drops
  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 9mm
  • Weight: 12.65 oz (for my size 10 model)
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Sizing: True to Size
  • Read My Review: TYR CXT-1 Trainer Review

TYR CXT-1 Trainer

$130

TYR CXT-1 Trainer Product Shot
4.6
Stability
4.8
Versatility
4.7
Durability
4.3

Best For

  • CrossFit/Cross-Training
  • Recreational Lifting
  • Athletic-Style Workouts
  • Athletes That Like Higher Drops

Falls Short

  • For Minimal Drop Lovers
  • For Athletes That Like “Minimalist-Style” Shoes

Best CrossFit Shoes for Arch Support

If you’re in need of CrossFit shoes that are great for flat feet or provide adequate arch support, check out the options below.

I’ve provided one option that has a fair amount of built-in arch support and another option that is great for inserting your own custom orthotics.

Top Pick: Inov-8 F-Lite G 300

The Inov-8 F-Lite G 300 is one of the few true CrossFit shoes that have adequate arch support built-in. This model has a fit scale rating of “5” for Inov-8, which indicates that this model is purposefully made to have a wider fit, too.

Inov-8 F-Lite G 300 Pros

If you need arch support built into your CrossFit shoes, then I’d suggest looking into the Inov-8 F-Lite G 300. This shoe’s medial and lateral sidewalls do a great job of giving you additional arch support when training.

In regard to also supporting CrossFit workouts, this shoe does a great job across the board. This model features a graphene construction which is utilized with the intent of increasing this shoe’s long-term durability.

Inov-8 F-Lite G 300 Construction

Additionally, this model has a TPU cage around the mid-foot for additional midfoot support from things like rope climbs. Since this model features a bootie construction, I personally love this for providing a locked-down feeling and securing the foot during workouts.

  • Best For: Lifting, HIIT, CrossFit-Style Training
  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 6mm
  • Weight: 12.3 oz (for my size 10 model)
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Sizing: True to Size
  • Read My ReviewInov-8 F-Lite G 300 Review

Inov-8 F-Lite G 300

$150

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

Best For

  • Versatile Training
  • Recreational Lifting
  • Shorter Runs
  • Plyometrics

Falls Short

  • For Cost-Efficiency

Runner-Up: Nike Metcon 8

The Nike Metcon 8 is taking my second pick as the best CrossFit shoe for arch support. To be fair, the Nike Metcon 8 and Inov-8 F-Lite G 300 could easily be swapped in and out as the best pick in this article.

Testing the Nike Metcon 8 for daily wear

The Nike Metcon 8 is pretty well-known for its athletic fit and it has a moderate level of arch support. The Metcon 8’s medial midfoot is supported by the thicker outsole wrap and if you like arch support in your shoes, you should enjoy the Metcon 8’s last construction.

In the context of CrossFit, the Nike Metcon 8 is somewhat of a do-it-all-style shoe. It’s stable for heavy lifting, durable for rope climbs and burpees, and versatile enough for things like box jumps and double-unders.

Testing the Nike Metcon 8 for functional fitness

My only complaint about the Nike Metcon 8 is that its heel can feel a little clunky at times and it’s not going to be your best CrossFit shoe for running, daily wear, and long plyometric sessions.

  • Best For: Lifting, HIIT, and CrossFit-Style Training
  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 4mm
  • Weight: 12.4 oz (for my size 10 model)
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Sizing: True to Size
  • Read My Review: Nike Metcon 8 Review

Nike Metcon 8

$130

Nike Metcon 8 Product Shot
4.5
Stability
4.5
Versatility
4.3
Durability
4.6

Best For

  • Cross-Training
  • CrossFit and CrossFit-Style Workouts
  • Lifting

Falls Short

  • For Wide Feet
  • For Running

Best CrossFit Shoes for Flat Feet

When considering the best CrossFit shoes for flat feet, I’m mostly concerned with a shoe’s ability to accommodate the anatomical asks that typically come along with flat feet.

The models below have a good width to them and they do a good job at providing additional support or working with custom flat-feet-focused orthotics.

Top Pick: UA TriBase Reign 4

The UA TriBase Reign 4 is a good CrossFit-focused shoe to look into for flat feet. This model’s width was increased from prior models, and if you need a fair amount of forefoot width and a little midfoot support, then you should find that this model does a good job on this front.

under armour tribase reign 4 for rope climbs and crossfit workouts

I think the TriBase Reign 4 will work best for athletes that have flat feet and a neutral or slightly wider foot width. Across the board, this shoe is a strong performer for CrossFit workouts.

In the context of performance, the TriBase Reign 4 features Under Armour’s signature Micro G Foam midsole construction, and this midsole provides a nice blend of stability and versatility for CrossFit-style workouts.

under armour tribase reign 4 for lifting

You can train heavily in this model or tackle athletic workouts with relative ease. The TriBase tech on the outsole also helps contribute to this model’s stability and how it can provide your foot with additional support in different training contexts.

  • Best For: Lifting, HIIT, and CrossFit-Style Training
  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 2mm
  • Weight: 13 oz (for my size 10 model)
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Sizing: True to Size
  • Read My ReviewUA TriBase Reign 4 Review

UA TriBase Reign 4

$120

Under Armour TriBase Reign 4
4.6
Stability
4.6
Versatility
4.6
Durability
4.5

Best For

  • CrossFit and Cross-Training
  • Recreational Lifting
  • Athletic-Focused Training

Falls Short

  • For Wider Feet
  • For Longer Runs

Runner-Up: Reebok Nano X2

The Reebok Nano X2 is another good option to explore if you need a good CrossFit shoe for flat feet. This model has a good amount of width and length to them, so for flat feet with neutral and wide widths, the Nano X2 should fit pretty well.

Deadlifting 505 lbs In the Reebok Nano X2 Lifting Test

I also like that this model can be a good shoe for accommodating custom orthotics. There’s a good amount of upper volume in this shoe, and if you have thin or thick custom insoles or orthotics, you shouldn’t feel limited in this model.

For CrossFit-focused workouts, I mentioned this above, but I do like the Reebok Nano X2 for the most part, and it does a good job at tackling the HIIT-style work and lifting that you’ll run into in most CrossFit workouts.

Reebok Nano X2 In Depth Review

Once again, I would suggest being careful with this model when tackling J-wrap rope climbs because their outsole can start to peel and run into durability issues.

  • Best For: General Training and Wider Feet
  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 7mm
  • Weight: 11.9 oz (for my size 10 model)
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Sizing: For wider feet, you should be safe going true-to-size in the Nano X2.
  • Read My ReviewReebok Nano X2 Review

Reebok Nano X2

$135

Reebok Nano X2
4.4
Stability
4.5
Versatility
4.6
Durability
4.2

Best For

  • Recreational Lifting
  • Athletic-Focused Training
  • Casual CrossFit Sessions
  • Shorter Runs

Falls Short

  • For Cost-Efficiency

Best Barefoot CrossFit Shoes

More and more athletes are starting to turn to barefoot shoes for their CrossFit training. This push for functional fitness-focused barefoot shoes has also pushed companies to evolve their products to accommodate this style of training.

Below are two of my favorite barefoot shoes for CrossFit. Do note, though, that minimalist shoes are what I would describe as still being in their infancy stage when it comes to functionality for CrossFit workouts.

Top Pick: Xero Shoes 360

The Xero Shoes 360 have been one of my favorite barefoot shoes for CrossFit. This model has multiple features that make it a solid option for the avid barefoot-focused CrossFit athlete.

crossfit shoes and rope climbs

For starters, the Xero Shoes 360 feature a durable upper construction that is designed to be abrasion-resistant for things like rope climbs and burpees.

To provide additional context about this shoe’s upper construction, the forefoot of this model has a 3D rubber construction for rope climb support, and the toe has a suede overlay for abrasion resistance from toe dragging movements.

Testing the Xero Shoes 360 for CrossFit

The sole of the Xero Shoes 360 on the lateral and medial side of the base of the toes wraps up the shoe further than other Xero Shoes training models to provide added grip and durability when moving laterally. This makes the Xero Shoes 360 a solid model for multi-directional activity, and the toe box is plenty wide for accommodating toe splay.

  • Best For: CrossFit and Lifting
  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 0mm
  • Weight: 10.2 oz (for my size 10 model)
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Sizing: True to Size
  • Read My ReviewXero Shoes 360 Review

Xero Shoes 360

$119.99

Xero Shoes 360
4.5
Stability
4.8
Versatility
4.6
Durability
4.3

Best For

  • Heavy Lifting
  • Functional Fitness Workouts
  • Short Runs and Sprints
  • Daily Wear

Falls Short

  • For Long-Term Durability

Runner-Up: Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 V3

My second pick for the barefoot-focused CrossFit athlete is the Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 V3. This model is coming in as my second pick because the toe box doesn’t provide the same width as the Xero Shoes 360.

inov-8 bare xf 210 v3 lifting

However, if that doesn’t bother you, then this model is just as strong of a performer in the context of being a solid barefoot for CrossFit workouts. This model features Inov-8’s signature ROPE-TEC for rope climbing support and has an upper construction that is fairly durable for abrasion resistance.

Compared to other barefoot shoes, this model definitely has an edge due to its layered upper construction. In addition to its durable upper, this model also features a 3mm POWER FOOTBED that gives you a super “close-to-the-ground” feeling when training.

Inov 8 bare xf 210 v3 for crossfit

If you’re nervous about limiting your shoe’s stack height and fully feeling the ground, then you shouldn’t have to worry about that with the Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 V3.

  • Best For: CrossFit, Lifting, and Daily Wear
  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 0mm
  • Weight: 6.95 oz (for my size 10 model)
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Sizing: True to Size
  • Read My Review: Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 V3 Review

Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 V3

$120

inov 8 bare xf 210 v3
4.8
Stability
4.9
Versatility
4.7
Durability
4.8

Best For

  • Functional Fitness
  • Heavy Resistance Training
  • Daily Wear
  • Shorter and Mid-Range Runs

Falls Short

  • For Delivering Maximal Toe Box Width
  • For Lateral Training

Best CrossFit Shoes for Rope Climbing

Nothing can tear down a shoe as rope climbs in CrossFit workouts. Nothing is more frustrating than coming off the rope after a successful CrossFit workout only to find your CrossFit shoe’s upper construction completely destroyed from your climbs.

The perfect CrossFit shoe for rope climbing will provide both durability and construction aspects to boost your rope climbing performance.

Top Pick: RAD ONE

The RAD ONE is taking my top pick as the best CrossFit shoe for rope climbing. When it comes to blending performance and durability, it’s really tough to fault the RAD ONE and its well-rounded construction.

Testing the RAD ONE for Rope Climbs

For rope climbs, this shoe performs exceptionally well for j-wrap and s-lock climbers and they come with a nice level of durability. There’s a TPU wrap around the entirety of this shoe which promotes bite on rope climbs and it protects the midsole construction.

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.

R.A.D ONE Training Shoes

Outside of rope climbs, I really 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 For: CrossFit and Lifting
  • 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.
  • Read My ReviewR.A.D ONE Review

R.A.D ONE

$150

RAD ONE Training Shoes
4.8
Stability
4.8
Versatility
4.7
Durability
4.8

Best For

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

Falls Short

  • For Cost-Efficiency

Runner-Up: NOBULL Trainer

The NOBULL Trainer is taking my second pick as the best CrossFit shoe for rope climbing. When it comes to long-term durability, it’s really tough to beat the NOBULL Trainer’s construction.

nobull trainer running

Generally speaking, NOBULL Trainers last a while and are some of the shoes that have lasted me the longest in the context of CrossFit and cross-training. This model features a midfoot outsole construction that promotes grip while j-wrap and s-lock climbing.

In addition, the SuperFabric upper in the NOBULL Trainer does a really good job with abrasion resistance from rope friction. If there’s one area that NOBULL has figured out with their trainers, it’s durability.

Testing the NOBULL Trainer for Lifting

I also like the NOBULL Trainer’s stability for heavier lifts and how the lug tread pattern on the outsole grips various surfaces really well. If durability is your main concern for rope climbs, then it’s tough to beat the NOBULL Trainer’s performance.

  • Best For: Rope Climbing, Lifting, and CrossFit
  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 4mm
  • Weight: 10.7 oz (for my size 10 model)
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Sizing: True to Size
  • Read My Review: NOBULL Trainer Review

NOBULL Trainer

$129

NOBULL Trainers
4.6
Stability
4.7
Versatility
4.4
Durability
4.7

Best For

  • CrossFit-Style Training
  • Lifting
  • Daily Wear
  • Casual Classes and HIIT

Falls Short

  • For Running
  • For Plyometrics and Athletic Training

Best Budget CrossFit Shoes

When determining the best CrossFit shoes for budget-friendly shoppers, a shoe’s price point is the main factor I’m considering. In many cases, niche strength sports shoes like CrossFit shoes can be a little more pricey.

However, there are some good budget-friendly training shoes on the market. Below are two of my favorite budget CrossFit shoes that perform pretty well and cost under $100 USD. They’ll work best for beginners getting into CrossFit.

1. Reebok Nanoflex V2

The Reebok Nanoflex V2 is making my top pick as the best budget CrossFit shoe. This training shoe is interesting because the original Reebok Nanoflex TR wasn’t a great CrossFit shoe. However, the V2 has some key updates for CrossFit settings.

Reebok Nanoflex V2 for CrossFit

For example, the RopePro feature on the Reebok Nanoflex V2 is pretty good, especially for recreational CrossFit athletes. I could see this model being best for beginners who are rope climbing 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, 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 also enjoy the outsole on this model and the durability it provides. The Nanoflex V2 has an extended outsole wrap over the toe box, and this outsole provides a nice level of tread for jump rope, multi-directional exercises, and short runs.

  • Best For: Beginner and Budget-Conscious Shoppers
  • 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
  • Read My Review: Reebok Nanoflex V2 Review

Reebok Nanoflex V2

$90

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

2. Puma Fuse 2.0

The Puma Fuse 2.0 is taking my second pick as a pretty solid budget CrossFit shoe to look into. This model is pretty good for CrossFit and lifting, especially when you consider its $100 USD price point.

Testing the Puma Fuse 2.0 for CrossFit

The Puma Fuse 2.0 shoe has a nice level of stability and works well for moderately heavy WODs. I’ve enjoyed training heavily in this shoe, and I think its stability will be good for most athletes and lifters.

I also like how this performs for most WODs regarding its versatility and overall durability. That’s not to say the PUMA Fuse 2 doesn’t have its shortcomings. For example, the upper in this shoe for rope climbs needs a buff and can be a little hit or miss.

Testing the Puma Fuse 2.0 for Versatile Training

Compared to the Puma Fuse, the Puma Fuse 2.0 has multiple positive construction updates. Puma made this model a little wider, increased its durability for rope climbs, and reworked its upper. It’s not a foolproof model, but it’s a step in the right direction.

  • Best For: CrossFit-Style Training and Lifting
  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 4mm
  • Weight: 13.3 oz (for my size 10 model)
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Sizing: True to Size
  • Read My ReviewPUMA FUSE 2.0 Review

Puma Fuse 2.0

$100

Puma Fuse 2.0 Product Shot
4.5
Stability
4.6
Versatility
4.5
Durability
4.5

Best For

  • Cross-Training
  • Recreational Lifting
  • Casual CrossFit
  • Athletic-Style Training
  • Budget-Conscious Shoppers

Falls Short

  • For Very Wide/Flat Feet

What Are CrossFit Shoes?

For my CrossFit shoe review content, I’m looking for three key construction aspects that need to have to qualify them as great CrossFit shoes. First, they need to have an upper construction that has the avid CrossFit athlete in mind.

This means that they have overlays of material and heightened durability where CrossFitters need it most. Examples would be the overlays we see throughout the midfoot in the Nike Metcon line and the additional materials we see over shoe’s toe boxes in virtually every CrossFit shoe.

These construction traits are specifically designed to resist some of the most common forms of abrasion we run into in CrossFit workouts.

what makes a great crossfit shoe

The second aspect I look at is a shoe’s midsole construction and the material a company uses to compose it. A great CrossFit shoe will utilize a midsole material that will provide a blend of responsiveness and stability. Basically, an awesome midsole for CrossFit will be a good option for things like box jumps and heavy lifting.

The last aspect I look for is a quality outsole construction. Generally, every CrossFit shoe will provide a full rubber outsole with different tread styles. This is to promote grip on different surfaces and to prevent slippage when doing something like a clean & jerk or snatch where a lifter can experience slippage if they’re wearing the wrong style of shoe.

CrossFit Shoes Vs Cross-Training Shoes

There is a lot of crossover between cross-training shoes and CrossFit shoes. In fact, and bear with me here, every CrossFit shoe is technically a cross-training shoe, but not every “cross-training shoe” is a great CrossFit shoe. I like to bucket these shoes slightly differently to help others be more specific with their shoe selections.

As mentioned above, there are key construction aspects to look for in a great CrossFit shoe. Just because you can cross-train in a shoe and it’s marketed as a cross-training shoe doesn’t mean that it’s a good choice for CrossFit workouts.

cross training shoe vs crossfit shoe

For example and for context here, a shoe like the On Cloud X is a cross-training shoe, but it’s a terrible model for tackling CrossFit workouts due to its upper and midsole construction. In my opinion, any “review” site that says differently doesn’t know what they’re talking about or actually train in the shoes they’re discussing for CrossFit workouts.

That being said, if you use the guide above to look for those three key construction traits in your shoes, then you’ll be able to better identify which cross-training shoes are optimized and designed specifically for CrossFit training.

Whether you’re wondering about running in your CrossFit shoes or how they should fit, I’ve provided some of the most commonly asked questions I receive on my CrossFit shoe review videos and content.

How should CrossFit shoes fit?

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 have a wider foot, then you may want to size accordingly to the larger side of the range.

how should crossfit shoes fit

Why Wear CrossFit Shoes?

Put simply, you’ll want to wear CrossFit shoes to support your CrossFit workouts. Unlike recreational lifting or casual group fitness classes, CrossFit workouts will come with specific training demands that shoes can assist with and play well into. If you want to optimize your CrossFit performance, then you’ll want to look into a strong pair of CrossFit shoes.

Nike Metcon 7 Running

Nike Metcon 7 Running

How I Test the CrossFit Shoes I Review

When testing CrossFit and cross-training shoes, I have a standard battery of performance tests that I put every shoe through. For CrossFit shoes specifically, I’ll use my standard cross-training shoe tests and add in CrossFit-specific tests.

Some of these tests include durability for rope climbing, comfort for things like jump rope and box jumps, and how well a shoe does at being a hybrid model for WODs that include lifting and running.

Outside of my construction tests, I’m also looking at a shoe’s midsole, outsole, upper, and overall fit and feel. At this point in my career, I have personally tested hundreds of shoes so being able to recognize the context between different CrossFit shoes is really helpful.

Every shoe featured in this article has been personally tested by me. I don’t have writers creating comparisons and round-ups when they haven’t physically worn or trained in the shoes they’re writing about and discussing.

If you ever have additional questions about how different models compare to one another, always feel free to reach out or visit my YouTube channel where I share countless CrossFit shoe reviews.

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.

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 reach out to me personally via Instagram (@jake_boly).

That Fit Friend is a site that is supported by myself (Jake Boly) and its readers. If you purchase products through affiliates links on this site, then I may receive a small commission on the sale. These commissions help keep the lights on here at That Fit Friend so I can continue to create content and they help me purchase new models to review!

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Jake Boly

I've been in the fitness and strength training industry for nearly a decade. In that time, I've trained hundreds of clients, written thousands of articles, reviewed over 100+ pairs of training shoes, and have produced a large list of training videos. I live and breathe fitness and training gear, and I think it's important that reviewers walk the walk with the gear they're testing. As for my educational background, I have my Masters in Sports Science, Bachelors in Exercise Science, and have my CSCS.

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