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10 Best CrossFit Shoes of 2024, Every Shoe Hand-Tested and Reviewed

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It’s 2024 and we have more CrossFit shoe options than ever before. Outside of big companies like Nike and Reebok building CrossFit shoes, we now have smaller companies getting into the CrossFit shoe space like RAD, Born Primitive, and others.

The increase in CrossFit shoe options has been great for giving athletes a better means of finding their perfect pair. However, with more options comes more paralysis by analysis. Ah, the good ole’ paradox of choice

A great shoe for CrossFit needs to have three things. A midsole that is stable for heavy lifts yet versatile and responsive. It needs a durable upper to withstand the demands of CrossFit WODs. And lastly, it needs a last that aligns with YOUR foot anatomy.

I’ve built my best CrossFit shoe list to reflect my favorite shoe picks in a wide range of performance categories. Whether you have wide feet, need arch support, or want a barefoot shoe for CrossFit — I got you.

A List Built After Years of Testing

How I Test and Review CrossFit Shoes

I’ve been testing training shoes for over 7 years and have been a trainer for over a decade. When testing shoes for CrossFit, I have a battery of CrossFit-focused performance tests that I put every shoe through. 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.

Testing the Born Primitive Savage 1 for Jump Rope

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 helpful. Every shoe featured in this article has been personally tested by me.

CrossFit Shoe Buying Tips

When looking into CrossFit shoes, I’d suggest leading with four construction features.

  1. Assess a shoe’s midsole density.
  2. Pay attention to whether the shoe uses a full rubber outsole for traction.
  3. Review the upper of the shoe 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.

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

TYR CXT-1 Trainer Review YouTube Video

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. 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 Top CrossFit Shoe Picks

Author’s Note: I try to 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.

On the market for new cross-training shoes? Make sure you try out my Cross-Training Shoe Finder. I built this tool to connect you with the best training shoes for your individual needs and preferences.

Best Overall Shoe for CrossFit | RAD ONE

How I Assess for My Overall Winner: My favorite 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.

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.

RAD ONE Specs to Know

  • 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 ReviewRAD ONE Review
  • Runner-UpSTR/KE MVMNT Haze Trainer

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

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. 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.

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. 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 shoe for tackling CrossFit, then the RAD ONE is definitely worth looking into.

Best for Wide Feet | Born Primitive Savage 1

How I Test for Wide Feet: More of us are moving towards wider shoes and there are more CrossFit shoe options than ever to accommodate athletes with wider feet. For this performance category, width and performance dictate my top CrossFit shoes for wide-foot picks. I measure every CrossFit shoe compared to one another then cross-reference their fit on both my feet and with what my insoles and measurements say. This gives me a nice blend of objective and subjective feedback.

Born Primitive Savage 1 Review

Savage 1 Pros and Cons

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Pros

  • This shoe excels for CrossFit, lifting, and cross-training and has held its own across a wide range of workouts that I've used them in.
  • The durability of this shoe feels strong thus far and its upper has done well with abrasion resistance and its midsole and outsole feel well-constructed.
  • This model feels like a nod to older cross-training shoes and if you long for some of the original CrossFit-focused trainers, then you'll probably enjoy this shoe.

Cons

  • The tongue on this shoe can press into the top of the foot during the break-in process which can be a little uncomfortable.
  • If you want a plusher training shoe with more runnability and daily wear-friendliness, then you may want to pass on this shoe.
  • For narrow-footed folks who like lower-profile training shoes, you may find that there's too much room in the Savage 1.

The Born Primitive Savage 1 is my favorite pick for wide feet. The Savage 1 is one of the newest training shoes on the market that excels for both CrossFit and wide feet. This model has a wider anatomical toe box and its midfoot isn’t super aggressive like some of the other CrossFit shoes on the market. From a fit context, my E-width foot, I find that I have plenty of room in this shoe no matter the type of sock I’m rocking.

Testing the Born Primitive Savage 1 for Jump Rope

In the realm of performance, the Savage 1’s dual-density midsole does a good job of giving you stability for heavy lifts but also feeling responsive enough for movements like double-unders and box jumps. 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.

Top Pick for Women | Nike Metcon 9

How We Test 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, and whether they work well for the anatomy of a woman’s foot.

Nike Metcon 9 That Fit Friend

Metcon 9 Pros and Cons

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Pros

  • Similar to the Nike Metcon 7 and 8, the Metcon 9 delivers a pretty strong performance for recreational strength training and has good stability.
  • The upper construction in the Nike Metcon 9 feels more durable through the toe box and the aesthetic of this shoe sans the rope guards looks better.
  • This model features a wider toe box which is great for accommodating toe splay and giving your feet more room to move and do their thing when training.

Cons

  • The Hyperlift TPU heel limits this shoe's runnability and versatility and this was an issue that also plagued the Nike Metcon 7 and 8.
  • The $20 price increase is pretty steep for this shoe especially since its performance isn't that noticeably better than its predecessors.
  • The rope guard on the medial and lateral sides is pretty excessive and it seems to just add weight and bulk to this shoe when it's not a critical feature, in my opinion.

Metcon 9 Specs to Know

  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 4mm (most likely)
  • Weight: 12.8 oz (for my size 10 model)
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Sizing: True to Size
  • Read My Review:Nike Metcon 9 Review
  • Runner-Up: Reebok Nano X4

Nike Metcon 9

$150

Nike Metcon 9 Product Shot
4.0
Stability
4.1
Versatility
4.0
Durability
4.0
Quality
3.8

Best For

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

Falls Short

  • For Running
  • For Overpronators

The Nike Metcon 9 is bringing home the top pick for women focused on CrossFit. This shoe has received multiple updates compared to the Nike Metcon 8 and is arguably a little more well-rounded. The dual-density foam midsole in this shoe feels a little more responsive and versatile than the Metcon 7 and 8 so if you felt like those shoes were a little too rigid for your needs then the Metcon 9 may be worth trying.

Nike Metcon 9

Nike also shortened the TPU Hyperlift insert in the Metcon 9’s heel so it’s not as “blocky” as the Metcon 7 and 8 felt for CrossFit WODs that had more jumping and circuit-focused work. The wider toe box is also a nice perk in the Metcon 9 and I haven’t heard from my community that’s over jarringly wide for women’s feet, and having a little more room for toe splay is never a bad thing for lifting, jumping, and running.

Top Pick for Men | Reebok Nano X4

How I Test: There are a couple of key aspects that I look for in CrossFit shoes for men who 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.

Reebok Nano X4 Sizing and Fit

Nano X4 Pros and Cons

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Pros

  • Faster break in time. The Reebok Nano X3 took a solid week or two to break in and that's due to its bulkier construction. The Nano X4 feels a lot more seamless to break in due to its reworked tongue gusset and boot. It took me under two sessions.
  • Good well-rounded training shoe. If you want a training shoe for heavy-strength work and versatile training, the Reebok Nano X4 is a safe bet. I agree with Reebok that this model is a solid "athlete's shoe".
  • Decent pick for hybrid training. If you want a trainer for short runs, the Reebok Nano X4 can be a good pick to look into. For my runs up to 1.5 miles on the curved treadmill I've enjoyed this model's performance.

Cons

  • Still may feel bulky for some. While the Nano X4 feels more refined than the Nano X3 it's a pretty "built out" training shoe. If you're a minimalist lover with your gym shoes then I think the Nano X4 may be a miss for you.
  • Lacks the same width as old Nanos. The Reebok Nano X4 feels narrower than models like the Nano X and Nano 8. If you appreciate the width of those shoes then you'll want to explore shoes like the Born Primitive Savage 1 (its toe box is similar to the 8).
  • May not work for flat feet. If you have flat feet then a knock against the Nano X4 will be its arch and midfoot construction. This shoe can feel pretty rough if you don't want any arch support in your trainers.

Nano X4 Specs to Know

  • 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.
  • Read My ReviewReebok Nano X4 Review
  • Runner-Up:Adidas Dropset Trainer 2

Reebok Nano X4

$140

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4.7
Stability
4.6
Versatility
4.7
Durability
4.6
Quality
4.7

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

The Reebok Nano X4 is a great option for CrossFit-focused guys. The Reebok Nano X4 has proven to be a really strong and durable shoe for CrossFit and continues on the Nano X3’s consistent performance. I like the Reebok Nano X4 for men because they typically have a width that will align with most men’s foot anatomies. This shoe has a wider width so if you like a little more room in your forefoot, then you should resonate with the Nano X4.

Me Deadlifting 505 lbs In the Reebok Nano X4

Me Deadlifting 505 lbs In the Reebok Nano X4

From a performance point of view, the Reebok Nano X4 has proven to be a well-rounded model for pretty much any WOD you can throw at it. For starters, the Lift And Run Chassis System gives this model a nice feel for short runs and versatile WODs. I also like the stability that the Reebok Floatride Energy Foam midsole gives you in this shoe. When squatting up to 405 lbs and deadlifting over 500 lbs, I never had major stability issues. The rope climbing durability issue was also fixed in the Nano X4, which is a major win.

Best Weightlifting Shoes for CrossFit WODs | TYR L-1 Lifter

How I Assess: 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.

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.

L-1 Lifter Specs to Know

  • 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.
  • Read My Review: TYR L-1 Lifter Review
  • Runner-Up: Inov-8 Fastlift Power G 380 Review

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

The TYR L-1 Lifter is my favorite 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. 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.

Testing the TYR L-1 Lifter Weightlifting Shoes for squats

This model has a toe box width that is comparable to what the Xero Shoes Prio provides, 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. 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 Option for Running WODs | Reebok Nano X4

How I Test: 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.

Skater Strides In the Reebok Nano X4

Nano X4 Pros and Cons

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Pros

  • Faster break in time. The Reebok Nano X3 took a solid week or two to break in and that's due to its bulkier construction. The Nano X4 feels a lot more seamless to break in due to its reworked tongue gusset and boot. It took me under two sessions.
  • Good well-rounded training shoe. If you want a training shoe for heavy-strength work and versatile training, the Reebok Nano X4 is a safe bet. I agree with Reebok that this model is a solid "athlete's shoe".
  • Decent pick for hybrid training. If you want a trainer for short runs, the Reebok Nano X4 can be a good pick to look into. For my runs up to 1.5 miles on the curved treadmill I've enjoyed this model's performance.

Cons

  • Still may feel bulky for some. While the Nano X4 feels more refined than the Nano X3 it's a pretty "built out" training shoe. If you're a minimalist lover with your gym shoes then I think the Nano X4 may be a miss for you.
  • Lacks the same width as old Nanos. The Reebok Nano X4 feels narrower than models like the Nano X and Nano 8. If you appreciate the width of those shoes then you'll want to explore shoes like the Born Primitive Savage 1 (its toe box is similar to the 8).
  • May not work for flat feet. If you have flat feet then a knock against the Nano X4 will be its arch and midfoot construction. This shoe can feel pretty rough if you don't want any arch support in your trainers.

Nano X4 Specs to Know

  • 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.
  • Read My ReviewReebok Nano X4 Review
  • Runner-Up: TYR CXT-1 Trainer Review

Reebok Nano X4

$140

Reebok Nano X4 Product Image
4.7
Stability
4.6
Versatility
4.7
Durability
4.6
Quality
4.7

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

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 works decently well at providing a fairly cushioned ride for runs up to about 3 miles. This shoe features Reebok’s Floatride Energy Foam throughout its midsole, and as a whole, I like this material for shorter runs.

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, which is a new feature designed to give this shoe a little more spring and forgiveness through the heel. 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 compared to its predecessor, the Nano X3.

Best for Arch Support | Inov-8 F-Lite G 300

How I Assess: To assess CrossFit shoes with arch support I pay close attention to how a training shoe supports the arches when lifting, jumping, and running. There are a lot of training shoes that have some arch support built in, but they’re not all created equal. Below are two picks that constantly receive positive feedback on my YouTube channel for having good arch support.

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.

F-Lite G 300 Specs to Know

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

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. 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.

Inov 8 F Lite G 300 Boot

Regarding 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. 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 love this for providing a locked-down feeling and securing the foot during workouts.

Best for Flat Feet | VIKTOS Core Gym

How I Test: 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.

VIKTOS Core Gym

VIKTOS Core Gym Pros and Cons

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Pros

  • Well-rounded performance for lifting and cross-training. This shoe can also works for outdoor sessions and CrossFit exceptionally well.
  • Great option for flat and wide feet. This shoe is wide throughout its midfoot and toe box giving it a much more wide feeling compared to other models.
  • The high upper-volume in this model makes it a great pick for athletes with thick feet and high insteps.

Cons

  • The high upper-volume while great for some may be too much for narrower feet with lower insteps.
  • This shoe can feel a little clunky at times so it will have some limitations for running-focused workouts.
  • If you want a shoe for daily wear, too, you may not resonate with this shoe's appearance as it doesn't look that casual — in my opinion.

Core Gym Specs to Know

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

The VIKTOS Core Gym has been a surprisingly strong-performing shoe for CrossFit. While not necessarily being built exclusively for this activity, this model has continually outperformed some of its hyper-focused CrossFit peers. 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-Style CrossFit Shoes | Vivobarefoot Motus Strength

How I Assess: 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. To test barefoot shoes optimized for CrossFit, I’ll train in these shoes similarly to how I would traditional training shoes for CrossFit. Durability and versatility are two factors I seek out when assessing barefoot shoes for CrossFit.

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.

Motus Strength Specs to Know

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

The Vivobarefoot Motus Strength is a really strong barefoot shoe to explore if you want that model for CrossFit, lifting, and versatile training. This shoe is one of the first barefoot shoe options on the market that can hold its own across all WODs. 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 while also assisting with grip when climbing ropes. I also like the increased lug depth on the Motus Strength and how they contribute to better grip when tackling WODs that have circuit-style programming to them. They’re a good CrossFit-friendly barefoot shoe for tackling a wide range of versatility.

Best CrossFit Shoes for Rope Climbing | RAD ONE

How I Test: 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 destroyed from your climbs. The perfect CrossFit shoe for rope climbing will provide both durability and construction aspects to boost your rope climbing performance.

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.

RAD ONE Specs to Know

  • 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.
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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

The RAD ONE has been an exceptional shoe for rope climbs. When it comes to blending performance and durability, it’s tough to fault the RAD ONE and its well-rounded construction. 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 protects the midsole construction.

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 Shoes | Reebok Nanoflex V2

How I Assess for Budget: 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.

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.

Nanoflex V2 Specs to Know

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

The Reebok Nanoflex V2 is an awesome budget option for CrossFit. 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. 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.

Testing the Reebok Nanoflex V2 for HIIT workouts and jump rope

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. 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.

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 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

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 (@that_fit_friend or @jake_boly).

 
Jake Boly

Jake Boly

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.

2 thoughts on “10 Best CrossFit Shoes of 2024, Every Shoe Hand-Tested and Reviewed”

  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!

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