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7 Best NOBULL Shoes In 2024 | Picks for CrossFit, Running, and More

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NOBULL Trainer Vs NOBULL Trainer+ Vs NOBULL Court Trainer Durability Comparison

Over the last few years, NOBULL shoes have steadily grown to become some of the most commonly used workout shoes on the market. Whether it’s for lifting, CrossFit, or running, it’s pretty common to see others rocking NOBULL shoes.

With multiple iterations of NOBULL workout shoes and running shoes, it can be confusing when deciding which NOBULL shoe will be for your training needs. For example, for CrossFit, should you go with the NOBULL Outwork or Impact?

Whether you want a NOBULL shoe for serious cross-training workouts or for tackling short runs and tough WODS, this best NOBULL shoe round-up should help you narrow down which models will be ideal for your training.

My personal advice: Before you buy new NOBULL shoes, I’d suggest making a list of what you want most out of your pair. For example, do you want your shoes for lifting and CrossFit, and what are the construction features you look for?

If I were someone who primarily wanted NOBULL shoes for lifting and I like a lower stack height in my trainers, then I would narrow my picks down to models like the NOBULL Outwork and Outwork High-Top, for example.

My Picks for the Best NOBULL Shoes

My NOBULL Buying Tips

Tip 1 — Invest In Some Thinner Socks

Since NOBULL training shoes utilize heavier SuperFabric and canvas uppers they can lack breathability in hotter climates and for CrossFit and cross-training sessions.

I’d suggest buying thin socks if you plan to go hard in your NOBULL training shoes. I don’t have crazy sweaty feet, however, I’ll usually wear Mottee&Zconia no-shows when I know I’ll be going hard in my NOBULL shoes.

NOBULL Trainer Vs NOBULL Trainer+ Vs NOBULL Court Trainer Midsole Construction

Tip 2 — Spot Clean Your NOBULL Shoes

One of the best perks of most NOBULL models is that they’re super easy to clean. To clean your NOBULLs, I’d suggest using a spot-cleaning technique. Do NOT put your NOBULL shoes in the washer and dryer.

If you have additional questions about any of the NOBULL training shoes featured in this round-up, drop a comment below or reach out to me via YouTube and I can help you narrow down the best picks for your needs.

How I Test and Review NOBULL Shoes

For starters, I pay for and buy every NOBULL shoe that I review to keep my feedback objective and unbiased. To review different NOBULL training shoes, I put them through a wide range of tests depending on their construction.

My training shoe tests range from pushing a shoe’s stability capabilities with lifting, versatility with cross-training and CrossFit, and assessing their comfort with walking and short runs.

To add more context here, in my NOBULL training shoe reviews, I make sure I squat at least 315-405 lbs and deadlift 455-500 lbs to assess their midsole compressions and stability.

Me Testing the NOBULL High-Top Trainer Plus for CrossFit

I’ll also take them through various CrossFit WODs and cross-training sessions where I’m doing things like burpees, box jumps, jump rope, and rope climbs. This is to assess their versatility and overall durability.

In my NOBULL running shoe reviews, the name of the game is challenging a shoe’s midsole. I assess a model’s responsiveness with different running styles and its overall comfort.

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Best NOBULL Shoes for CrossFit

NOBULL shoes became popular because of the cross-training shoes they built for CrossFit WODs. When it comes to CrossFit and tackling tough WODs, NOBULL shoes are typically known for their durability and stability.

When testing NOBULL shoes for CrossFit I’m most concerned with a model’s durability, stability, and versatility. I ask, “How well does this NOBULL shoe work for various WODs?”

Top Pick: NOBULL Impact

  • Pros: Good all-arounder, outsole has good traction on different surfaces, upper is durable
  • Cons: Upper can feel heavy and clunky at times, upper lacks breathability
  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 4mm
  • Weight: 12.7 oz (for my size 10 model)
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Sizing: True to Size
  • For More Info: Read My Review

NOBULL Impact

$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

The NOBULL Impact is taking my top pick as the best NOBULL shoe for CrossFit. This model offers a few key construction details that give it a strong performance in the context of CrossFit and different WODs.

Testing the NOBULL Trainer Plus for Rope Climbing and CrossFit

For starters, this model features a thicker EVA foam midsole compared to the original NOBULL Outwork which had a denser medium-density foam midsole. While this feature can be a little hit or miss, I like how it’s added to the NOBULL Impact’s versatility.

The Impact is a little more comfortable than the original NOBULL Outwork when it comes to being well-rounded for box jumps, thrusters, heavier lifts, and double-unders.

NOBULL Trainer Plus for crossfit

That being said, both shoes work well. However, I’m giving the edge to the NOBULL Impact because it’s a little more comfortable to wear for a wider range of WODs and it delivers a similar level of durability to the original NOBULL Outwork.

Best NOBULL Shoes for Lifting

When it comes to lifting, most NOBULL Trainers will work well, but there are subtle differences to consider between each model. For example, the midsole thickness and material can vary a bit in the Trainers, shifting their lifting performance.

For example, if you want a model with nice stability solely for lifting, then you’ll likely want a stable option that also puts you closer to the ground for things like heavy deadlifts.

Top Pick: NOBULL Outwork

  • Pros: Midsole is stable and dense, good outsole traction, durable upper construction
  • Cons: Not the best versatility, upper lacks breathability
  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 4mm
  • Weight: 10.7 oz (for my size 10 model)
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Sizing: True to Size
  • For More InfoRead My Review

NOBULL Outwork

$129

NOBULL Trainers
4.2
Stability
4.5
Versatility
3.8
Durability
4.5
Quality
4.2

Best For

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

Falls Short

  • For Running
  • For Plyometrics and Athletic Training

The NOBULL Outwork is taking my top pick for lifting. This model is what I would consider tried and true when it comes to moving big weight. On that note, the NOBULL Outwork High-Top also works well for this performance ask.

Testing the NOBULL Trainer for Lifting

I like the NOBULL Outwork for lifting for two key reasons. First, this model’s midsole provides a nice level of stability and can accommodate all ranges of strengths. The midsole doesn’t compress easily and it has less stack height than the Impact.

To add to the stability note above, world record powerlifter Kevin Oak routinely squats 700+lbs in the NOBULL Outwork High-Top, which is a model that features the same midsole and outsole as the Outwork, and I’ve used my Trainer with no issues in one of my powerlifting competitions.

Using the NOBULL High Top Trainer for Powerlifting
Rocked NOBULL High-Top Trainer for my first 200kg/440 lb squat!

Second, the lug patterning out on the outsole and SuperFabric upper does a good job of giving this shoe a nice level of traction and durability. If you’re just using your NOBULL Outwork for lifting, it should last a while.

Best NOBULL Shoes for Running

If you like how NOBULL shoes look and fit, you may want to explore their running shoes. NOBULL has steadily expanded its roster of running shoes and each model is built slightly differently.

To test NOBULL running shoes, I’m most concerned with their comfort for different mileages, their long-term durability, and their performance in different running contexts.

Top Pick: NOBULL All-Day Runner

  • Pros: Good casual runner, decent pick for walking and track workouts, breathable upper
  • Cons: Upper can stain pretty easily, narrow toe box
  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 10mm
  • Weight: 9.8 oz (for my size 10 model)
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Sizing: True to Size
  • For More Info: Read My Review

NOBULL Ripstop Runner

$149

nobull ripstop runner
4.1
Versatility
4.3
Durability
4.2
Quality
4.0

Best For

  • Casual Outdoor Runs
  • Treadmill Running
  • Daily Wear
  • Longer Walks

Falls Short

  • For Serious Running Workouts
  • For Wider Footed Runners

The NOBULL All-Day Runner is my top pick as the best NOBULL shoe for running. It took a few tough runs, but the NOBULL Ripstop Runner has steadily grown on me and become my favorite NOBULL running shoe.

Testing the NOBULL ripstop runner for running

This model features a high rebound phylon midsole, and for shorter runs, it feels “poppy” and responsive. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the bounce that I get with the Ripstop Runner when rocking them for faster-paced 5ks.

On top of its phylon midsole, the ripstop upper is also a pro with the NOBULL All-Day Runner. This material breathes pretty well, is fairly easy to clean which I like for outdoor runs in inclement weather, and is durable.

Testing the NOBULL ripstop runner for versatile workouts

I also like that this model is technically stable enough for light strength exercises and track-style workouts where you’ll be doing more bodyweight exercises. It can be a good “all-in-one” shoe for running and some light versatile training.

Best NOBULL Shoes for Walking

If you’re on your feet all day or taking long walks, comfort is likely the main driver in your search for the best NOBULL shoes for walking. While many NOBULL shoes can work for walking, some models excel more than others.

When it comes to a NOBULL shoe’s walking performance, I’m most concerned with a shoe’s overall comfort, breathability for different walking settings, and its appearance — look good, feel good, walk good!

Top Pick: NOBULL Mesh Runner

  • Pros: Breathable upper construction, good for casual running and walking, grippy outsole
  • Cons: Tongue can be uncomfortable, midsole isn’t the most plush
  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 7 mm
  • Weight: 9.8 oz (for my size 10 model)
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Sizing: True to Size
  • For More InfoRead My Review

NOULL Mesh Runner

$139

NOBULL Mesh Runner
4.2
Versatility
4.3
Durability
4.1
Quality
4.2

Best For

  • Casual Running
  • Walking and Daily Wear
  • Bodyweight Workouts

Falls Short

  • For Long-Distance Runs
  • For Cost-Efficiency

The NOBULL Mesh Runner is my top pick for the best NOBULL shoe for walking. Honestly, the NOBULL Mesh Runner, All-Day Runner, and Knit Runner can all be great walking options if you’re considering those models, too.

nobull mesh runner for hybrid training

I like the NOBULL Mesh Runner’s performance better for walking for two key reasons. First, this shoe’s high-rebound phylon midsole is comfortable for all-day wear and long walks.

For context, the midsole in the Mesh Runner feels a little more plush and soft than the Ripstop Runner’s despite both models featuring the high-rebound phylon.

nobull ripstop runner vs nobull mesh runner
Ripstop Runner on the left, Mesh Runner on the right.

Second, the mesh upper in this shoe provides a nice high level of breathability, and it’s comfortable for all-day wear. One thing to note, the tongue in this model does take a few long walks to break in, but it eventually gets more comfortable with more wear.

Best NOBULL Shoes for HIIT

When it comes to NOBULL shoes for HIIT, there are many options that can technically work, but there will be some variance between each model based on your personal preferences.

For example, shoes like the NOBULL Trainer+ and Ripstop Runner will work well but will provide a drastically different amount of responsiveness and comfort, which will be based on your preferences

Top Pick: NOBULL Impact

  • Pros: Midsole is fairly responsive, good for HIIT and lifting, outsole has good grip
  • Cons: Upper lacks breathability, midsole can feel heavy and clunky at times
  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 4mm
  • Weight: 12.7 oz (for my size 10 model)
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Sizing: True to Size
  • For More InfoRead My Review

NOBULL Impact

$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

The NOBULL Impact is my top pick as the best NOBULL shoe for HIIT. Granted, this model will run a little more stable than their running shoes, so take this into account before investing in it.

NOBULL Trainer Plus for versatile training

I like this shoe for HIIT because it provides more comfort and responsiveness than models like the NOBULL Outwork, but it can also work for lifting and CrossFit, so it’s a good training shoe for well-rounded weeks of training.

This model’s thicker EVA foam midsole gives this shoe a nice “bounce” for plyometrics, multi-directional exercises, and exercises like jumping rope. I also like that it runs a little more stable for balance purposes when doing single-leg work.

NOBULL Trainer Plus for running and daily wear

The thicker and more aggressive herringbone tread patterning on the outsole is also a perk of this model, as it promotes traction on a wide range of surfaces. For example, if you regularly do HIIT on turf or outdoors, these shoes work well and have good traction.

Best NOBULL Shoes for Pickleball

When it comes to using training shoes for pickleball, some trainers work, while others fall short. As someone who reviews shoes for a living and as someone who is struggling hard with a pickleball addiction, I regularly use and test training shoes for pickleball.

Of all the cross-training shoes I’ve worn for pickleball, NOBULL shoes are consistently some of the strongest performers. Both for traction with multi-directional movement, but also durability from the demands of pickleball.

Top Pick: NOBULL Court Trainer

  • Pros: Good crossover performance for lifting and pickleball, grippy and durable outsole, good midsole stability
  • Cons: Can feel a little stiff during break-in process, upper lacks breathability
  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 4mm
  • Weight: 12.5 oz (for my size 10 model)
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Sizing: True to Size
  • For More Info:  Read My Review

NOBULL Court Trainer

$139

NOBULL Court Trainer
4.7
Stability
4.7
Versatility
4.6
Durability
4.7

Best For

  • Recreational Lifting
  • CrossFit Workouts
  • Court Sports
  • Walking and Daily Wear
  • Multi-Directional Training

Falls Short

  • For Breathability
  • For Longer Runs

The NOBULL Court Trainer is taking my top pick as the best NOBULL shoe for pickleball. When it comes to specialization, it’s tough to beat the Court Trainer’s performance in the gym and on the court. Note, this model can work for all court sports.

Using the NOBULL Court Trainer for pickleball
I forgot my workout shorts when I played this day. No judgments, we still competed!

For pickleball, I really enjoy the NOBULL Court Trainer’s performance for three key reasons. First, this shoe’s durability is solid for pickleball and it’s been one of my longest-lasting trainers for pickleball yet.

The SuperFabric upper does a great job with abrasion resistance from tough digs where there can be some ground friction and the toe bumper is a nice touch. Second, the EVA foam midsole in this model provides a nice blend of stability and versatility.

Testing the NOBULL Court Trainer for Court Sports

I think if you like slightly more stable shoes for court sports, then you’ll enjoy the Court Trainer’s overall feel when playing. Third and lastly, the herringbone tread patterning on the outsole grips the ground well and does a great job for lateral movement.

Best NOBULL Shoes for Casual Wear

If you’re like me and enjoy wearing training shoes for casual wear, then you may be considering picking up a pair of NOBULL shoes exclusively for casual wear contexts and training.

When it comes to casual wear, I’m most concerned with a shoe’s overall appearance and how it goes with different outfits in addition to its durability for this style of use.

Top Pick: NOBULL Canvas Trainer

  • Pros: Good stability for lifting, upper is easy to clean, casual and simplistic appearance
  • Cons: Midsole is clunky for cross-training, limited toe box width
  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 4mm
  • Weight: 13.2 oz (for my size 10 model)
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Sizing: True to Size for most, go up a half size for wide feet, and if you like more toe box room.
  • Read My Review:  Read My Review

NOBULL Canvas Trainer

$109

nobull canvas trainer
4.4
Stability
4.7
Versatility
4.2
Durability
4.5

Best For

  • Heavy Lifting
  • Recreational Training
  • Casual Cross-Training Workouts
  • Daily Wear

Falls Short

  • For Running
  • For Athletic-Focused Training
  • For Plyometrics

The NOBULL Canvas Trainer is my top pick as the best NOBULL shoe for casual wear. This model delivers a high level of stability in the gym, but more importantly, a canvas upper that looks good for casual wear settings.

nobull canvas trainer daily wear

When it comes to finding a NOBULL shoe that can work well in the gym and look good with shorts, jeans, and khakis, it’s really tough to fault the NOBULL Canvas Trainer’s construction and performance.

The canvas upper on this model is low-key and has a nice subtle appearance to it, and it’s pretty easy to style with different outfits. I’ll wear my NOBULL Canvas Trainer to run errands, and have even worn them out to dinner and out with friends.

nobull canvas trainer crossfit

I also like how easy the Canvas Trainer is to clean if you wear them out and ran and get them a little muddy, for example. Outside of the NOBULL Canvas Trainer, I would also suggest checking out the NOBULL High-Top Trainer for daily and casual wear.

How Should NOBULL Shoes Fit?

When it comes to sizing your NOBULL shoes, I’d suggest working with a range of space at the end of your toe box. For example, with training shoes, I typically recommend having around .2-.6 inches of room.

This range will work well for a wide range of athletes and lifters and can be scaled based on your fit preferences. For example, if you like snugger-fitting training shoes, then you’ll air on the shorter end of that range.

how should cross training shoes fit (1)

If you have wider or flatter feet, then you’ll typically want a little more room and to want to stay on the larger end of the range. As a rule of thumb, measure how much room you have at the end of one of your current training shoe’s toe boxes.

Consider how that shoe fits and if you feel comfortable in it. If you like that length, then you’ll want to stay consistent with that in NOBULL shoes.

nobull trainer vs nobull high top trainer

It’s important to note that NOBULL shoes typically have a neutral width to them and run true to size regarding length. They do have some subtle differences, though, and I discuss these sizing differences in my all of my NOBULL Shoes.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q:
How do you clean NOBULL shoes?

A:
To clean your NOBULL shoes, I'd suggest using a spot-clean method. This will prolong your shoe's life and ensure you're not breaking down the materials too quickly due to harsh soaps or water logging your shoes in washing machines, for example.

Q:
How long do NOBULL shoes typically last?

A:
When it comes to long-term durability, there will always be variance in different NOBULL shoes based on the user, training context, and even the shoe's quality. Generally, though, with hard training, NOBULL shoes should last you at least 6-8 months minimum.

Q:
Why are NOBULL shoes so expensive?

A:
Compared to other training shoes, NOBULL shoes can run a little more costly. While it's impossible to say why NOBULL prices their shoes higher than others, I would guess it's likely due to their marketing and the demand around these shoes.

Takeaway Thoughts

Every year, NOBULL continues to expand on its training and running shoe lines and is even starting to dive into verticals like golf shoes and casual wear shoes.

There is a lot of consistency between the different NOBULL cross-training and running shoes, but there are also subtle differences that set different pairs of NOBULL shoes apart.

As someone who’s tested handfuls of NOBULL shoes, I’ve found different models that excel and fall short for certain training contexts over their peers.

If you have additional questions on any of the NOBULL shoes featured in this article, drop a comment below or reach out to me personally via Instagram (@jake_boly or @that_fit_friend).

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.

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