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FOOST Trainer HD210 Review | Great for CrossFit and Lifting?

The FOOST Trainer HD210 is the latest cross-training shoe to release from FOOST Fitness. This model delivers a lot of promising construction characteristics for lifting and CrossFit.

After receiving multiple asks to review this model on my YouTube channel, I finally had the opportunity to test them and put them through the wringer.

Across the board, I thought the FOOST Trainer HD210 performed really strongly in my training sessions and it’s quickly become one of my favorite training shoes. There are a couple of areas where I think this training shoe could be improved upon, but overall, I’ve been subtly impressed with this model.

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Who Should Invest In the FOOST Trainer HD210?

The FOOST Trainer HD210 is a great model for the CrossFit and lifting-focused athlete. This model delivers a stable midsole and outsole construction, and as a whole, they stood up to all of my performance tests really well. I think this is also a good shoe for anyone who wants a trainer who can perform well across multiple settings.

With the additional insert and insole that comes with this model, you can also turn the FOOST Trainer HD210 into a pseudo-weightlifting shoe and make it more versatile for shorter runs and athletic-focused training. For this reason, I’d rank the FOOST Trainer HD210 as a “best of all worlds” trainer style.

The only caveat to this model is the outsole durability if you plan to train outdoors frequently, but if that doesn’t sound like you, then I don’t think you’ll have many issues with this model.

FOOST Trainer HD210


FOOST Trainer HD210

Best For

  • CrossFit-Style Training
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Weightlifting Training
  • Versatile-Focused Workouts
  • Shorter Runs

Falls Short

  • For Outdoor Training On Concrete
  • For Longer Runs

FOOST Trainer HD210 Pros

Since FOOST is relatively new to the cross-training shoe world, I was uncertain of what to expect from the Trainer HD210, but I’ve found multiple aspects to like about this shoe.

  1. Dynamic Shoe With All the Fix-Ins
  2. Sock-Like Fit and Feel
  3. Responsive and Maneuverable Outsole and Midsole
  4. Upper Material Is Abrasion Resistant

The first aspect to like about the FOOST Trainer HD210 is that it’s a good “all-in-one” style shoe. This model comes with a 5mm heel-to-toe drop with its standard sock liner and it also comes with an additional more padded insole and heel insert (13mm). If you use the more padded insert you’ll get a more responsive fit and feel for shorter runs and dynamic workouts.

foost trainer hd210 heel insert

For those that use that insert, then you’ll bring the heel-to-toe drop from 5mm to 18mm. This gives this model a weightlifting shoe-like feel which is great for anyone that wants a cost-efficient option for training with an elevated heel without buying separate weightlifting shoes.

Another aspect to like about this model is its overall fit and feel during workouts. This shoe has an internal neoprene construction that is enclosed with a monofilament 3D fabric shell. The combination of these two provides a nice locked-down feeling and this model never runs into heel slip issues whatsoever.

foost trainer hd210 fit and feel

If you like trainers that have a slightly snugr fit, then I think you’ll enjoy how the FOOST Trainer HD210 feels on the foot. The neoprene can be a bit tough to navigate when putting this shoe on with a sweaty foot, but this is a small sacrifice to have the more snug fit this shoe provides.

To add to the snugger fit that comes with this model, the outsole and midsole do a really good job of providing a responsive and versatile feeling. The outsole on this model breaks in really easily, and the toe box has a high level of maneuverability, which is awesome for multi-directional athletes.

foost trainer hd210 plyometrics

The midsole is constructed with a double-density EVA foam, and overall, I thought this midsole did a good job of walking the fine line between stability and responsiveness. To be quite honest, the midsole in this model reminds me a bit of the Nike Metcon 5’s performance – in a good way.

The final pro with this model is the upper construction and its overall durability. When I read that this shoe’s internal construction was neoprene I got a little nervous about it stretching and breaking down fairly quickly. I’m glad FOOST chose the monofilament 3D fabric that they did for the upper in this model.

foost trainer hd210 rope climbs

When rope climbing or having toe drag on the ground during burpees, I thought this model’s upper did a good job at being abrasion-resistant. Even out on concrete where I’ve drug my toe during some movements, I haven’t noticed any scuffing or ripping taking place.

FOOST Trainer HD210 Cons

As a whole, I’ve really enjoyed training my FOOST Trainer HD210, but there are a couple of cons that I could see bothering other athletes in certain contexts.

  1. Long-Term Outsole Durability
  2. Toe Box Can Feel Tight for Daily Wear

The first aspect that I think could be problematic is the long-term outsole durability in this shoe, and more specifically when training outdoors. The outsole in this model features flat and indented hexagon patterning which grips a variety of surfaces very well, but I worry that concrete will fair down this tread pattern fast if you’re really digging into the forefoot of this shoe.

foost trainer hd210 outsole

Outside of my in-gym sessions, I’ve used these shoes for a few outdoor workouts and pickleball. I know these shoes are obviously not designed for pickleball, but I actually like testing cross-training shoes with this activity because it provides a lot of insights into the shoe’s feedback and grip when moving multi-directional.

These shoes perform well across the board for the above activities, but the durability is definitely something to consider if you’re like me and you love wearing your cross-training shoes for outdoor activities. If you primarily train in a gym, then I do not think this will be a concern for you whatsoever.

foost trainer hd210 outsole durability

The second potential drawback I could see others having with this model is that the toe box can feel fairly tight if you’re wearing them for longer durations. If I put these on for an hour or so, even with thicker socks, then they’re comfortable and fine. However, for all-day wear, they start to feel a tad tight.

I think this is likely due to the neoprene internal construction that these shoes come with and the 3D monofilament upper that doesn’t have a ton of stretch. These shoes fit snug and are sock-like which is awesome, but that does leave them a tad more prone to being uncomfortable if you like wearing your trainers all day.

foost trainer hd210 sizing and fit

I think if you have a wider or flatter foot, then sizing up a half size could be both a safe and smart call. For other athletes and lifters that plan to just wear them for training sessions, then you should be fine going true-to-size.


To assess the construction of the FOOST Trainer HD210, I’m going to break this section into multiple parts to help you better align if these cross-training shoes are a good fit for you.

foost trainer hd210 performance overview

Stability With Lifting and CrossFit

For most lifters and athletes, I don’t think stability will be an issue in the FOOST Trainer HD210s whatsoever. The midsole and outsole provide plenty of stability and when training over 455 lbs in this model, I never had issues with compression or feeling like my foot wasn’t stable and grounded.

I also really enjoy that FOOST provides an additional heel insert in this model which gives the heel an additional 13mm of lift. This gives this model a weightlifting shoe-like feel which I enjoy. If I forget my weightlifting shoes or don’t feel like switching shoes entirely, then I’ll use the inserts for my squats and cleans.

foost trainer hd210 for lifting

If I had to compare this shoe’s performance for lifting and CrossFit to another model, then I’d say they most closely feel like a Nike Metcon 5 or 6 and that’s high praise because both of those models were solid across the board.

Versatile Training

There are three construction elements that help the Trainer HD210s excel for versatile training including HIIT, plyometrics, and athletic-focused exercises. For starters, their snug fit and feel give them a very “athletic” feel which I personally love when sprinting, jumping, and moving laterally.

Second, this shoe’s outsole grips floors really well and provides a nice level of feedback to help you propel yourself in whichever direction you’re heading. The foam midsole also does a good job of providing a nice level of ground feedback when moving ballistically.

foost trainer hd210 for hiit

Third and lastly, this model is lightweight and my size 10 model has a weight of 11.4 ounces. Even with the different insole and insert in his model, the weight remains relatively lightweight.

Shorter Runs and Daily Wear

For shorter runs, I think this shoe does a better job than other more stable cross-training shoes on the market. The optional more responsive insole gives this shoe a bit more distance before they start to get uncomfortable. For runs programmed in WODs, this model will work well. Outside of those runs, I’d suggest capping yourself to one-mile tops in these in any one session.

I like this shoe for daily wear, but they can get a little tight if you’re wearing them all day and have on thicker socks. Additionally, I’d say limit your daily wear in this model to help them last longer, too, which is always a tip I always use for helping my training shoes go the distance for my investment.

FOOST Trainer HD210 Sizing

Most lifters and athletes should be safe going true-to-size in the FOOST Trainer HD210. My model fits true, however, I do think this model may feel tight in the toe box for some lifters and athletes with flatter and wider feet.

Additionally, if I wear thicker socks in this shoe, then I do notice them starting to feel tight if I’m wearing them all day. I think this is primarily due to the upper not having a ton of stretch to them compared to other mesh and knit uppers in other cross-training shoes.


FOOST Trainer HD210 Sizing

If you have additional questions about the FOOST Trainer HD210, drop a comment below and I can help you out accordingly based on what you’re currently wearing.

Construction Details

If you’re interested in the construction of the FOOST Trainer HD210, I’m going to list some of the most important construction details for this model. If you want a visual breakdown of this model, then skip to 9:20 in the video above.

  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 5mm
  • Weight: 11.4 ounces (for a size 10 model)
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Monofilament 3D Fabric Upper
  • Neoprene Internal Construction
  • Additional 13mm Heel Insert
  • Fully Rubber Outsole
  • TPU Heel for Handstand Push-Ups
  • C-Frame Outsole Wrap for Durability
  • Double-Density EVA Foam Midsole

If you have additional questions about this shoe, drop a comment below or reach out to me personally.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I’ve enjoyed training in the FOOST Trainer HD210 and they’ve been solid across all of my tests and workouts. They deliver a dynamic performance in both lifting and CrossFit settings and I think most recreational athletes and lifters will enjoy this model.

I also like that this shoe comes with an additional insert and sock liner for more versatile-focused training sessions.

If you have additional questions on the FOOST Trainer HD210s, drop a comment below or reach out to me personally via Instagram (@jake_boly).

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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