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NOBULL Shoes Guide | Where to Buy, Sizing, Cleaning, High Vs Low-Top, and More

In 2014, NOBULL was founded and debuted their first-ever NOBULL Trainer. This model was marketed to and designed for the CrossFit and functional fitness community. Since the first NOBULL Trainer that was launched in 2015, NOBULL’s cross-training shoes have remained fairly consistent. However, they have added more products to their inventory.

I’m constantly being asked questions about NOBULL shoes on my YouTube channel and written review content. Since NOBULL shoes have slightly higher price tags, it’s totally fair to want the full picture for certain models before investing. After all, the last thing you want is to invest $130+ USD into NOBULL shoes only to find out they don’t work for your training needs.

In this NOBULL shoes guide, I’m going to break down all of the key details that you need to know about NOBULL shoes. We’ll talk sizing, how to clean them, the high-top versus low-top trainer, and much more.

What Are NOBULL Shoes?

Since their inception into the CrossFit market in 2015, NOBULL has continued to produce different shoes for a variety of product categories. Their main product is the NOBULL Trainer and this is the shoe that arguably put NOBULL on the map especially in the worlds of CrossFit, functional fitness, and lifting.

All of NOBULL’s shoes come with the same ideology that NOBULL founded the company on. Basically, they market their shoes and products as having no fluff and only the essentials that you need to perform your best.

Must Read: See where NOBULL lands against other top models on my Best Cross-Training Shoes round-up!

nobull trainer

Currently, there are multiple NOBULL shoe categories that you can look into and these include:

  • Cross-Training Shoes
  • Running Shoes
  • Weightlifting Shoes
  • Cycling Shoes
  • Golf Shoes
  • Dress Shoes (yes…seriously)
  • Slides

As you can see, the question of “What are NOBULL shoes?” has expanded tenfold since 2014. What started as only cross-training shoes has grown into multiple shoe categories.

Suggested Read: Need NOBULL Trainers for CrossFit? Here are the best CrossFit shoes in 2021!

Where to Buy NOBULL Shoes?

NOBULL is fairly strategic when it comes to the retail outlets that offer their products. Currently, if you look around online there are two key online retail outlets that sell NOBULL gear. The first is NOBULL’s site and the second is Rogue Fitness.

Essentially, if you’re wondering, where to buy NOBULL shoes, then you’re going to want to look at NOBULL’s site and Rogue Fitness as these are the only two online retail outlets that have stock for NOBULL’s shoes fairly consistently.

There are other online retail outlets as well that have NOBULL shoes on them like Amazon. However, oftentimes you’ll only find random sizes or lightly used NOBULL shoes on these platforms. Hence why I don’t really acknowledge them as being a reliable and consistent place to buy NOBULL shoes.

where to buy nobull shoes

What Stores Sell NOBULL Shoes

Currently, the only physical stores in which you can NOBULL shoes are NOBULL’s own signature flagship stores. As of right now, there is only one physical NOBULL store at the moment.

  • NOBULL SoHo: Closed
  • NOBULL Boston: Closer
  • NOBULL Miami (Wynwood): Open

Outside of the locations above, there are no larger retail outlets that you can try on and buy NOBULL shoes at.

NOBULL Trainers

$130

NOBULL Trainers
4.5
Stability
4.6
Versatility
4.4
Durability
4.5

Best For

  • Recreational Lifting
  • CrossFit
  • Long-Term Durability

Falls Short

  • For HIIT and Agility
  • For Running

 

How Do NOBULL Shoes Fit?

For most NOBULL shoes, they’ll size true-to-size.

However, with NOBULL offering so many different types of shoes now, I’d strongly suggest checking out their product details page and looking at other user-feedback reviews to get a better scope of how certain shoes are fitting for others.

nobull shoe sizing

NOBULL Trainer Sizing Thoughts

In regard to NOBULL Trainers, I’ve worn the low-top and high-top models for multiple years now and I’d suggest going true-to-size on both. The length fits fairly true in both models and their toe boxes are decently wide for athletes and lifters with neutral or slightly wider feet.

The only caveat between these two is that the high-top can feel somewhat tight and hard to get on for certain lifters, so if you know that you have a wider foot or a thicker ankle for that matter, then you may want to size up a half size in the NOBULL high-top trainer.

  • NOBULL Trainer Sizing (Low-Top): Go true-to-size. If you have a wide foot, then you may also want to go up a half size in this model.
  • NOBULL Trainer+: Go true-to-size. This shoe is a bit wider than the normal NOBULL Trainer and has a higher forefoot and midfoot volume so it may be a better option for anyone with custom insole/orthotics.
  • NOBULL Trainer Sizing (High-Top): Most should go true-to-size. If you have a notoriously wider foot or thicker ankles, then going up a half-size can be a good and safe call.
  • NOBULL Canvas Trainer (Low-Top): This model’s toe box and midfoot volume are pretty limited. Some athletes can get away going true-to-size in this model, but for many, especially those who wear thicker socks you may want to go up a .5 size.
  • NOBULL Ripstop Runner: Go true-to-size. If you have a wider foot, then you may not like this model’s forefoot and midfoot width so you may want to explore different options.
  • NOBULL Mesh Runner: Go true-to-size. The upper moves well and breaks in fairly easily.

If you have additional NOBULL sizing questions, drop a comment below or reach out to me personally and we can compare what you’re currently wearing to the NOBULL shoe you’re looking into so you can make the right sizing call.

How to Clean NOBULL Shoes

To properly clean and wash your NOBULL shoes, despite the model that you’re using, I’d suggest doing the following three steps.

  1. Grab a clean washcloth.
  2. Apply some mild clear soap on the washcloth and dampen it with lukewarm water.
  3. Spot clean and wash areas by hand where you see dirt built up.

If you do these three steps, then you will make your shoes last much longer and add months to their lives. Far too often, I think lifters and athletes default to throwing their shoes in the washer and dryer or using harsh soaps on them.

Harsh soaps and waterlogging shoes in wash machines, then aggressively drying them in a dryer can deteriorate the different types of materials used in shoes. More specifically, the glues and polyurethanes used in midsoles and uppers are typically the first areas to run into durability issues when not cleaning shoes properly.

From my experience, too, NOBULL trainers specifically can be prone to having their midsoles change densities slightly when excessively waterlogged. That being said, spot cleaning as mentioned above will take longer, but your shoes will also last longer. Thus, making your investment last much longer.

NOBULL Trainer Vs NOBULL Trainer+

The NOBULL Trainer and NOBULL Trainer+ have similarities in regard to their construction and a few major differences worth noting. Both models perform well in the context of lifting and CrossFit and below are three of the bigger differences between these shoes.

1. Different Midsole Constructions and Stack Heights

The first major difference between the NOBULL Trainer and NOBULL Trainer+ is their midsole construction and their stack heights. The NOBULL Trainer+ has a reworked EVA foam midsole that delivers a thicker construction compared to the NOBULL Trainer.

NOBULL Trainer versus nobull trainer plus

This midsole doesn’t really impact this shoe’s stability, but it does change this shoe’s stack height and toe spring. The stack height in the Trainer+ is higher than the NOBULL Trainer and it has a bit more toe spring due to its thicker nature.

I think the thicker midsole and extended outsole wrap are what cause the toe spring to be a little more dramatic in the Trainer+. It doesn’t really impact performance, but it does make it slightly harder to ground the toes during some exercises.

2. Different Outsole Constructions

Another core difference is the outsole constructions on each model. The NOBULL Trainer+ has an updated herringbone lug patterned outsole that extends the length of the shoe. This outsole also wraps over the toe and extended up the lateral and medial midfoot for additional rope climb support.

NOBULL Trainer versus nobull trainer plus performance

Personally, I like this new outsole tread and think it gives this model a bit more traction on different surfaces. When training outdoors and on turf, this outsole gripped the ground really well in a variety of training scenarios and when performing multi-directional activities.

3. Reworked Lacing System and More Width

One of the final core differences is that the Trainer+ now features an internal lacing system as opposed to the traditional lacing system used in the NOBULL Trainer. This lacing system is designed to provide the foot with an even greater locked-down feeling when training and doing multi-directional exercises.

NOBULL Trainer versus nobull trainer plus construction

In addition to the reworked lacing system, the Trainer+ is also a slightly wider shoe with greater volume throughout the midfoot and forefoot. I think if you have a wider foot or use custom orthotics, then this helps make the NOBULL Trainer+ a better fit for your foot anatomy and training needs.

NOBULL Trainers Vs NOBULL High-Top Trainer

Of all the shoes NOBULL offers, two of their most popular models include the original NOBULL Trainer and the NOBULL High-Top Trainer. Despite having pretty much the same construction in regard to materials used in each shoe, they both perform slightly due to the higher boot in the high-top model.

Below are three major differences that I’ve noticed between the NOBULL Trainer and the NOBULL High-Top Trainer.

1. Different Boot Constructions

The first difference and the most obvious is that the NOBULL High-Top Trainer’s boot comes up much further than the traditional NOBULL Trainer. The higher boot provides a bit more ankle support compared to the traditional trainer.

However, when laced tightly and fully up, I have noticed that the boot can actually limit dorsiflexion slightly. This is similar to most high-top shoes that have sturdy upper constructions like the NOBULL Trainer’s Superfabric. That being said, if you’re training in the high-top model, then you may want to experiment with how tight you want them in regard to your performance.

nobull trainer vs nobull high top trainer

Check out the image above to see a reference for the NOBULL Trainer and NOBULL High-Top Trainer’s sizing and fit on me.

2. Foot Temperature

Another not so commonly discussed difference between these two trainers is the foot temperature they can both provide. The high-top model is not always my favorite shoe for longer sessions in hot settings because this shoe can make your foot exceptionally hot.

The upper construction in both models is super durable and lightweight, however, the Superfabric isn’t the most breathable so that is a difference worth noting in some contexts for the high and low-top models.

nobull high top trainer warmth

Personally, I actually like the high-top trainer better and use it more often than the low-top model, so I don’t necessarily see this as a bad thing, but it is something to note that is different between these two shoes. For example, there are certain times in hotter workout settings where I’ll take other models over it.

3. Price Points

The final difference between the NOBULL Trainer and NOBULL High-Top Trainer is their price points. The NOBULL Trainer has a price of $129 USD and the NOBULL High-Top Trainer costs $139 USD.

Overall, this isn’t the biggest price difference, but I think it can matter when you factor in certain contexts and how you plan to use the shoe.

NOBULL High-Top Trainer

$139

NOBULL High-Top Trainer
4.4
Stability
4.6
Versatility
3.9
Durability
4.5

Best For

  • Heavy Lifting
  • Day-to-Day Wear
  • Long-Term Durability

Falls Short

  • For Versatile Training
  • For Running
  • For Cost-Efficiency

 

NOBULL SuperFabric Trainer Vs NOBULL Canvas Trainer

If you’re considering the traditional NOBULL Trainer that features SuperFabric or the NOBULL Canvas Trainer, then you’re likely wondering, what are the main differences between these models.

There are two key differences between the NOBULL Trainer and NOBULL Canvas Trainer and this includes each shoe’s upper material and sole construction.

1. Different Upper Constructions

The traditional NOBULL Trainer comes with SuperFabric which is a type of fabric that has strategic guard plates covering the core material. These guard plates are lightweight and help a ton with abrasion resistance which is why the NOBULL Trainer is also known for its overall upper durability.

nobull canvas trainer for lifting

NOBULL Canvas Trainer

The NOBULL Canvas Trainer has a thick upper canvas that is fairly rigid out of the box. This canvas feels like the big brother of the canvas that you get on most Vans and Converse shoes. It’s heavier than the SuperFabric and is not the most breathable in warmer workout settings.

2. Different Sole Constructions

Another core difference between the NOBULL Trainer and NOBULL Canvas Trainer is their sole constructions. The NOBULL Trainer comes with a high-density foam midsole that has strategic rubber outsole wraps for increased durability. This shoe’s sole feels similar to what you get with other top cross-training shoes.

The NOBULL Canvas Trainer has a thick rubber sole which I’d compare to the sole of what you get in most Vans models. It’s a bit heavy and feels a tad clunky for plyometrics, running, and other power-focused activities. In regard to lifting, I like this sole, but it’s not the most responsive for CrossFit workouts.

 

NOBULL Ripstop Runner Vs NOBULL Mesh Runner

We’ve discussed NOBULL cross-training shoes in this article, but what about NOBULL running shoes. Two popular NOBULL running shoes include the NOBULL Ripstop Runner and NOBULL Mesh Runner. I receive a fair amount of questions about both of these models and their subtle differences.

The Ripstop and Mesh Runner both have similar core construction features, however, there are three differences that I think are worth knowing if you’re debating between the two shoes.

1. Different Upper Constructions

The first between the Ripstop and Mesh Runner include their upper and tongue construction differences. The Ripstop Runner features a lightweight ripstop material throughout the entirety of its upper and it breathes really well. In addition, this material is super easy to clean which I personally like for running outdoors and tackling lighter gravel and dirt trails.

nobull ripstop runner vs nobull mesh runner

The Mesh Runner’s upper construction has a slight edge for breathability compared to the Ripstop Runner and it stretches a bit more. The Ripstop Runner doesn’t have nearly as much give or stretch as the mesh runner especially out of the box.

The tongues are also built slightly differently. The tongue in the Ripstop Runner is a bit softer in nature and has a tad bit more padding compared to the Mesh Runner. Personally, I like this for comfort purposes and you can more easily wear no-show socks with the Ripstop Runner without the tongue cutting up your ankles.

nobull ripstop runner vs nobull mesh runner performance

Mesh Runner on the left, Ripstop Runner on the right.

2. Different Outsole Tractions

Another difference between these two models is their outsoles and the traction they provide. Both of these running shoes utilize full rubber outsoles with lug patterning, but their patterning is slightly different.

For the Mesh Runner, the lugs are a bit smaller in nature and the outsole has a bit more “give” to it when it comes to maneuverability out of the box. The Ripstop Runner’s lugs are denser and the outsole as a whole feels a bit more rigid compared to the Mesh Runner. I think this is due to the slight bias for outdoor training that comes along with the Ripstop Runner.

nobull ripstop runner vs nobull mesh runner running

Both models provide adequate traction for both indoor and outdoor runs, however, if you are primarily running outdoors, then I would consider the Ripstop Runner due to its outsole construction.

3. Different Heel-to-Toe Drops

Another difference between these two models is their heel-to-toe drops. As a runner, you likely have a preferred heel-to-toe drop that you enjoy running on. The difference between these two shoes is fairly minimalist, but it’s a difference nonetheless.

  • NOBULL Mesh Runner Heel-to-Toe Drop: 7mm
  • NOBULL Ripstop Runner Heel-to-Toe Drop: 10mm

If you have additional questions on the NOBULL Runners, drop a comment below or reach out to me personally I’ll answer whatever you have before you invest.

Why Are NOBULL Shoes So Expensive?

NOBULL shoes definitely tend to air on the more expensive side and I think this is due to two reasons. First, is NOBULL’s branding and marketing. NOBULL does a really good job at cultivating a community through their marketing and usage of their NOBULL professional athletes.

Both of these, I think at least, influence the price of NOBULL shoes specifically, and make a majority of their gear a bit more expensive than other budget-friendly shoes on the market.

Second, NOBULL shoes are consistent and deliver consistent performance. This being said, I think once you’ve created certain products that have enough momentum behind them in regard to positive feedback from mass community usage, then you can leave price points alone. Thus, why I think the price of NOBULL shoes never really fluctuates.

However, please note, these are only two of my thoughts and opinions. Everyone has their own idea and opinion as to why NOBULL shoes are so expensive and if they’re worth it.

 

When was NOBULL Founded?

NOBULL was founded in 2104 by ex-Reebok employees Marcus Wilson and Michael Shaeffer. Per Marcus Wilson’s LinkedIn page, NOBULL was officially founded in June 2014. However, NOBULL didn’t start officially offering products to the public until 2015.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q:
What is the deal with NOBULL shoes?

A:
NOBULL has spent a lot of time and energy building out their athlete roster and brand that comes with a no gimmicks style approach. The resources spent on branding and building this core belief system have helped propel this brand to leave its mark in both the CrossFit and training shoe industry.

Q:
Are NOBULL shoes good for flat feet?

A:
The NOBULL Trainer and NOBULL High-Top Trainer are both good options for flat feet as their last is fairly wide and they come with removable insoles. This makes them great options for putting in your insoles and inserts that match your foot anatomy best.

Q:
What is NOBULL SuperFabric?

A:
SuperFabric is a type of material that comes in a variety of options. Essentially, it's a lightweight fabric that has additional layers of guard plates to promote overall abrasion resistance and long-term durability.

Q:
Can you run in NOBULL Trainers?

A:
You can tackle shorter runs in the NOBULL Trainer, but if you're doing mileage, then I'd recommend finding a shoe that's more specifically designed for longer runs. The high-density midsole of the NOBULL Trainer can get uncomfortable for long runs.

Have More NOBULL Shoe Questions?

As NOBULL continues to expand and dive into different product categories, it’s been really cool seeing how their products have held up to others on the market. If you have any additional NOBULL shoe questions or how certain models perform, feel free to drop a comment below.

Also, if you have any NOBULL Trainer-specific questions that you’d like answered, you can also shoot me a message on Instagram and I’ll help where I can (@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.

13 thoughts on “NOBULL Shoes Guide | Where to Buy, Sizing, Cleaning, High Vs Low-Top, and More”

    1. I rock a 10 in all of the NOBULL models + Nikes and they fit fine. If you have a notably wider foot, then you may want to go up a .5 size, but otherwise, I think you’re safe going true to size!

  1. Do they have arch support? I battled with plantars fasciitis after wearing sneakers without arch support and I don’t ever want to go there again.

  2. I have flat feet, overpronate and had a torn tendon in my arch. (Surgically corrected). We run a lot in my Crossfit class. What is the best shoe for me that offers good support?

  3. I am an Adidas Ultraboost snob, but have thought about trying the NoBull running shoes. My big thing is comfort. I’ve found not much compares with the ultraboosts. Have any thoughts on this? I wear a women’s 8.5 or men’s 7.5. How are the NoBulls sizing compared to that?

    1. Hey! IMO, they’re not going to compare to your Ultraboosts. I believe NOBULL has a better running shoe dropping very soon, so it may be worth holding off on getting models until that shoe drops. The Mesh and Ripstop Runners are okay, but their comfort isn’t going to compare to the Ultraboost comfort that you like!

      Sizing wise, I would go true to size in their runners if you have narrow/neutral width feet!

      1. Thanks! So many women at my gym have them and seem to love them, but I just have a hard time committing to anything other than my ultraboosts.

        1. Welcome! Yeah, NOBULL running shoes could use a little update, IMO. They’re okay if you love NOBULL, but they pale in comparison to models that have been around for a while that also have more running tech in them. I’m excited to see how they innovate and update their running shoe models because I’m hoping they’ll only improve from here!

      2. I’m looking at the trainer+ but notice it says the shoe is unisex. Which makes me confused on the size to order. Do I order the men size to match my lady’s size or my normal lady’s size? Thanks

        1. Hey Kathy! They have NOBULL Trainer+ (Women’s) product pages, so I think you’ll be safe ordering your normal size there if you purchase this model on those pages. IMO, I would assume NOBULL would adjust the sizes accordingly based on the pages they’re listed on!

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