You’re probably wondering why I’m focussing an entire article on CrossFit shoes. I mean, why would you need to worry about such a trivial matter? Well, to tell you the truth, shoes are what give you the foundational stability to do anything in the gym!
You may not even feel it, but if you work out with the wrong stance, it’ll affect you later in life. Therefore, it’s really important to ensure you wear the right shoes for the job, so you can avoid unwanted damage and injuries to your body.
This article will show you the ropes of what to look out for in the perfect CrossFit shoe. So, if you want to workout with safety in mind, read on.
Quick Product Roundup
NOBULL Men's Training Shoes
Reebok Men's CROSSFIT Nano 8.0 Flexweave Cross Trainer
Reebok Men's Ros Workout Tr 2.0 Cross-trainer Shoe
Adidas Men's Powerlift.3.1 Cross Trainer
. Inov-8 Men's Fastlift 335 Weight-Lifting Shoe
What is CrossFit?
CrossFit is one of those umbrella terms people throw around pretty often. It’s an all-encompassing exercise and sports regime, involving an array of workouts for everyone. These include weight lifting, climbing, running, and full-body workouts, such as squats and push-ups.
If you really want to challenge yourself and get a full-body workout, CrossFit is definitely the way to go. All you need are a few pieces of equipment and a timer to keep track of your progress. If you want to know a little more about what CrossFit entails, is a video to help.
So, with this in mind, it’s important that you can find a shoe which supports the versatility that CrossFit offers. Below are some of the key factors you should check out when purchasing CrossFit trainers.
What to Look for in the Best CrossFit Shoes for Men?
With the variety of CrossFit exercises available, we need our shoes to be ready for anything. They should be easily transferable from exercise to exercise, and they need to support our bodies as we go.
Of course, it’s important you try out a shoe for yourself before taking the plunge and investing in it. Nevertheless, there are always a few things you can look out for first, to get the most bang for your buck.
Stability and Support
As the most important factor in any shoe, something that provides a stable foundation, to support your bones, joints, and muscles, is paramount. This can naturally be accomplished via a cushioned sole, which protects your joints during high-impact exercises, like weight lifting and jump squats.
You can also find stability through various other means, like velcro straps, which keep your feet firmly in place. Otherwise, if the shoe specifies any other type of support, like midsole support, this is ideal.
Yes, it may seem trivial to even think about what patterns your shoe has. And it may surprise you to learn that your shoe won’t just have a pattern cut into the outer sole for no reason!
In fact, this will aid the movement of the shoe, fitting it to the natural motion of your feet. Additionally, you could look for a seamless option, as this will also aid in durability. Both of these features will mean your shoes won’t be strained to conform to your movements, making them last longer.
Obviously anything with a cushioned collar is a bonus for comfort, but otherwise, below are the three key elements to watch out for.
Mesh material is the best way to achieve this. If the shoe is mesh, which most trainers are these days, it’ll help you to avoid clammy feet.
Motion and Flexibility
As expressed previously, anything with a pattern on the outer sole aids motion and flexibility. If the shoe has a velcro strap, this might not be the best for motion, so if this is on your radar, just opt for laces.
If the shoe is lightweight, you won’t have to concern yourself over any clunky additions to distract your focus.
The Five Best CrossFit Shoes for Men
You’re now a CrossFit expert, so what’s next? Well, you’ve got to get yourself a pair of CrossFit shoes! Below are my top five choices of the best CrossFit shoes for men.
This shoe, available in a few different colors, offers a lightweight feel for the huge versatility CrossFit brings. Whether it be running, climbing, sliding, or lifting, the shoe is transferable to any exercise.
The high carbon guards support your ankles as you move, so you can lift with the perfect stance. In addition, the seamless construction makes for fantastic flexible motion. It also makes for a durable trainer, which will follow the natural movement of your feet, avoiding shoe damage.
The SuperFabric layer also adds to this durability in any environment. Whether that be on the beach, in the gym, at home, or on tarmac or grass, you can work out almost anywhere! It’s also a very breathable shoe, so your feet remain cool throughout even the toughest of exercises.
- High carbon guard supports.
- Durability through a number of features.
- Seamless construction for flexible motion.
- Great in all environments.
- Some brighter colors available.
- May take a few days to wear in.
These trusty Reeboks keep comfort in mind, to ensure you’re not distracted by any avoidable hindrances. The Flexweave engineering not only provides stability and cushioning, so your feet remain supported, but they’re breathable as well. This helps your feet to remain cool as a cucumber.
To add to this comfort, the wide toe box optimizes the space surrounding your toes, so you can avoid blisters and sores. Toe tection offers durability during even the most intense of workouts.
These shoes are also designed specifically with CrossFit in mind, providing grippy soles to transfer your weight easily from foot to foot. They protect your feet during rope climbs and other friction exercises, with the RopePro traction. This works well when we take into account the versatility of CrossFit exercises.
- Toe tection to protect the toes.
- Wide toe box.
- Flexweave engineering for stability and cushioning.
- Grippy soles.
- Not as lightweight as some of our other choices.
- Plenty of designs but all neutral colors, so if you’re looking to brighten up the gym, these might not be the shoe for you.
Our second pick from Reebok, these mesh shoes provide a breathable, lightweight finish, so you can work out with comfort and ease. Under-foot cushioning keeps your feet and joints supported, even throughout high-impact exercises, such as weight cleans.
Although the shoe comes in limited colors, it keeps functionality in mind. The anatomical shape fits to your foot like a glove, so the natural motion of the foot is supported. This provides flexibility and balance, alongside shoe durability, as it won’t wear down easily.
- Anatomical fit.
- Cushioning underfoot.
- Supports flexibility and motion.
- Limited colors available.
Although this shoe may limit your movement slightly, the upper ankle support not only provides stability but makes for a durable option. Your comfort is kept in mind also, as the breathable mesh collar and lining ensure cool feet.
Built with weight lifting in mind, these shoes provide a stable foundation. With a velcro strap to secure your feet in place, you get added support that many other models don’t have. However, even with this addition, the shoe is still lightweight due to the synthetic leather.
The extra-wide design also caters for weight lifting, allowing your foot to spread out more, keeping your balance strong.
- Some brighter colors available.
- Wide fit, for strong balance.
- Velcro strap for support.
- May have limited motion, due to the velcro strap.
- Specifically designed for weightlifting, so not as versatile as other shoes, which cater to all areas of CrossFit.
Our final shoe also has a velcro strap to optimize stability and support during weight training. Meanwhile, the shoe remains lightweight and breathable, for optimum comfort and limited distractions. This will ensure you remain focussed as you work up a sweat.
The removable molded footbed provides optimum comfort. Whether you want a squishy feel to support your feet or not, you have the option. The padded tongue and collar further this comfort by limiting any rubbing from occurring.
We also get built-in technologies, to provide not only flexibility but also support and structure. The sticky rubber sole provides grip, aiding your stance and keeping your foundation stable. This is always important when weight lifting, as a great foundation is where it all starts!
- Velcro strap for a tighter fit, aiding support.
- Removable molded footbed, giving you a choice.
- Aids flexibility and motion, without cutting on stability and support.
- Grippy sole.
- Limited color range.
- Designed for weight training in particular, so for anyone looking to branch out in the CrossFit world, this may not be the shoe for you.
My favorite shoe of the above has to be the NOBULL Men’s Training Shoes. Although it isn’t one of our usual brands, you shouldn’t be put off by this. Just because it’s a lesser known brand, does that make it any less ideal for CrossFit training?
No—this shoe has it all. It’s transferable throughout any area of CrossFit, whether that be weight training, body workouts, climbing, or sprinting. It supports your feet and your joints, through even the toughest exercises, in any environment.
Finally, it comes in some funky colors to add a burst of excitement to your everyday gym routine. Generally, it’s an all-around winner.