Shoes. They’re not something you would immediately think of when imagining working out. Usually, you’d imagine of all sorts of gym equipment, like weights and dumbbells, or even just squats!

However, the correct trainers are super important, to ensure your body stays aligned and stable when working out. CrossFit is such a varied sport, so having trainers which can keep up with it is key. After all, a great foundation is all you need to kill it in the gym.

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What is CrossFit?

CrossFit is a regime combining a wide variety of different exercises, including squats, pull-ups, weight-lifting, running, gymnastics, and more. Anybody can do it with just a bit of equipment, and a timer to track their progress. It really challenges you to get fitter and stronger.

CrossFit is something you can do at the gym, with or without a personal trainer, out and about wherever you may be, or even just at home. Here is a video to show you some of the main elements of CrossFit.

With this versatility in mind, a CrossFit shoe needs to transfer easily between these many different exercises. Therefore, below are some of the key elements to check out when purchasing CrossFit shoes.

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What to Look for in the Best CrossFit Shoes for Women?

Exercising can be a tiring business, especially CrossFit, as it requires so much energy and diversity of muscle use. That means there are many important aspects of a CrossFit shoe that must cater to this.

They’ll be an investment in your lifestyle—and your feet—so we must think about safety first, then comfort and ease of use. Below are some of the key factors when looking for your perfect shoe.

Stability and Support

In CrossFit shoes specifically, anything with layers of support is ideal, as CrossFit requires a steady stance.

This support will usually come via the middle of the shoe. Sometimes, we also see engineered lace loops, made specifically for supporting the feet. Therefore, if you want to be safe, look out for this.

Anything with impact absorption or cushioned soles is also perfect. This not only adds comfort but provides support for the joints during high-impact exercises as well. Finally, grippy soles also make for a stable workout, preventing injuries along the way!


Something to watch out for, which can aid durability, is a patterned outer sole. Yes, this may seem superficial but, a lot of the time, these carved patterns are strategically placed to aid movement.

Seamless shoes also help with this. It means your shoe will not be worn down in places it’s not designed to be. Therefore, they’ll last longer than the average shoe.


Exercising in comfort is so important to keep you in the game. We don’t want to be thinking about blisters or sores while attempting to break personal records! Generally, comfort comes down to these three elements:


Most trainers these days are made with mesh, as this is the best way to keep those feet nice and cool during training.

Motion and Flexibility

This comes down to patterns on the shoe, as well as the materials used, like rubber soles. Some shoes even offer a lower ankle than others, for less restriction.


We don’t want to be weighed down by unnecessary materials—some shoes offer a barefoot feel, which is a real game changer.

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The Five Best CrossFit Shoes for Women

Now that you know exactly what to look out for in CrossFit shoes for women, below are my top five for your perusal.

Our Overview

These colorful shoes really fit your foot’s shape. They have a specially designed sole with a pivot point to nurture a natural movement in the foot. This provides that barefoot feel I mentioned earlier, avoiding any distractions, and ensuring comfort.

These shoes are specifically designed for the average woman’s foot. With a rather narrow heel, more room in the front, and a larger instep, this shoe provides a tailored experience.

The built-in support layers, like arch support, provide comfort and stability. The dual-foam midsole cushioning that protects your pressure points furthers this support, and the traction outsole ensures durability that’s long lasting.

For additional comfort, this breathable shoe has a padded tongue and collar, so you can stay comfortable throughout your entire workout. The insole is bouncy, working to ensure comfort, and to support against the high impact exercises of CrossFit.

  • Pivot point sole.
  • Numerous colors to choose from.
  • Specifically designed for women’s feet.
  • Layers of support, including arch support.
  • Traction outsole, for durability.
  • Padded collar and tongue.
  • Bouncy, cushioned insole.
  • Not as lightweight as some other shoes on our list.
  • Not a popular brand, which may put some people off.
Our Overview

This shoe can get you through any workout—whether that be sprinting, climbing, lifting, or a basic full-body workout. They are incredibly lightweight and won’t distract you nor hinder your performance. They are also breathable, so you don’t have to worry about your feet getting uncomfortable and hot.

With the seamless, one-piece construction, in an array of fabulous colors, the shoe is both flexible and durable. This durability is enhanced by the abrasion-resistant material, so they’ll last for ages!

With the high carbon guards, you can gain additional support for your ankles to prevent damage to your body.

There is also the added bonus of an outsole pattern, allowing you to train in all environments. Whether that be in the gym, at home, on the tarmac, in a field, or on a beach, these shoes have got you covered.

  • Lightweight.
  • Durable.
  • Breathable.
  • Seamless construction.
  • High carbon guards for support.
  • Multiple great colors.
  • Outsole pattern, to train anywhere.
  • Not a well-known brand, so may steer people away.
Our Overview

These trainers come from a brand we all know and love—Reebok. They are lightweight and breathable, ensuring optimum comfort and motion during your workout. They also have a low-cut ankle and forefoot flex grooves, further improving the flexibility and motion of the shoe.

The cushioned sole allows a great workout, especially for any exercises which involve jumping or impact on your joints. This is particularly likely in the versatile world of CrossFit. One minute you could be lifting weights, the next you might be sprinting, and the next you could be scaling a wall!

You also have the added benefit of the toe protection, providing durability for this array of workout possibilities. Coming in a number of colors, this shoe is as versatile as CrossFit itself.

  • Lightweight.
  • Breathable.
  • Low-cut ankle, for increased movement.
  • Forefoot flex, for flexibility.
  • Cushioned sole.
  • Toe protection.
  • Not as attractive as some of the other trainers on my list.
Our Overview

This lovely looking shoe focuses on comfort, with a sleek design for a no-distraction policy. The breathable EcoOrthoLite sock liner provides a great fit for that added comfort you need during a workout. It also ensures your feet remain at a cooler temperature to keep you active for longer.

The TPU shank increases stability, so your feet will remain steady, even when catching those heavier weights. You also get impact absorption in the heels, and support in the middle of the foot—safety first!

The really sleek, streamlined design makes it ideal for anyone who might be fashion-conscious. Most importantly, it has a lightweight and barefoot feel, for a comfortable workout.

  • Lightweight.
  • Breathable.
  • Sleek design.
  • TPU shank, for stability.
  • Impact absorption in the heel.
  • The design seems to be the overriding benefit, rather than practicality.
Our Overview

Our final shoe is another pair of trusty Reeboks. However, this pair is a little different, offering engineered lace loops. This provides optimum support, particularly in the middle of your foot—ideal for weightlifting.

The foot support is furthered via the 3D fuse frame and injection-molded midsole. This not only optimizes support for the feet but creates a seamless shoe for fantastic durability. Despite all these additions, the shoe is still lightweight and soft, for optimum comfort.

The rubber outsole and flex grooves provide non-slip traction and flexibility. This means that you won’t be restrained in any way when it comes to the variety of CrossFit workouts.

  • Lace loops for support.
  • Seamless design, for optimum durability.
  • Durable.
  • Supportive.
  • Lightweight.
  • Soft.
  • Non-slip.
  • Flex-grooves, to aid flexibility and motion.
  • Some may find the price point quite high.

My Choice

My favorite shoe of the five above has to be the Ryka Women’s Influence Cross-training shoe. People these days are sometimes obsessed with buying shoes from well-known brands, such as Nike or Reebok. However, some of the best shoes often go unnoticed, and these are certainly one of those pairs.

The Ryka cross training shoes should provide everything you want, and more, including a pivot-point sole, for natural movement. They’re also specifically designed for a woman’s foot, with layers of arch support to ensure comfort. Durable and colorful, this shoe should not be underestimated.

That being said, I would always advise anybody to try on a shoe before purchasing, to see if it suits them. It’s always important to get the best value—and comfort—for your money!


Johnny Gallagher

Johnny Gallagher is a certified personal trainer and nutritionist.

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