Suited for those who love mobility and support this is the shoe for you. That being said these vary greatly in terms of drop, flexibility, and cushioning. For the most part, they are not as nearly as supportive as the weightlifting shoe and some are about as close to the barefoot style as you can get. So choose wisely and assess what you’re going to be doing with these kicks before purchasing.
For more information on other styles and what to look for in a weightlifting or CrossFit shoe read:
PRICE: $119.00 w/ free shipping
REVIEW: 4.5 out of 5 @ 88 reviews
- 4 mm toe drop
- 11.2 oz
- Flat, max-support heel for weightlifting
- Drop-in midsole & forefoot grooves for greater flexibility
- Breathable, abrasion-resistant mesh
- Lightweight Vectran filaments (Flywire) for optimal structure and support
MetCon stands for metabolic conditioning. This shoe has a good amount of cushioning with a modest toe drop. This shoe is technically classified as a trainer but performs excellent for most CrossFit applications. It will provide good support for heavier lifts, but the added cushion is something to consider when performing Oly lifts. This will perform well for longer runs on or off the pavement.
PRICE: $129.99 w/ free shipping
REVIEW: 4 out of 5 @ 14 reviews
- 9.8 oz weight
- New DuPont™ Kevlar® infused mesh upper
- CMEVA for better cushioning, anatomical secure fit
- Polyurethane NanoShell for protection and support during heavy lifts
- RopePro carbon rubber to withstand demanding CrossFit maneuvers
- Raised outsole lug patterns for better surface area contact and improved traction
- 3mm heel drop platform for improved stability during any WOD
Reebok’s flagship CrossFit shoe is back yet again with the 5.0. This one comes with a modest 3 mm toe drop which will give you added stability but less mechanical advantage when doing squats or Olympic lifts. To make up for this, they use a little less cushioning for better power transfer during these lifts. That also means they won’t be great for longer runs on pavement but should be adequate for running on a track for shorter distances. All around one of the best selling shoe for CrossFitters.
PRICE: $194.95 w/ free shipping
REVIEW: 4 out of 5 @ 12 reviews
- Developed by CrossFit Games Champ Rich Froning, Jr.
- Neutral fit CrossFit® shoe
- Kevlar “CombatCage” overlay for max durability
- Molded, contoured heel counter & footbed for natural, secure fit
- 3mm heel-to-toe drop
- DuraGrip toe & RopePro protection
- Outsole lug pattern for reliable traction and more surface area coverage
- Weight: 8.8 oz.
- Colors: Black & Excellent Red
- Size Options: See Order Column on the Right
A shoe specifically designed for competitions, the compete is the only shoe worn by the “world’s fittest man” for competitions. The shoe implements a Kevlar “CombatCage” to help with durability. This shoe should stand up well to the repeated beatings of WODs and help you go the distance for competitions. For those that are a fan of the 4.0’s this one will suit your needs as well. It implements a lot of the same features as the ever-popular Nano 4.0.
PRICE: $79.99 w/ free shipping
REVIEW: 4.5 out of 5 @ 2 reviews
- Training toe wrap: Provides protection and durability
- Open, breathable spacer mesh: Allows breathability and optimal range of motion
- Duracage, PU protective upper: Offers an indestructible upper with a lightweight feel and response
- Ultra soft compression molded compound in the midsole: Allows for shock absorption
- Full outsole groove pattern: Adds a gecko-like grip and traction
Specifically designed for fast workouts this shoe is light yet tough. It comes with a PU protected upper for even the most grueling rope climbs. It also comes with enough cushioning in the sole to protect against high impact jumps and longer runs. The modest 3 mm toe drop and added support of the MonoMesh upper will aid with Oly lifts. That being said, it’s certainly more at home with more high impact CrossFit maneuvers where extra cushioning will help save your knees. If you’re looking for some more minimalistic and light, this would be a good choice for you.
PRICE: $110.00 w/ free shipping
REVIEW: 4.5 out of 5 @ 13 reviews
- Weight: 235G / 8.5OZ
- Midsole: COMPRESSED EVA
- Shank: DFB™
- Drop: 3mm
- Sole: F-LITE™ V2
- Compound: STICKY
If you’re not a big fan of the Nanos than this might be the right fit for your WOD. With a 3 mm drop similar to the Nanos it is flexible enough for the needs of a CrossFitter but provides adequate support for the Oly lifts when needed. Not the most comfortable for running it should fair well for shorter distances.
PRICE: $90.99 w/ free shipping
- Weight: 192G / 6.5OZ
- 0 DEGREE TOE DROP
- Fit: STANDARD
- Upper: SYNTHETIC, TPU
- Lining: MESH
- Footbed: 3MM
- Midsole: INJECTED EVA
- Shank: N/A
- Drop: ZERO
- Sole: F-LITE™
One of the lightest shoes on the market It’s designed to take anything thrown at it. It has a 0 degree toe drop meaning you are going to be getting a great natural feel and the added flexibility might make you forget you’re wearing shoes at all. They are super rugged and will stand up to rope climbs well. they even come with the Inov-8 Rope-tec to help you climb even faster. A great shoe for those looking for a natural feel and aren’t too concerned about Oly lifting.
PRICE: $149.99 w/ free shipping
- Men’s Custom CrossFit Shoe with adjustable “Pump” button
- Air filled cage enables expanding or contracting of shoe for optimal fit
- EVA bottom for all-terrain, shock-absorbent performance
- Durable Kevlar® upper
- Expansion, forefoot grooves for better toe splay and enhanced stability
A little over the top? Maybe. Totally freakin’ awesome? Definitely. If you dig the Nan0 5.0 but can’t quite get the right fit then this is the answer for you. Designed to help you achieve the ultimate custom fit the Nano Pump Fusion is super tough. The added pump feature will set you back an extra $20 but if you value comfort and really like the Nano 5.0 then this one comes highly recommended.
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