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BEST

BEST

BEST

Reebok Nano X

Reebok Nano X
The original and a fantastic all rounder that ticked all the boxes when it came to a Crossfit workout. Durable, secure and immediately comfortable.
The original and a fantastic all rounder that ticked all the boxes when it came to a Crossfit workout. Durable, secure and immediately comfortable.
Sarah Dean
5k Runner, Personal Trainer

ALSO GREAT

ALSO GREAT

ALSO GREAT

Nike Metcon 5

Nike Metcon 5
A very close 2nd to the Nano. More than suited to all of what Crossfit throws at you, with added features in this 5th version, probably the best yet.
A very close 2nd to the Nano. More than suited to all of what Crossfit throws at you, with added features in this 5th version, probably the best yet.
Sarah Dean
5k Runner, Personal Trainer

STYLISH

STYLISH

STYLISH

Nobull Trainer

Nobull Trainer
Initially more rigid than we’d have liked from a Crossfit shoe, but once we’d got used to them they did the job and looked great doing so.
Initially more rigid than we’d have liked from a Crossfit shoe, but once we’d got used to them they did the job and looked great doing so.
Sarah Dean
5k Runner, Personal Trainer

MOST FLEXIBLE

MOST FLEXIBLE

MOST FLEXIBLE

Nike Free x Metcon 2

Nike Free x Metcon 2
A slightly lighter and more breathable updated version of the traditional Nike Metcon range. The Free x Metcon 2 comes a with more flexible midsole.
A slightly lighter and more breathable updated version of the traditional Nike Metcon range. The Free x Metcon 2 comes a with more flexible midsole.
Sarah Dean
5k Runner, Personal Trainer

Crossfit is by definition, functional movements performed at a high intensity. These are varied workouts which, simply put include lots of different movements in a single workout. This can include short runs (generally between 100m-1km), squats, lunges, burpees, rowing, rope climbs, plyometric training, and much more. When choosing the right footwear for this workout, the shoes need to be able to handle all these demands whilst remaining a comfortable, stylish shoe.

Best CrossFit Shoes

Things to look for in a Crossfit shoe:

  • Highly durable upper to protect the foot from rope climbs
  • Less grip and traction on the outsole as designed to be worn indoors, and enhance stability
  • Low heel to toe drop (generally less than 4mm is ideal) to allow stability in heel and ‘feel’ of floor during lifts. Too low (0mm) and this could also have adverse effects on the joints if you’re not used to ‘barefoot’ training
  • Denser foam under the heel, again for ankle and heel stability
  • Soft foam under forefoot to allow for some cushioning during plyometric training and shorter runs
  • Wide toe box to enable toes to splay during lifts
  • Comfortable to be worn for several workouts per week
  • First choice

    Reebok Nano X

    Weight
    14.4 oz.
    Drop
    4 mm.
    Category
    Training

    Reebok Nano X

    Reasons to buy
    • Very durable, tough shoe fit for purpose
    • Best looking Nano (or training shoe) yet
    • Breathable upper
    • Good padding and wide toe box gave immediate comfort
    “The original and a fantastic all rounder that ticked all the boxes when it came to a Crossfit workout. Durable, secure and immediately comfortable. The Nano edged ahead of the Nike Metcon as it performed better on short runs and plyometric training. ”
    Recommended for
    The Nano X has broadened it's horizons to appeal to all types of gym goers who have any resistance training as part of their workout regime, losing the CrossFit specific branding for Reebok's 10th version.
    Sarah Dean
    5k Runner, Personal Trainer
    Read the full review of Nano X
    or buy them here: Men / Women
    Also consider

    Nike Metcon 5

    Weight
    10 oz.
    Drop
    4 mm.
    Category
    Training

    Nike Metcon 5

    Reasons to buy
    • Fantastic for heavy squats and deadlifts due to heel stability
    • Wide fit, lots of space for toes to splay, immediately comfortable
    • Durable upper and sole unit, including wrap
    • Inserts for lifting that fit other Metcons too
    “A very close 2nd to the Reebok Nano. More than suited to all of what Crossfit throws at you, with added features in this 5th version, probably the best looking Crossfit shoe out there ”
    Recommended for
    The Nike Metcon 5 is a specialist training shoe aimed at people who are in the gym to lift heavy stuff, fast.
    It doubles up as a shoe for high intensity, high impact activities, specifically Crossfit Metcon workouts, and is the 5th version of Nike's Metcon range of training shoe.
    Sarah Dean
    5k Runner, Personal Trainer
    Read the full review of Metcon 5
    or buy them here: Men / Women
    Also consider

    Nobull Trainer

    Weight
    10 oz.
    Drop
    10 mm.
    Category
    Training

    Nobull Trainer

    Reasons to buy
    • Durable upper
    • Flat, rigid sole doesn't compress when lifting
    • Great looking shoe with many designs and color choices
    • No nonsense design features do their job well
    “Initially more rigid than we’d have liked from a Crossfit shoe and felt more like a lifter, but once we’d got used to them they did the job and looked good. High- and Low- top versions available to suit your preference. ”
    Recommended for
    The NoBull Trainer is for people who participate in Crossfit from beginner level up to competitive athletes.
    They’re also suitable for people training in the gym who incorporate any free weights in to their workout, and aren’t looking for a super cushioned shoe for treadmill work.
    If...
    Sarah Dean
    5k Runner, Personal Trainer
    Read the full review of Trainer
    or buy them here: Men / Women
    Also consider

    Nike Free x Metcon 2

    Weight
    12.2 oz.
    Drop
    5 mm.
    Category
    Minimalist

    Nike Free x Metcon 2

    Reasons to buy
    “A slightly lighter and more breathable updated version of the traditional Nike Metcon range. The Free x Metcon 2 comes a with more flexible midsole and durable upper strap for snug fit and takes characteristics from the Nike Free “barefoot” running range. ”
    Recommended for
    The Free x Metcon 2 is recommended for people looking for a training shoe which doesn't require super high durability demands of something like the regular Metcon range, and are looking for a more lightweight version to train in everyday. If you're a fan of the Nike Metcon 5 but want a shoe that is...
    Sarah Dean
    5k Runner, Personal Trainer
    Read the full review of Free x Metcon 2
    or buy them here: Men / Women
    Also consider

    Under Armour TriBase Reign 2

    Weight
    10.8 oz.
    Drop
    2 mm.
    Category
    Training

    Under Armour TriBase Reign 2

    Reasons to buy
    “Featuring a low, stable but flexible base for your lifts in the sole, with a 2mm heel to toe drop. The full length Micro G foam also offers some responsiveness for short runs, and a durable upper and sole wrap to last WOD after WOD. ”
    Recommended for
    If you're looking for a training shoe to wear for CrossFit workouts, weightlifting or high intensity training the Under Armour TriBase Reign 2 could be a good choice. It will offer much more stability than a regular running shoe if that's what you're currently training in and will make your workout...
    Sarah Dean
    5k Runner, Personal Trainer
    Read the full review of TriBase Reign 2
    or buy them here: Men / Women

    Can you run in a Crossfit training shoe?

    Yes, you can.

    However, we’d recommend if you’re doing a running workout, or running further than around 1km you look into specific running shoes, which are better designed for that purpose, and will make your run more enjoyable, comfortable and less likely to cause an injury.

    Running long distances in shoes designed with a different purpose in mind, could mean the feet get hotter faster, rub in some areas when the feet expand, and not provide adequate cushioning from the impact of the road.

    When I ran in the 2 most popular Crossfit training shoes (the Reebok Nano, and Nike Metcon) I found it much more challenging and nowhere near as comfortable as a running shoe. However, you’d be better off running in a Crossfit shoe, than doing Crossfit in a running shoe. If there in a run part of the workout or your training session, these are fit for purpose.

    Can I do Crossfit in a running shoe?

    I’d strongly advise against this.

    Running shoes are designed to cushion the foot when landing, and move the foot through the natural running gait. This isn’t what you want to happen when lifting heavy weights, or changing direction fast.

    A running shoe is too unstable underfoot for lifting in, and could cause injury. A running shoe is also not designed for climbing ropes, and will wear away more easily and can damage the foot.

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