Best CrossFit Shoes for Women and TOP 25 Reviews 2017

Best CrossFit Shoes for Women and TOP 25 Reviews 2017
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Those who do CrossFit know that the shoe you wear matters.

CrossFit is different from Running, where you need a shoe that will direct your foot from the heel forward.

In Basketball you need a shoe that fits with no gaps and has great traction, but with CrossFit you need a shoe that will spread your weight across the sole of the shoe and allow your foot to remain in a natural position.

This is because CrossFit training involves heavy lifting.

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A high quality CrossFit shoe will be stable, with a solid sole, so you are supported during the lift and can feel your feet firmly planted on the ground. Many Cross Fit athletes like to be able to feel surfaces from the top of their feet as well, such as when climbing.

The shoe should offer some traction or grip on the top, not just at the sole. Flexibility is also paramount as you need shoes that are able to bend in the toes while box jumping and knocking out a set of burpees.


A rigid shoe just won’t work for CrossFit.

With these factors in mind, here are the reviews in the quest to find the best CrossFit shoes for women, the pros and cons of each, along with how they stack up in terms of sole support, flexibility and overall grip.

Reebok Crossfit NANO 6.0

REEBOK CROSSFIT NANO 6.0

Pros: Textured Kevlar for one of the best rated shoes in terms of overall grip and durability.

Cons: Angled toe with wide base makes shoes an awkward fit for some.

Sole Support: Very low to the ground.

Flexibility:  More flexible than the Nano 5.

Grip: Excellent. Textured Kevlar for all around grip.

Our take

These shoes run true to size with plenty of room at the toe. They are narrow at the heel and wider at the toe. More flexible than the Nano 5, these shoes are a winner.

Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 Cross-Training Shoes

Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 Cross-Training Shoes

Pros: These shoes and this brand in general offer a minimalist, bare bones shoe that comes the closest to the barefoot feel many CrossFit enthusiasts love.

Cons: Be aware of the sizing to get a proper fitting shoe. Check their website before purchase to get all pertinent details. They have a precision fit, which is snug all around, and a standard fit that has a wider toe box.

Sole Support: 0 drop shoe for a low to the ground feel. Sticky soles offer good traction.

Flexibility: Very flexible, a feature many users love about this shoe.

Grip: Rubber strips on the sides of these shoes allow for easy climbing.

Our take

This shoe is the shoe for those who like to be as close as possible to bare feet while still wearing a shoe. They are so light, you will hardly notice them. As long as you choose the size carefully, the option of precision or standard, along with half sizes beyond size 12 make this a shoe a good fit.

Vibram Women's KMD LS Cross Training Shoe

Vibram Women's KMD LS Cross Training Shoe

Pros:  0 drop barefoot feel.

Cons: Individual toe slots may not fit all toe lengths.

Sole Support: For lifting these are good, you have a good connection with the ground and your foot is allowed to spread for stability.

Flexibility: Extremely flexible, with individual toes, you are one with the mat.

Grip: Excellent grip and traction, they are like having rubber feet.

Our take

These shoes may look odd, but they work great for CrossFit. The truth is many Crossfit participants like to go barefoot, and these are the next best thing. They offer flexibility, grip and stability needed for lifting.

New Balance Women's 811 Training Shoe

New Balance Women's 811 Training Shoe

Pros: One of New Balances best CrossFit shoe for women. Designed to be low profile and light, in contrast to the brands other shoes.

Cons: Run a bit small, consider ordering a half size up.

Sole Support: Excellent for lifting, the sole is flat allowing the foot to spread.

Flexibility: Very flexible, this shoe is meant to allow the foot to move.

Grip: Tongue sewn in for added grip and a shoe that stays in place for climbing.

Our take

New Balance hit a home run with this shoe, it is perfect for CrossFit in every aspect, it is flexible, low profile and designed with CrossFit moves in mind.

Reebok Crossfit Speed TR

REEBOK CROSSFIT SPEED TR

Pros: Special shank material designed for climbing, very stylish colors.

Cons: The shoe runs large, consider ordering a smaller size. Refer to Reeboks size chart for correct sizing.

Sole Support: Flat, low profile shoe.

Flexibility: Very flexible.

Grip: Excellent. In addition to the traction at the sole, the upper shank is designed with Ethylene vinyl acetate to withstand the abuse of climbing.

Our take

These are well designed shoes made specifically for CrossFit training. Their fashionable colors are a bonus too. Flat and stable for lifting. Flexible and durable. A great shoe overall.

Nike Women's Flex Supreme TR 4 Cross Trainer

Nike Women's Flex Supreme TR 4 Cross Trainer

Pros: Very light and flexible.

Cons: Not much support and may be not very durable.

Sole Support: The sole is wider than Nike’s tend to be which lends itself to lifting.

Flexibility: Excellent, they live up to the name ‘Flex Supreme’.

Grip: Excellent, your feet will not move while doing planks and pushups.

Our take

If you use these shoes for the purpose they were designed for, CrossFit, they will not disappoint. This is not a running shoe, and they don’t offer the support needed for walking and jogging. It is a specialized and extremely lightweight shoe that does the job it was made for.

Reebok CrossFit Lifter

Reebok CrossFit Lifter

Pros: Surprisingly attractive for a lifting shoe.

Cons: Somewhat stiff for a Cross Trainer.

Sole Support: Excellent, best in class for sole support. These shoes were designed with dead lift’s in mind. They will help with form and you will notice a difference lifting heavy weights.

Flexibility: Not so flexible, save these for the days you are training with weights.

Grip: The sole grip is excellent. These shoes were not designed for climbing so there is no grip on the upper.

Our take

These shoes have made the difference in lifting performance for many athletes. If you have hesitated on buying shoes for lifting, you will not be disappointed with these. They are not meant for every CrossFit exercise, but they are a valuable addition to your CrossFit regimen.

ASICS Women's GEL-190 TR Cross-Training Shoe

ASICS Women's GEL-190 TR Cross-Training Shoe

Pros: Good Arch support.

Cons: The shoe runs small, order a half size up.

Sole Support: Excellent, you are able to feel the floor and the shoe has room for your feet to spread while lifting.

Flexibility: Average flexibility.

Grip: Average traction and grip.

Our take

These are good for cross training and have more support but less flexibility than a CrossFit Shoe generally does. They are great for a training regimen with aerobic activity and lifting, but average on tasks like jumping.

New Balance Women’s WX608V4 Training Shoe

New Balance Women’s WX608V4 Training Shoe

Pros: Good ankle and arch support. Very durable shoe.

Cons: The shoes are on the stiff side.

Sole Support: Hard sole, with good stability, minimal cushion at the heel.

Flexibility: Not as flexible as other CrossFit Shoes

Grip: The sole has sufficient grip, but overall, average. Not a climbing shoe.

Our take

These shoes are for those who have a running or walking as a heavy component of their workout. Not designed for climbing or jumping.

PUMA Women’s Tazon 6 Cross-Training Shoe

PUMA Womens Tazon 6 Cross-Training Shoe

Pros: The shoes are comfortable and can be worn for long periods of walking and standing.

Cons: They tend to be bulky.

Sole Support: Good, wide stiff sole making them great for lifting.

Flexibility: The shoes are rigid and provide support, but not flexibility.

Grip: Average, the soles have good traction but the uppers do not.

Our take

These are good everyday shoes, for walking and jogging, but they lack the flexibility and traction a purist would require from a CrossFit shoe.

SKECHERS Women’s Skech – Air Infinity

SKECHERS Womens Skech – Air Infinity

Pros: Great colors, fashionable shoe, and very light. Comfortable memory foam sole.

Cons: Lacking on upper grip and traction.

Sole Support: Average, The shoe has memory foam for comfort, but it is not high in stability.

Flexibility: Very flexible, and will allow a great range of motion.

Grip: Average, the sold has some traction but the synthetic upper is slippery. The one thing the upper does offer is one piece design so the shoe will remain securely on the foot for a wide range of activities.

Our take

This show is good for comfort, its very light and has a comfortable sole. It does not have great grip but it is very flexible. This shoe is not for a hardcore Cross Fit athlete because it lacks the grip and traction needed.

PUMA Voltaic Cross Training Shoe

PUMA Voltaic Cross Training Shoe

Pros: These shoes, like Puma’s in general, are comfortable.

Cons: The shoe is on the stiff side.

Sole Support: These are OK. They have a thin sole so your feel are securely on the ground for lifting.

Flexibility: The show is not very flexible.

Grip: Average grip. They do not have as much traction as other training shoes, and no traction on the upper.

Our take

These shoes lean to the side of comfort and everyday use as opposed to cross training. They can be good for lifting but will perform just OK for planks and jumps.

ASICS Women’s GEL Fit Tempo 2 Fitness Shoe

ASICS Women’s GEL Fit Tempo 2 Fitness Shoe

Pros: Versatile and flexible shoe that is very lightweight.

Cons: They are slightly bulky.

Sole Support: These shoes are flat and low profile making them adequate for lifting.

Flexibility: Average flexibility.

Grip: Average grip and traction, not designed for climbing.

Our take

These shoes are just OK. They are light and comfortable, and can be OK for lifting, but don’t really have any other features that CrossFit athletes need, such as flexibility or grip.

Nike Women’s Free 5.0 Tr Fit 5 Training Shoe

Nike Women’s Free 5.0 Tr Fit 5 Training Shoe

Pros: Very light, flat, low profile and stylish.

Cons: Small toe box.

Sole Support: Flat and low in the heel, perfect for squats and lifting.

Flexibility: Excellent, designed for multidirectional movement.

Grip: The sole has great traction, the upper is average in terms of grip.

Our take

This is a good choice for CrossFit, good for lifting and good sole traction with helps for planks and pushups and other floor exercises. It may not be the number one climbing shoe, but it gets the job done.

RYKA Women’s Dynamic 2 Cross-Training Shoe

RYKA Women’s Dynamic 2 Cross-Training Shoe

Pros: Better arch support than other styles and good shock absorption.

Cons: Some have said the shoe began to fall apart after a few uses.

Sole Support: The shoe is wider in the toe, allowing the foot to spread, the sole is moderately stiff so these should be adequate for lifting.

Flexibility: Average flexibility.

Grip: The sole has good grip, the outer was not designed to have traction.

Our take

This is a great aerobic, Zumba and dance shoe, but it is not designed only for CrossFit. It does not have the flexibility, low profile and outer traction needed for CrossFit.

Reebok CrossFit Nano 5

Reebok CrossFit Nano 5

Pros: Very low profile shoe.

Cons: Not a running shoe, not enough support. They also tend to run small.

Sole Support: Great, wide sole provides stability for lifting.

Flexibility:  Good flexibility.

Grip: Good grip. The tongue is attached which keeps the shoe securely on your foot.

Our take

The shoe is designed specifically for CrossFit. Some say they like the Nano 4 and Nano 6 better, but this shoe has its fans. Although, the toe box might be too small for many.

Adidas Performance Women’s Gymbreaker Bounce Training Shoe

Adidas Performance Women’s Gymbreaker Bounce Training Shoe

Pros: Comfortable and great for dynamic movement.

Cons: Poor traction on the sole.

Sole Support: Average support. The sole on these shoes was designed for movement, which would make them good for Zumba, but not for lifting.

Flexibility: Average flexibility.

Grip: Poor traction at the sole.

Our take

These shoes are meant for Aerobics and Zumba type workouts. The bounce feature lends its energy to cardio, but it does not help with more traditional CrossFit moves and lifting.

New Balance Women’s WX711V2 Training Shoe

New Balance Women’s WX711V2 Training Shoe

Pros: They offer good heel support.

Cons: They run small and are not as comfortable as others from the New Balance line.

Sole Support: They tend to be narrow, more so thaan other shoes by new balance.

Flexibility: Average Flexibility.

Grip: Average Grip.

Our take

New Balance calls these shoes “trainers”, but they do not seem to have the features that CrossFit Trainers need.

PUMA Women’s Cell Riaze W Heather Training Sneaker

PUMA Women’s Cell Riaze W Heather Training Sneaker

Pros: The majority of users commented on how comfortable these shoes are.

Cons: The shoes run small and narrow, order a half size up if you are on the edge.

Sole Support: The sole is not as sticky as other CrossFit shoes, these are more general use shoes.

Flexibility: Average flexibility.

Grip: Average grip, no added grip on the upper or toe.

Our take

These shoes are good for a person who works out 2 to 3 times a week, they are good multi purpose shoes that are very comfortable, with average stability and grip.

AVIA Women’s Avi-Tangent Training Shoe

AVIA Women’s Avi-Tangent Training Shoe

Pros: Comfortable shoe that accommodates wide feet.

Cons: The shoe does not hold up as long as it should, and the sole might begin cracking.

Sole Support: These shoes have a flat sole and a wide base making them suitable for lifting.

Flexibility: Average Flexibility.

Grip: Average grip and traction.

Our take

The only thing that would make these shoes useful as a CrossFit shoe is the fact that the sole is flat and wide, making them good for lifting.

As far as flexibility and traction, the shoe is lacking. There are better CrossFit shoes out there.

Adidas Performance Women’s Pure Boost X Training

Adidas Performance Women’s Pure Boost X Training

Pros: Comfortable for long term wear while walking and standing.

Cons: The shoes tend to run large and because the shoe is separate from the sole, they are not stable.

Sole Support: Not great for lifting due to instability.

Flexibility: They are very flexible for a wide range of movement.

Grip: Average, the shoe can come off the foot during certain exercises.

Our take

These shoes are great for walking and standing, but not the rigorous demands of your WOD.

Vivobarefoot Motus Cross Fit Shoe

Vivobarefoot Motus Cross Fit Shoe

Pros: Extremely light with Velcro straps to secure the shoe in place.

Cons: The shoe is stiff and needs breaking in. The shoe tends to run large.

Sole Support: Great. The shoes are low to the ground, flat and allow the foot to spread making them good for lifting.

Flexibility: Good flexibility with a barefoot feel.

Grip:  Average grip.

Our take

This shoe is a good minimalist shoe with a barefoot feel. It is good for lifting and is flexible enough for planks, push ups and box jumps.

ASICS Women’s Met-Conviction Cross Trainer

ASICS Women’s Met-Conviction Cross Trainer

Pros:  Minimal cushioning makes for good lifting form.

Cons: Shoe runs small.

Sole Support: Great. Flat sole with wider base, perfect for lifting.

Flexibility: Good flexibility.

Grip: Good grip, shoes stay on during vigorous exercises.

Our take

This is a good shoe for CrossFit. Many will find the minimalist design comfortable and it has the feel some enthusiasts look for.

Reebok Women’s Crossfit Sprint TR Training Shoe

Reebok Women’s Crossfit Sprint TR Training Shoe

Pros: Extremely light weight

Cons: In time some may have issues with durability.

Sole Support: Excellent, low drop, 3mm, and plenty of room for foot spread. Low heel makes them good for squats.

Flexibility: Very flexible outer allowing ample foot movement.

Grip: The sole is OK, but the upper does not have grip for climbing. Not good for the rope climb.

Our take

These shoes are great for lifting but do not offer a lot of support for Impact, Metcons or box Jumping.

Adidas Performance Women’s Adipure 360.3 W Training Shoe

Adidas Performance Women’s Adipure 360.3 W Training Shoe

Pros: Stylish sleek profile.

Cons: The shoe runs small.

Sole Support: Low to the ground and great for lifting.

Flexibility: Flexible mesh upper for comfort. You can bend your toes for burpees, and planks. Flexible sole allows for good range of motion.

Grip: Rubber sole offers good grip while the flexible upper offers some traction.

Our take

This shoe is a good choice for CrossFit because the upper is quite flexible and there is support at the ankle so the shoe stays in place.

Conclusion

After reviewing 25 CrossFit shoes it is evident that manufactures know their business when it comes to CrossFit training and what a shoe needs.

Reebok is head of the pack when it comes to making the best CrossFit shoes for women. Vibram makes a novel 5 toe design that CrossFit enthusiasts love.

Nike has designed a few shoes with the CrossFit athlete in mind, and New Balance also considered the athlete with one shoe model specifically designed for the sport.

Katie

Katie

Katie is a busy wife and mother of four. She is a freelance writer and frequent contributor on Garage Gym Power. She guards her gym time jealously, and would rather miss a PTA meeting or get takeout for dinner than miss a workout.

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