TOP 24 Best CrossFit Shoes for Men – Field Tested and Reviewed 2018
TOP 24 Best CrossFit Shoes for Men – Field Tested and Reviewed 2018
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Article last updated: September, 2018
Do you want to know a secret?
You are in the midst of a rope battle, and you KNOW your men are stronger than the opposing team, but for some unexplainable reason, they are gaining ground. You feel you feet sliding, inching away, GIVING away hard won turf.
Then it hits you!
Shoes Matter! especially in CrossFit. Your team is losing on a technicality. An IMPORTANT technicality: Traction. Grip. Sticky.
You need the best CrossFit shoes you can find to come out on top, or on the right side of the line, so to speak, but just how does one choose the best CrossFit shoes?
This short Guide For men who are new to CrossFit will cover how to choose top CrossFit shoes and which types work best for specific activities.
We will close with our top 24 choices for men’s CrossFit shoes and tell you why we like them.
CrossFit is different from other sports.
Basketball calls for tons of ankle support, which gets in the Way while doing squats and lunges and dead lifts.
Running shoes have a large heel to toe drop to propel you forward which would throw you off balance while lifting heavy weights.
Do you see where we are going with this?
Let’s break it down.
There are 7 items to consider when choosing the best CrossFit shoe.
What to look for:
Stiff hard soles are for stability in jumps and rope or rock climb. But where they are really necessary is during heavy lifting.
A thing solid sole helps you stay planted to the ground, giving you confidence that your feet will not fail you during a lift.
Do you want to know how to lift more weight?
Use the right shoe!
Running shoes absorb shock, and that shock is your power, being lost through your feet. Hard soles return that power, allowing you to propel it into your lift.
Durability CrossFit involves an endless variety of moves.
They very definition of CrossFit tells us that it is constantly varied functional movements done at high intensity.
Shoe destroying moves include:
rope climbing (or sliding back down he rope)
lateral moves place stress on the glued seams of shoes
box jumping which can wear the shoestring area if the are laced tight, ect.
running wear the sole at the toe
Lockdown applies to shoes you wear for lifting. These shoes are meant to secure your feet snug with a strap, and keep your feet planted on the floor.
Some Multi purpose CrossFit shoes also offer some lockdown. When you hear the term lockdown, just know it means securing your foot in the shoe and on the floor.
You need a wider toebox for many CrossFit moves, and especially when lifting heavy weights. Heavy weights cause your feet and toes to spread, which is what you want, because you are more stable this way.
Heel to toe Rise
Most CrossFit activities call for a shoe with a small heel to toe rise. Or a relatively flat sole.
A 4mm rise is very common.
Running shoes rise in the back to propel you forward. CrossFit shoes have a low rise to keep you stable and distribute weight to the midsole.
Some Functional training exercises call for flexible shoes. While this is not the case when lifting weights, flexibility is needed for jumping, agility drills, ladder moves and jump rope exercises all call for flexible shoes.
Sometimes you can find shoes that perform double duty as lifters and for agility movements.
On the other hard, some athletes prefer to change shoes for lifting day and wear a proper pair of lifters. It is up to you and the budget you have.
In our review section we will highlight both styles.
So, without further ado, let’s get to those reviews.
Review: The update to the Nano The Nano 8.0 Flexweaves, are a welcome change from the 7.0.
Both shoes sport flexweave, but the 8.0 weave is better thought out.
Instead of a side to side weave, the 8.0 weave runs from heel to toe, moving with your foot, not against it.
The internal booty is better padded at the collar, a feature that contributes to the 8.0 being one of the most comfortable Nano’s ever. Interestingly, they dropped the “CrossFit” labels from the heel of the shoe.
Dual density midsole for a flexible forefoot.
Very light, 11 oz.
Sole material is more pliable than 7.0.
Internal booty may cause a small amount of heel slip.
A welcome upgrade to the Nano 7.0, with greater comfort and flexibility.
Review: The Metcon 4 is close to identical looks-wise to the Metcon 3. There are some key updates to note.
The Metcon 4 incorporates a “haptic” raised print in high wear areas over the soft upper. The Metcon 4 also has a dual layer mesh over the forefoot which means the forefoot is slightly cushioned, unlike the Metcon 3.
Nike also upgraded the laces, which stay tied better than the Metcon 3.
Sole is flexible near the toe joints, and stiff toward the midsole and heel.
Drop in insole, does not compress, stays stable.
Scant 10.6 oz.
A good lifting shoe and a good Cross Trainer.
Tighter/snugger than previous Metcons.
One of the most stable CrossFit shoes available, decent for lifting and more dynamic movements too.
Review: The Free X Metcon is Nikes attempt at making a shoe suitable for Running (free) and CrossFit (Metcon).
The upper is pliable and flexes easily, it is not still like the standard Metcon. The shoe is more comfortable than standard metcons, but the shoe retains CrossFit features like the heel counter, stable midsole, wide toe box and 5mm drop.
They have a slight forward thrust, which is welcome when lifting.
Bootie-sock like upper.
Wrap around TPU Heel counter with adjustable lacing options.
Denser more durable sole than standard NIKE Free shoes.
Less cushion than the standard NIKE Free.
The FreeXMetcon is the CrossFit shoe you want if you split your time between training, lifting and running.
Pros: A nod to the old school 1985 “pump” basketball shoe Reebok pioneered, this new pump show is a CrossFit shoe. They are extremely comfortable and nearly fit like socks. The pump inflates on the upper and side of the shoe, giving a perfect fit.
Cons: These run a bit large.
Sole Support: 5mm drop, reasonably stable.
Flexibility: Very flexible, you will be able to feel each move your foot makes, also great for running.
Grip: Rope pro and ample grip on the sole.
Easily one of the most comfortable CrossFit shoes available.
Venja Weightlifting CrossFit & Gym Shoes by Nordic Lifting
Pros: If you need both stability and agility in one shoe, these Nike Metcon 3’s provide it.
Cons: Tight fit, a bit narrow.
Sole Support: Flywire in the midfoot area provides solid lockdown.
Flexibility: A little stiff for Agility, good stability for lifting weights.
Grip: Good for indoors, gym settings, not for outdoors or wet surfaces.
If you can only afford one pair of shoes, these Nikes may fit the bill. They are responsive enough for agility movements and running, but are not cushioned to the extent that you lose the ability to lift and feel your feet on the floor.