Review: This shoe can handle whatever your WOD throws at it, including a little running.
This shoe comes equipped with some CrossFit favorites, like RopePro traction, Toe Tec coving the toe area protect this wear prone area during intense workouts, and 0 drop means you have the stability you need to jump and lift.
0 Drop, low to the ground, stable for lifting.
Flexible enough in the midsole to accommodate short runs.
Reinforcement in key areas, rope, toe and flexweave over the upper.
The shoe has a wide toe box, but is rather shallow height-wise.
The Reebok Nano 8.0 are good CrossFit shoes for running, lifting, WODs and Metcons alike.
Review: Nike has made several upgrades to the Metcon this time around.
The heel is now firmer and more stable, they have done away with the sock liner to get rid of that annoying slip, they added grip and protection in key areas like the toe and rope area, and added a heel clip for a bit of stability.
Flat CrossFit shoe with enough flexibility for short runs.
Review: No Bull’s signature Guard plate beads are welded right to the fabric upper to create a material that is both durable and breathable.
The sole incorporates a round lugged pattern that allows you to easily and quickly move in any direction with speed and confidence. The shoe is flexible enough for running short distances prescribed by any WOD.
High Carbon lateral Medial guards built in.
Virtually indestructible upper fabric.
Flat and stable, great for lifting.
No Arch Support.
A versatile Cross trainer that does it all. One of the best CrossFit shoes for running and lifting.
Review: These shoes move seamlessly from Cross training to running with enough shock absorption to give you some protection while running, with several features that also make the shoe a good cross trainer.
A stable flat heel for heavy lifting, high abrasion rubber outsole and rhino skin upper for enhanced durability, and a shoelace garage to keep laces out of the way.
Asics High abrasion rubber outsole.
Rhyno Skin Protective and durable Faux leather upper.
Review: It is easy to see why the Nike Free X Metcon’s are so popular for Cross training – in addition to being fabulous looking, these shoes are highly functional.
They have a firm foam midsole appropriate for Cross training and heavy lifting, reinforced mesh upper for added durability where needed, plenty of flex for short distance running and agility work, and did I mention they look cool?
Stable base – firm midsole.
Reinforced with precisely placed rubber on the upper.
Review: Arguably some of the best fitness shoes available on the market today, the New Balance Minimus, is just what the name implies, a minimalist shoe.
The Mx20v6 will move you from the race track to the gym with ease. This ultralight weight shoe allows plenty of feedback from the ground, plus its 0 drop, feet to the floor feel and stable base make them excellent lifters.
Minimal underfoot padding.
Very attractive fitness shoe.
Durable Vibram rubber outsole.
The tongue is at an awkward angle.
If you like a minimalist style shoe, the Minimus does not disappoint.
Review: This edition Nano features sandpaper grip for the rope climb so you can give the rope a beating for a change.
The upper is still the durable Kevlar imbedded mesh the Nanos are known and loved for, and the women’s model is shaped specifically for a woman’s foot, not merely a smaller men’s size making these my choice for best women’s shoes for CrossFit and running.
Review: The hard wearing outsole of the Reebok CrossFit Grace training shoes is what makes them a good fit for track, box or gym.
The low cut heel collar offers freedom with the most range of motion possible. These shoes are low to the ground and the upper is flexible making these shoes great for agility, Metcons and running.
Extremely light weight.
Rope traction built in.
0 drop shoe.
Not very good arch support.
A great shoe for the track or the box, flexible and versatile.
What to Keep in Mind Before Buying Shoes for Running and CrossFit?
Is it even possible to buy one pair for both of activities?
CrossFit, by definition is the sport that specializes in no particular activity and is “constantly varied”. Some days you do lifting, others running, others Metcon or agility type workouts. All workouts are intense.
So, you want to know if you can use one pair of shoes to cover everything?
That depends of what you like as far as footwear goes, and what happens to be on your WOD.
If your WOD calls for agility, plyometrics or cardio, you might like a shoe with a low drop, minimal padding but one that is flexible enough to move your feet.
Some people may be comfortable running in a similar shoe.
If you like for padding and impact protection when you run, watch out, a minimalist style may not be for you.
Since padded well cushioned running shoes make the base of the shoe unstable, they are not a good choice for CrossFit. They with compress under weights and could cause problems with your ankles and knees.
A stable base is best for lifting. Some people actually like to train barefoot, or in a simple pair of Chuck Taylors.
A minimalist style shoe is also a good choice for lifting, and many of those minimalist style shoes in my list are also designed for running, so they are versatile that way.
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