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TOP 25 Best CrossFit Shoes for Women Reviewed & Field Tested 2021
In this post I am going to show you the 25 best CrossFit shoes for women.
As a woman who has been doing CrossFit for over 4 years, I know what you gals need when it comes to CrossFit gear, especially the best CrossFit shoes for women.
I know that not just any old sneaker will bring out your best performance, and some shoe styles will make you more prone to injury. CrossFit specific shoes will make a difference in your workout and I will tell you why.
After I show you the 25 best CrossFit shoes for women 2021 I will go into the how’s and why of choosing the right CrossFit shoe for you.
Review: Under Armour Micro G pursuit cross training shoes are a good fit when the WOD calls for agility exercises and running. They are moderately cushioned and have excellent energy return and shock absorption.
They have good lateral support and support the ankle well. The rubber tire tread inspired sole has excellent traction too.
Review: The Adidas Performance Crazypower shoes are excellent CrossFit shoes. They are great for lifting because they have a low to the ground feel and are wide, creating stability you need to lift with confidence.
The upper is extra durable and grippy thanks to the polyurethane overlay. The sole is flexible and has superior traction which is great for plyometrics and running. Overall, these shoes are a winner.
Available in wide widths.
Polyurethane overlay upper is hard-wearing.
Wide, flat, low to the ground feel.
The tongue is flat and has edges that can irritate.
Excellent women’s CrossFit shoe for those with wide feet. This shoe does everything from lifting to plyometrics comfortably.
Review: This absolutely beautiful CrossFit shoe is as aesthetically pleasing as it is functional. It is super light, breathes well, and has a cozy sock-like feel and a back strap that integrates with the laces to tighten and keep your feet firmly in place.
The traction from the rubber sole is flexible, so you can run, jump and do agility movements with ease.
Backstrap integrates with laces for a locked-in fit.
Great for WODs with running, plyo and agility.
Runs a tad small.
One of the best Nike shoes for women for CrossFit metcon workouts.
Review: The Reebok CrossFit Grace is for female athletes that want a slimmer profile than other Reebok CrossFit shoes. This shoe still has all the protection, including toe Tection and rope pro, to cut down on wear.
This shoe is breathable and has a contoured fit and a cushy sock liner you will find as comfortable as it is stylish.
Low cut, allows you to move.
Toe Tection and rope pro for added durability.
Roomy toe box.
Reebok has graced us with a stylish, form-fitting and comfortable CrossFit shoe for ladies.
Review: The New Nano 8s are nice and flexible in the toe, great for jumping and adequate for running if the WOD calls for it. The Dual density midsole allows for the more flexible front while maintaining a stiff stable supportive heel for lifting.
This is a big upgrade from the Nano 7s. The Nano 8s have decent cushioning, without being overly padded.
Works well for WODs that include running.
Very stable, great for Olympic lifting.
True to size.
Nice wide toe box.
Trivial complaint here, but, they are not very pretty.
Comfortable, flexible enough for short run’s and jumping, stable and flat enough for lifting. The Nano 8s are a well-rounded CrossFit shoes for women.
Review: These CrossFit shoes live up to the name ‘Flex Supreme’. They are flexible and low profile, just what you want for training shoes.
The sole is wider than Nike’s tend to be, which lends itself to lifting. The grip is good, your feet will not move while doing planks and pushups.
Very light and flexible.
Ample lateral support.
Not much cushion and may be not very durable.
If you use these shoes for CrossFit, they will not disappoint. This is not a running shoe, because they don’t have much cushion. It’s a specialized, extremely lightweight shoe that does the job it was made for.
Review: The Asics Met-Convictions have a flat sole with a wider base, perfect for lifting. They are plenty flexible, making jumps and squats more comfortable too.
They are grippy and stay put during vigorous exercises.
Minimal cushioning makes for good lifting form.
Flexible grippy sole.
Durable yet breathable upper.
Shoe runs small.
This is a good shoe for CrossFit. Many will find the minimalist design comfortable and advantageous.
Women’s CrossFit Shoes Buying Guide – How to Choose CrossFit Shoes
CrossFit shoes have a tough job.
They must wear many hats.
They need to allow you to perform Olympic lifts, run a little, squat, do wall balls, jump on plyo boxes, speed through agility ladders, climb ropes, lunge, and all that while being comfortable and keeping your feet protected, without wearing out.
CrossFit Shoes, Not Like the Other Kids!
Shoes that are good for CrossFit are often not good for other stuff. For example, those shoes that you can wear all day, like if you work on your feet? Yeah, those won’t make good CrossFit shoes.
Those zoomy, highly padded running shoes you love? Also not ideal for CrossFit.
Here is what you must look for in the best women’s CrossFit shoes, based on specific CrossFit exercises.
CrossFit Shoe Features for Heavy Lifting, Olympic Lifts, Squats and Lunges
Flat Sole with Wide Base
When you are lifting heavy weights using a barbell, aka, Olympic lifts, you need shoes that have a FLAT, WIDE sole.
This gives you a stable base to lift from.
Heel Wedge for Lifting
Some dedicated lifting shoes also have a wedge heel that lifts your heel one inch up or so. This changes the angle between the knee and your ankle and allows a greater range of motion.
In other words, it makes it easier for you to bend your knees and get your butt lower to the ground. This is especially helpful if your ankle mobility sucks.
CrossFit Shoe Features for Rope Climbs
The rope will tear up your average sneaker in no time. The best CrossFit shoes come with “rope pro” “Rope tech” or “Rope Ready” features.
Basically this is a rubber overlay that starts at the sole of the shoe and goes up over the instep and shoe outer, giving you traction on the rope and saving your shoe from rope burn.
CrossFit Shoe Features when the WOD Calls for Plyometrics, Jumping or Agility
When the WOD calls for jumping, plyo or agility type movements here is what you need.
You Need Shoes that are Lightweight
Heavy shoes will weigh you down and hurt your performance.
You Need Shoes with Minimal Padding
Padding will get in the way when you are jumping and will dampen the feedback from the floor or box.
Too much padding can also cause injury when you are doing dynamic agility moves because they prevent your feet from being connected to the floor or box.
You Need Shoes with Lateral Support
Lateral support, what does that even mean? I will tell you what lateral support is!
Lateral support is the support that protects the foot when it moves from side to side.
Imagine you are running the agility ladder side to side. Your foot pushes to the side of the shoe as your foot strikes the ground.
This side of the shoe is precisely where you need lateral support. You need the support to prevent your ankle from rolling too far, and also for the integrity of the shoe, to prevent it from wearing out.
You Need Shoes with Good Grip
Grip is important for lifting and agility. When you are lifting, you need to feel secure and that your feet will not move.
With agility movements, like jumping up on a plyo box, doing wall balls, or that agility latter I just talked about, you need to be sure-footed.
The last thing you want when you jump up on that box is your feet slipping and you falling in a humiliating and painful display in front of your class.
CrossFit Shoe Features for Handstand Pushups
Some CrossFit shoes have a plastic TPU heel clip which helps hen the WOD calls for handstand pushups. While this feature is not a crucial IMO, but it is nice to have, because it helps your feet slide smoothly on the wall.
Without the heel clip your feet will catch a bit on the wall, which is an annoyance.
CrossFit Shoe Features for WODs with Running
Let’s be honest.
The features that make a great CrossFit shoe and the opposite of what makes a great running shoe.
Great running shoes are well cushioned and have a lot of bounce. CrossFit shoes are wide and flat, like two planks of wood (only more flexible).
See the difference?
Luckily, most WODs do not call for a ton of running. So, you need shoes that are simply passable for running, not ones that you can run a marathon in.
If they will do for 400, 800 or even a kilometer without killing your feet, and they have everything else you need in a CrossFit shoe, they are a good choice.
Women’s CrossFit Shoes FAQs
Do CrossFit Shoes Really Help?
Yes, yes and yes!
CrossFit specific shoes improve your performance and safety. Flat sole and good grip are necessary to perform Olympic lifts safely and comfortably.
CrossFit shoes have a minimal cushion and are often minimalist style shoes. Too much cushion while doing CrossFit agility movements or plyometrics can cause foot injury or a painful fall.
CrossFit shoes have added durability in the sole, upper and toe. Standard running shoes or casual tennis shoes will get eaten up in the CrossFit environment. CrossFit specific shoes are designed to handle the abuse.
What are the Benefits of CrossFit Shoes?
The benefits of CrossFit shoes are improved performance, longer-lasting shoes, and safer shoes. CrossFit shoes are the right tool for the right task for CrossFit.
They improve performance by allowing your feet to be closer to the ground and giving your feet a safe, stable base to lift.
CrossFit shoes with a heel wedge improve squat and Olympic lift performance by enhancing your range of motion, and overcoming tight ankles and other mobility issues.
CrossFit shoes are reinforced on the upper, toe and rope area to prevent premature wear. Other sneakers are not built like this and will not last as long if you use them for CrossFit.
Do I Need Special Shoes for CrossFit?
Regular, padded athletic shoes are unstable for lifting, and the padding in them will get crushed or worse, dig into your feet and cause pain. You need a flat base and flat insole to lift well.
You can easily ruin a pair of running shoes in one shot if you use them on the rope climb. CrossFit shoes are designed to withstand the wear.
CrossFit shoes are designed with superior grip, so you feel grounded and stable, something you want when jumping up onto a plyo box.
Can You use Running Shoes for CrossFit?
I recommend against it.
Running shoes are designed with cushion, arch support and lots of rebound, all things you do not want for CrossFit.
Busy wife and mother of four. Katie is a freelance writer and frequent contributor to Garage Gym Power. What makes her credible is the fact that she made her own home gym from scratch and she is a true time-management wizard! She guards her gym time jealously, and would rather miss a PTA meeting or get takeout for dinner than miss a workout!