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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sole Support: Excellent, best in class for sole support. These shoes were designed with deadlifts 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.
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.
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.
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.
Pros: Great colors, fashionable shoe, and very light. Comfortable memory foam sole.
Cons: Lacking in 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 for a great range of motion.
Grip: Average, the sole 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.
This shoe is good for comfort, it’s 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.
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.
This is a good choice for CrossFit, good for lifting and good sole traction, which helps planks and pushups and other floor exercises. It may not be the number one climbing shoe, but it gets the job done.
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.
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.
After reviewing 27 CrossFit shoes it is evident that manufacturers 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 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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