The 8 Best CrossFit Shoes to Make Your Gym Resolutions Come True


Whether you’re just getting into it or simply keeping up with your longstanding habit of crushing personal records, CrossFit demands a lot. Of your body, sure, but also of your shoes. When you can switch from sprints to lifts to rope-climbing in a single session, you sneakers need to provide cushion, stability, and durability—and a whole lot of each. Thankfully, a host of brands have risen to the occasion, creating shoes specifically tuned to life inside the box. They’ll keep you firmly planted for weightlifting, give you enough responsiveness for short runs, and take enough of a beating that you can keep throwing them on for all your WODs. Here are eight of the best.

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Powerlift 4 Shoes



If you’re lifting heavy and often enough, it’s worth seeking out a lift-specific shoe so your form isn’t sacrificed from a too-high heel or unnatural footing. These from Adidas were made specifically for power lifting. Most important: The wedged sole is dense, so your feet stay as stable and natural as possible, and the toe box is wider than you might be used to in a running shoe, so your toes have room to move and stabilize. 

Free X Metcon 2



Nike blended the DNA of the Metcon line with its Free line to create this training sneaker. It’s a little lighter and more flexible than something like the Metcon 5, and also more tuned to running. But that doesn’t mean you can’t transition right into weightlifting right after those sprints—it’s still stable as hell.

Pureboost Trainer



If you like a little extra spring in your step during your workouts, Adidas’ Pureboost Trainer comes with Boost in the midsole, providing energy return and cushioning. A super-grippy outsole and an ankle strap keep the stability on point, though, so you can easily transition from sprints to lifts.

Metcon 5



Nike’s Metcon series is a perennial favorite, and it’s easy to see why. It combines stability, traction, durability, and everything else you need for lifting, jumping, rope climbs, and more. Lateral and medial support at the midfoot keeps you locked in, while a wider toe box lets you properly plant your feet for heavy lifts.

Minimus Prevail

New Balance


These feature light padding and a minimal, four-millimeter drop (hence the name) that make them perfect for life inside the box. The durable Virbam outsole provides all the grip you need.

TriBase Reign 2

Under Armour


Under Armour took its extremely stable, three-point TriBase sole system and combined it with a more durable upper—check out that enlarged heel counter and the extended sidewalls—so you can do everything from deadlifts to burpees to rope climbs in these. 

Nano 9



Reebok is an official CrossFit partner, so you know you’re getting something that’s purpose built with the Nano 9. The Nano series has been a go-to for a while now, but the newest iteration is more runnable than ever thanks to a more cushioned midsole.

The Henry Mid

York Athletics Mfg.


These shoes are actually made for boxing-style workouts, which have a similarly varied structure to them. They have a low-to-the-ground sole, which keeps you stable during lifts, but they’re still supportive enough for running and jump roping. 

Christine Flammia writes about style, grooming, and more; she is the former associate style editor of Esquire and is currently pursuing a PhD in communications at Columbia.

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Source : Esquire