Shoes

Finding the right pair of training shoes is absolutely critical for any exercise, and sourcing the best shoes for CrossFit is no different. In fact, your shoes might just be the most important addition to your gear for CrossFit. Fitting your best shoes for CrossFit depends on a variety of factors – your individual body size and shape, the types of activities and your level of exercise intensity are just a few things to think about when looking for the best shoes for CrossFit. So, what is a good CrossFit shoe?

In this article we’re starting off with a bit of background, surveying the critical features any training footwear suitable for CrossFit should have. Then we’ll move onto  a review of shoes for CrossFit, looking at the top five sneakers for CrossFit for 2013 to help you find the shoe that fits you best to help you get the most out of your workout with the maximum amount of comfort and safety.

How to Choose the Best Shoes for CrossFit

CrossFit is a unique sport in that it involves a range of activities. Runners have specific demands from their shoes for their singular activity, so too do tennis players and other dedicated sports. A CrossFitter however is doing all sorts of different activities involving running, lifting, jumping, skipping, climbing, pushing, pulling – all with a lot of downward pressure through the feet. As such, the perfect pair of shoes for CrossFit will be something that can perform across a variety of activities. You’ll need a shoe stable enough for weightlifting, but you’ll also need a shoe light and flexible enough for sprints or plyo box jumps, burpees or any other WOD actions that need a swift bit of explosive footwork. A versatile shoe for CrossFit might be a tricky find and some CrossFitters do prefer to work with a couple of different pairs of shoes on the go for whatever WOD they’re doing that day.

Like every other type of training shoes, shoes for CrossFit will come in all shapes and styles and your best choice will depend on your own body and your CrossFit training needs. There’s generally not going to be a lot of difference between the best women’s shoes for CrossFit and the best men’s shoes for CrossFit besides the colors and designs between styles, and some brands, the Innov8s for example,  even come in unisex sizing.  For both men and women’s shoes, there are four essential  features to consider when looking for the best shoes for CrossFit – weight, flexibility, durability and the heel to toe drop.

Shoe Weight

CrossFit involves a lot of quick movement in running and jumping, so the last thing you’ll need for your WOD will be a heavy shoe. Can you imagine doing a box jump with a shoe that fits like a lead weight putting you off your game?  The best shoes for your CrossFit workout will be lightweight with maximum breathability to ensure your feet aren’t weighed down and they stay cool.

The Reebok Nano 2.0 is a perfect hybrid CrossFit shoe with its lightweight and breathable fabric. Click on the picture to find out more.

Reebok CrossFit Nano 2.0

The Reebok CrossFit Nano 2.0 is one of the most lightweight CrossFit shoes. Shown here is the Charged Design. Click on the image to find out more.

 

Shoe Flexibility

CrossFitters also require a great deal of flexibility in their shoe to achieve maximum foot mobility. In the same way that a heavy shoe impedes your movement and reduces your training effectiveness, so too does an inflexible shoe.

The Nike Free 3 is one of the most flexible shoes on the market, good for a range of CrossFit workouts. Shown here is the Team Red and Pure Platinum design. Click on the picture to find out more.

Nike Free 3

Nike Free 3 (shown in Team Red) is one of the most flexible shoes for CrossFit. Click on the image to find out more

Durability

While good shoes for CrossFit need to be light and airy with a flexible range of motion, any CrossFit athlete will tell you, you’re also going to need a quality shoe that can take a serious pounding and still go the distance, so durability is also really important. A training shoe that balances durability with a lightweight and flexible construction can be a tricky equation, but the Reebok Nano 2.0 has done it, featuring a carbon rubber sole. Shown here is the Women’s Blue and Red Nano 2.0. Click on the picture to find out more.

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Best sellers, the Reebok CrossFit Nano 2.0 is an ultra durable show for CrossFit. Shown here is the women’s blue red white black design. Click on the image to find out more.

Heel to Toe Drop

Shoes for CrossFit are most effective and most safe with the smallest heel to toe drop, also called the heel to toe offset or differential. This refers to the difference between your heel height and your forefoot height, and for CrossFit, a shoe with a zero or close to zero heel to toe drop – as close as you can get to being in bare feet – is your best choice. If your foot is sitting firmly in your shoe and your heel and the ball of your forefoot is the same height off the ground, then your shoe has a zero drop. The lower your heel to toe differential, the easier it is to land on your midfoot which means your step is firm and stable and you’re minimising your risk of ankle, knee, foot and back injuries.

For this reason, the barefoot shoes like the Vibram Five Fingers have been popular with some CrossFitters. While the Vibrams do have zero heel to toe drop and offer all the flexibility you’ll need, a lot of athletes do prefer a shoe for CrossFit that has a bit more padding on the sole and more sturdy across the top of the foot. And let’s face it, some people just don’t like the curious look of the Five Fingers.

Vibram Five Fingers

The Vibram Five Fingers are a unique style of barefoot running shoes, popular among CrossFitters. Click on the image to find out more.

The Inov8 F-Lite 195 is a brilliant alternative to the Vibram barefoot shoe with the same lightweight and flexible benefits. Shown here is the unisex grey/blue/yellow design.  The Merrell Hammer glove with a zero differentiation and good durability is also a great alternative to the Vibram Five Fingers.

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The Innov8 F-Lite 195 is a great lightweight alternative to the minimal Vibram Five Fingers. Click on the image to find out more information.

Merrell Barefoot Hammer Glove

The Barefoot Hammer Glove by Merrell has a zero heel to toe drop making it a perfect alternative to the Vibram Five Fingers or barefoot training for those looking for more foot support. Click on the image to find out more information.

 

Any minimal natural movement shoe you use, you’ll probably need to take time to get used to it as you’ll be using different muscles in the foot, especially if you’re making the transition from heavier or bulkier traditional training shoes.

The Best Shoes for Cross Fit – The Top 5 Shoes for 2013 Reviewed

Reebok CrossFit Nano 2.0

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The Reebok CrossFit Nano 2.0 are one of the most popular training shoes among CrossFitters. The Nano 2.0 are the new generation of Reebok CrossFit shoes and offer everything you need in a pair of good all round shoes for CrossFit, perfect for running, squats, lifting, jumping, climbing and anything else you’ll come up against in your WOD.

Reebok Nano 2.0 are built with an athletic mesh covering most of the forefoot area providing great breathability to help keep your feet cool and dry.  They’re lined with an Orthalite sock liner for a really natural feel which means you don’t lose any natural foot action responsiveness so the Nano comes really close to a barefoot feel while still giving you a good amount of cushioning. The carbon rubber outsole is really durable, able to withstand just about everything you can throw at it while still being a super lightweight shoe.

The Reebok Nano 2.0 has a 4mm heel to toe drop offering a good neutral and natural movement while still providing an effective stability for safe, quick and comfortable movement. The sole also offers enough firmness to really help to drive your heels down for maximum lift stability and power.

CrossFitters whose focus stays mainly on pure weightlifting often stick with the Nano’s cousin, the Reebok Lifter (which used to be called the Reebok Oly CrossFit shoe). While the Reebok Lifters are still a great shoe for weightlifting and squats, they’re a touch heavier and don’t have the flexibility and breathability of the Nano 2.0 making the Nano the better all round shoe for hybrid CrossFit training.

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Reebok’s Crossfit Lifter (aka Reebok CrossFit Oly), a pure weightlifting shoe are specifically designed for lifts. Click on the image for more information.

Reebok CrossFit Nano 2.0 shoes come in a range of colors and designs in both men’s and women’s styles. Reebok also offers a custom design service (click this link for more details). Shown here are the men’s green “Charged” and women’s pink. The Nano do run a touch to the narrow size, so a lot of CrossFitters do well with ordering half a size up from their usual sneaker size to compensate for the tight fit.

Reebok CrossFit Nano 2.0

The Reebok CrossFit Nano 2.0 is one of the most lightweight CrossFit shoes. Shown here is the Charged design. Click on the image to find out more.

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Women’s Reebok CrossFit Nano 2.0 Pink and Black. Click on the picture for more information.

The Reebok Nano 2.0 are currently available from $109.99.

Pros – Good all rounder suits a wide range of activities.

Cons – sizing can be too narrow

New Balance Minimus X20

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New Balance make some of the best general fitness shoes in the industry and the New Balance shoes for CrossFit are no exception. The New Balance Minimus X20 are a good and reliable pair of cross training shoes perfect for CrossFitters looking for a shoe to suit a variety of activities.

The mesh covering a lot of area over the top of the shoe gives the X20s a good level of breathability. The Minimus X20s are designed closely following the New Balance running line so the shoe weight is good and light, perfect for quick sprints as well as jumping. The shoe’s upper construction is flexible but it is still a bit stiffer than other shoes suitable for CrossFit.

The New Balance X20 has a decent rubber sole with excellent grip. The toe to heel drop is 4mm, same as the Reebok Nanos, which is generally good for achieving safe stability during squats and lifting, and hitting the midfoot strike in your stride. The sole is a touch softer than some other training shoes so if you’re looking for something to suit really heavy lifting, you might be better to keep your sights on the Reeboks. The softer rubber can also be a durability issue during rope climbs and other workouts that involve a lot of abrasive pressure on the feet.

New Balance Minimum x20s, like all New Balance footwear, comes in a range of sizes that tailor not only to foot length but also variable width, so athletes with a wider foot who often have trouble with width in other brands, will do well to check out the X20 range.

The New Balance Minimus come in the WX20 for women and the MX20 for men, and both men’s and women’s shoes offer the same weight, flexibility and durability features. Both are available in a range of colors and designs. Shown here are the Kinetic Blue in the men’s and purple in the women’s styles.

New Balance Minimus x20

New Balance Minimus Men’s MX20 (here in Kinetic blue) are a good allrounder shoe for CrossFit available in wide sizes. Click on the image to find out more.

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The New Balance Minimus shoe for CrossFit training, women’s style WX20, shown here in purple. Click here to see more colour options and find out more information about this shoe.

At the time of writing, Amazon has sales on select options of the New Balance Mx20 starting at around $35. Typically, the NB MX20s will sell from around $95 to $110 making these some of the cheapest shoes for CrossFit available.

Pros – wide sizing options, excellent breathability

Cons – not as flexible as some other shoes and rubber sole not as durable as other brands

Inov8 F-Lite 195

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The best Innov8 shoes for CrossFit are the F-Lite 195s.  Innov8 F Lite 195 is one of the lightest shoes on the market and it’s a good alternative for any athlete looking for the comfort and light flexibility of the minimal Vibram Five Fingers while still getting a bit more support and foot protection from a more traditional shoe.

The shoe has a mesh upper, making it a super lightweight and flexible shoe as well as offering unsurpassed breathability. The Innov8 has a fully lined and lightly cushioned sock for added comfort  as well as ensuring it fits snug as a slipper. The advanced lacing system also ensures a snug fit cradling the midfoot behind the base of the toes.

With its light and flexible design the Innov8 F-Lite 195 is perfect for CrossFitters with more of a running focus in their training, but it’s also good for the explosive plyometrics. The natural barefoot design also makes it a good choice for lifters looking to stabilise their feet and perfect their form without a lot of excess padding on moves like the power clean, squats, deadlifts and kettlebell swings, where there’s a lot of pressure going through the feet and careful form is important.  This shoe has a 3mm toe to heel drop giving it that slight edge over the Reebok Nano or the NB Minimus in terms of the evenness of the sole.

Innov8 uses unisex sizing so do be careful when sizing up your feet. On average, women will tend to go down around two sizes from their regular shoe size number.

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The Innov8 F-Lite 195 (shown here in black and white) is one of the most lightweight shoes for Crossfit, but still a very stable wear. Click on the image to find out more info and see the full range of design options.

The Innov8 F-Lite 195 is currently available from around $95 to $170 with the lower price available on certain designs only.

Pros – extreme lightweight flexibility for a close to barefoot experience while maintaining cushioning and stability.

Cons – unisex sizing can be hard to fit, especially for women.

Nike Free

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The Nike Free is another good option for an all round pair of shoes for CrossFit, suitable for everything from sprints to lifts and everything in between your WOD can throw at them. There are currently three grades of Nike Free shoes – 3, 4 and 5.

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The different flexibility options in the Nike Free Range. Click on the picture to find out more about each shoe option.

With a large area of mesh covering, Nike Free 3 is the lightest and most flexible shoe in the Nike Free range and is the closest thing Nike offers to a true barefoot running experience. The shoe has a 4mm offset.

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The Men’s Nike Free 3 in Volt/Reflective Silver-Pro Platinum-Anthracite. A highly flexible training shoe suitable for CrossFit. Click on the image to find out more.

The Nike Free 4 has slightly more cushioning and less mesh covering than the 3 but is still lightweight and flexible, but again, not quite so flexible as the 3. The sole has a 6mm offset.

Nike Free 4 womens

The Nike Free 4 – shown here in the women’s dark with purple style – are a lightweight shoe suitable for CrossFit training and are the mid-level flexibility in the Nike Free Range. Click on the image for more information.

The Nike Free 5 is the least flexible in the Free range but still a lightweight and considerably flexible shoe. The 5 has an 8mm offset so it’s not going to be a good option for CrossFitters looking for a more neutral sole differentiation but it is a good choice if you’re building up your foot resistance and working your way up to a natural barefoot workout experience.

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The Nike Free 5 – shown here are the men’s pimento black and white – are the least flexible in the Nike Free range but are still a good lightweight shoe suitable for CrossFit training. Click on the picture to find out more information.

Nike Free 5 is quite supportive with an arc of cables wrapping the midfoot and arch from underneath the foot to ensure a close and stable fit that is still adaptive to your stride.

All shoes in the Nike Free range are fitted with sock linings that mould to the foot’s natural shape to ensure the best fit and maximum comfort. All the Nike Frees are also built with abrasion resistant rubber for excellent durability and also feature a grooved outsole with deep contours along the length and width of the midsole so the shoe moves with your natural movement rather than trying to resist it.

The Nike Free range for both men’s and women’s shoes come in a huge range of colors and designs.

Sizing on the Nike Frees in all ranges to tend to run toward the narrow so check the size charts before ordering as you may need to order a size down.

The Nike Free range sell from around $90 up to around $180 depending on your style and design choices.

Pros – a range of flexibility and toe to heel drop ratios makes the Nike Free perfect for athletes gradually adjusting to a more natural fitting shoe

Cons – Even the lowest toe to heel offset is a few millimetres off zero. All tend to be narrow in fit.

Merrell Barefoot Hammer Glove

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The Merrell Barefoot Hammer Glove shoe are another leader in the minimal shoe market and their light deign and durable flexibility make them a popular choice for shoes for CrossFit. With a zero toe to heel drop, the Merrell Barefoot Hammer Glove have a completely neutral sole making them the only choice for CrossFitters looking for the barefoot experience while still having the overall protection of a traditional shoe. They’re also a good alternative for CrossFitters who don’t like the design of the Vibram Five fingers. The durable rubber outsole of the Merrell Hammer is actually made by Vibram.

The upper part of the shoe is designed with a breathable mesh with synthetic leather reinforcements so you’re getting a light and glove like fit while still getting the lateral and medial support around your foot ensuring a stable lifting stance. For that added insurance of fit stability, the Merrell are also fitted with a Velcro strap to secure the forefoot.

As the Merrell Barefoot Hammer Glove offers natural stability and balance as well as a light weight design, these are perfect shoes for all facets of CrossFit training.

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The Men’s Merrell Hammer Glove in Ice Denim Blue. This shoe is super lightweight and has a zero toe to heel drop while still providing side stability. Click on the image for more information.

The Hammer Glove are specifically designed for men and don’t have that many color options, offering mainly greys and black shades. For women looking for the same features of the Hammer Glove but in a shoe designed specifically for women, Merrell also make the women’s Barefoot Train Crush Glove shoe which has similar features to the Hammer Glove with a  zero drop, a super lightweight and flexible design. The Train Crush has less mesh covering overall making it not quite as breathable as the Hammer and does not come with the Velcro forefoot strap. The Merrell Train Crush Glove does however come in a far greater range of colors and designs.

Merrell Barefoot Train Crush Glove

The women’s Merrell Barefoot Train Crush glove also has a zero tow to heel drop off like the men’s Hammer Glove but comes in a far greater range of colors. Click on the image to find out more information.

On average, you can pick up a pair of the the Hammer Gloves for around $114, while the Train Crush Gloves come in at around $110.

Pros – zero toe to heel drop making for perfectly neutral and natural running motion

Cons – Hammer Glove only available in men’s designs (women have other design options and similar shoe specs by opting for a different style of shoe)

 

The Verdict

Like any piece of CrossFit apparel your perfect fit for the best shoes for CrossFit is going to depend on your body and your overall workout needs. A lot of CrossFitters, like any other athletes prefer to rotate their shoes depending on their specific training needs for the day. The best weightlifting shoes for CrossFit, for example is the Reebok Lifter, but good as the Lifters are for weight training, they’re not so great for running or swift footed plyometric exercises. So, if you’re after a single pair of shoes to do the trick for your full workout from sprints to lifts, there are a few options here perfectly suited to the needs of CrossFit training.

If you’re after a fine pair of shoes for all round CrossFit training, you can’t go by the Reebok Nano 2.0. Available in a wide range of colors and designs for both men and women, the Reebok Nano CrossFit shoes are durable and lightweight with a relatively low toe to heel drop offering the best all round natural stability to suit a full range of CrossFit needs. The Reebok Nano CrossFit shoes however can size a touch narrow so if you have a wider foot, choose the New Balance X20 with similar specs to the Nano but available in wider sizes. But, if you’re working out to the extreme side of intense, the NB X20 might not have the durability you’ll need. The NB MX20 is also one of the cheapest shoes for CrossFit available.

If you’re after a super flexible shoe for CrossFit, look no further than the Nike Free 3, a durable and comfortable shoe with unsurpassed flexibility.

For CrossFit athletes looking for a natural and barefoot experience while maintaining the overall cushion and stability of a more traditional sneaker, then the Inov8 F-Lite 195 is the best choice. For CrossFitters who want to go that extra step toward barefoot training then the Merrell Hammer Glove for men or the Merrell Train Crush Glove for women are the best choices for shoes for CrossFit with a zero toe to heel drop. If you’re just getting used to the idea of neutral sole CrossFit training and want to make the change from traditional sports shoes to the barefoot experience gradually, then a good place to start might be the Nike Free 5 or 4s, working your way down to a more neutral minimal shoe.

The right pair of shoes is a critical component of your arsenal of CrossFit equipment, clothing and accessories, so don’t let the wrong pair of shoes get in the way of achieving your maximum results and optimum health and fitness. Finding the best shoes for CrossFit might take some experimenting, but once you’ve made the match the effort will show as your performance soars to unstoppable heights.

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This article reviews Merrell Shoes for CrossFit, specifically the Women’s BareFoot Run Pace Glove.  Remember to check out are many other reviews of the best shoes for CrossFit!

I think it is time.  No, I know it’s time.  You know how I know? I was pushing through the last 400 meter run in our WOD today, and my feet were absolutely soaked.  Yep, definitely time for a new pair of Merrell’s.
I have worn these shoes out completely (but only because I have had them for going on three years now.)  I absolutely love them, too.  The company is all about the outdoors, and provides a multitude of shoes for different outdoor settings.  The first pair of Merrells ever made (by Randy Merrell himself) was a pair of incredibly sturdy hiking boots.  Backing packing magazine was quoted as saying that they were “the most comfortable and functional boots in North America.” From there, the company diversified and now makes footwear that fits with every lifestyle.

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My Merrells are the Women’s Barefoot Run Pace Glove. Click on the picture to check them out on Amazon!

Pros of the Merrell Run Pace Glove for CrossFit

Variety and style. The incredibly variety I spoke of before.  From cross-training to hiking to everyday walking, there truly is a shoe for everyone.  They also come in stylish designs and eye catching colors. Check out a few of the great colors that the Run Pace Glove comes in!

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Click here on any of the picture above to check them out on Amazon, the cheapest place I’ve found to purchase them.
Durability.  These shoes LAST; I purchased a pair of “barefoot” running shoes from them, and mine are still functioning (despite the hole in the bottom.)  WI was concerned initially that a barefoot shoe would not hold up to tough CrossFit workouts, but these shoes did great.
From their website, they provide flat-rate shipping and free exchanges.
The website also provides icons that describe the shoes- these icons, which appear under each shoe, comment on design (“ventilated”, “vegan friendly”, and “traction”, to name a few examples.)

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As you can see in this picture, these shoes can really take a beating!

Click here or on the picture above to check them out on Amazon

Comfort.  Those of you who have read my other reviews will know that I also have a pair of Vibram Five Fingers [link]. I chose these instead of investing in another pair of Vibrams because my toes were constantly cold with the five-finger design.  The Merrells give excellent minamlist, barefoot functionality without the discomfort that was occuring with the Vibrams. I would honestly buy this exact pair of Merrells again in a heart beat.  They are comfortable, cute and breathable.

Cons of the Merrell Run Pace Glove for CrossFit
   Pricing.   As a college student I would not have been able to afford these shoes on my own; I requested them as a birthday present in fact.  They run at about $100 a pair on the Merrell Website.  That being said, you are paying for quality- and since they last so long, you will end up saving money (and thanking me too for these great shoes!).  Moreover, if you look around at places like Amazon, you can find some great deals. For example, as I write this, you can find a pair on Amazon for only $58.95!

Lifting. One other issue that a Crossfitter in particular might run into is the ability to lift in these shoes. They do have a flat-ish bottom, but not a solid platform like a pair of converse or real weight lifting shoes.  They are designed for running, and are particuluarly good for explosive movements like box jumps and double unders.

For those of you who want a bit more detail on the specifics of the shoe, here are the specs:

  • Microfiber and breathable mesh upper section
  • There’s a special, patented, Merrell Omni-Fit™ lacing system.  This provides a very secure fit, which makes it feel glove like, hence the word “glove’ in the name!
  • Rubber toe caps give it extra durability, which I can attest to!
  • A special section on the rear provides extra stability.
  • There’s an anti-microbial footbed.  This prevents the shoe from smelling. A big bonus!
  • Zero heel to toe drop. As the serious CrossFitter knows, this is one of the key features to look for in a shoe for CrossFit.  It keeps you grounded, and prevents heel striking.
  • A Vibram sole, so you know you’re getting the best barefoot technology in your shoes!

 

Merrell Women's Run Pace Glove

The Merrells use a Vibram sole, so you know you’re getting best barefoot technology

Click here or on the picture to purchase

Conclusion

As I’ve written throughout this article, I really love these shoes.  They’re comfortable, stylish and great value for money.  If you’re looking to invest in a new pair of shoes for CrossFit, I would definitely recommend the Merrell Run Pace Glove!

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What are the best shoes for CrossFit? This article considers how the Vibram Five Fingers measure up as CrossFit-optimal shoe.  Be sure to also check out our article outlining the key characteristics to look for in shoes For CrossFit!

Running sucks. Really, I hate it. Every time I see that our WOD includes running of any sort (400m runs, miles, you know the deal) I want to pull the covers over my head and stay in my warm bed. While nothing can completely wash away my fiery hatred of running, the right pair of shoes can help.
Enter Vibram five fingers.

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Amazon sells a great selection of Vibram Five Fingers. Click on the picture to check them out!

What’s the deal with these weird looking shoes? The first rubber soled shoes were actually mountaineering boots; however, this concept was applied generations later to running shoes. As a former collegiate runner and CEO of Vibram USA, Tony Post recognized the power that these shoes had.
Vibrams come with many unique benefits:

  •  Decreased pain. These shoes tend to prevent knee pain and soreness . Vibrams allow the foot the strike in a natural way, allowing for a strong grip in a variety of settings. When running in Vibrams, the forefoot strikes the ground, just below our natural center of gravity. This leads to greater balance with less impact on joints.

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  •  Quality material. While the shoes seem to provide minimal protection, the sole is actually quick sturdy; I have had my pair for over two years now with no damage.

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  • Increased lower leg strength. Due to the forefoot strike, the calf and foot muscles are targeted more heavily than in regular shoes.
  • Style options. These shoes come in a variety of colors and styles, including open or closed toed, lace up or Velcro, and “five fingered” or normal.

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Click here or on the pictures to check them out!

Vibrams do, however, come with some other characteristics:

  • The look. Let’s face it…they look a bit, well, odd. When I wear mine (outside the box, of course), I get some weird looks. The normally toed versions do attract less attention however.
  • The (good) muscle soreness. I was actually excited to go for a run when my vibrams first arrived. The next day, however, my calves were sore like never before! The new style of running takes a while to adjust to, and should be done incrementally.
  • The smell. If not washed properly, these shoes stink. There are some ways to avoid the smell, however. One way is to purchase five fingered socks (or just wear normal socks for the other version.) If you do not wish to do this, simply follow the washing instructions.

Conclusion

Overall, I really like these barefoot shoes for CrossFit. They fit in nicely with my primal lifestyle as I feel more connected to the earth without a big chunk of synthetic material between my foot and the dirt. They’ve also helped me develop my calf and foot muscles, and have lasted quite a long time. Most importantly, they make me more excited (definitely not excited, but more so than before!) to run my butt off!

In terms of the best place to buy them, there are many options, but one of your best bets, and cheapest I’ve found, is at Amazon.  The link to their Vibram shoes is here.

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Weightlifting Shoes for CrossFit: Review of the Nike Romaleos 2

March 26, 2013

We’re very fortunate to have another expert review of shoes for CrossFit by Dr. Ben Frazer of CrossFitSouthYarra.com, this time of the Nike Romaleos 2. The Nike Romaleos 2 are Nike’s flagship olympic weightlifting shoe.  Unfortunately they are mostly sold out currently, but there are still a few pairs left at certain sizes from Rogue. […]

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Shoes for CrossFit: Review of New Balance Men’s MT20v2 Minimus Trail Running Shoe

March 12, 2013

When searching for the perfect shoe to Crossfit in, I tried many different options. From traditional Nike Training models, to Innov8s designed specifically for Crossfit. The shoe that has become my “go to” every day, do anything shoe is the New Balance Minimus MT20v2 Trail Running Shoe. Being in a situation which requires constantly varied, […]

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Reebok CrossFit Nano 2.0 Expert Video Review

March 4, 2013

Welcome to our first video review! Big thanks to Ben Frazer from CrossFit South Yarra for the expert review.  Please find out more about him and CrossFit South Yarra here. You can purchase the Reebok CrossFit Nano’s shoes here. Appologies for the background noise.  We’ve put a transcript of the interview below so that you can […]

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CrossFit Reebok Nano 2.0 – We Review The New CrossFit Shoes

June 24, 2012

So as most of you will have heard, the new CrossFit Reebok Nano 2.0s are out. This is the first major product release that CrossFit Reebok has made for sometime, so it’s quite exciting. Unfortunately, we haven’t had a chance to trial them out yet, but we’ve scoured the web for all the information you […]

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The new Reebok CrossFit Nano 3.0s are ready for Pre-buy!

June 27, 2013

We’re very excited to announce that the new Reebok CrossFit Nan0 3.0s are ready for pre-buy. After months of anticipation from the CrossFit community, the Reebok CrossFit Nano 3.0 is finally available for pre-buy, to be shipped on 7/1! Top CrossFitters from around the country have been seen testing the next generation Nano, and reviews […]

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Which Reebok CrossFit shoe is best for you?

May 5, 2012

Do Reebok CrossFit shoes stand up to the hype? Reebok CrossFit shoes are probably the best known line of CrossFit shoes on the market today; Athletes wear them in the CrossFit Games and logging more than 18 months in research and design, they were the world’s first shoes designed by and for CrossFitters.   But are […]

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Shoes for CrossFit – We review the best of 2013!

February 4, 2012

If you are going to purchase only one item of clothing for CrossFit, make it a pair of CrossFit-suitable shoes. Good shoes for CrossFit are essential addition to your collection of CrossFit-optimized gear.  And while you are right in thinking that any shoes can be worn to participate in your CrossFit WOD, there are certainly […]

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