A decade ago, asking someone about their WOD might get you a funny look. But these days, the Workout of the Day is damn near ubiquitous — as is the host of footwear options aimed squarely at pleasing CrossFit fiends the world over.
But just because there are dozens of CrossFit-friendly shoes flooding the market doesn't mean any old shoe will do. In our assessments of what's out there, we've identified some of the best while considering key factors like cost and preferred moves, from cardio to kettlebell swings.
So whether you're a seasoned CrossFitter or just getting into the game, you're sure to find a pick here that's right up your alley. All that's left to do is strap them on, rip through your next workout, flex and scream to your fellow athletes, "WOD's up now??" Then quietly pack your things and go.
Best Overall CrossFit Shoes: Reebok Nano X1
We've been big Nano fans ever since meeting the shoe a couple generations ago, with 2019's Nano 9. That shoe's combination of comfort, breathability and a minimal drop, super-stable base to support big lifts made it our new CrossFit favorite, so much so that we named it one of the best fitness products of the year.
Two iterations later, Reebok is still tweaking that winning formula. Billed as "the official shoe of fitness," the Nano X1 boasts a number of upgrades: an even more breathable flexweave knit upper, a comfort collar for a secure fit and best of all, the brand's signature Floatride Energy Foam in the forefoot. That makes this shoe just as ready to hit repeated sprints as tackle big kettlebell swings.
Best Upgrade CrossFit Shoes: Mizuno TC-11
Best known for running, Mizuno wouldn’t dare step foot in the hardcore fitness game without being pretty sure it had something special. And the brand does in the TC-11, which is easily one of the more progressive training shoes on this list.
In addition to a fully knit upper and a socklike liner for unmatched comfort, these shoes distinguish themselves via Mizuno’s C.O.B. (Center of Balance) technology. Sensor pod clusters link the outsole with the midsole, transmitting feedback from the ground to keep you stable and light on your feet no matter how many rounds of box jumps your WOD demands.
Best Value CrossFit Shoes: UA HOVR Rise
While it may not be as fancy as the two shoes above, the UA HOVR Rise is no slouch. At 10.6 ounces, it’s actually lighter than both of those, and its bouncy foam midsole will make you feel even more like you’re bounding on air. Meanwhile the mesh upper is breathable and the full rubber outsole provides plenty of traction no matter what direction you’re headed.
Even at $100, this shoe promised a lot of value, but that factor only increases with the price at $91. A single caveat: the springy midsole and flexible outsole lend themselves much more to cardio-based WODs than heavy lifting-oriented ones.
Most Reliable CrossFit Shoes: Nike Metcon 6
Nike doesn’t keep shoes in its stable for six generations if they aren’t getting the job done better every time out. Thanks to a lightweight mesh upper, the latest Metcon is 18 percent more breathable than the beloved Metcon 5. It's incredibly stable thanks to a grippy rubber outsole. a low, flat, wide heel and firmer foam in the heel for additional security. Then there's the shoe's most distinctive feature: a removable Hyperlift insert lets you adjust heel height depending what exercise is coming up next, so you can tackle cardio-heavy WODs and heavy lifting with equal aplomb.
Most Forward-Thinking CrossFit Shoes: Adidas Futurenatural
You’ve gotta applaud the creativity that went into designing this offbeat training shoe. The most noticeable distinction is that one-of-a-kind footprint, which is wider at the forefoot and heel for added stability. Meanwhile, a Primeknit upper keeps the Futurenatural cool and comfortable, while a weight of just 9 ounces will have you bouncing all over the gym. As with the UA HOVR Rise, this shoe will bring you much more joy during cardio-centric WODs than heavy lifting-oriented ones.
Most Stylish CrossFit Shoes: NoBull Navy Prism Trainer
NoBull’s variety of colors and designs is seemingly endless — and every new trainer it drops seems prettier than the last. This blue beauty is augmented by prismatic graphics lining the outsole. but it’s not just here to look good. It boasts SuperFabric, an ultra durable, breathable and tough fabric on the upper, plus a grippy outsole and high carbon side guards for even more stability and protection. Meanwhile, a molded sockliner delivers cool comfort when you’re struggling through a rope climb or kippered pullups.
Most Wallet-Friendly CrossFit Shoes: Puma FUSE
At a dollar less than UA's HOVR Rise, the Puma FUSE is officially the least expensive shoe on this list. It's also quite new, having just launched last year. But don’t underestimate it. The FUSE rocks a 4 millimeter drop, wide toebox and low internal midsole, providing a super stable base for squats, presses and kettlebell swings. Plus, a supportive TPU heel clip and a high-traction outsole and raised rubber wrap-ups ensure that no matter where your next WOD takes you, your feet will lead the way.