CrossFit Shoes for Women
Crossfit is taking over the world!
Ok, probably not taking over…but the sport has seen a growth rate of over 150% year after year, making it one of the quickest growing sports in the world.
If you did not know Crossfit is defined as “constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity.” At a very basic level Crossfit workouts challenge you to train with a variety of exercises at high intensity for time. The sport does not involve a lot of equipment; to get started you just need a strong work ethic, a desire to challenge yourself, and some of the best Crossfit shoes for women.
One of the major differences between typical physical training and Crossfit is the variety of movements. Greg Glassman has given the brief description of fitness, “Practice and train major lifts: deadlift, clean, squat, presses, clean and jerk, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climbs, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast. Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy.”
Combining so many different exercises together for one workout requires skill, endurance, strength, and the proper equipment to accommodate such a variety of movements.
In this article we are going to focus specifically on CrossFit shoes, why they are crucial to your workout and then offer a quick glance of some of the best crossfit shoes for women.
Womens Crossfit Shoe Basics
First and foremost, cross training shoes and Crossfit shoes are not the same thing, period. Generally Crossfit shoes are going to be thicker, heavier, more supportive, and have a flat sole for lifting.
The shoe material is usually more durable than a typical training shoe due to the variety of workouts and equipment. Some basic examples of why this is important are seen with rope climbs and the constant rubbing of shoe to rope and heavy lifting where you foot can contact the knurl of a barbell.
A Crossfit shoe is also typically heavier, more supportive, and have a flat sole due to the heavy lifts and quick movements performed during a Crossfit workout. In any given workout you can squat or deadlift multiples of your body weight which requires exceptional arch and ankle support. Crossfit shoes also have a flat sole allowing your foot to make even contact with the floor during heavy lifts for proper balance and form.
You may be thinking that there are some shoes out there that offer some of benefits but shoes designed specifically for Crossfit are the only type that offer all of these benefits within the same shoe.
You can and many do workout with cross training, running, or basketball shoes but you will be lacking support in some of the above mentioned areas (lifting, climbing, running, jumping, squatting, etc.).
At some point you will need to get the correct shoe for your sport, and when you do the results will be amazing. You will have more control of your movements, feel more supported while training, and find yourself more comfortable performing a variety of exercises.
To kick this off we will start with the Nano 4.0 – 7.0 as this shoe has been a proven trainer throughout the years.
Reebok Women’s Crossfit Nano 7.0 Track Shoe
The new Reebok Nano 7.0 features a multi-surface outsole that takes on rope climbs and burpees with ease. The external heel counter creates a stable feel for lifting and the updated Nano tooling and nanoweave upper speak true CrossFit style. The Nano 7.0 introduces the power launch toe box 4mm heel-to-toe drop with anatomical toe box and a low-cut design for a natural feel and ankle mobility. This shoe also has a crystallized rubber outsole for natural flexibility and a 360-degree TPU heel wrap for a locked-in feel. Read more…
Reebok Women’s R Crossfit Nano 6-0 Cross-Trainer
The Reebok CrossFit Nano 6.0 has a re-engineered anatomical design that makes for a more locked-in stability that functions flawlessly through WODs. Plus, the precision details like the textured RopePro+ shank let you tackle CrossFit-specific activities with confidence. A tri-blend foam fusion technology midsole, piston technology lugged outsole, and Kevlar infused upper ratchets up the durability for one unforgettable shoe. Read more…
Reebok Women’s Crossfit Nano 5.0 Training Shoe
At the time Reebok’s lightest, strongest, and most innovative Nano, the Reebok CrossFit Nano 5.0 is constructed with Kevlar. The extremely durable Kevlar material is infused on the entire upper, specifically where you need it for the ultimate support and protection. The re-engineered shape, fits your foot even better than before with a more precise anatomical design including a newly developed contoured heel counter. The Nano 5.0 also features the NanoShell midsole, which is a hard Thermoplastic polyurethane shell that supports the foot during medial and lateral movements as well as heavy lifts while still providing a soft contact for the foot. Read more…
Reebok Women’s Crossfit Nano 4.0 Training Shoe
Updated with all new rope climbing capabilities and a protective mesh-like cage, the Reebok® CrossFit® Nano 4.0 takes your training sessions to the next level. Duracage™ protective upper keeps your foot locked in and good to go, while utilizing open-weave mesh upper with synthetic overlays for comfort, fit, and breath-ability. Padded collar and tongue with a lace closure ensures a snug fit, all while taking advantage of a low-cut design for added mobility. The breathable mesh lining has a removable sock liner for additional cushioning that can easily accommodate orthotics. The Nano has a full length low profile, EVA mid-sole for cushioning, and RopePro protective wrap for support during rope climbs. If everything the Nano offers isn’t enough the DuraGrip toe wrap will make you a believer, implemented for durability, forefoot grooves, and flexibility. Read more…
Nike Women’s Metcon 2 Training Shoe
The Nike Metcon 2 is a top tier cross-training sneaker designed for intense workouts that include heavy lifting, flexibility work, sprints, and climbs. They are constructed with a dual-density foam mid-sole for pressure reliving cushioning and lasting support, Flywire mid-foot technology that helps lock your foot into place, and a flat and stable platform that promotes explosive lifting. The Metcon also uses a zero-drag heel specifically designed for hand-stand push ups making this one of the most universal Crossfit shoes for women. Read more…
Adidas Women’s Crazypower Tr W Cross Trainer
The Adidas Crazypower Trainer features a low-profile cushioning and slightly wider forefoot which allow your foot to expand more naturally. A rubber cage provides support and durability, and a high-traction outsole keeps you surefooted while moving in any direction. Read more…
PUMA Women’s Pulse XT V2 Ft Wns Cross-Trainer
This training shoe is one of lightest most flexible training shoes that Puma has ever created. It features a modern upper that is breathable and a responsive footbed technology that provides the perfect underline to every workout: breathability, resilience, and support. Read more…
ASICS Women’s GEL-Fit Sana Cross-Training Shoe
The ASICS GEL-Fit Sana training shoe is ready to take on almost any workout the gym can throw at you. It’s ultra-lightweight design is perfectly balanced with the stretchable MONO-SOCK fit system, a flexible fit upper that gives you support in every direction as well as the flexibility for intense dynamic movement. The Sana has rear foot GEL cushioning, a low-profile mid-sole, and a AHAR+ high-abrasion out sole for increased durability. Read more…
The Correct Shoe
Just as runners use running shoes, basketball players wear basketball shoes, and soccer players wear cleats, a Crossfit athlete or boxlete should wear Crossfit shoes that are specifically designed for their sport.
No other sport has such a wide variety of movements just as no other shoe offers such a variety of benefits. Protect and comfort your feet as you would your hands with grips or knees with braces. Good luck and train hard!