All the shoes…..

So a lot of you know that I’m a sucker for a pair of CrossFit kicks (trainers). So what’s the big deal…… FYI the attached photo is my collection of shoes over a few years 😉


Whether you’ve been doing CrossFit for a while or are new to the game, one question pops up frequently: what shoes do I need?


There are a couple of guidelines that we use when choosing a suitable trainer for CrossFit.



  1. The Drop


The “drop” of a shoe measures the difference between the height of the heel and the height of the forefoot.If you’ve owned a pair of high support running shoes, the drop is very large.This is an 8 mm drop. These shoes are made to guide your feet from heel-to-toe… i.e not what you want if you need to stay in your heels for squats and Oly lifts.CrossFit shoes typically have a 4 mm drop. This helps distribute your weight evenly across your foot and is also a more natural foot position.



  1. A Hard sole


This still deals with the issue of stability. When you’re doing heavy Olympic lifts during a WOD, do you want to feel the floor beneath you or feel like you’re on clouds? If you prefer the first option, you’ve answered why most people choose more CrossFit-specific training shoes. These shoes help keep your feet glued to the ground and stay stable regardless of the load.

The details of the workout and use of the shoe, along with your personal shoe preferences are also important when choosing between multiple options.



  1. Durable outer shoe


We’ve talked about the sole, now it’s time to mention the body of the shoe. CrossFit demands you to be prepared for the unknown and unknowable. That can include rope climbs, a trail run, or a max lift. That being said, your shoe needs to help you perform these tasks.


Traction on the top of your shoe is just as important as the traction on the back. This usually comes in the form of a ‘cage’ around the mid-foot and toes. There will likely be a mention of rope climbs when describing this feature. This lateral support not only helps you grip ropes better, but also reinforces proper alignment during the all-important squats.



With all these factors in mind there are a few well known shoes around CrossFit and I’ve tried almost all of them. Most common type would be the reebok Nanos they are onto version 6.0 at the moment and are currently my favorite pair to wear for WODs as well as lifting.


You can also look at brands such as the Nike Metcons, No Bulls and Innovates. As always you have to be comfortable in your training shoes, as well as happy with how they look.


If you’re not sure about what kind you should be looking at buying, let one of the coaches know and we will be more than happy to help.


Coach Oreo