7 CrossFit Shoes That Crush Intense Workouts

Because to you, kettlebell swings and rope climbs are just a warm-up.

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Few people do CrossFit casually: either you've never done it, or CrossFit is life! The workouts, as described by the founder, are "constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity." The Workouts of the Day ("WODs") blend functional movements from various sports, such as gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing, and more. The exercise routines are constantly changing, and because they're so dynamic, you'll need a shoe that's flexible, supportive, and durable at the same time, so you can perform at high levels with less risk of injury. We've rounded up the top CrossFit training shoes, so you can spend less time researching and more time getting fit with your #fitfam.

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Reebok CrossFit Nano 8.0 Flexweave (Women's)

Men's, $90.99  BUY NOW

Reebok is the official partner and sponsor of CrossFit, so it's no surprise their shoes are exactly what the athletes want (and demand). Reebok made this update with an engineered woven upper called Flexweave — it's more flexible, breathable, and durable than previous versions, so it performs better over the long haul. A lower cut gives you more range of motion for quicker transitions, and the midsole has just a 4-millimeter drop from heel-to-toe, creating a super stable platform for heavier lifts. The interior bootie construction has been updated, too, so these CrossFit shoes fit like your favorite part of around-the-house socks. 

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New Balance
New Balance Minimus 40 Training Shoes (Men's)

Women's, $89.99 BUY NOW

Strength training? Perfect. Short runs? No problem. New Balance updated their Minimus 40 Trainer to be more versatile than ever before, with a Rapid Rebound midsole that mimics the cushion and response typical of a running shoe. It also features RevLite in the heel — a compound that's lighter than traditional midsole foams, but offers the same great cushioning and stability. And don't forget the Vibram outsole that grips like a hiking shoe. We love this pair as our daily driver, capable of crushing any WOD (Workout of the Day) with ease.

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Nike Metcon 4 Cross-Training Shoes (Women's)

Men's, $129.48 BUY NOW

From box jumps to kettlebell swings, power cleans to rope climbs, you'll need a shoe that has your back. Nike's Metcon has a platform that's strong and stable, helping you feel connected to the ground; yet it's flexible and lightweight, so you're quicker in sprints. This fourth generation also features a new textured mesh upper that's stronger than ever, so these shoes will go the distance on your fitness journey. And surprise, surprise — Nike made a style that we're borderline obsessed with. 

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inov-8 F-Lite 235 V2 Cross-Trainer Shoe (Women's)

Men's, $130.00 BUY NOW

If you haven't heard of inov-8, catch up! Their shoes are gaining steam in the CrossFit scene, as they're a super versatile cross-training pair loved by both men and women. The super dense heel gives you more support for power lifting, the grippy outsole lets you change directions at the drop of a hat and grip ropes like a monkey, and the toe bumper improves durability to increase the life of the shoes. Go ahead — push your limits with every workout. 

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Nike Romaleos 3 Weightlifting Shoe (Men's)

Women's, $189.90 BUY NOW

When CrossFit is life, you'll eventually want a shoe that's specifically for weight training days. This one from Nike has uppers made of mesh and synthetic leather, with integrated Flywire cables that cradle your foot for support and a midfoot strap that gives you a locked-down, stable feel. The Romaleos also has a wide, strong base that provides a solid platform for lifting, as well as interchangeable insoles that can deliver soft or firm support, depending on your preferences and regimen. One power clean personal record, coming right up!

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Puma Fierce Lasercut Training Sneakers (Women's)

Rihanna's line of training shoes was designed for badass chicks by one herself. This update to her original sneaker has a sassy-yet-sporty style. It was designed for performance at high intensities, with a mesh upper that breathes to release heat, a thicker heel that cushions impact, and upgraded solid rubber outsole pods that provide superb traction when your wheels are churning at top speed.

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Reebok CrossFit Nano 2.0 (Men's)

Women's, $110 BUY NOW

Back for a second round, Reebok's Nano 2.0 is a solid CrossFit shoe for both gym days and competitions. The company's 3D Fuse Frame construction wraps your foot snugly, while enhanced lateral supports in the uppers provide stability you'll appreciate with quick direction changes. The low-profile midsole provides a strong platform for lifting. Even with all the support and flexibility they provide, the Nano 2.0 is still incredibly flexible, so you won't be restricted in any way.