Fall 2018 has finally arrived, Time for verdicts, another year is getting to its end, nevertheless athletes and fitness maniacs are not going to stop working out.
We trained hard all year long, trying out different WODs, programs, gears and of course shoes. Whether it is bodybuilding, weightlifting or cross-training, a good technical shoe must deliver stability and fast response during physical activity to help out reaching your best performance.
These are two of the key factors that I kept in mind when evaluating and ranking the top 6 crossfit shoes to buy in 2018.
Please note these are just my personal opinions: keep in mind you should choose your personal best option considering your feet shape, your training program, aesthetic preferences, etc..
That being said let's dive into the crossfit arena!
#6 - New Balance Minimus 40
The NB Minimus 40 is an outstanding shoe, featuring a robust woven upper, TPU heel clip and flat vibram outsole. These bad boys will assist your feet in the toughest moments of your workout, thanks to the double sided midfoot support; The NB M40 is also one of the most comfortable cross-trainers, it's built with a cushoned midsole featuring the Rapid Rebound insert in the forefoot. Traction is granted when running or box jumping, but proper stability when lifting is ensured by the Rev Lite technology under the heel.
You can purchase the NB Minimus 40 here
#5 - Adidas Powerlift 3.1
The Adidas Powerlift 3.1 is not such a cross-training shoe as it is designed particularly for olympic weightlifting. The reason I included it in this article is that you might want to consider a shoe for heavy squats, deadlifts, snatches etc..
The synthetic leather upper supports and protects well your feet while applying power during your lifts, with the big strap over the laces providing great stability. Both the midsole and the flat outsole are made of TPU, the heel is elevated for improved ankle mobility in exercises like squats.
This shoe has also good flexibility in the forefoot: for many people is one if the most comfortable lifter on the market. You can even try some box squats or alternative exercises but keep in mind this is a shoe for heavy weights with the priority of stability. Another pro of this shoe is the price: with the Adidas Powerlift 3.1 you can have a quality lifter without breaking the bank.
You can purchase the Adidas Powerlift 3.1 here
#4 - Nike Free X Metcon
This is one of my favorite shoes for hybrid training. It's a real cross-trainer of excellent quality and design. Imagine to have two shoes in one: the lightweight of a Nike Free Trainer combined with the imprint of the Nike Metcon. The mesh upper is reinforced with flywire cables providing optimal flexibility combined with resistance for your rope exercises; the wraparound rubber of the outsole confirms this attitude, the TPU insert around the heel and the embroidered tongue promote solid stability for strength training; the outsole is near-flat with pretty deep carving under its bottom for better traction. Despite the cushioned midsole, the Nike Free X Metcon does not forget to add TPU support under the heel.
Long story short: you can train as you wish without being afraid to run, jump and lift wearing the same shoes...with almost no performance loss.
You can purchase the Nike Free X Metcon here
#3 - Nike Metcon 4
One of the most iconic crossfit shoes, the Nike Metcon 4 features noticeable improvements when compared to its previous version. The upper is built with softer texture with a new printing technique, allowing more lightness and flexibility, the midsole is more comfortable as it's made of softer foam.
the outsole is flat and steady, so you can lift/strength conditioning with proper grip, the cushioned forefoot has cuts offering traction, helping out when running/changing direction or jumping. TPU supports are added on the back heel.
You can purchase the Nike Metcon 4 here
#2 - Reebook Crossfit Nano 8.0
Considered the best crossfit shoe by many, the Reebook Crossfit Nano 8.0 is definitely one of the best choices you can make. The upper is made of Flexweave, an innovative mesh designed with the aim in Reebook's mind to reach superior flexibility, transpirancy and resistance.
The heel has a full TPU insert; the shoe feels supporting your arch, but the midsole and the flat outsole confirm their improvements in terms of speed and mobility.
The wide toe box allows comfortable power movements, the herringbone pattern under the forefot ensures all things are under control when sprinting, running or box jumping with remarkable grip.
You can purchase the Reebook Crossfit Nano 8.0 here
#1 - Adidas Crazytrain Elite
The Adidas Crazytrain Elite is one of the best (if not the best) engineered cross-training shoes in terms of comfort combined with stability.
The midsole is entirely made of boost, which is the famous last-generation cushioning material developed in collaboration with German chemical company BASF: it's a particular kind of it, not too much compressible so you have shock absorbing without loosing too much support; the outsole is very grippy and made of a less softer plastic with TPU inserts in the midfoot. Lifting is not such a problem with these bad boys, but - hey - It's a multi-purpose trainer, with a generous toe box and a reniforced mesh upper.
The internal padding will prevent your feet to slip during intense training.
The Adidas Crazytrain Elite is available here
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