The Top 5 Crossfit Shoes for Women (2021)

Updated: January 22, 2021
Crossfit training incorporates a number of diverse sports elements including high-intensity interval training, powerlifting and gymnastics. With that diversity in mind, you can quickly see why it is hard to find a shoe that works to improve your performance and safety in all aspects of crossfit training. Fortunately, these shoes do exist.

Let’s start by looking at what features we want our ideal shoe to have. The best trainers have a highly cushioned midsole, with arch support built into the insole, and flexible, breathable fabric uppers. The best shoes for weightlifting, however, have non-compressible, stiff midsoles, a slight heel, no arch support, and stiff, snug uppers. How can we get the best of both worlds?

Crossfit shoes typically combine the key features of weightlifting shoes with an increased use of lightweight materials. They have a flat sole and good grip to give you the stability needed in weightlifting. They also have some flexibility in the forefoot area for exercises that include sprinting and agility. The shoes tend to have very little cushioning because cushioning can throw your balance off in weightlifting, agility movements, and plyometrics.

Since sprinting and running typically make up only a small part of crossfit training, the shoes you choose need to be passable to run short distances only. In addition to the flat, slip-resistant sole and minimal padding for safety, it’s a good idea to look for shoes that have added durability features. Crossfit shoes take a lot of abuse and those without added durability won’t last very long.

1. Nike Women’s Metcon 5

Nike Women’s Metcon 5
  • The wide, stable heel provides the stability needed to lift weights safely, and as an added feature, the shoe also includes a removable Hyperlift insert for those exercises where a heel improves performance.
  • The shoe has a flexible forefront to improve performance in exercises that require flexibility, such running and cardio.
  • Textured embroidery adds durability to the high-wear areas of the upper.
Nike Women’s Metcon 5

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2. Reebok Nano 9 Women’s Training Shoes

Reebok Nano 9 Women’s Training Shoes
  • Some midsole cushioning provides shock absorbency, making short runs more comfortable.
  • A roomy toe box and wide fit allow your toes to splay for a better grip and improved stability. These same features also make the shoes a good choice for those with wide feet or some health issues, like bunions.
  • The wide stable base is ideal for weightlifting.
Reebok Nano 9 Women’s Training Shoes

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3. No Bull Trainers

  • The uppers are constructed from SuperFabric®, making these trainers virtually indestructible.
  • The lug pattern on the outsole provides terrific traction for increased safety.
  • These shoes have a medial rope grip to improve your performance in rope-climbing exercises.

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4.7

4. New Balance Women’s Minimus 20v7

New Balance Women’s Minimus 20v7
  • The flat, zero-drop soles help to provide the stability needed for weightlifting.
  • The Vibram soles provide excellent traction to improve stability as well as the ground feel that helps weightlifters achieve proper form.
  • The knit fabric upper is made from nylon-infused yarn that improves the shoes’ durability and also provides lateral support for your feet.
New Balance Women’s Minimus 20v7

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5. Reebok Women’s Crossfit Grace

Reebok Women’s Crossfit Grace
  • This shoe is sleek and lightweight, which makes it super comfortable.
  • Added toe protection increases the shoe’s durability in the toe area, which is especially helpful since crossfit includes exercises like toe-to-bars and burpees.
  • The rubber outsole improves durability and traction.
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