Best Crossfit Shoes for Women Reviews 2019
updated January 1, 2019
CrossFit is a combination of weightlifting, calisthenics, high-intensity interval training and more. CrossFit athletes often work ‘til they drop, such are the demands of the box. When it comes to footwear the 10 best CrossFit shoes for women fall into two categories: the good and the great. In this review we’ll focus on what we consider to be the top three CrossFit shoes available to women, then narrow things down to a best overall shoe.
Crossfit Shoe Reviews For Women:
Crossfit began some 15 years ago, CrossFit and has grown into an international fitness phenomenon with adherents who ply the edge of physical endurance and demand as much of their equipment as they do of themselves. No shoe survives for long in the box unless it displays incredible durability and versatility. So let’s get started with our top three.
Reebok’s newest Crossfit shoe, The Nano, features high performance, extreme comfort and long lasting durability. The Nano - already one of the best crossfit shoes women can buy - delivers the bite you need to handle ferocious maneuvers and the grip you’ll need to fly up the rope.
Distinguished by the aggressive cross-bracing on its exterior, the Nano is available in a dizzying array of color combinations sure to please the more fashion conscious CrossFit enthusiast. Features include:
Some of the features:
- 4mm drop heel to toe
- Duracage open weave upper
- RopePro exterior protective wrap
- Excellent shock absorption characteristics
The PUMA Women's Cell Riaze Cross-Training Shoe has been making a big splash since it's release not so long ago.
Reviewers on Amazon LOVE the comfort of this shoe. Some reviewers even going as far as saying they never knew running could be so enjoyable. This shoe is PUMA's answer to the Reebok Crossfit series that is so popular right now.
These shoes are definitely more affordable, and look great. However, there were complaints that those who find it most comfortable were those with narrow feet. If you are someone who has wider feet you may want to steer clear of these.
Some of the features:
- Extreme comfort, snug fit
- Tons of cushioning
- Durable / Heavy Duty
- Raised heel for optimal deadlift / squat form
- Perfect for narrow feet
- Edgy, modern design
The zero drop on the Bare-XF 210 makes it an ideal shoe for Oly weightlifting tasks and an excellent performer on the track, where it really shines in the sprints. The XF 210 is also prized for its ability to propel you up the rope and cover you during even the most extreme workout of the day.
The shoe weighs about the same as the MX20V3 (which is to say not much) and provides cheetah like agility and that rare feeling of being in complete control. Other key features include:
Some of the features:
- Lightweight but durable materials
- High degree of comfort
- Excellent grip
- Zero drop
Our Favorite -
Best Women’s CrossFit Shoes
Reebok CrossFit Nano 4.0
This is perhaps the closest contest we’ve had to determine a ‘best of’ shoe in any category. All three of these CrossFit shoes are first rate kit for your trials in the box and all are in a similar price range. With nearly everything else being even, our selection of the Reebok CrossFit Nano 4.0 came down to the incredible grip displayed by its combination of light weight, and build quality.
While you will pay a premium price for these, you can rest assured that these will last for a very long time.
The Reebok CrossFit Nano 4.0 is a great shoe that will enable you to push performance envelopes while staying safe and comfortable.
While the above review cites our choice for the three CrossFit shoes for women you may want to cast a wider net and that’s understandable. You certainly have an incredible variety of quality CrossFit shoes to pick from including the New Balance MX20V3 Minimus, Puma Bioweb Elite, Vibram Five Fingers Bikila and Onitsuka Tigers just to name a few. To learn more about our best CrossFit shoe for women - the Nike Free 5.0 - check out this video.
The Best of the Rest
No Bull are a relative newcomer to the fitness show market who re getting some serious attention for their ultra-comfortable, high functioning cross training shoes. The one piece upper design is very different from the flashy multi piece looks of most of the competition. This shoe is extremely versatile. It will provide you with the rigidity and comfort you need when lifting heavy and then immediately give you the traction, grip and support you need for running and agility work.
Even though it doesn’t look like a running shoe, the No Bull trainer provides a great deal of comfort and support during your run. They have a good deal of cushioning in the soles to deliver shock absorption but not too much that it will negatively impact your heavy lifting in the gym.
The No Bull is one of the most supportive all purpose CrossFit shoes that we have ever come across. This is no doubt partly due to the one piece upper design. The sole is very secure, providing you with a high level of grip and rigidity during your heavy lifting. However, it still provides you with flexibility and give to perform such plyometric moves as box jumps.
The upper grip of the No Bull trainer is made from a super fabric that has been designed to provide a superior level of hold when doing rope climbing work. These shoes also have a high level of breathability, keeping your feet cool and sweat free during your workout.
The Reebok CrossFit TR is a very comfortable, versatile cross trainer that comes in at a very good price point. This is a very lightweight shoe that is extremely breathable. The one downside of the CrossFit TR is that it does not provide the high level of support that you need for your heavy lifting moves. That’s because it has slightly more cushioning than you need for ultimate rigidity and support.
The CrossFit TR excels when it comes to running. They provide you with a great balance between comfort and squishiness. This makes them ideal for running and light weight lifting. The shoe provides great balance and sensitivity. It also offers a good level of ankle support. The flared outsole provides a slightly wider base than you find on most shoes.
This shoe grips well on the rope when doing rope climbs. Thin mesh uppers re a great addition, as they do not add too much pressure to any one part of the shoe. Overall, the CrossFit TR provides you with the lightweight feel off a running shoe nd the stability and support of a training shoe. It is a good all purpose shoe but those who are planning on doing heavy work under the bar may want to go for a more supportive, less cushioning show like the No Bull trainer.
The Women’s Nike Metcon 4 will provide you with a supportive, rigid base from which to lift weight, but is not the best shoe for running or plyometrics. Nike seem to have fallen a little behind the competition when it comes to finding the balance between weight lifting and plyometrics since they introduced their first version o the Metcon in 2014. The big problem with this shoe is that it is too stiff. That’s great for weightlifting but not so much when it comes to running and jumping.
The Metcon 4 really shines when it comes to rope climbing. It features a sticky rubber that wraps up the insole to provide great grip contact with the rope. This will help you to get up the rope faster than ever. The Metcon 4 has made the following advances over the Metcon 3 . . .
- The upper is more durable with printed haptic star shapes printed on high wear areas
- The upper has added cushioning and there is more fabric on the tongue
- Precise lacing with n added set of eye-lits for precision fitting
The Metcon 4 is not an overly breathable shoe. Its best application is as a medium to heavy training shoe, rather than for use during workouts that involve running and plyometrics.
The Conviction X is a good general purpose CrossFit shoe that you can pick up for a good price. They are great for light weight lifting and running but not so good when you are ready to go heavy on the weights. As such, this is a good choice for beginners to CrossFit.
You will be able to wear these shoes for your Metcon workouts on most occasions. However, when you are planning to incorporate some heavy lifts into the session, you will want to have a second pair in your training bag to change into. When it comes to running, the Conviction X provides you with a light, comfortable feel and good cushioning. However, it doesn’t provide you with enough cushioning for longer runs.
This shoe provides a solid platform for lifting. At the same time it limits side to side movement. This hoe has slightly narrower feel than many of the competition. This helps the foot feel well grounded in the shoe. The upper of the shoe is made from ‘Rhynoskin’ in order to prevent it from damage when doing rope climbs. However, this covering is extremely slippery on a rope. This prevents you from keeping your feet in place, making it harder to get up the rope.
The Conviction X is a breathable shoe, with mesh tongue and toe box that allow air to run through nicely.
The Asics Women’s Gel Fit Sana 2 is a good all purpose CrossFit shoe. It will allow you to transition seamlessly from weight lifting to plyometric training in the gym. However, it’s not a great shoe for running. This is an extremely lightweight shoe. It provides you with a soft mesh upper that reduces weight and increases breathability. A nice addition is the woven band heel cage to deliver support and comfort and the back of the foot.
Rear foot gel cushioning supports your heels even more that are great for shock absorption. The low profile of the midsole enhances the snugness, comfort and grip of the fit. The shoe features the AHAR high abrasion outsole. This makes for a very strong, durable covering. The overall build quality of the shoe is very good.
The Inov-8 Women’s F-Lite 235 provides you with a great level of functionality and support for all of the plyometric and running type movements that you will encounter in CrossFit. However, it’s not so good for the weightlift part of your workout. The outsole of this show features a 33mm deep cleat to ensure a superior level of grip and traction. This makes them great for all of the agility type movement that is usually associated with CrossFit training.
The compressed EVA midsole of the 235 that delivers a good level of support, especially at the arches. You also get a high level of shock absorbency. The shoe features a slightly raised heel that suits well to running but does not provide enough height to put you in the ideal biomechanical positioning for squatting and other heavy lifting moves.
This is very minimalistic shoe which is made from extremely lightweight mesh, along with TPU upper materials. It all adds up to very light and impressively breathable shoe. The mesh design of the shoe makes for a very strong build.
The Powerlifter range of weightlifting shoes from Adidas can be considered their budget line. That doesn’t mean to say, though, that they are not a quality shoe – they are. They actually represent great value for money when compared to their market rivals. The Powerlifter 3 is the next step up from the old Powerlifter 2. It is essentially the same shoe but with some minor tweaks.
The strap on the Powerlift 3 is larger than on the previous version. This provides for better lockdown and a more secure hold when you are lifting heavy. This shoe also has a raised heel, to the height of 15 mm (0.6 inches). This is not as high as you get on some competing models, but it is sufficient to provide you with good biomechanical positioning when you are doing squats.
The sole of the Powerlifter 3 features a weight distribution plate which allows the sole to be made if a lighter material. This makes for a surprisingly lightweight shoe considering the substantive nature of the sole. You get a solid base to really grip the ground with this shoe.
The Powerlifter 3 provides for maximum energy transfer to prevent energy leaks as you are pushing weight. While the Powerlifter 3 is a very functional weightlifting shoe, it has limited use when it comes to the plyometric and running side of CrossFit. It lacks the flexibility in the mid and toe regions to comfortably allow for jumping and agility moves.
The Nike Lady’s Free 5.0 shoe is marketed as a minimalist shoe and is the successor to the Nike Free 3.0. The most striking update is the addition of a Dynamic Flywire in the midfoot lacing system. This is an extremely flexible shoe, which can be a blessing and a curse. It will allow for ultimate freedom of movement but will not provide the structure needed for proper ankle support. That means that this show will be great for running and jumping but of negligible benefit if you are about to go under the heavy bar.
This shoe does not fit true to size. You are best advised to order a half size more than your actual foot size in order to compensate. The shoe does provide a generous amount of cushioning. The heel to toe differential on the Free 5.0 is 9 mm, which is about ideal for biomechanically efficient runners. The midsole features Phylon EVA foam material, providing a firm feel. The newly designed upper of this shoe gives it a slightly lighter overall weight than its previous version.
The Mizuno Women’s Wave Creation 19 is a high end cross trainer that is designed for neutral runners. It is best for people who have a narrow foot width. It features Infinity Wave technology with improved geometry for better underfoot protection. The outsole of the Creation 19 uses X10 in the heel and forefront region. Th carbon rubber material provides durability to the shoe. The midsole is made from an elastic thermal plastic material. This enables a springy feel and a good level of energy return.
The Mizuno Wave Creation 19 features Smooth Ride underfoot grooves that are designed to provide for a rapid increase or decrease in speed for a smooth heel to toe transition. This shoe also features gender engineering, with the men’s and women’s version having slight variations. Dynamotion Fit makes use of three panels cross the upper of the shoe for a snug fit that is also breathable.
Although this is an effective running shoe but not so much on the weightlifting side. If you are transitioning from plyometrics to heavy weight lifting you will want to have a second pair of shoes in your training bag.
As we said at the beginning of our CrossFit shoes for women review any of the top 10 or so best womens CrossFit shoes are excellent examples of athletic footwear so chances are you’re not going to be disappointed regardless of which shoe you choose.
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My name is Jim Roose. I'm a former competitive power lifter and gym owner. I've bought millions of dollars of fitness equipment over the last 20 years. This site is my way of giving back to the fitness community that's done so much for me. Every article on here is carefully researched and written by me. Leave a comment if you have any questions.