Okay, I’ve done quite a bit of reading over the last week. I’ve looked at CrossFit (CF) forums and I’ve read several articles on foot biomechanics, kinetics, and kinematics. I don’t want you to call me an expert, but there’s a chance the time I’ve spent reading will save you some time. If you’re one of those folks, like me, who gets lost in the weeds when bombarded with too much detail, then I think you’ll appreciate this site.
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Best CrossFit Shoe? Don’t Be Misled.
The name of this website may be a bit misleading. It may lead folks to think that there’s a (no pun intended) “one-size-fits-all” shoe that works best for everyone across every CF application. As with a lot of things in life, it’s not that simple. If you’re serious about CF, you’re going to be putting your body and feet through a huge variety of movements. Some of them will be under your own bodyweight. With others you could be bearing a load more than twice your own weight. I say all this to make a basic point, if you’re serious about excelling at CF (i.e., you track your results and work aggressively to crush your prior PR) it’s very likely you’ll need at least two and possible three pairs of shoes.
Now, I’m at the stage where I follow a CF “lite” regimen. I’m working out in my garage, without a spotter, and without any great training on the power/olympic lifts. I’m not trying to impress anyone – just my wife! I’ve injured my back and neck too many times trying to go too heavy with crappy form (for some reason I lift as if my neck was primarily responsible for every lift!). For a guy like me, I could probably get by with just one pair of shoes. I’ll write a post soon recommending three pairs of shoes that would work well for someone like me.
If you’re serious about CF, however, you’re going to need some specialized kicks. Without them you’ll not only be at a serious competitive disadvantage, you’ll also be at risk for potential injury. The more you get in to heavy lifting and explosive moves, the more you’ll appreciate the mobility, flexibility, and stability that specialized shoes provides. As time goes on I’m going to write posts that discuss:
- The Three Best Powerlifting Shoes
- The Three Best Olympic Lifting Shoes
- The Three Best Minimal Running Shoes
- The Three Best Transitional Running Shoes
- The Three Best “All-Pupose/Trainer” Shoes
Keep an eye out for these posts. I’m not a fan of reading huge posts, so I’m going to try to keep this quick and to-the-point. My idea is to cut through the noise for you so that you can get a quick overview of your best options, understand what to look for in various specialized CF shoes, and see how other folks have rated those brands and models.
Also, just a reminder that most of the links I have on my website are probably affiliate links (The ones inserted in this post are examples of some of your best CrossFit Shoe options). That means if you happen to click on one of those links and make a purchase, I may make a small commission. If you decide to do so…Thanks! If not, no hurt feelings. That probably just means I need to write better articles and provide you with more value!
Stay healthy and strong.
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