For years I’ve done CrossFit-style workouts from the convenience of my own garage. That has kept costs pretty low. But, for anyone using a traditional CrossFit box, this sport can get pretty expensive. Honestly, even if you’re working out from your garage, the start-up costs can climb pretty quickly – almost none of the equipment is cheap (i.e., bumper plates and a good bar, pull up bar, 20# wall ball, squat rack, rings, rope, etc.).
So, that’s all the more reason to look for savings anywhere you can find it, including your footwear. So, in this post I’m going to highlight some Cheap CrossFit Shoes and give you a couple ideas for how to save money in this area. You might be able to DIY when it comes to some of your equipment. But, DIY shoes probably isn’t the best idea.
Cheap = <$100
For purposes of this post, we’re going to define cheap as less than 100 bones. That’s still expensive by my standards but, in a niche where shoes can easily cost $120-$200, that limit still collars our options significantly.
As is typical, I’m presenting your options in the form of a table. I’ve found this to be the quickest and easiest way to present the information and, I believe it’s also the fastest way for you to get to the information you want.
Cheap CrossFit Shoes
|$75.00||32 @ 4.8|
|$72.00||56 @ 4.64|
I’ve recommended this shoe in other posts, for beginners or the budget minded. If you’re looking for cheap, and don’t want to be embarrassed when you walk into the box, this pair of shoes should fit the bill. They will generally handle almost any WOD, except for maybe those with lots of running. In the old days, basketball players would wear them. And, even today, it’s not uncommon for powerlifters to lift in them (seems like the old-school guys would either go barefoot or wear chucks).
I personally think this is the best of the cheap crossfit shoes. It’s basically an upgraded chuck/skate shoe that, like the chuck, you can use for pretty much any workout. Reviews are overwhelmingly positive. A review on the Reebok website pretty much said it all so I’ve included here for your benefit…
I’m an old man who powerlifts for fun, and I’ve been training and destroying Chucks for a year now, so when I heard Mark Bell and Jesse Burdick talk about this shoe on the Powercast and how the specifically designed it to meet the needs of heavy lifts (stability, stickiness, strength thru the sides), I was in, and now I’ll never go back. It feels a bit like old-school Simple skateboard shoes… wide, super stable and balanced, but it feels like you can lock in and really root to the floor on heavy lifts.Thanks Jesse, thanks Mark, and thanks Reebok!
I think I linked the picture in the table to Zappos (my defacto standby for shoe purchases). But, to make sure you get the best price also check out Champs. As of the writing of this post, they were on sale for about $50.
The Gel Craze is a prior year cross training model from Asics. But, the reviews are pretty solid. If you’re looking for a good cross trainer and aren’t too worried about heavy, slow, power lifts, this would be a good option to consider.