An Improving Selection
Looking for the best CrossFit shoes for women? Well, you’re in luck. Several brands have done a great job of designing and manufacturing options that are worth your consideration.
If you’re just looking for a trainer (an all-purpose shoe that you can use for almost any WOD) your options are pretty limitless (click HERE to see all your 300+ crosstraining options at Zappos). But, when it comes to weightlifting shoes/boots, the pickings get a bit slim. In fact, many manufacturers don’t even make a women’s weightlifting shoe. Instead, they take a unisex approach and simply recommend that women order down one and a half sizes or so.
Now, besides being ugly, does it really matter whether the shoes is designed for a man or a woman? With all the hoopla about barefoot running (and even lifting) it’s tempting to discount footwear’s importance.
To answer that rhetorical question – yes, it does matter. When possible you should look for weightlifting shoes that are specifically designed for the anatomy of the female foot. If you’re up for a quick read, check out this article by Dr. Baumhauer. She highlights several points that should make you take your shoe selection seriously. This is especially true for CrossFit, where your feet endure significant force. You’re not the “weaker sex”. But, you are different and that difference is more than skin deep.
What Should I Look For?
Well, that really depends. What’s your aim? Are you looking for something that will work as a great all-around shoe for most WODs? Or, are you a serious CFer? If you’re looking to improve your powerlifting or olympic lifts, you’ll need something designed specifically for that discipline. But, regardless of the discipline you’ll want to consider the following factors:
- Firm heel
- Low drop
If you’re looking a great all-around shoes that will work well on most WODs, you’ll want something that’s light, flexible, and with a moderate drop (3-6mm).
If you’re looking for a shoe to help you in the olympic lifts, you’ll need a shoes that provides a very firm heel, good stability, and a more pronounced drop (the elevated heel will help you maintain and upright torso and better form through the explosive olympic lifts.
If you’re looking for a good shoe for dead-lifts, you’ll want something with a zero drop. Some folks even use ballet slippers – which would look a lot less awkward on a gal than a guy.
Well, if you’re still reading at this point you’re probably thinking, “Get to the point.” The point is – there are some great options available for you. I’m only going to discuss a couple, but they all have been well received and reviewers are overwhelmingly positive.
If you haven’t noticed, CrossFit and Reebok have become very close over the last several years. Because of that relationship, you now have several really good options at your disposal. Simply click on any image to see different styles at Reebok.com.
I’ve written before about Inov-8. They’re a UK-based company with a great story. I personally think Reebok’s shoes look better. But, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, right? Overall, their shoes are rated very highly. Again, click on the image to check out your options at Zappos.com.
From what I can tell, Nike doesn’t make a weightlifting shoes specifically for women. But, they have a some really great options in the crosstraining area. I’m currently using a pair of Nike Free 5.0’s and I really like them because they are light, flexible, and fit like a glove. They’re primarily for running but they can suffice for most workouts. A better all-around option would likely be the Free Trainer. But, if you’re serious about your olympic and power lifts, you better stick with the Reebok CrossFit Lifter or Inov8 Fast Lift 315.
So, this was by no means an exhaustive article, but it does give you an introduction to the best crossfit shoes for women. Hopefully you found it helpful. If you have any options I’ve missed, please mention them in a comment to this post. Thanks!