Updated June 2017
This June brought spring cleaning to our award podium: Reebok not only lost its position at the top of our ratings, they didn't win any awards. What gives? Well, we feel other brands like Adidas, Nike, and No Bull have not stepped up their game in a big way. We still like Reebok offerings, they're just no longer our favorites.
Best Overall Shoes for Crossfit
Nike Metcon 3
If we had to pick one shoe for all our workouts
Incredible grip for rope climbs
Exceptional transfer of power when sprinting
Some reported heel slippage
For longer runs, the sole is stiff
, we'd definitely pick the Metcon 3
. Though it didn't take the top score on any of our metrics, the Metcon 3 performed near the best in each category, with no major weaknesses. Its heel and sole are stable enough for heavy squats, deadlifts, and carries, but its flexible forefoot shines on burpees, jumping, and sprinting. It handles some of the trickier CrossFit movements well — being especially grippy on rope climbs. Choose the latest shoe from Nike for a performance boost.
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Best Bang for the Buck
Adidas Powerlift 3
Exceptional for weightlifting
Comfortable on runs
Limited breathability, along with flexibility in toe hinge
The Powerlift 3
showed surprising versatility for a weightlifting shoe. While remaining stable on heavy squats, cleans, and deadlifts, its heel also takes the sting out of short runs. Given the trend toward heavier lifts in competition events, the Powerlift 3 may be a smart choice for athletes seeking an edge. With a price tag around $90, it also makes sense as a first lifting shoe or an all-around budget shoe.
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Top Pick for Busy Lifestyle
No Bull Trainer
No Bull Trainers
The upper is durable
Wins style points
Toe curls away from ground
Sole gets a bit squishy under heavy lifts
live up to the hype. They provide a strong all-around performance with no glaring weaknesses. The No Bull was the most comfortable shoe tested, easy to wear for hours before or after the WOD. With a clean, stylish look, it won't look out of place under a pair of khakis or jeans. No Bull Trainers provide an elegant solution for the busy professional, or new father, who doesn't want to keep track of multiple pairs of shoes and may have to squeeze a workout into his schedule on short notice.
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