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What kind of shoes are best for Crossfit?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 05, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Hey friends.

I currently wear minimalist, zero-drop Merrell running shoes with vibram soles for my workouts. I'm looking for a new pair of shoes, and am weighing the options between fivefingers and inov8's.

Has anybody used either or both? Any comparisons between the two would be very helpful.

Sidenote- if you have any recommendations for minimalist shoes that are fit for an office setting, I'd love to hear them!

Thanks!

C6395b675eb093a900055bc16eed2225

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on August 06, 2012
at 06:27 AM

I beg to differ! I do all workouts in Vibram Five Fingers and have absolutely no problem at all doing 500 Double Unders or Box Jumps or a 280lbs deadlift/back squat in my VFF.

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on May 03, 2012
at 06:36 PM

They disintegrate quickly :).

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on May 01, 2012
at 12:16 AM

hahahahahahahaa

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on April 30, 2012
at 09:14 PM

What is it about the Merrells that you dont like? Why are you looking to change?

0b074df8079a6cea3470b509d86fca67

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on March 08, 2012
at 04:44 PM

these ones! http://www.merrell.com/US/en-US/Product.mvc.aspx/22876M/0/Mens/Barefoot-Train-True-Glove?dimensions=0

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on March 06, 2012
at 01:20 PM

I tried the Merrell's and promptly took them off. Too wide for me, I really like to be "in" the shoe. Nerd :)

5e6a6f5c0fd3ab048f81c0a500206f41

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on March 05, 2012
at 09:58 PM

I love the Inov8 195's too! I just bought them a few weeks ago and LOVE them. HIGHLY recommend them, they are totally worth the price!

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on March 05, 2012
at 09:02 PM

ooh, what kidn of Merrell's are you wearing? Did you like them?

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on March 05, 2012
at 09:29 PM

Inov-8s are better for CrossFit simply because there are certain high impact things that are difficult to do with Vibrams (I've tried both).

Take for instance high repetition box jumps, Vibrams aren't very good for this as they have very little cushion and your feet/calves/ankles will hate you afterwards. They're also not very good for anything requiring deep ankle flexion, like olympic lifting, because they have no heel lift.

Vibrams are good shoes, just not as well adapted to the hard and fast CrossFit workouts as Inov-8s. I have the F-Lite 230s, which work great, just know that they won't hold up to rope climbs very long(the rubber is soft on the midsole).

I have also heard great things about the new Reebok shoes for CrossFit, including many rave reviews from friends about them.

C6395b675eb093a900055bc16eed2225

(159)

on August 06, 2012
at 06:27 AM

I beg to differ! I do all workouts in Vibram Five Fingers and have absolutely no problem at all doing 500 Double Unders or Box Jumps or a 280lbs deadlift/back squat in my VFF.

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Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on March 05, 2012
at 08:54 PM

For me, hands down the Inov8 Flite 195. I lift, run, and CF in 'em.

Not sure where you live but if you can try the different styles it's worth it. The 230's are almost the same, just a bit more padding.

I've tried: Barefeet/socks. Sambas. Chucks. Chucks with the liners ripped out. The Inov8 wins. But that's just for me - you gotta try to find what works for you :)

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on March 06, 2012
at 01:20 PM

I tried the Merrell's and promptly took them off. Too wide for me, I really like to be "in" the shoe. Nerd :)

5e6a6f5c0fd3ab048f81c0a500206f41

(956)

on March 05, 2012
at 09:58 PM

I love the Inov8 195's too! I just bought them a few weeks ago and LOVE them. HIGHLY recommend them, they are totally worth the price!

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on April 30, 2012
at 02:58 PM

I'm not a crossfitter, but I do compete in a variety of strength sports and the following are the footwear choices I have made (my gym bag is a large duffel bag):

Because I am flat-footed as well, I rip out any insoles to prevent me twisting my ankle from having artificial arch-support (arches cause my ankles to roll outward).

Addidas baseball cleats for Highland Games

Custom Olympic Weightlifting Shoes for "most" gym lifting (squats, cleans, standing press, pulls)

DoWin Olympic weightlifting shoes for strongman stuff (I baby my custom shoes and won't use them "off platform") such as stone lifting and overhead stuff.

Vibrams for some outdoor strongman stuff, box jumps, etc... (I also do the majority of my walking and running in Vibrams). When I deadlift instead of doing clean pulls, I either go barefoot or just wear the vffs.

Old-school Vans Off The Wall hightops for any "walk with weight" events in strongman like Yoke, Farmers, etc...

Since I don't really compete in strongman anymore I haven't had the need to get rock climbing shoes for the truck pull, but as I was a rock climber in high school it might be something else I add to my bag in the future.

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on April 30, 2012
at 02:37 PM

Have the invo8 f230 lite and they are sweet. Perfect weight and very good fit also. Excellent for CF.

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on March 05, 2012
at 09:28 PM

http://www.naturalrunningstore.com/Inov8XF210

my fav- inov8 xf 210. I also use the 230's for long runs

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on March 05, 2012
at 09:26 PM

A coach at my box wrote this fantastic article on it (scroll down past the WOD for the article): http://www.crossfitsouthbrooklyn.com/workout-of-the-day/2011/12/30/back-squat.html

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2fd93e91bb14e641a2bac9c6033e84e2

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on March 05, 2012
at 09:02 PM

I wear Vibram Sprints for crossfitting and haven't had a problem once I got accustomed to "barefooting." I love that I can soak them with some OxyClean or Borax if they get smelly/dirty (I wear them outside too).

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on January 15, 2013
at 08:37 AM

How about these shoes at http://www.upere.com/upere-wedge-sneakers-c-1.html, maybe you will like them, good shoes for daily walking.

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on November 25, 2012
at 06:39 PM

I do it barefoot, just my preferrence.

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on April 30, 2012
at 02:39 PM

Reebok EasyTones!

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on May 01, 2012
at 12:16 AM

hahahahahahahaa

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on November 25, 2012
at 03:39 PM

The new Reebok Nano 2.0 are very good and have gotten great feedback from people who currently use them

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