Here's why your regular sneaks are OK for the gym—but not for the box.
From running and rope climbing to weight lifting and other high-intensity moves, CrossFit workouts are seriously toughâwhich means that any old gym shoes just wonât cut it. With a regimen that includes such a variety of movements, you need shoes that offer stability for lifting, as well as comfort and support for all the sprinting, jumping and climbing.Â Unlike your everyday kicks, CrossFit shoes are specifically designed to provide all three of these at the same time.Â Finding the right pair, however, can beÂ difficult. Our handy guide can help.
The Reebok Nano 5.0Â ($129, zappos.com) has a cushy footbed and firm fit, which make doing squats super comfortable. Bonus: You can even customize your own pair.
Say buh-bye to scuffing up your kicks during rope climbs with the help of the Nike Metcon 1âs ($120, nike.com) extra tough rubber sides.
No socks, no problem. The New Balance Minimus 20v4 Trainer ($90, newbalance.com) are odor-resistant and super breathable; your feetâand noseâwill thank youÂ after a sweat-drenching WOD.
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Tacking Murphâ¦in the rain? The run portion will be a breeze (kind of) in the Asics GEL Fortiusâ¢ 2 TR ($86, zappos.com) thanks to the durable, water-resistant outsole.
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Higher box jumps call for lighter kicks. The Inov-8 F-lite 235 ($129.99, amazon.com) sneakers help you reach your max height and won't weighÂ you down.
Deadlift day? The wide, stable base and extra anchored support strap over the laces on the Adidas Performance Women's Powerlift.2 W Weightlifting Trainers ($139.99, amazon.com) will keep you grounded so you can lift heavy.
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