The Metcon 4, the latest iteration of Nike’s popular crosstraining shoe, is still stable and supportive enough at its base to give you the necessary foundation for squats and deadlifts. It’s a bit more flexible in the forefoot than its predecessors, though, so you’re not restricted when it’s time to grind through prowler pushes and sprints. The materials feel more fluid and softer around your foot for a seamless, true-to-size fit. The upper is made with a sandwich mesh that feels like cushioning to prevent irritation, as well as a rubberized TPU overlay printed in a tri-star configuration. The “star” pattern is larger around the toe and sides to give you better durability for rope climbs, burpees, and box jumps. Note to guys with wide feet: Nike’s sizing favors a narrow foot, so you might feel a little squeezed.
Reebok has had over a decade of research and development, and it shows in its ninth iteration of the original CrossFit shoe. Earlier iterations garnered complaints regarding its feel as more of a lifting shoe, so the brand added more forefoot cushioning and split the sole to add flexibility. The result is a shoe that feels as good on the road as it does on the lifting platform.
The Adidas AlphaBounce Instinct are both running and training sneakers, which makes them a versatile option for someone who wants to cross train between activities. They are designed for a neutral arch and are somewhat firmer than the Boost line. If you thought the Boost had too much spring, these are a good option because they offer flexibility and responsiveness while allowing your feet to move naturally.
Inspired by boxing boots, these slightly whacky looking Pumas feature of a sort of slip-on bootie construction that feels a lot like wearing a slipper, but offers a lot of stability and support for rapid, multi-directional movement. We have to say, these don't feel as solid as a lot of the other trainers on this list, while the flimsy elastic laces feel like they could give way with a little punishment. Still, they great and sport a chunky, flat heel, which is great for lifting weights.
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