Running CrossFit in running shoes is about as comfortable as shampoo in the eyes. Read: Not at all.
"They really do not want to make CrossFit in a shoe that has a padded, springy sole, like a running shoe," says Kayla Tote, co-owner and head coach at CrossFit for the People (CFTP) in Albany , NY. "A cushioned sole keeps shifting your weight all the way from heel to heel, which worsens your center of gravity and makes almost all the moves – wallballs, box jumps, barbell moves – more difficult."
It pays to invest in a pair of shoes specifically for CrossFit, the answer is yes. "You need a shoe with a relatively flat sole that is sturdy enough to hold your mid-foot weight to the heel when you lift," explains Chelsea Potter, CrossFit Level 2 Certified Instructor at BRICK, New York City. "But they also have to be comfortable and light enough to run and perform plyometric moves like burpees and box jumps."
Basically, your CrossFit shoes must be the Jane of all professions. Fortunately, Alyssa Royse (owner and head coach of Rocket CrossFit in Seattle) assures that there are many CrossFit-specific shoes on the market. To guide you, CrossFit coaches have shared their favorite CrossFit shoes for exercise. (Once you've purchased your shoes, check out the 1