Each type of physical sport/activity requires a specific type of shoe that will provide the appropriate support for the wearer. Shoes that are ideal for playing tennis may not be appropriate for runners or those that enjoy CrossFit and vice versa.
What makes a good crossfit shoe
Crossfit entails a variety of movements that are performed at a high-intensity level, such as explosive plyometrics, weight lifting, gymnastics, speed training, endurance exercise, and strength training. The ideal shoe for CrossFit will have a wide, firm sole. In addition, the shoe should allow flexibility. This will provide support for functions such as cardiovascular activities, including running or sprinting. The focus of the design of the shoe should be to provide support, balance, and stability.
Key factors to take into consideration when selecting the appropriate CrossFit shoes are:
- The midsole of the shoe. Ideally, it should be able to absorb shock from jumping activities as well as provide stability for heavy lifting.
- The width of the toe box and offset of the shoe is also important. The heel-to-toe drop should preferably sit at zero as this provides the most stability for activities such as lifting. The toe box is important as some people have a wider foot while others have a more narrow foot.
- The uppers of the shoe help to keep the feet secure in place and provide stability when performing functions in crossfit. The uppers conform to the shape of the foot and provide additional support during crossfit.
The core function of CrossFit shoes is to provide support for maximum performance. In addition, due to the high-intensity levels of the activities, the shoes are designed to help prevent injuries. Crossfit trainers should provide:
- Cushioning to support jumping activities
- Be light and flexible enough for cardio exercises
- Offer sufficient support for lateral movements
- Durability for activities such as rope climbing
- Stability with a low heel-to-toe drop for exercises that involve weight lifting
Are running shoes and crossfit shoes the same?
These two types of shoes have some similarities. Running shoes are designed to provide cushioned support for runners as their heels make first contact with the ground. That is why you will find that most running shoes have a higher heel-to-toe drop. In addition, a running shoe has all-mesh in the uppers of the shoe. This allows the feet to breathe. Running shoes are designed for forward movement only.
Crossfit shoes have a toe-to-heel drop of zero up to 5mm as more stability is required during weight lifting activities. The shoes do absorb shock but not as well as trainers do. The uppers of crossfit shoes are designed with durable material to ensure that the shoes don’t break or tear during activities such as rope climbing. Crossfit shoes are designed for side-to-side movement, forward, and backward movement.
Are Vans ideal for crossfit
While not all Vans may be ideal for crossfitting, the Vans Eras Pro and Classic Canvas Authentics are good choices.
The low toe-to-heel drop on Vans makes them ideal for activities such as weightlifting, offering appropriate support and stability. In addition, the classic low cut on the ankle means that there is no support for lateral movement. This is, in fact, a good thing. It means that the ankle will be doing most of the work. This is ideal for training the ankles to carry the load, making them more agile when performing lateral movements.
The toe box and lateral seam of the shoes are designed to bear the force of lateral landing and pressure applied during activities. Furthermore, the classic honeycomb, zero-slip sole means that the shoe is ideal for activities on asphalt, rubber, and concrete surfaces. The uppers of the shoe are sturdy, durable, and offer the appropriate support for activities such as rope climbing.