Who's the king of the crossfit footwear throne?
Picking a great shoe for crossfit is a little like picking a bed. Not too firm, not too soft and you know when it is just right. Inov8 is a company we are huge fans of and they have long dominated the crossfit world with their very popular F-Lite series. The big demand has made the shoes in some instances challenging to come by, and it opened the door for a few new companies to explore the crossfit space.
On the whole crossfitters were looking for a shoe that was light, level and extremely durable. An option that has become very popular as of late is the Altra Instinct
. The weight and feel of this shoe is very similar to the F-Lite 230
, but with a few key differences. The Altra Instinct has a more generous toe box and is great for those feet that need a little extra room. The Instinct also features a completely zero drop platform, as there is no difference in the height of the heel and height of the forefoot. This level environment promotes natural stability and provides a more accurate picture of the ground than with a shoe that has an elevated heel. It is this feature in particular that has made this a popular choice for WODs with significant running, overhead squats and body weight squats.
Altra has also created a women’s specific version, rather than traditional unisex sizing in an excellent shoe called The Intuition
. The Intuition is a women’s specific design and is engineered accommodate the differences in the arch and length of the toes for women.Inov8 is not in danger of losing the throne, they just have a little bit of welcome company into the crossfit kingdom. The Instinct is a great complimentary shoe in any crossfit gear bag.
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About this punk: Patton Gleason is president and founder of NaturalRunningStore.com and the Flow Running teaching method. He is a running industry veteran and loves the irony of promoting barefoot running and owning a store that sells shoes. He lives in McKinney, Texas with his beautiful wife and three children. He has got a thing for long runs, burpees, pumpkin pie and bluegrass music. Seriously send him some pie.
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