Fresh Kicks

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Just like CrossFit itself, footwear has made leaps and bounds in the past couple of years. As many of you are well aware, there are even “CrossFit” shoes, specifically designed for common CrossFit activities. However, CrossFit can be any and everything, from thrusters to rope climbs, mountain hiking marathons to changing a tire for time. So what shoe is “best”? Well, the best answer I can give to the question is, “It depends . . .”

Obviously, there are companies like Reebok and Inov-8 make great shoes for CrossFit. But, you can do CrossFit barefoot. Many Orthopedists and Podiatrist would stress the goal of getting as close to barefoot as possible. That’s why many CrossFitters look for Minimalist footwear, giving you minimal support and protection which will allow you to build the strength in your feet to support you for the activities you enjoy. Companies that make quality Minimalist Shoes include New Balance, Vibram, Merrell.

The only kind of shoe I would discourage is one with “shock absorbing” properties like Basketball shoes or running shoes with a lot of cushioning. We’re typically trying to utilize the force we produce from the ground. We don’t want our shoes soaking in that energy.

With that in mind, a specialized shoe I would recommend is a weightlifting shoe. These shoes have hard soles usually made out of wood or hard plastic that don’t absorb energy so that you may transfer that force to the barbell. They also have a raised heal to focus pressure on the middle of the foot. They do, however, get expensive. Major companies like Nike, Reebok, and Adidas make weightlifting shoes along with Pendley and

TODAY: THURS, SEPT 26, 2013

2 REP MAX BENCH PRESS

THEN, 3 SETS OF 2 AT 90% OF YOUR 2 REP MAX

GROUP CORE WORK

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2 Responses to Fresh Kicks

  1. tassha says:

    So the biggest issue I, personally, see with shoes is this. They do not make shoes for a wide foot! I have merrell’s because they have a wide toe box, for lifting and general crossfit shenanigans. But even for running shoes, I cant find shoes at Dicks or Sports Authority. I have to go to like VA Runners for my shoes, because they carry a couple wides. I pay more for a comfortable fit. So Nike’s, Innova…etc…they suck at making shoes for all types of feet.

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