If The Shoe Fits (Tue 4/13/10)

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In yesterday’s post I talked about the lifting platforms at the gym, and mentioned at the end about how wearing your big squishy running shoes kind of defeat the purpose since they absorb a lot of your power. That statement begs the question, “Ok then, Mr. CrossFit genius, what kind of shoes SHOULD I be wearing for CrossFit?” I’m glad you asked.

The main thing you want to look for in a pair of shoes is the thinnest, flattest sole you can find. The more squish, the more power you’re going to lose. Another reason for the thin, flat sole is stability – the more squish your shoe has the less stable your foot is going to be and the more likely you are to roll your ankle (a remarkably unpleasant experience, if you’ve never done it). Another thing you want to look for is a wide and flat bottom that covers the entire shoe – again for stability. If you have any part of your foot smushing out over the side edges of the sole, you’re sacrificing stability and, to some degree, compromising the inherent ability of the foot.

A good general shoe that fits the bill for being a good CrossFit shoe are Chuck Taylors. Others include the Nike Free, the Inov-8 F-Lite 230 that Jackson and I just got, Vibram Five Fingers, Puma H-Street (good luck finding these), Adidas Sambas, and even Vans. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but after seeing what some of these look like you should get the general idea of what is good and what isn’t.


Today’s WOD:

5 Rounds for time:

500m Row
5 Deadlifts (255/185)
5 Push Jerks (155/105)

  • Oliver

    Couldn’t make it in today but I did a 2k on the erg in 6:54.2 with a 25 SPM and ave/500m of 1:43.6

    New PR!

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