Most cross training shoes are made for doing side-to-side movements, making them more suitable for people with wide or flat feet. However, choosing the best cross training shoes for flat feet can be a bit overwhelming. For your easy selection, we narrow your choices down to three for both men and women.
You have flat feet if the soles of your feet have a smaller arch. The best cross trainers will offer support to reduce foot strain. To get you started with your shopping for cross training shoes, check our guideline and reviews.
- Men's Cross Training Shoes
- Women's Cross Training Shoes
**Below, you'll find our more detailed reviews, but you can also click the links above to see current prices or read customer reviews on Amazon.
Our Top Pick For Men
#1 New Balance MX608V4 Training Shoe
New Balance is equal to Reebok in terms of name recognition, and like Reebok, they also have a longstanding reputation for producing quality stuff. Of course, the only way to know for sure if it’s a good pair is to look closer at it.
One of the primary benefits of these shoes that you will never actually see, but will certainly notice, is the way in which they implement ethyl vinyl acetate. If you don’t know what the aforementioned phrase means I certainly can’t blame you. It’s a material that has been incorporated into the shoe to make the sole a lot more comfortable.
Comfort is always important with workout equipment, and this particular pair of shoes succeeds both at being soft enough to keep your feet feeling nice and firm enough to ensure that they don’t slide around as you exorcize. There are also leather components at work in the make of this shoe which adds a degree of style and luxury to an otherwise comfortable and high-functioning piece of equipment.
All in all, what you’re getting is a relatively simple shoe that succeeds in all the ways that you would want it to.
#2 Nike Metcon 2 Training Shoe
This next pair is as stylish as it is high-performing. Like the last shoes that we looked at, the Metcon 2 is optimized to be soft and comfortable around the foot, but firm and supportive around the foundation for a piece of footwear that is both durable and comfortable.
This shoe is also designed to be versatile so that it can be used easily for any athletic purpose. Whether you are a runner or a crossfit trainer, this shoe is going to have you covered.
Finally, the Metcon is also benefiting from what Nike calls “Flywire Midfoot Technology.” What it means is that your foot will stay in place as you get your workout on so that you don’t need to worry about blisters or other irritations.
Ultimately, the Metcon 2 is a comfortable shoe that will work great for buyers looking for an all-purpose piece of athletic equipment.
#3 Reebok Crossfit Nano 4.0 Training Shoe
The final pair of men’s shoes that we will be looking at is another Reebok pair. The first thing that you will note with these shoes is that they are very eye-catching—particularly if you have an affinity for European culture.
The pair bares the image of the British flag and is decorated with colors of black and red. Certainly, it is an attractive pair of shoes but what will most benefit you, the user, is the open mesh that will help your feet breathe during even the most intense workouts.
You will also probably enjoy the multi-surface sole designed to maximize your traction, and the forefront heel pods that are designed to enhance comfort and shock absorption.
What this all equates to is another pair of shoes that are designed to perform as well as possible during even the most intense workouts.
#4 ASICS Men's GEL Venture 5
ASICS makes great athletic footwear in general but this pair is a cut above the rest. You’ll notice that it is labeled as a “trail running shoe.” Don’t let the labeling fool you. This is a great pair of shoes for the flat feet cross-trainer.
Why? Well, the rearfoot gel-cushioning certainly helps. The comfortable padding keeps your foot feeling nice and comfortable during even the longest cross-training sessions.
The exterior of the shoe is also equipped with a mesh outer layer that helps your feet breath so that they don’t get overheated as you workout. Finally, the interior of this shoe also features a removable sock liner that will be able to accommodate medical orthotics. What this all accounts for is a high-quality pair of cross-training shoes for the flat-footed athlete that demands the very best.
#5 Nike Air Monarch IV Training Shoe
This pair is another Nike. Hey, if there is one shoe company in the world that deserves a second listing, it’s them.
The Monarch IV is a quality pair that very much keeps in line with the reputation the company has harvested over the years. The material here is a leather, synthetic composite that looks appealing, feels good on the foot, and is also fit to stand up against any weather conditions.
The phylon midsole is designed to be lightweight and supportive, which is an excellent and rare combination in the world of athletic footwear. This pair is also benefiting from the help of what Nike is referring to as “Nike Air Softer Landing Technology”, which essentially is exactly what it sounds like.
The Nike Air technology will help take away some of the impact of hardcore exorcize which will consequently soften the blow on your feet and joints. All in all, it’s a great pair of shoes for the crossfit enthusiast that favors a high-intensity workout.
Our Top Pick For Women
#1 ASICS GEL-Fit Sana Cross-Training Shoe
The first pair of women’s shoes that we will be looking at is bright, colorful, and eye catching, but once again that isn’t quite enough of a reason to buy them.
This lightweight training shoe features a mesh fitting that will help keep your feet cool during even some of the most intense crossfit exorcizes.
It also features what the manufacturers refer to as “flexible fit support.” The phrase itself is, of course, all marketing, but what it means is that with this shoe you are going to get support at all angles.
And while this shoe is designed for cross training, it will also do well to serve the needs of cardio enthusiasts which is a very welcome inclusion considering that not all cross fit shoes can boast this.
What I really like about this shoe is that in addition to being very comfortable and supportive it is also versatile enough to ensure that you get your money’s worth out of it, making it a great buy for really anyone that spends a lot of time on their feet.
#2 Asics GEL Noosa Tri 10
Like the last set that we looked at, this next pair comes from Asics. My gut tells me that some potential customers are going to view this pair as a little loud, but I personally really enjoy the design.
What I like more than the appearance, however, is the reinforced comfortable gel padding, the breathable mesh, and the all-around durable construction that makes this pair of shoes so appropriate for exorcize.
Technically the Noosa is listed as a pair of running shoes, but the aforementioned features will also make them excellent for crossfit training. All in all, what we are looking at here is another very durable pair of shoes that also succeeds at being versatile.
Yes, they will indeed be great for crossift, but you can also use them as a runner, or even in a professional setting that requires you to be on your feet all day, like a hospital or a classroom.
#3 PUMA Tazon 6 WN'S FM Cross-Trainer Shoe
Puma has, for many years, been a go-to company for athletic equipment, and this next pair of shoes will only reinforce that. The sleek black and pink color pattern featured on this unit is a classic look that is eye catching without being busy which is excellent for the athlete that wants to be conservative but stylish.
This cruelty-free synthetic leather shoe is durable, comfortable, and great for crossfit, running, hiking, or free-weight work. They manage to be well padded, but still lightweight and malleable enough to be used for all manner of physical activity.
What you are looking at here is a great pair of shoes that you can wear to work and the gym.
#4 New Balance WX608V4 Training Shoe
One thing that I have always appreciated is New Balances “less is more” approach to footwear. Don’t get me wrong, I also enjoy a shoe with an eye catching pattern, but it is nice when a good shoe is confident enough to boast a simple presentation.
That is what you are getting here. The design is benign enough to be worn to work or to your next workout, and of course, the build is also optimized to be comfortable, breathable, and durable.
This shoe features what New Balance refers to as “Abzorb Technology”—a shock absorbing component that will make these shoes friendly to your feet and joints. It’s definitely a simple shoe but in the best possible way. If you want great support, comfort, durability, and versatility, this shoe will make for an excellent option.
#5 ASICS GEL-Fit Sana 2 Fitness Shoe
#5 ASICS GEL-Fit Sana 2 Fitness ShoeThe final pair of shoes that we will be looking at is another ASICS unit. As to be expected, what you are getting here is another pair of shoes that keeps in line with the reputation for quality that ASICS has earned for producing good footwear.
The implemented “flexible fit system” includes an elastic band that both provides ample support, and helps ensure that your foot doesn’t move around excessively within the shoe. It also features gel support for the most comfort possible.
While these shoes do take a little longer to break in than other pairs of a similar nature, they are for the most part very comfortable, and good for most athletic and personal settings.
Things To Consider
Now that you have made the decision to buy some cross fit shoes, and we have reviewed ten great options, let’s take a look at a few things that will help inform your buying decision.
People who are flat-footed suffer sensitivity in the inner knees due to ankles turning in or pronation. To provide support, look for a cross training shoe that offers stabilizers on the side of the forefoot. The best way to test the stability of the shoe is to wear it. If your ankles don’t turn inwards, then it prevents pronation. Another tendency of being flat-footed is to have ankles rolling out. To correct this, look for a cross training shoe that features a stabilizing wedge from the side.
2. Support For the Flat Feet
Crossfit, and all exorcize regiments actually, can be very intense and if you don’t enter the process prepared, it could result in injury. That is why you are going to want to make sure that you are investing in a pair of shoes that has a lot of support.
Of course, support takes many forms. You’ll want to make sure that the design is optimized to keep your feet from sliding around in the shoe but you will also want to consider the needs of your arches.
As a flat-footed athlete, arch support is truly crucial. Poor arch support can result in painful afflictions such as plantar fasciitis, so consider your unique arch needs when you approach your buying decision.
All of the shoes listed here are designed for the needs of the cross-training, flat-footed athlete, but if you decide to buy off list, make sure that the pair you end up with is designed to support your unique footwear needs.
3. Slip-Resistant Soles
For safety, look for soles that give an excellent traction on the floor. Usually, shoes with softer soles provide a better grip. Soles are either made of rubber, polyurethane (PU), or polyvinyl chloride (PVC). The best material is rubber because it has natural slip-resistant attributes.
4. Easy To Clean
Of course, we don’t want your shoes smelling bad, do we? Try to look for a removable shoe insert so you can wash it when it gets dirty. Some shoes are already machine-washable, especially those made with polyester. Consider the material too when you’re thinking about how easy it should be to clean.
5. Durable Material
The durability of your shoe lies on the materials used. Some of the most durable cross training shoes are infused with Kevlar, a synthetic material which is even stronger than steel on an equivalent weight basis.
Note that comfort and support aren’t the exact same things. Support is going to help ensure that your foot doesn’t sustain an injury, while measures of comfort will simply make your day to day routines a little bit more enjoyable.
While comfort is accounted for by any number of variables, you will certainly want to at least make sure that the soles feature a fortified padding that will make both exorcize and typical walking easy.
Unfortunately, size can vary pretty radically between shoe manufacturers. Before you decide on a shoe, do a little bit of research to make sure that you are acquiring the proper size. For instance, a size ten from one company might share the exact same dimensions as a size eleven from another. Making sure you find out if a line of shoes runs big or small before you buy can go a long way in assuring you get a pair that is right for your needs.
8. What do you need it for?
Yes, the goal of this particular guide is to help you pick out a pair of shoes that is perfect for crossfit, and indeed, all of the aforementioned pairs are exactly that.
However, most people use their shoes for more than just one thing. Chances are, you probably don’t just want a cross fit shoe. You also want a pair that is great running, jogging, biking, and simple everyday walking. Keep that in mind as you explore your options. A great cross fit shoe isn’t necessarily also a great running shoe.
Surface Level Considerations
As you no doubt observed, price in the world of athletic footwear can vary pretty significantly. Unfortunately, you are going to probably encounter a lot of big price tags as you explore your options, but the good news is that you don’t necessarily need to spend a lot of money to get good stuff.
My personal opinion is that the best athletic shoe is going to offer a combination of comfort, quality, and value. If you want to spend a boatload, you are certainly welcome to, but do note that it isn’t necessary.
Of course, we all know that a pleasant appearance is not explicitly necessary. As New Balance proves, a plane jane pair of shoes can still be extremely durable, comfortable, and all around reliable. Still, we like to look good at the gym, don’t we? An eye-catching pair of shoes is certainly nice, especially if they are fortified with quality to match. My personal advice is to put comfort and quality before appearance.
Find a shoe that has great features, and then decide if you like the way that it looks. Of course, another thing to keep in mind is that shoes with intricate designs are often going to be priced at a premium. Style doesn’t come cheap, so remember that before you make your decision.
I would never advocate for brand name snobbery—especially when we are all well-aware of the fact that buying name brand is always more expensive than the off-brand equivalents. However, buying a name brand shoe does provide you with something of a guarantee. Yes, you may still get a lemon even when you choose a manufacturer that you recognize but the chances are much less substantial.
After all, name brand companies have cultivated their reputation by making good stuff. If you are looking for a guaranteed experience, buy from a company that you have heard of. If you are willing to roll the dice and buy off-brand, well. Good luck. It certainly may go well, and I hope for you that it does, but the only way you will know for sure is to use them for a while. By then it will be too late to get your money back.
Try Before You Buy
The good thing about shoes is that you always have the option to try them out before you buy. Even if you plan on buying online, you can still head out to your local department store and try on all of the shoes that you are interested in.
Take your time walking the store floor and really pay attention to which shoe is the most comfortable. Granted, all pairs are going to be tight and uncomfortable for a while when they are new, but you can still get a good feel for how well the shoe fits, as well as how you feel about the soles.
Chances are, if you are unsure about a shoe when you try it on, it may very well not be the right one for you. There are plenty of shoes out there, so there really is no reason to settle on something that you don’t like.
Tips In Getting The Best Fit
When trying a new pair of shoes, Mayo Clinic suggests wearing socks. This ensures you're not getting a smaller size for when you get home and try the pair on with socks.
Every time you buy shoes, measure both of your feet. Why? Because foot size may change over the years. If you’re a full-grown adult, you can try on a pair with just your right foot if you’re in a hurry. Right feet are usually slightly bigger than your left, so that should provide allowance.
Why would you need allowance if you’re a full-grown adult? Well, sock thickness vary. You’d much rather have slightly bigger shoes than a smaller one. Make sure that the side-to-side fit is not tight, but snug. If you’re a woman and no women’s shoes fit your wide feet, consider trying men’s shoes.
The width of men’s shoes should accommodate your feet. Before buying the shoes, walk in them for a while. The fit should feel comfortable and the heels should fit snugly in both shoes. Note the bounce it makes. It should give you an idea of its shock absorbency. To get more tips on how to select a shoe for flat feet, watch this video.
One More Thing
When you lay it all out like this, it seems a little bit complicated but the good thing is that buying a reliable pair of shoes isn’t that hard. You know what you like. Certainly, you have worn shoes before. By considering the features of potential candidates, trying before you buy, and, of course, ensuring that all of the shoes you consider can accommodate the needs of your flat feet you really can’t go wrong. With all of the great pieces of athletic footwear on the market, there really is no reason to settle for something that you aren’t happy with.
As you have seen, there are a lot of options when it comes to high-grade crossfit footwear. Every single one of the above-listed choices are all optimized to bring out the very best in your training sessions, and do so while providing maximum support for the flat-footed athlete, but of course they all also have their unique sets of pros and cons.
Look closely to determine which of them is best for your needs. If you do research, there really is no going wrong. Invest in a great pair of crossfit shoes today, for smoother training sessions tomorrow!
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