The proper shoe can make a big difference! There are many shoes on the market that are designed to help improve your workouts.
Running shoes like the one's above have great cushioning and are great for walking, running, and endurance training. On the other hand, they are not ideal in CrossFit for a couple of reasons. The first being that the cushioning does not allow a direct transfer of force from the ground, this can lead to instability in the knee and ankle while performing power movements. Also, when doing rope climbs the bottom of the shoe can easily deteriorate while sliding back down during a descend. Good for all around general fitness, however, we do believe you can see improvements in lifts with a flatter soled shoe.
A hybrid CrossFit shoe like the Reebok Nano are great for working out because they provide a flatter, thinner sole than most running shoes. This allows for a more direct transfer of force while doing Olympic lifts. It also has the flexibility needed to complete varying WODs. A great all around shoe that can be used in all workouts. The bottoms are durable enough to last through rope climbs!
The last shoe to consider is an Olympic Lifting shoe. These are ideal for Olympic lifting as the soles are rigid and flat. The force you create is transferred directly to the ground and your feet will feel locked in place. These types of shoes are not the best for completing WODs with running or rope climbs, but a must have if you are looking to gain every advantage in your Olympic Lifts.
If you have any questions regarding the right shoe, come talk to us and we can help narrow down your choices. Shoes do make a difference and should be one of the first things you should investigate when starting a workout program. There are many different brands out there, find one that fits you best and let's set some PR's!