Finding your perfect shoe can be a tall order.
There are so many shoes on the market for all your functional fitness needs. Ultimately, the best way to figure out what you like is to take them for a WOD or two. We have compiled a list of the most popular options with pros and cons to help you make a decision, whether you are new to the functional fitness shoe-buying game or a veteran looking for a change.
Nike Metcon 3 – Starts at $97.48 (sale prices – full price $129.95)
With a beautiful mesh upper, re-imagined sole and outsole, classy plastic TPU for stability in the heel, a subtler heel clip that the 2s, and the standard swoosh we’ve all come to know and love, the Metcon 3 is a thoughtfully designed shoe. The Metcon 3 is best for an athlete with a standard width foot. If you prefer a more sock-like feel, you might want to give the DSX Flyknits a try. They are a little more expensive than the Metcon 3 but offer more pliability. Heavy sweaters beware.
Best quality: Flex Appeal. These shoes are incredibly attractive and multi-functional.
Worst quality: Squeaky sole, although an improvement from the Metcon 2. If you *like* the box jump squeak, then the downside isn’t a downside at all.
Reebok Nano 7.0 – Starts at $79.99 (sale prices – full price $130)
A vibrant shoe with creative colorways and subtler branding than previous models, the Nano 7.0 is a great option on the market. They have a durable coating on the shoe called “Nano Weave” that will hold up to whatever you throw at it – and the rope climb guard on the inside adds an extra pop of color and added durability. Reebok has also added TPU plastic at the heel to this iteration. The Nano 7.0 runs a little narrow and will be better for narrower-footed folks. Their toe box runs a bit big, though, so you’ll want to try these on if at all possible.
Best quality: Highly durable
Worst quality: Overstated color options; a little stiff (on account of the durability)
NOBULL – Starts at $129.99
The NOBULL trainer has a classy, understated design with a Toms-style appeal. The upper is a single piece, made of what NOBULL calls SuperFabric® – a durable, breathable, comfortable fabric that won’t scuff or damage with whatever you throw at it. The NOBULL logo graces the side, so there’s no mistake about the brand, but the sole and upper color options are classic and understated (with the exception of the Lemon Drop Trainer). NOBULLs are also suitable for casual wear, and their look fits the bill of a crossover athletic/casual shoe. But, at the core, the NOBULL is a no-gimmick training shoe that holds up to metcons, barbell movements and looks good at the coffee shop after your workout. You may have to try a few sizes to get the right fit, but once you find the right one, you are sure to be pleased with your purchase.
Best quality: Classic no-gimmick shoe – versatile, comfortable and functional
Worst quality: Innocuous logo that some may not like; a little wide
No matter what functional shoe you choose, Rogue is sure to have what you’re looking for at the right price. It’s time to find your new favorite pair of shoes.
If you’ve already found your perfect pair of shoes and are look for a new training program to accompany it, check out our post about preparing for the 2018 Open.