Best Shoes for Plyometrics

We talked about what is the best adjustable plyometric box to buy in our last article. Another piece of important gear to have when you doing box jumping is the shoes. Of course, you don’t have to get a new pair of cross training shoes just to do box jumps but if you are thinking about changing shoes then you might want to consider the below for additional safety and comfort.

 

Things to Consider

The best plyometric shoes can be found in any cross training or hiit shoes in general. However, we want to point out additional criteria to look out for that might not be present in some cross trainer sneakers.

  • Grip: One of the most important factor to consider is the sole grip as you want the shoe to help you reduce the chances of slippage. Having said this, a non slip plyo box is much more critical than a shoe with solid grip.
  • Flexibility: You will want a shoe that is flexible enough for you to jump around in comfort. Some cross training shoes, like those weight lifting shoes, can be too stiff to be comfortable.
  • Durable: Cross training workouts dish out a lot of punishment on the shoes so you want something that is very durable if you don”t want to waste money buying shoes on a regular basis

 

Best plyometric shoes review

In this section, we will be looking at what we think are most suitable cross training shoes for plyo box jumps:

  • Editor’s Choice – Reebok Nano 5.0 (Men and Women): The Nano series for both men and women has always been great as folks love them for their durability, flexibility and comfort. Their soles are pretty stable for weight lifting as well as box jumps. The latest in this range is the Nano 5.0, although I have reviewed the 4.0 in the HIIT shoes review guide.

In terms of comparison, I would say the Nano 5.0 closely reembles the Nan0 2.0 which many regarded as the best in the series. The 5.0 however made some important upgrades from the 2.0, which includes a Kevlar tongue which prevents it from slipping, which is the common problem for 2.0

If you have wearing Nano 4.0, transiting to 5.0 will let you have an immediate sense of improvement. In particular, the heel cushioning has improved as well as the overall comfort of the entire shoe. Warning though. Once you have worn a 5.0, going back to 4.0 or even 2.0 will be difficult.

  • Inov-8 240 shoe (Men and women): Inov-8 shoes have always been under rated IMHO. They are very good shoes, especially when used for cross training. The 240 featured here is especially durable and can take a lot of punishment. However, if you have not worn any minimalist shoe before, take it slow in the beginning to avoid soreness in your legs. After a week or so, you will notice your leg getting stronger because Inov forces your strides to change and makes your calf muscles work more. Sizing wise, they are catered for men so ladies need to adjust according.
  • Inov-8 325 weight lifting shoes (Men and Women): Another great model from Inov-8 is the 325, which has been designed purely for lifting and plyometric training. It is very very flexible and has a solid sole that grips the floor firmly, for both lifting and jumping.  They are very light weight and shouldn’t impose too much additional burden on your feet when jumping.  If you have the older 335 model, these are the improvements that 325 made: (i) improve fore foot flexibility by changing the material to mesh (ii) larger fit overall and (iii) doesn’t show dirt so easily. There is both a men and women model to choose from.
  • Asics Gel Fit Sana 2 (Women): We recommended these before as solid weight lifting shoes for women. For plyometric training, these are equally great. We love them for their gel cushioning which lessens the impact of the jump on your heels. Some reviewers mentioned the shoe is not true sizing and you need to order 1/2 a size up when purchasing.  Other benefits of this shoe includes: (i) light weight, (ii) snug tongue that doesn’t move and (iii) low price. However, do note these are not meant for folks with wide feet.
reebok nano 5 review inov-8 240 review
inov-8 325 review ASICS GEL-Fit Sana 2 Fitness Shoe review

 

Conclusion

Plyometric training is now a common part of any crossfit programs. If you are going barefoot or wearing running shoes, give these shoes a try. We guarantee they will make a difference in both comfort and performance.