A cross trainer with a lightweight and simplistic design, the MX20 has exploded onto the CrossFit scene as a "must-have" shoe due to it's versatility and low cost. Our guest reviewer Nick takes a deeper look at what makes this shoe such a solid choice.
The Wei-Rui Warrior is a sub $100 weightlifting shoe for those that recognize they need a solid pair of shoes for lifting, but don't want to break the bank. A relatively unknown brand, Wei-Rui has been around for awhile and is the actual manufacturer of the BAF lifting shoes. In our opinion, these are the best value in weightlifting shoes currently on the market.
A CrossFit trainer designed to lift, run, climb and jump in without sacrificing stability or durability. The Crossfit Nano has undergone extensive R&D by Reebok to make sure the design meets the needs of the target market - now let's see if they got it right!
The new Risto Sports Trainer is another low profile, near zero-drop shoe designed for hardcore training programs such as CrossFit. The Trainers enter the market at a price below most other shoes that are marketed to the CrossFit crowd. In our review we will see how these shoes stack up to other brands such as Reebok and New Balance.
Finally! A cheap pair of weightlifting shoes for under $100 that don't suck! This model actually doesn't look or feel cheap at all. Features include a set .75" heel and all leather construction with a sneaker-like fit. The Wei-Rui Maestro are hands down the best weight training shoe under the $100 mark at this time.
New for 2010 is the Rogue RIP weightlifting shoe, a true power lifting shoe featuring a low half inch heel and solid leather construction. The shoe was conceptualized and designed especially for those following the famous "Starting Strength" program created by Mr. Rippetoe.
The Otomix Extreme Trainer Pro Shoe is the latest in style and design from this popular manufacturer. The trainer is, as the name would imply, more of a training shoe then an Olympic lifting style shoe. The high top design and zero-height sole make it great for all types of lifting including those lifts that you would rather not have a heeled shoe such as deadlifts.
Marketed as an MMA shoe, the Otomix Stingray is actually a multi-purpose high-top suitable for use as a power lifting shoe, wrestling shoe and for various other sports. I actually have a friend that wears these shoes when racing cars because they are lightweight and thin enough to "feel" the pedals below you.
The Versa Pro Trainer is the flagship model made by Otomix, featuring a solid leather construction and an extra thick, supportive sole. This shoe is the replacement for the now discontinued Ultimate Trainers.
A budget friendly weightlifting shoe, the VS Athletic Dynamo falls short in a few critical areas. Since there are now other brands of shoes in the same price range, we can no longer make an excuse for purchasing these shoes.