I currently wear minimalist, zero-drop Merrell running shoes with vibram soles for my workouts. I'm looking for a new pair of shoes, and am weighing the options between fivefingers and inov8's.
Has anybody used either or both? Any comparisons between the two would be very helpful.
Sidenote- if you have any recommendations for minimalist shoes that are fit for an office setting, I'd love to hear them!
Inov-8s are better for CrossFit simply because there are certain high impact things that are difficult to do with Vibrams (I've tried both).
Take for instance high repetition box jumps, Vibrams aren't very good for this as they have very little cushion and your feet/calves/ankles will hate you afterwards. They're also not very good for anything requiring deep ankle flexion, like olympic lifting, because they have no heel lift.
Vibrams are good shoes, just not as well adapted to the hard and fast CrossFit workouts as Inov-8s. I have the F-Lite 230s, which work great, just know that they won't hold up to rope climbs very long(the rubber is soft on the midsole).
I have also heard great things about the new Reebok shoes for CrossFit, including many rave reviews from friends about them.
For me, hands down the Inov8 Flite 195. I lift, run, and CF in 'em.
Not sure where you live but if you can try the different styles it's worth it. The 230's are almost the same, just a bit more padding.
I've tried: Barefeet/socks. Sambas. Chucks. Chucks with the liners ripped out. The Inov8 wins. But that's just for me - you gotta try to find what works for you :)
I wear Vibram Sprints for crossfitting and haven't had a problem once I got accustomed to "barefooting." I love that I can soak them with some OxyClean or Borax if they get smelly/dirty (I wear them outside too).
A coach at my box wrote this fantastic article on it (scroll down past the WOD for the article): http://www.crossfitsouthbrooklyn.com/workout-of-the-day/2011/12/30/back-squat.html
I'm not a crossfitter, but I do compete in a variety of strength sports and the following are the footwear choices I have made (my gym bag is a large duffel bag):
Because I am flat-footed as well, I rip out any insoles to prevent me twisting my ankle from having artificial arch-support (arches cause my ankles to roll outward).
Addidas baseball cleats for Highland Games
Custom Olympic Weightlifting Shoes for "most" gym lifting (squats, cleans, standing press, pulls)
DoWin Olympic weightlifting shoes for strongman stuff (I baby my custom shoes and won't use them "off platform") such as stone lifting and overhead stuff.
Vibrams for some outdoor strongman stuff, box jumps, etc... (I also do the majority of my walking and running in Vibrams). When I deadlift instead of doing clean pulls, I either go barefoot or just wear the vffs.
Old-school Vans Off The Wall hightops for any "walk with weight" events in strongman like Yoke, Farmers, etc...
Since I don't really compete in strongman anymore I haven't had the need to get rock climbing shoes for the truck pull, but as I was a rock climber in high school it might be something else I add to my bag in the future.
How about these shoes at http://www.upere.com/upere-wedge-sneakers-c-1.html, maybe you will like them, good shoes for daily walking.
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