If you have undergo plyometric training before, you know how important a pair of shoes can do. Granted, you can do box jumping being barefooted or with normal shoes but it isn’t ideal. First, they are not the most comfortable. Second, they might not give you the safety protection that you need.
If you need some advice on which cross training shoes are great for plyometric training, below are my recommendations.
Best shoes for plyometric for women
These are based mostly on my own experience. Readers will know I have too many cross training shoes so selecting the best among them for box jumping is not a difficult task.
Reebok Nano 5.0 review
The Reebok Nano 5.0 is a continuation of the excellent series. It is seriously one of the most durable shoes in my collection. My first pair of Nano 2.0 is currently still in good working condition despite my abuse so that really says a lot about how durable these shoes are.
The Nano 5.0 feels a lot of Nano 2.0 if you ever try all of them before. I think that is a good thing because I personally feel Nano 2.0 was the best among the series so having 5.0 assembling it is good news for me. The big improvement over 2.0 is that they replaced the irritating tongue which intend to slip around when doing the workouts. Now, the tongue is fixed and wouldn’t move around so it is a big plus.
Besides this, the usual benefits of the Nano are still intact. They are still light weight and still provide solid stability as well as comfort. When I used them for jumping, I feel my landing is more stable than other brands that I tried.
Nano 5.0 vs Nano 4.0
For those with Nano 4.o, you might be wondering about what is the difference between the 2 versions. Here is what I feel are the main ones:
- Better heel support
- Better overall cushioning
- Narrower fit
Inov-8 325 review
The inov-8 325 model is another excellent choice as a shoe for plyometrics. Built specially for weight lifting and plyometic training, it has 2 outstanding features. One is the excellent heel support which is pretty obvious from the look of the shoe. The two is the flexibility. Some cross training shoe can be too stiff and impedes the jumping and landing movement of your plyometric training.
Inov-8 325 vs 335
Compared to the 335, the 325 is slightly wider inside so it can accommodate folks with bigger feet. The front of the shoe has also been changed to a mesh material, which makes it cooler to wear as well as having more flexibility. The lace system is also made tighter for a better fit. Finally, the weight of the 325 is 10g lighter and
Best shoes for plyometric for men
The reviews for men’s shoes all came from research for the simple reason that I am not a guy! LOL
I pay very careful attention to what was said in the reviews so as to filter out the most suitable model for plyo training.
Inov-8 240 review
Inov-8 has some really great shoes and the 240 model is one of them. I picked a non zero drop shoe as not many people can deal with Omm toe heel drop yet.
Like the Nanos, the Inov-8 240 is very durable. I got a pair for female that can lasted me 1.5 years so far and still going strong. There is no reason to think the male version will not be as durable.
Also, according to reviewers, this shoe doesn’t require any time to break into and is incredibly comfortable and stable. It is so stable that weight lifting and jumping in them isn’t problem. You can even this for short distance running!
Inov-8 240 vs 195
A common comparison for this shoe is with the 195 model. Both are very good modes but there are some subtle that might affect how well you can wear these shoes.
- The 240 is wider than the 195 so folks with wide feet might want to get the former
- There is more forefoot cushioning for the 195 compared to the 240
- The drop from toe to heel is different: 195 drop around 3mm while the 240 drops about 6mm. If you are looking for a zero drop cross training shoe then 195 will be closer to what you want\
When looking for a pair of good plyometric shoes, just note that it needs to be flexible, have a solid grip and has good heel cushioning. All the shoes mentioned above possess these characters and make for a great choice when it comes to footwear for plyometic training.