top of page

Best Shoes For Hyrox: Our Top Picks

Updated: 4 days ago

Need to find the best shoes for Hyrox fitness racing? Here are our top picks.


Hyrox fitness racing throws a diverse gauntlet of functional movements at you, including sled pushes, burpee broad jumps, rowing, sandbag lunges, and farmers carries, all interspersed with demanding running sections.


This unique and grueling format demands a shoe that's equally adept at providing stability for explosive movements, cushioning for high-impact exercises, and responsiveness for efficient running. Picking the wrong footwear for Hyrox can mean the difference between a smooth, powerful performance and a frustrating, potentially injury-prone experience.


Best Hyrox Shoes For Competitive Athletes


Here are our top picks for the best Hyrox Shoes going.



Best Shoes For Hyrox - TYR

$250.00(£216.38)

Comfort ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Grip ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Speed ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

"Our top pick with unrivalled performance, the only drawback is price."


The pinnacle of performance, the Valkyrie Elite Carbon runner is equipped with an anatomical toe box and the LaunchPX midsole that features a full length carbon fiber plate, positioned between two full length pieces of 100% Pebax® supercritical foam for ultimate comfort, response and durable support for any movement. This runner features a hyperweave upper for unmatched breathability that's perfect for long distance running or walking. Whether you're a seasoned runner or just getting into racing, this versatile shoe is perfect for those who view speed as a pathway to covering more miles and experiencing new unbeatable highs.





Best Shoes For Hyrox - Puma

$173.23 (£140)

Comfort ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Grip ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Speed ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

"Puma's entrants into the Hyrox Shoe race, with a solid shoe that is great for hybrid training."


The ForeverRun NITRO dawns a new era of support and guidance. Targeting specific foot strikes stages through a combination of the RUNGUIDE SYSTEM features, this innovative model takes support to a new level. This shoe performs for all runners but is specifically designed for those looking for the softness of a full NITRO™ midsole without compromising stability.




Best Shoes For Hyrox - TYR TechKnit

$120.00(£104.27)

Comfort ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Grip ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Speed ⭐️⭐️⭐️

"More of an all-rounder and great for hybrid training too, key feature is comfort. "


All day comfort and versatility. The Techknit RNR-1 Trainer features SurgeNRG+ enhanced with supercritical foam for ultimate all day comfort and durable support for any movement. The Techknit 3D knit upper construction is also a key feature of this shoe, as it provides the perfect amount of breathability to keep you moving comfortably.



Best Shoes For Hyrox - Nike

$164.51 (£129.99)

Comfort ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Grip ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Speed ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

"Nike's option for a closer but comfortable runner for the budding athlete."


Responsive cushioning in the Pegasus provides an energised ride for everyday road running. Experience lighter-weight energy return with dual Air Zoom units and a ReactX foam midsole. Plus, improved engineered mesh on the upper decreases weight and increases breathability.




Best Shoes For Hyrox - Nike Invincible

$221.51 (£174.99)

Comfort ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Grip ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Speed ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

"Another top pick of ours, again the biggest drawback is price!"


Maximum cushioning provides our most comfortable ride for everyday runs. Experience a breathable Flyknit upper and the robust platform of lightweight ZoomX foam that softens impact. Plus, the midsole of this model is wider and taller than the last for even more cushioned comfort.



Best Shoes For Hyrox - Saucony

$215.20 (£170.00)

Comfort ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Grip ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Speed ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

"Saucony is a brand that is churning out some great runners and options for Hyrox athletes, their Triumph is a great choice.


Superior comfort: PWRRUN PB foam provides maximum cushioning and energy return, making any distance a joy. Responsive ride: Experience a responsive running shoe that adds a pep to your step. All-day wear: Designed to be both a running shoe and an everyday shoe, the modern silhouette and feel-good fit make the Triumph 22 as versatile as it is comfortable.





Best Shoes For Hyrox - Hoka

Comfort ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Grip ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Speed ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

"Hoka is a great runner brand and their Carbon runner is a great option for Hyrox athletes."


With the same stack height for comfort, heel-toe drop and PROFLY™ experience, we’ve kept all the elements that runners loved about the Carbon X 2 and made it even better.

Carbon X 3 provides a softer and more responsive running experience through our latest lightweight and responsive foam on the top layer of the midsole, along with a rubberised EVA sole. Lighter than its predecessor, (17g lighter for men’s and 10g lighter for the women’s version) the mesh upper has been updated to an engineered knit upper with integrated tongue and eyestays, creating a glove like fit. The Zonal knit areas in the upper provides added breathability, foot-lockdown and comfort.





Best Shoes For Hyrox - TYR SR-1

$120.00(£104.27)

Comfort ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Grip ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Speed ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

"A great lightweight runner for those wanting a less cushioned runner."


Speed. Traction. Lightweight comfort. The SR-1 Tempo Runner is equipped with the latest in foam technology, Surge NRG+ enhanced with supercritical foam for ultimate comfort, response and durable support for any movement. This runner features a lightweight monomesh upper for unmatched breathability that's perfect for interval training, jogging, or walking. It's designed to keep your feet cool and comfortable throughout your exercise routine.




What is Hyrox Fitness Racing?

Hyrox isn't your average 5k or weightlifting competition. It's a meticulously designed fitness fusion that pushes you to your limits across multiple disciplines. Here's a breakdown of what to expect:

  • Functional Movement Stations: Prepare to be challenged with a variety of bodyweight and weighted exercises like lunges, burpees, wall balls, rowing, and farmers carries. These stations test your functional strength, core stability, and overall fitness.

  • Running Sections: Don't underestimate the importance of running in Hyrox. The competition typically features 8 x 1km running sections interspersed throughout the functional movement stations. Distances stay the same for every event, but maintaining a strong, efficient running pace is crucial for keeping your overall race time competitive.

  • Sled Push/Pulls: This signature Hyrox element adds a unique layer of difficulty and tests your raw pushing and pulling power. You'll need to maneuver a heavy sled across a designated distance, demanding lower body strength, core engagement, and explosive power.


Finding The Best Hyrox Shoe For You

There's no magic bullet when it comes to the perfect Hyrox shoe. The ideal choice depends on several factors that will influence your performance and comfort throughout the competition:

  • Versatility is King: Hyrox demands a shoe that can seamlessly transition between explosive movements and smooth strides. Look for a shoe that offers a balance between responsiveness for running sections and stability for exercises like lunges, sled pushes, and farmers carries. Ideally, you want a shoe that allows for efficient power transfer during pushes and pulls while providing a stable platform for lunges and squats.

  • Grip Matters – A Lot:  Sled pushes are a significant portion of the Hyrox race, and good traction on the sole is essential. A shoe with a multi-directional tread pattern will provide superior grip on various surfaces, allowing you to maintain control and propel yourself forward efficiently during sled pushes. Consider a shoe with a slightly more aggressive tread pattern if the competition venue is known for having a wet or slippery surface.

  • Cushioning for the Long Haul: Hyrox is a long competition, and your feet will take a beating. Look for a shoe with ample cushioning in the midsole to absorb impact from jumps, burpees, and running sections. This will help to minimize fatigue and discomfort as the race progresses, allowing you to focus on pushing your limits. Opt for a shoe with a midsole material known for its energy return properties, like responsive foams or embedded carbon fiber plates, for added efficiency during running sections.


Here at AMRAP Antics we also think price and style are super important too, but they probably won't count for much in terms of Hyrox Performance, but there's something special about wearing a pair of trainers that look great too!


Types of Hyrox Shoe For You


While personal preference plays a big role, some types of shoes consistently perform well for Hyrox athletes:

  • Racing Flats:  For runners prioritizing speed in the running sections, lightweight racing flats with good energy return can be a good choice. However, these shoes typically lack the stability and cushioning needed for the functional movement stations. They might be a good option for experienced Hyrox athletes who are confident in their ability to handle the demands of the functional movements with a less cushioned shoe.

  • Neutral Trainers: These versatile trainers offer a good balance of cushioning, responsiveness, and stability, making them a popular option for a wide range of Hyrox athletes. They might not excel in any one area but provide a solid foundation for all aspects of the competition. Look for a neutral trainer with a wider toe box to accommodate explosive movements and lateral lunges.

  • Cross-Training Shoes: Designed for a variety of activities, these shoes prioritize stability and support, making them ideal for functional movements and sled pushes. However, they can be less efficient for running sections due to their bulkier construction and potentially less responsive cushioning. They might be a good option for athletes who prioritize stability and power over pure running speed.


Hyrox Shoe Buying Tips


Don't get caught up in brand names or what other athletes are wearing. The most important factor is finding a shoe that fits your foot perfectly and caters to your individual needs. Here are some key considerations to ensure a perfect fit and optimal performance:

  • Know Your Foot:  Understanding your foot type – whether it's neutral, overpronating (rolling inwards), or supinating (rolling outwards) – is crucial. A knowledgeable salesperson at a running store can analyze your gait and recommend shoes with features that address your specific needs, such as medial posts for overpronation.

  • Try Before You Buy: Don't just grab a pair and head to the checkout. Visit a reputable running store with a knowledgeable staff who can analyze your gait and recommend shoes based on your needs. Take advantage of in-store treadmills to test different shoe options and ensure a comfortable, secure fit.

  • Comfort is King: Your shoes should feel comfortable from the moment you put them on. There should be no pinching or rubbing, and they should provide ample room for your toes to splay naturally during explosive movements. A snug fit around the heel is essential for maintaining stability during lunges and sled pushes.

  • Break Them In: Brand new shoes can lead to blisters and discomfort on race day. Gradually break them in with training runs and workouts over several weeks. This allows the shoes to conform to your feet and ensures they're comfortable for the long haul of a Hyrox competition.

  • Consider Customization:  Some running stores offer insole customization services. This can be particularly beneficial for athletes with specific foot concerns or biomechanical imbalances. A custom insole can provide additional arch support or adjust for any slight leg length discrepancies, leading to a more comfortable and efficient experience.


By understanding the demands of Hyrox, considering these key factors, and prioritizing a custom fit, you'll be well on your way to selecting the perfect trainers to conquer the course and achieve Hyrox glory. 


Remember, the ideal Hyrox shoe is an extension of your body, allowing you to move with confidence, power, and efficiency throughout the entire competition. Don't forget to get your body prepared with our Hyrox Training Plan.

Comments


AMRAP Antics 8 week Crossfit Program For Athletes