Shoes with optimum cushioning, lateral support, and flexibility for daily workouts and studio sessions. See workout shoes
Versatile, low-profile shoes for constantly varied exercises including plyometrics, sprinting, weightlifting, and rope climbing. See CrossFit shoes
Shoes for daily wear that ensure a smooth walking gait cycle. Check out walking shoes
For people with normal pronation. Also provide support for high-arched feet with underpronation (excessive outward rolling of the foot). See neutral training shoes
For people with low-arched or flat feet and moderate overpronation (excessive inward rolling of the foot). See stability training shoes
Shoes feature stabilizing technologies for people with severe overpronation. See motion control training shoes
Good to know
Stability and motion control add-ons are uncommon for workout shoes and are never present in CrossFit or weightlifting footwear. They are mostly found in walking shoes where the gait is easier to correct.
WeightMen: 6.9ozWomen: 6.9oz
Training footwear typically weighs between 200g and 300g per shoe to accommodate agile workouts. Minimalist trainers go as low as 150g, while weightlifting shoes can go as high as 500g.
Heel to toe dropMen: 4mmWomen: 4mm
Heel heightMen: 14mmWomen: 14mm
Forefoot heightMen: 10mmWomen: 10mm
WidthMen: Narrow, StandardWomen: Narrow, Standard
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95 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews
These are some of my favorite training shoes of all times.
These shoes are overall a very light, very flexible, very breathable, and durable pair of shoes that you can use in and out of the gym.
Updates to Inov-8 F-Lite 195 v2
- The Inov-8 F-Lite 195 v2 is a new incarnation of the brand’s first and well-acclaimed cross-training shoe. Just like the original version, the update caters to all sorts of intensive workouts, including CrossFit, HIIT, weightlifting, and running.
- The upper unit has been revamped and now features a thin nylon mesh cover. The Met-Cradle overlays have been placed underneath the mesh. The integrated heel counter is made firmer in the new iteration for enhanced stability. The lacing system has received metal eyelets for an easier fit adjustment. All these updates are meant to afford a more secure and sock-like fit as well as a cleaner look.
- The cushioning and shock attenuation are now rendered by the new Powerflow midsole instead of the injection molded EVA (IMEVA) foam of the previous version. The heel section of the Powerflow focuses on absorbing impact, while the forefoot provides a jolt of energy return.
Inov-8 F-Lite 195 v2 size and fit
This CrossFit shoe comes in both men’s and women’s sizes. Lengthwise, it tends to run on the large side, so it may be necessary to go half-a-size down when purchasing the trainer. Regarding width, the shoe is designed to be close-fitting and have a narrow pointed toe box. On the brand’s Fit Scale from 1 to 5, where 1 is the narrowest fit, the footwear is marked as 1.
The F-Lite 195 v2 inherits the Sticky rubber outsole of its predecessor. This compound is created with the use of climbing rubber to ensure grip of various kinds of surfaces.
The shoe shares a similar outsole pattern with the other F-Lite models. It is engineered to be flexible to accommodate all sorts of training movements.
The Rope-Tec is also present on the midfoot. It extends up to hug the lateral and medial sides of the midsole. This compound is created to be durable to resist the abrasion associated with rope climbing exercises.
The Inov-8 F-Lite 195 v2 features the Powerflow midsole in place of the IMEVA. This new foam is designed to be firmer in the heel to deliver a stable lifting platform and absorb shock 10% more efficiently than the standard EVA. At the same time, its forefoot section is created to provide 15% more responsive cushioning.
The midsole have a 4-mm heel-to-toe drop as well as a low stack height. This allows for a flat disposition of the foot and a more sensitive contact with the ground. It also minimizes the chance of wobbling.
The second iteration of the F-Lite 195 makes use of a one-piece nylon mesh upper. This thin, see-through material is lightweight and breathable. It also flexes easily, accommodating each movement of the foot.
The Met-Cradle makes sure that the upper renders sufficient lateral support. Its PU underlays brace the foot on both sides, keeping the foot firmly in place.
Stabilizing the rearfoot is the integrated heel counter. It minimizes the chance of wobbling and accidental heel slippage during agile workouts and weightlifting.
The new model employs metal grommets in the eyelets. They offer extra reinforcement to prevent the upper material from fraying.