Crossfit/Gym specific shoe (EDIT: since the writing of this review I got a pair of Reebok Nano 3.0s and I really like them a lot! I didn't care for the originals or the 2.0 but the 3.0 is a great Crossfit specific shoe and the one that I use daily now. The only time I don't use the Nano is if it's an all running day, in which case I go for one of my more minimal running specific shoes)
This was an interesting one because it was largely a "process of elimination" task. I tried lots of shoes that I didn't like (sole tore up, sole too 'squishy' and then not enough (for coming down off of AMRAP box jumps), to being too slick for rope climbs, to just getting torn all to pieces from rope climbs).
Here's what I found:
Right now, my default Crossfit shoe which I am mostly happy with is the
Inov8 Bare-XF 260
My one knock on them is the dang velcro straps. Why they did that? According to them it's so you can get them 'super tight'... because apparently I lack the dexterity in my opposable thumbs to do that with laces? There's the basic "I like laces better" but the big thing is is that these shoes are nearly entirely built around rope climbs. Nearly every regrip (and certainly every climb) the velcro straps come undone. This is bad. If they had laces, or even a hook & loop closure I would like them immensely more.
That being said, the velcro is my one real knock, other than that, I DO find them (even with that) to be the best Crossfit shoes I have tried.
Here's the caveat: I have tried Nike, Adidas, Saucony, 2 kinds of Inov8, Skora, and others for the purpose of this test but I have Not ever tried a new pair of the Crossfit specific Reebok Nano 3.0. It looks like it would be a great one and I'd like to try it someday to compare.