Nike Free Cross Compete review – Women’s CrossFit shoes


The Nike Free Cross Compete are women’s minimalist CrossFit shoes. Theses shoes are available in multiple colors: black, yellow, purple, pink, pink/orange, white/pink, orange and blue.



The intended use for these shoes are crosstraining and CrossFit. They’re lightweight, flexible, and have a thin sole. This makes them very suitable for dynamic exercises like box jumps, burpees, and sprints. The thin sole this shoe uses is stiff and doesn’t compress. Because of that, these shoes are also very good for doing deadlifts, and other heavy lifting exercises. Only if you’re doing weightlifting exercises like the snatch, clean&jerk and squats, shoes with a raised heel (like the Nike Romaleos 2) are a better option.

Shoe design / constuction

The Nike Free Cross Compete are made from lightweight materials. The body of the shoe are made out of thin mesh, combined with Nike Flywire. The back of the shoe has a heel support built in, made out of a hard synthetic material. Because a lot of mesh is used, this shoe breathes well.

Because these are minimalist shoes, they barely have any cushioning. This is great for performance, but not for comfort. If comfort is important to you, you’re better of picking a more comfortable CrossFit shoe, like the Reebok CrossFit Nano 5.

The soles on the Nike Free Cross compete feature a hexagonal rubber grip pattern, and has great grip on almost any surface.

Color and design

These shoes are available in multiple color options, including black, yellow, purple, pink, and white/pink.


Most customers get the best fit when ordering the Nike Free Cross Compete a size up from their normal shoe size. These shoes are normal in width.


These shoes are minimalistic and lightweight. They’re great to use as allround gym shoes, and for CrossFit WOD’s that combine dynamic exercises with static strength exercises like deadlifts. If you’re looking for shoes for weightlifting exercises and squats, a shoe with an elevated heel, like the Nike Romaleos 2 is a better option.

Where to buy the Nike Free Cross Compete shoes?

You can find these shoes online, on sites like and>> Check prices>> Check prices

Any questions or comments?

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  • Released in: 2015
  • Color options: black, pink/orange, white/pink, orange, blue.
  • Effective heel height: 0,3 cm
  • Best suited for: CrossFit, deadlifts
  • Fit (overall): Small fit; order a size up
  • Fit (width): Normal width>> Check prices>> Check prices


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