The Best Shoes for Jumping Rope

The 8 Best Shoes for Jumping Rope

by Purposeful Footwear - Last Updated: November 6, 2018

Jumping rope is simple and effective exercise, but it can be killer on your feet! To protect your bones and joints, you need shoes that have extra support in the midfoot area as well as foot and ankle stability. Cross-trainers are the best athletic shoe for jumping rope because they have more support and cushion than running or walking shoes.

These are our picks for the best jump rope shoes for men and women.

Crosstraining ShoeFitPriceBest Feature
New Balance Men’s 990v4 Running ShoeMenExpensiveOur pick for the best men's shoe for jumping rope; ENDCAP technology of midsole has shock absorption and bounceback
RYKA Women’s Influence Cross Training Shoe WomenModerately pricedOur pick for the best women's shoe for jumping rope; Dual density foam midsole and insole have shock absorption and energy return
Saucony Originals Men’s Shadow Original Sneaker MenBudget-friendlyShock-absorbent EVA polyurethane midsole
Reebok Men’s CROSSFIT Nano 8.0 Flexweave Cross Trainer MenBudget-friendlyExtra toe protection for high-intensity training that puts you up on your toes
Skechers Men’s Equalizer 2.0 True Balance Sneaker MenBudget-friendlyShock-absorbent Dual-Lite midsole
Reebok Women’s Crossfit Nano 4.0 Training Shoe WomenExpensiveExtra dual-density foam pods in the ball of foot and heel for more cushion and shock-absorption
PUMA Women’s Cell Riaze Heather Cross-Trainer ShoeWomenBudget-friendlyMidsole keeps your foot stable on landing
New Balance Women’s 811 Training Shoe WomenBudget-friendlyRemovable cushioned insole with extra ball of foot support

Best Shoes for Jumping Rope

New Balance Men’s 990v4 Running Shoe

Image of the New Balance Men's 990v4, Navy, 15 D US

Long-distance runners favor New Balance running shoes for their durability and support. Since professional runners use the balls of their feet, this brand is perfect for those who use jumping rope as part of their fitness regimen. Although the New Balance Men’s 990v4 is a running shoe, it has the characteristics of a cross-trainer. More flexible than a traditional walking shoe, the 990v4 has more support around the foot and ankle than similar models. It comes in multiple color schemes and size options, and leather overlays reinforce the breathable mesh upper around the parts of the foot most prone to injury.

The New Balance 990v4’s ENCAP technology supports the ball of the foot, making it ideal for those who jump rope regularly. Combining the flexible EVA foam rubber and stronger polyurethane, the midsole absorbs impact when landing on the balls of your feet, with great bounce-back. The shoe also has an EVA memory foam insole for even more cushion under the balls of your feet. The dual-density foam in the ankle collar and tongue also give an added layer of protection. The support of this shoe also makes them an excellent choice for overpronators.

These long-lasting shoes run true to size, but they do have a narrow fit. You should order a size width up from your usual footwear. The blown rubber outsole combined with the EVA foam/polyurethane rubber midsole make the shoe heavier than other athletic shoes. The leather overlays limit the mesh upper’s breathability, but they are necessary during repetitive jumping motions. Although the New Balance Men’s 990v4 Running Shoe is expensive, the protection and support it offers make it our choice for the best men’s shoe for jumping rope.

Pros

  • Our choice for the best men’s shoe for jumping rope
  • Breathable mesh upper with leather overlays to support the foot
  • ENCAP technology in midsole has stability, support, and bounce back when landing on the ball of your foot
  • Shock-absorbent EVA memory foam insole
  • Extended size and color options
  • Dual density foam in the ankle collar and tongue
  • Hold up well

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Heavier than other athletic shoes
  • Doesn’t breathe well
  • Run true to size with a narrow fit

RYKA Women’s Influence Cross Training Shoe

Image of the Ryka Women's Influence-W, Black/Sharp Green/Forge Grey/Metallic, 8.5 M US

RYKA is a women’s-only shoe manufacturer that designs fashionable and comfortable athletic shoes for a variety of fitness regimens. The RYKA Women’s Influence Cross Training Shoeis popular among workout classes, such as Zumba or dance aerobics. However, their design covers a wide range of high-impact aerobic exercises. In a unique design, the double-layered mesh upper has Flex-Foil overlays for more strength while Direct-Fuse technology seals the layers together, eliminating seams that can unravel. This process makes the shoe as lightweight as possible with enough support for your foot.

With a comfortable padded tongue and ankle collar, the RYKA Women’s Influence Cross Training Shoe has a stable midsole and an energy-efficient insole. The midsole has dual-density foam that absorbs impact and cushions the foot. The removable dual-density insole’s Comfort Fit Precise-Return technology diffuses impact on landings, giving more spring that is ideal for jumping. A unique footprint designed outsole has excellent traction so you will always remain steady on your feet.

The RYKA Women’s Influence Cross Training Shoe runs small with a tight toe box, so remember to order a larger size from your regular footwear. There is a medial post in the midsole which is supposed to provide arch support, but this is minimal at best. If you have a highly defined arch, you will do better with another shoe. There is a mild break-in period for your feet to get used to the upper, but this only lasts for a few wears. The foam insole does wear down quickly, but you can replace it with an insert or orthotic. The RYKA Influence’s distinctive design and support make it our choice for the best women’s shoe for jumping rope.

Pros

  • Our choice for the best women’s shoe for jumping rope
  • Moderately priced, lightweight women’s fitness shoe designed for high-impact aerobic exercises
  • Breathable and supportive double-layered mesh upper with synthetic overlays with Flex-Foil and Direct-Fuse technology
  • Removable Precise-Return EVA dual-density foam insole absorbs impact and cushions the foot, gives more spring ideal for jumping
  • Padded ankle collar and tongue for comfort
  • Flexible upper with stable midsole and outsole
  • Dual-density foam midsole with shock absorption
  • Unique footprint designed outsole has excellent traction

Cons

  • Run small with a narrow toe box
  • Medial post in midsole gives minimal arch support (not recommended for those with high arches)
  • Insole wears down quickly
  • Break-in period for the upper

Saucony Originals Men’s Shadow Original Sneaker

Saucony has built its reputation on studying athletics to design the most supportive fitness shoes. The Saucony Originals Men’s Shadow Original Sneaker is an update on their initial design. The company’s superior manufacturing make this a durable shoe that fits a variety of exercise scenarios. This athletic shoe is available in multiple color combinations. Suede overlays over the mesh and nylon upper support the top of your foot while in motion. The raised back stabilizes the heel, and the padded ankle collar and tongue make the shoe more comfortable.

The best features of the Saucony Originals Men’s Shadow Original Sneaker are the excellent foot support in the midsole and the insole. The shock-absorbent EVA and polyurethane midsole relieves foot fatigue, delivering bounceback when landing on the balls of your feet. A soft EVA memory foam insole supports your whole foot during activity, and it is removable for your custom inserts or orthotics. These shoes run wide, but they are also small. You should order a size up for the best fit. The excellent support makes the shoe a little heavy, but you will get used to the weight. The budget-friendly Saucony Originals Men’s Shadow Original Sneaker provides excellent cushion for your feet while jumping rope. It is ideal for men with foot conditions that need a wider, supportive shoe.

Pros

  • Budget-friendly athletic shoe available in multiple designs
  • Mesh and nylon upper with suede overlays
  • Removable EVA memory foam insole
  • Padded ankle collar and tongue
  • Shock-absorbent EVA and polyurethane midsole
  • High heel back for more stability
  • Fabric interior lining
  • Rubber outsole with Saucony’s traditional triangular tread for excellent traction
  • Reduces foot fatigue, great support for those with foot conditions
  • Hold up well

Cons

  • Run wide but small; order a size up
  • Heavy

Reebok Men’s CROSSFIT Nano 8.0 Flexweave Cross Trainer

The Nano is a Reebok cross-trainer than has undergone rigorous testing with each update to create the most stable and comfortable athletic shoe. Designed for a variety of exercises, the Reebok Men’s CROSSFIT Nano 8.0 Flexweave Cross Trainer is the latest version of the Nano model. The upper comes equipped a strong Flexweave woven fabric with extra toe protection to support your feet during high-intensity training exercises that put you up on your toes. A wide toe box keeps your toes even more comfortable, allowing them to sit naturally in the front of the shoe. With only a 4mm drop to keep your feet secure to the ground, the Nano 8.0 has a Crossfit spongy outsole with excellent grip, helping you stay light and fast on your feet during several high-octane fitness regimens.

The Nano 8.0’s updated design has midfoot grooves to make the shoe more flexible, and they give more support for the balls of your feet. You may have to order a size up to get the best fit because the shoe runs narrow. The only significant downside to this shoe is that the upper doesn’t hold up well and it can rip easily. This isn’t likely to happen if you use the Nano for jumping rope; other high-intensity workouts can wear down the upper much quicker. If you are looking for a lightweight cross-trainer that supports the balls of your feet for your rope regimen, the Reebok Men’s CROSSFIT Nano 8.0 Flexweave Cross Trainer is an excellent option.

Pros

  • Budget-friendly lightweight low-top cross trainer
  • Flexweave upper is breathable and keeps your foot stable; fibers woven into a figure 8 for more strength
  • Extra toe protection for high-intensity training that puts you up on your toes
  • Crossfit spongy outsole has excellent grip, keeping you light and fast on your feet; designed for rope climbing
  • Midfoot flex grooves for more flexibility and support on the balls of your feet
  • Only 4mm drop to keep your feet secure to the ground
  • Wide toe box for comfortable movements

Cons

  • Run narrow
  • Don’t hold up well; nylon mesh breaks down

Skechers Men’s Equalizer 2.0 True Balance Sneaker

Skechers is one of the most famous footwear companies in the world, designing shoes that range from casual to fitness. The Skechers Men’s Equalizer 2.0 True Balance Sneaker is an athletic shoe with great cushion that comes in several color schemes. Its lightweight design includes a flexible rubber outsole with good traction and a comfortable knit fabric upper. Thicker mesh located at the toe, heel, and sides of the shoe makes it more durable.

Although the mesh top lacks the support of athletic shoes with leather or synthetic uppers, the True Balance makes up for it in its supportive midsole and insole. The Dual-Lite midsole is shock-absorbing, diffusing impact when you land on the balls of your feet. The insole is a combination of Air Cool memory foam and dual-density gel that forms to your foot for more cushion on landing.

This relaxed fit sneaker’s memory foam/gel insole doesn’t have much arch support, so it is better for men with wide, flat feet. Unfortunately, the insoles are glued in, so removing them for a custom insert is difficult. These shoes do run large and wide, per their design, but they have a narrow toe box. Those who like more room in the toes should find another model. The rubber outsoles do not last long on pavement or other abrasive materials, so you should only use them for indoor fitness to help them last longer. The shoe itself doesn’t hold up as well as other athletic shoes, so take advantage of the lower price tag to invest in multiple pairs.

Pros

  • Budget-friendly fitness shoe in several color schemes
  • Relaxed fit for wider feet
  • Lightweight and flexible rubber outsole has deep tread with good traction
  • Dual-Lite midsole is shock-absorbing
  • Comfortable knit fabric upper with fabric interior lining
  • Air cool memory foam/dual-density gel insole for support and comfort
  • Thicker mesh at toe, heel, and sides of upper for more durability

Cons

  • Insoles glued in, difficult to remove
  • Soles don’t last long on pavement
  • Run large and wide, but have a narrow toe box
  • Little arch support (better for medium to low arches)
  • Don’t hold up well compared to other athletic shoes

Reebok Women’s Crossfit Nano 4.0 Training Shoe

Image of the Reebok New Women's Crossfit Nano 4.0 Training Shoe (5.5, Collegiate Royal/China Red/White M48450)

Reebok has been a trusted name in fitness wear since the 1950s. Athletes from varying disciplines favor Reeboks for their stability and comfort. The Reebok Women’s Crossfit Nano 4.0 Training Shoe is a cushioned, shock-absorbent shoe that suits various high-intensity workouts. Although the company has released consistent updates on the model (up to the 8.0), this model has more support and stability ideal for jumping rope.

With Reebok’s Duracage technology, the mesh upper has synthetic overlays that stabilize the foot while keeping the shoe extremely light. The Nano 4.0 also has an EVA midsole for shock absorption for jumps and landings. Extra dual-density foam pods in the ball of the foot and heel diffuse impact from your joints. The company’s patented MetaSplit multi-traction outsole splays at the forefoot on impact, reducing stress on the bones of the feet when landing on the ball of your foot. A roomy toe box lets your toes rest naturally in the shoe, and the padded tongue and ankle collar offer additional comfort.

This lightweight and comfortable training shoe runs small, so you’ll have to order a size up to get the best fit. There is little arch support if you have an extremely defined arch. The insoles are not removable, so order two sizes up if you plan on using a custom insert or orthotic. With its snug fit, the Reebok Women’s Crossfit Nano 4.0 Training Shoe may uncomfortably rub against your ankles. Wearing the right size can alleviate this problem. Although the Crossfit Nano 4.0 is expensive, its stability and forefoot support make it an excellent choice for women who jump rope often.

Pros

  • Lightweight and comfortable cross-trainer that suits many workout routines
  • EVA midsole for shock absorption in forefoot and heel
  • Duracage mesh upper with synthetic overlays for foot support
  • Extra dual-density foam pods in the ball of the foot and heel for more cushion and shock-absorption
  • Roomy toe box
  • MetaSplit multi-traction outsole spreads during landing to decrease impact on bones and joints
  • Padded collar and tongue

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Little arch support
  • Run small
  • Tight fit may rub your ankles
  • Insole doesn’t remove (can place inserts on top if you order a size up)

PUMA Women’s Cell Riaze Heather Cross-Trainer Shoe

Image of the PUMA Women's Cell Riaze Heather Cross-Trainer Shoe, Steel Gray/Drizzle/Bay, 7 M US

Another women’s fitness shoe made for high-intensity interval training is the PUMA Women’s Cell Riaze Heather Cross-Trainer Shoe. The company specifically designed this lightweight and budget-friendly cross trainer for a woman’s foot. A textile upper with synthetic overlays that cover the entire foot protect the toes and midfoot from injury. A high back also offers extra heel support. The rubber outsole has great traction, so you can work out indoors or outdoors. The PUMA Riaze Heather has a roomy fit with a wide toe box to keep your feet as comfortable as possible.

The PUMA Women’s Cell Riaze Heather Cross-Trainer Shoe has incredible support in the insole and the midsole. A memory foam insole supports your arch, but women with high, defined arches can easily remove it for another insole with more cushion. The midsole is more rigid, but it is flexible enough to cater to your movements. The support in the Riaze Heather makes it ideal for women who keep up with intense fitness regimens. The shoe holds up well, so it won’t fall apart easily like other fitness shoes. It runs true to size, but it does have a narrow fit. You should order a size up, especially if you replace the insole. The PUMA Women’s Cell Riaze Heather Cross-Trainer Shoe’s stability, durability, and support make it a favorite among women athletes.

Pros

  • Lightweight, budget-friendly cross-trainer designed specifically for a woman’s foot
  • Textile upper with synthetic overlays for stability across the whole foot
  • High back for more ankle support
  • Rubber outsole with good traction
  • Replaceable memory foam cushion insole has decent arch support
  • Roomy fit with a wide toe box
  • Stability in midsole for more support
  • Hold up well

Cons

  • Not enough padding for those with high, defined arches
  • Run true to size, but narrow

New Balance Women’s 811 Training Shoe

If you favor high-intensity interval training, a supportive and cushioned shoe will help avoid foot and ankle injuries. Many athletes incorporate jumping rope into their HIIT regimen, so they need footwear that offers stability and comfort. The New Balance Women’s 811 Training Shoe is ideal for women who reach past the traditional walking and running to stay in shape. A mesh upper is breathable, with synthetic overlays to stabilize the midfoot. The shoe is lightweight, so it is great for jumping and lateral movements. A rubber outsole with excellent traction keeps you secure on your feet on smooth surfaces, such as a workout gym or hardwood floors in your home. The 811’s removable cushioned insole has extra padding in the ball of the foot that diffuses impact on landing.

New Balance’s Cush+ technology adds both cushion and stability to the midsole. It provides superior bounceback during your intense workouts, relieving foot and joint pain. The heel support in the shoe isn’t as impressive as the forefoot, so it is best for women who perform exercises on the balls of their feet. If you have high, defined arches, you will most likely need to replace the insole with one that suits your needs. Although the ankle collar and the tongue have foam padding, one side of the tongue is sewn to the upper. This can make the fit along the top of the foot a little uncomfortable.

The 811 runs small and narrow with a tight toe box, which is unusual for a New Balance shoe. With a streamlined fit, it can fit uncomfortably around your ankle. When purchasing your pair, make sure you get the right size to eliminate rubbing and blistering. Although the shoe has an updated model, the 811v2, the newer version lacks the support of its predecessor. Despite a few drawbacks, the New Balance Women’s 811 Training Shoe’s stability and comfort on the balls of your feet make them an excellent choice for jumping rope.

Pros

  • Budget-friendly, lightweight shoe for high-intensity interval training (HIIT)
  • Mesh upper with synthetic overlays to stabilize the midfoot
  • Rubber outsole with great traction
  • Cush+ midsole technology: foam midsole that has cushion and stability
  • Removable cushioned insole with extra ball of foot support

Cons

  • Little arch support and heel cushion
  • Tongue attached to the upper; can rub against the top of the foot
  • Run small and narrow with tight toe box; not ideal for wide feet
  • Tight around the ankle

 

The Bottom Line

When you add jumping rope to your fitness regimen, you will see results in a short amount of time. Not only will you feel a difference in your endurance, but it also burns fat as part of a high-intensity interval training program. Any of the shoes on this list would be ideal for this exercise. It is difficult to find the right shoe for this activity; there aren’t designated shoes exclusively for jumping rope. Cross-trainers offer the support your feet and joints need during any cardio exercise, including jumping rope. We recommend the New Balance Men’s 990v4 Running Shoe and the RYKA Women’s Influence Cross Training Shoe. They create the perfect conditions for jumping and landing on the balls of your feet. The support and bounce back in the midsoles give you the ability to push harder during your workout to get the best results.

 

Resources:

“Learn How to Jump Rope: The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Jump Rope Training.” CROSSROPE. Updated August 2018. https://blog.crossrope.com/how-to-jump-rope/

Wolfe, Lisa M. “The Best Shoes for Jumping Rope.” LIVESTRONG. September 2017. https://www.livestrong.com/article/353983-the-best-shoes-for-jumping-rope/

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