Best Fox Shoes Reviewed For Rugged Performance

This brand, also known as Fox Racing or Fox Head, is easily recognizable by its tilted logo. It is a clothing brand for extreme sports such as motocross and was first founded in 1974 by a man named Geoff Fox, a Ph. D in physics, when he launched a distribution business called Moto-X Fox. Eventually, the business became what the brand is today. Though headquartered in Irvine, California, the brand has expanded to sell their products worldwide and is claimed to be the most well-known and best-selling brand for motocross apparel across the world – and for a good reason, too. They work closely with all the best riders to develop race clothing and footwear that ensure optimal protection and enhance performance. But with that said, they also offer a wide range of footwear designed for running, training, and streetwear. Using only the best technologies, and designing and manufacturing with the needs of the wearer in mind, the footwear they craft are some of the best you can find out there for athletic and casual wear.

 

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Through the years, the brand’s logo has come to be recognized by all. Even those who are not familiar with the brand can easily identify the logo, as it is often seen out in public. But there are more reasons to choose the brand’s products besides their reputation. When it comes to their sneakers, a balance between style and practicality are provided thanks to their features and careful design. Their trainers are made to be light and suitable for a wide range of activities, and it obviously goes without saying that their motocross boots are of high-quality. However, the brand offers so many different varieties and models that it can be difficult making a choice, especially if you’re still not too familiar with the brand and their products. That’s why we’ve made a list of ten of the best pairs made by them. The list features footwear for training and running, as well as sneakers, motocross boots, and even flip-flops. There are options for both men and women. We hope that using the list as guidance, you can find a pair that’s suitable for you.

 

10 Best Fox Shoes Reviewed

 

1. Podium

Sitting at the very top of our list is the Podium. These are multi-sport trainiers for men, so they are the perfect pick for those who need a good pair for several different activities. Their uppers feature stitchless performance panels that enhance their structure while also keeping them light and reducing the risk of uncomfortable friction against the foot. Mesh is also used makes them breathable, and the footbed is designed to provide optimal comfort. In addition, they've got a durable and grippy outsole. Overall, they feature a balance of great features that render them suitable for all sorts of physical activities.
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Deep Heel Cup
The heel cup in footwear serves to provide balance while also supporting the natural alignment of the foot. This model features a TPU heel cup that offers lateral ankle support and stability, keeping you protected and comfortable while you're moving around.

Cushioning
The ultralight full-length Skylyte midsole provides shock absorption. With each step or jump, the shock of the impact is prevented from putting stress on your ankles and knees, keeping you protected against joint issues as well as discomfort and fatigue.

Cost and Value
Surprisingly, these are one of the least expensive pairs on our list. They're also of great value; because they're designed to be versatile and enhance performance in a number of different sports, just one pair can be worn for running, going to the gym, and doing many different sports.
Pros

Very lightweight

Breathable mesh

Super versatile

Flexible and comfortable

Cons

Insole not removable

2. Motion Elite 2

Our next pick is another great pair of trainers. Weighing at just nine ounces, you'll barely feel them at all, and are sure to be able to focus on your performance without feeling something bulky at your feet at all times. Their design renders them flexible and stable. Despite their light weight, they also the provide proper cushioning needed for walking, running, or any other forms of training. To top it all off, they are available in lots of different colors, including red/white, grey/blue, and the classic black/white that would go great with casual everyday attire.
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Stability
Featuring an internal heel counter, lateral stability and support are guaranteed to be provided. The outsole also has a multi-directional tread that provides excellent traction and is made of durable Duratac rubber.

Agility
Although they provide protection, they also allow for agility. They are low-cut at the collar so that your movements won't be restricted, and natural movement of the ankle and the foot are encouraged.

Cost and Value
You'll be glad to hear that this pair is budget-friendly. They cost less than the typical high-quality trainers but are still up there with their great features. Plus, they come in great colors that render them fashionable and suitable for street wear so that you can make the best out of your pair.
Pros

Supportive ankle

Outsole provides traction

Low-cut

Color selection

Cons

Narrow fit

3. Motion Scrub Fresh

3. Motion Scrub Fresh
The Motion Scrub Fresh sneakers aim to combine style and practicality, and their design has done so wonderfully. Featuring lightweight, breathable mesh, it is kept nice and light. This makes them great for frequent or everyday wear, as you can walk for long periods of time in them without feeling like they're weighing you down. A special technology is also used to provide cushioning underfoot and amazing comfort without increasing the weight. They're also great when it comes to style; the model comes in navy, black, and green zebra print, all of which can be paired with regular everyday attire for a simple and low-key look. This balance between
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Great for Summer
Being out in the heat can be a nightmare, and it usually results in sweaty, smelly feet. However, these sneakers have breathable mesh in the uppers and tongues, allowing air to flow through it to reduce the accumulation of sweat and odor.

Outsole
Slipping can cause many injuries, but the problem can be solved with a good outsole. These have a decoupled outsole that features Motion flex grooves, allowing flexibility and agility without the risk of slipping. They are also super durable thanks to their material.

Cost and Value
Sitting toward the lower end of our price range, these are a great pick for all. Their neutral color and style make them the perfect go-to footwewar for all casual occasions,
Pros

Color selection

Light and comfortable

Non-marking outsole

Mesh tongue/upper

Cons

Dark colors only

4. Comp 5

4. Comp 5
Though the majority of this brand's footwear are for men, some are specially designed to suit women as well. This of comp boots, for instance, takes into consideration the typical female fit and the needs of a motorcyclist. Compared to the men's comp boots, these have less calf volume and ensure a more snug fit. Their shaft is also shorter to ensure you can move around with ease and without feeling restricted. Plastic shin plates are also used for coverage and provide support. On top of that, they've got a great look - the overall boot is in black and grey, with the logo on the front in a bold, eye-catching pink.
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Flexibility and Stiffness
There is a balance of flexibility and stiffness in key areas of the boot. In their plastic shin plates, protection and support are provided, while other parts of the show allow you to move around comfortably and without strain.

Easy Closure
Though the shaft is high and some areas of the boot are stiff, they are still made with convenience in mind. Aluminim buckles in the design makes them easy to put on and slip off, saving you time and effort. However, they are still secure and protective.

Cost and Value
These are on the higher end of our price range, but keep in mind that these require a much more specialized design and a more complicated manufacturing process compared to regular sneakers and training shoes. Plus, they are still much cheaper than most comp boots, also making them a great pick for beginners who are not yet sure which boots would be most suitable for them.
Pros

Snug calf fit

Convenient, secure closure

Plastic shin plates

Simple yet attractive

Cons

Limited color selection

5. Motion Concept

5. Motion Concept
If you want sneakers that look a bit more sleek and eye-catching but are still practical, consider the Motion Concept sneakers. This model is an improvement of one of the brand's most well-received designs. They come in both red and blue, both of which have simple yet attractive designs that render them suitable for pairing with all sorts of clothes. As with all sneakers by this brand, their outsole is durable and provides excellent grip both indoors and outdoors. Their mesh uppers are breathable, and cushioning is provided in the midsole. Overall, they are nice and lightweight, keeping you light on your feet no matter how long your day may be.
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Fox Motion Technology
Unsurprisingly, the Motion Concept sneaker features this technology of a similar name. It provides amazing cushioning and flexibility without adding much to the weight of the footwear, keeping you comfortable at all times and on all occasions.

Breathable
If your feet sweat easily, you need a pair that's breathable. With their Flow Mesh upper panels, air can flow easily through the footwear to keep your feet fresh and cool. Not only does this reduce perspiration, it also prevents odor and the growth of bacteria that can cause nasty foot issues.

Cost and Value
Though you can find sneakers for a cheaper price than these, they are still worth the consideration. Not only do they provide all the great features mentioned above, they've got an attractive design. Their bold laces, slanted bars on the outsole, and the eye-catching logo makes them unique and gives them some style.
Pros

Sleek design

Flexible

Grippy outsole

Versatile

Cons

A bit pricey

6. Bomber

6. Bomber
Next up is the Bomber boot for men. This design is based on the Comp 8 motocross boot and provides an even better array of features that renders them perfect for riding on the streets. The medial sides have full burn guards that protect you from exhaust pipes while also improving durability. They also have a secure fit thanks to their simple hook and look closure, ensuring that there are no laces to worry about coming loose or getting snagged during your ride. Exceptional grip and support are also offered. On top of that, they are of a simple black and white design that, though not too unique or eye-catching, have a sleek and handsome look.
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Low-cut
If you're not a big fan of the high shaft in comp boots, you'll love these and their low cut. Not only does it give them a more sleek look, you'll be able to move with more flexibility and ease. It also makes them comfortable both on and off the bike.

Reinforcements
The overall boot is made of synthetic leather. However, TPU plating is used to reinforce the critical zones of the boot, which are the toe and the heel. Additional coverage is provided this way for maximum protection. What's more, a textured shift plate can be found on the left boot for better shift precision.

Cost and Value
Footwear designed for motorcycling or motocross are rarely cheap because their manufacturing requires precision and details to ensure a comfortable yet protective fit. Thankfully, these are on the cheaper side and are great if you need a pair but don't want to break the bank for it.
Pros

Flexible

Street riding

Synthetic leather

Textured shift plate

Cons

Limited color selection

Double tongue

7. Motion Transfer

Need something more original, or would like to switch up your style a bit? These sneakers are offered in leopard print as well as a white/red design, both of which are unique and have a great look. The overall design is also modern and casual. At the same time, comfort and structural support are ensured thanks to their clever construction. The mesh upper keeps them light and breathable while the flex grooves in the outsole ensure grip. The only potential downside is their high price, but they are still affordable and of good value.
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Materials
These feature premium synthetic nubuck and suede leather, resulting in a soft and flexible feel. Unlike real leather and suede, you don't have to go out of your way to care for them and ensure they don't get spoiled with wear while still enjoying the comfort they provide. It's a win-win!

Style and Practicality
A combination of both these features can be found with this mode. With a modern athletic construction but a modern and casual style, you can feel good and look good at the same time... another win-win!

Cost and Value
Though somewhat more expensive than the other sneakers on the list, they're also a bit more different and stylish. For the extra few bucks, we think it's worth it. Plus, in top of their style they've still got the Motion Technology and other features that reinforce structural support.
Pros

Casual modern look

Mesh tongue

Synthetic suede/leather

Flex grooves

Cons

A bit pricey

8. Featherlite

8. Featherlite
Next up is the men's Featherlite runners. Designed to meet the needs of elite athletes, these have an authentic design that is sure to provide only the best for your performance. Their most remarkable feature is the Forefoot Rebound Foam, which cushions your steps and absorbs shock while also maximizing the energy return when you take off again, allowing you to go farther and faster with less energy. Support to the arches and all areas of the foot are also provided to ensure proper alignment at all times. Sweat and odor won't be a problem either with their breathable mesh uppers. What's more, they are super affordable. What more could you ask for?
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Cushioning Midsole
Running is hard on the knees and joints. That's why this footwear has a full-length Skylyte midsole to cushion your every step and absorb the shock. Your joints will be spared from the impact, reducing fatigue and keeping you energized for longer. The Visible Heel Strike Foam is also present for cushioning and stability.

Structural Support
With their mid-foot Flex Tendon, proper arch support is provided so that running for long periods of time will not cause pain to the arches. Stability is also increased, and energy is conserved when taking off for your next step.

Cost and Value
This pair is the least expensive pair on the list. However, don't mistake the low price for low quality; they feature a wide range of features that will improve your running performance like no other pair.
Pros

Rebounding foam

Optimal arch support

Durable rubber outsole

Affordable

Cons

Size runs small

9. Motion-Varial

9. Motion-Varial
This is yet another pair that is suitable both for streetwear and for athletic wear. Practicality meets style with their clever construction and design. Structure and support are provided to the arches and all areas of the foot to ensure proper alignment and comfort. Cushioning and flexibility are also offered, along with a light weight and optimal grip. They are also suitable for the summertime, as the mesh allows air to flow all throughout the footwear, keeping moisture and odor out, preventing the growth of bacteria, and keeping your feet fresh and healthy. Their simple, neutral look also allows them to be worn with all kinds of attire for all sorts of occasions.
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Structure
The mesh construction not only renders them nice and breathable but also provides structure where is needed. The mesh instep provides structure and support that keeps the feet comfortable no matter how much you may be walking, or how long you spend on your feet throughout the day. They are athletic shoes, after all!

Outsole
As with all good athletic footwear, the outsole provides grip. Featuring nine Motion flex grooves, you can stay agile while also staying stable. The risk of slipping and falling is also greatly reduced.

Cost and Value
These sneakers are an incredible bargain, especially considering they are fashionable enough to be worn as regular street footwear, but also when doing more athletic activities.
Pros

Lightweight mesh

Great hot weather

Everyday streetwear

Affordable

Cons

Simple low-key design

10. Jail Break

10. Jail Break
Last but certainly not least is a pair of women's flip flops that are the perfect go-to footwear for summer. They are of a simple yet stylish black and white stripe design, hence their name, but what's unique is that the stripes on one foot are vertical while on the other they are horizontal, resulting in an original look. This ensures they won't be confused with other people's flip-flops if you take them off at the beach or the pool. The strap is made of PVC, a synthetic material, and includes an eye-catching logo. Overall, they are a unique, simple, and convenient pair. Just keep in mind that, because they are still flip-flops, they should not be worn for long periods of time or for walking long distances, as it may result in foot discomfort.
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Convenient
Flip flops are perhaps the most convenient footwear out there. It doesn't matter if you're going out to the beach, need something to wear while showering at the gym, or have step outdoors for a second, just slip these on and you're good to go. Their stripe pattern means you won't look too shabby, either.

Material
Though this is a simple shoe, the material used in their construction ensures they are comfortable. The soles are made of rubber and the straps made of PVC to ensure ease when walking. With that said, however, they are still not the best for frequent all-day wear because the flip-flop design offers minimal protection and structural support to the foot.

Cost and Value
In reality, these flip-flops are quite pricey. You'll have to pay more for these than you might for the typical flip-flop, but remember that this is a brand known for their great athletic footwear and clothing. Their products are naturally of a higher price.
Pros

Unique stripe design

Easy on/off

Lowkey yet attractive

Rubber outsole

Cons

Pricey

Unsuitable for walking

 

It doesn’t matter if you need a pair for motocross, for running, for going to the gym, or just for regular everyday wear, there’s a perfect pair by this brand for the occasion. Not only are their products made with comfort, convenience, and practicality in mind, they also have simple designs that won’t render them eye-catching but will still ensure you look your best.

 

Criteria Used to Evaluate the Best Fox Shoes

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Fox Motion Technology

You will have noticed that many sneakers and trainers  by this brand have ‘motion’ in their title. This is because of the special technology used in their manufacturing called the Motion technology, used to provide a balance of features that will enhance performance and optimize comfort.

There are five key components when it comes to this technology, the first of which is the Duratrak MDT outsole, with the term MDT standing for “multi-directional tread.” This outsole has hexagon-shaped Motion Flex Grooves that ensure maximum grip – unlike lines or even zigzags, these prevent slipping in all directions. As a result, lateral support is provided. You will be able to keep your feet stable regardless of any twisting or dynamic movements in the upper body, allowing for flexibility and natural movement without discomfort. The likelihood of falling and of injury is also greatly reduced.

The third component is the Skylyte Midsole. This is a full-length midsole designed to provide shock absorption, which is crucial to every athletic and everyday shoe. Walking, running, and other high-impact exercises like HIIT training, lifting weights, or CrossFit can put stress on your joints, bones, and muscle, resulting in fatigue, pain, and even severe damage to the body. Shock absorbent midsoles are therefore designed to absorb the impact and prevent it from negatively affecting your body in the long term. In the short term, if ensures comfort and reduces fatigue. But that doesn’t mean maximum cushioning means maximum benefit; in fact, some studies have shown that footwear with lots of cushioning may even cause more damage to the joints, and it’s important that the cushioning is the proper kind and of the proper amount. With the Skylyte midsole, the benefits will be provided without going so far as to cause damage.

The Next component is the Rebound Foam. This essentially acts as a spring, as with each step taken it will be compressed, then return to its original form. As a result, energy return is maximized for your next stride, allowing you to go farther faster and with less effort. But it’s also important not to get your expectations too high up – products made with this kind of foam won’t be transforming you into Usain Bolt, sadly. Even the best rebound foams return only 70% of the energy, as some of the energy put into the stride will still be lost. However, this is still a huge amount of energy returned compared to normal foam. After exercising for long periods of time, such as running long-distance, you would definitely feel less fatigued, more energized, and have better performance and endurance.

The last component, which is the layer of the sole that is directly underfoot, is the 3D Molded EVA Sockliner. Now, the structure of the foot is very important, as the feet bear our weight every single day from morning until night as we walk, run, jump, and go about our workouts or daily activities. Most of the pressure put on the feet ends up with the arches, and not properly supporting them can thus lead to pain, discomfort, and even musculoskeletal issues leading to disability. People who have particularly flat or high arches often need special support on the arches, such as by wearing orthotic footwear. But the majority of people can benefit simply from a pair that were designed with arch support in mind. With this molded sockliner, the footbed will hug the contours of your foot and provide structural support to the arches, keeping your foot in proper alignment.

Low Cut

Many sneakers, trainers, as well as motorcycling boots by this brand are low-cut – but what does this actually mean? Just like how low-cut shirts means a wider collar, low top footwear doesn’t come up on the ankles. There are both pros and cons to both types.

Perhaps the biggest benefit of low-top footwear is the increased agility allowed. It is much easier to turn, jump, and engage in dynamic movements when there is nothing at the ankles that may cause discomfort and hold you back from moving with ease. As a result, extra speed can be gained. They also tend to be light in weight, meaning each stride feels lighter so that foot fatigue is minimized.

The con is that, though low-cut footwear leaves your ankles free to move with more agility, they also leave them unprotected. Sometimes, it’s good to have coverage when making sudden turns or landings to prevent spraining the ankles or causing any other ankle injuries. This is why some podiatrists conclude that low-top footwear can increase the risk of injury when doing athletics, and therefore do not recommend them.

But when it comes to regular sneakers, if you don’t plan on doing any serious exercise in them, there shouldn’t be an issue. It’s much more important for an everyday sneaker to be light and comfortable rather than to offer optimal protection because simply walking isn’t likely to cause injuries either way.

 

Trainers vs Sneaker

Amongst some of their best selling sports footwear are trainers and sneakers. It’s important to know the differences and similarities between the two so that you know which one to choose, and which one will benefit you the most.

Sneakers were originated in the late 1800s. They got their name because it was said that they were so quiet that anybody wearing them would be able to “sneak” up on others unnoticed. It is considered to be an athletic footwear, and its construction features a flexible sole made of a synthetic material (most often rubber) and an upper made of canvas.

Trainers, on the other hand, are a category of footwear specially designed to provide the protection needed for serious fitness activities. Their features include cushioning and stability devices to keep the ankles and the feet aligned and protected during exercise. Most are made of synthetics and mesh to ensure airflow, but some may also include leather in the uppers.

When it comes to choosing, it all depends on where you plan on wearing them, and what you’ll be doing. Though both types provide the necessary structural support and comfort, it ultimately comes down to style. Sneakers were made with style in mind and generally have a more attractive design. They also tend to come in lots of different colors. Combined with their great features, they are great as everyday footwear and can be worn with nearly any kind of clothes to give you a laid-back yet attractive look. Trainers are more focused on enhancing performance, so sometimes looks are sacrificed as a result.  They are the best choice to wear when doing fitness activities. They also tend to be more expensive due to their careful design and construction, but every penny is worth the purchase as they really are made for maximum performance.

In short, sneakers are the better choice for everyday street wear, as they are both comfortable and fashionable. Trainers are better for exercising because they are designed to be more apt for the purpose rather than the looks.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: Do these styles run true to size? How do I know what size to order?
A: Unfortunately, this brand does not offer a sizing chart with which you can compare your foot size to in order to determine your perfect size. However, their products generally run true to size. If you’d like to make sure, it’s always a good idea to check the reviews of other customers, as it can give you an idea of the size, the width of the fit, the height of the arches, and other aspects of the footwear.

Q: Are Fox, Fox Racing, and Fox Head the same brand?
A:
Yes, they are. The company’s website, as well as all their products, are under the name ‘Fox Racing,’ but the company is in reality called ‘Fox Head, Inc.’ with its headquarters in California. ‘Fox’ is a shortened version of the name that can also be seen.

Q: Can I wear training sneakers as street fashion?
A:
Yes – especially with trainers by this brand. Their trainers are all made to be lightweight, shock absorbent, and supportive, which is the ideal balance of features. They provide just as much comfort and protection when running errands and walking around town than when training at the gym.

Sources

  1. FOX, Company Info,
  2. Marty Hughes, The Shoe Cushioning Myth,
  3. Jonathan Beverly, The Truth About Energy Return in Your Shoes,
  4. Lauren Hutchens, The Importance of Arch Support, Aug 14, 2017
  5. Rob Harris, Are Low-Top Basketball Shoes Safe?, Sep 11, 2017
  6. American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, Footwear - Training Shoes,
  7. DifferenceBetween.net, Differences Between Sneakers and Trainers,


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