#1 Onitsuka Tiger Unisex Ultimate 81
If you’re serious about finding the best parkour shoes, then take a serious look at the Onitsuka Tiger Unisex Ultimate 81 Shoes.
At first glance, you can see that they’ve taken inspiration from the 80’s, bringing a retro-styled shoe but delivering modern-day results.
Coming in over 20 colors, you’ll be able to choose exactly the one that fits your personality and wardrobe best.
Not only do they look fashionable, but they’re perfect for athletic activities such as running and of course, parkour.
Because they can take the beating you’ll inevitably throw at them with climbing, landing, and sliding against things like cement, brick, and metal.
The rubber sole offers incredible grip, even on slippery surfaces. Two-tone EVA midsoles with flex channels in the heel offer the flexibility you need for landing and climbing.
Faux-leather overlays increase the durability of the fabric uppers, helping to resist against holes.
Finally, for your added comfort, the collar and tongue are both padded to eliminate any chafing or cutting into the skin.
The lightweight shoe won’t weigh nor slow you down, as they’re designed for speed and the minimal design speaks to that.
#2 Take Flight Parkour Athletic Training Shoe
While parkour shoes aren’t traditionally complicated nor technical, it’s still important to have the right design.
The Take Flight Parkour Athletic Training Shoe 1.0 is a straightforward model designed to fit well, no matter what you’re doing.
Designed with the input of some of the best parkour athletes on the planet, the 1.0 is made for you to perfect your abilities.
The mesh upper is very lightweight, to ensure you stay quick on your feet while providing you with excellent airflow to keep your feet comfortable and dry.
Not only that, but they give a great amount of flexibility to allow a full range of motion.
The rubber sole offers an unparalleled amount of grip and traction, and the outsole tread pattern will put you worlds ahead of others in climbing over uneven and slippery terrain.
Just tying them on your feet, you’ll instantly feel more confident.
Thanks to the dual sock liner and signature Compression Landing System, these feel like they were customized just for you. In addition, they give you the protection and support you need, especially when jumping off high landings.
If forever reason you’re not 100% satisfied, Take Flight will give you a complete reimbursement so there’s literally no risk in trying them. What more could you ask for in one of the best shoes for parkour?
#3 Merrell Men’s Trail Glove 4 Runner
Minimalist shoes have been one of the top-trending designs fo Parkour shoes for the past 5 years now, but the Merrel Trail Glove 4 always rises to the top.
With it’s technological advancements made to give you the highest performance possible. The low-profile shoe combines flexibility, low interference, and durability, it really feels like a part of your body.
The upper is comprised of a synthetic mesh that offers the same breathability as regular mesh, but with more durability.
The toe box is notably wider than most we tried, which gives you the freedom to move without squishing your toes or restricting them from splaying properly.
You’ll also find strategically placed TPU overlays which not only add support but also increase the durability of the shoes.
The 4mm CMEVA midsoles really have changed the game, providing the perfect balance between lightness and stability. The compression molded EVA foam makes them incredibly shock-absorbent while giving you a cushy ride even on hard surfaces like concrete.
As you’ll be wearing these for hours on end, the anti-microbial properties are more than welcome, keeping your feet clean and dry.
The Trail Glove 4s don’t stop there. Another huge selling point here are the soles, which are comprised of the Vibram Outsole TC1s.
These are known for their insane grip and flexibility which is perfect for running, jumping, climbing, and landing.
Managing to be both lightweight and abrasion resistant, it protects against sharp rocks and uneven surfaces while distributing your weight evenly.
#4 Inov-8 Men’s Bare-XF 210 V2 Sneaker
If you’re on the hunt for pure durability and strength, then the Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 V2s should be at the top of your list.
Whether you’re climbing ropes, scaling buildings, or jumping off of just about anything, these will have you covered.
When you first look at this pair, you’d probably have no idea that they’re “barefoot” shoes, but with the zero drop sole and a great amount of toe splay space, they definitely are.
If you like feeling like “one” with your environment, then we greatly recommend these.
Any good parkour shoes need to be supple and sticky, which is exactly what the rubber soles of the 210 V2s are. In fact, when used on wet, slippery, and dusty surfaces, the rubberized ridges still held on perfectly.
With the upper made of a lightweight mesh, you can expect this pair to be the most flexible out there! It’s also soft against the foot, while offering supreme breathability while remaining sturdy enough to protect against holes.
The only “complaint” we had, was that the toes do point a bit more than others on our guide, which makes for slightly less accurate running. We didn’t all feel the same about that, but there were other consumers who agreed.
#5 Take Flight Stealth Ultra Parkour Freerunning Shoe
Taking over 2 years to develop, the Take Flight Ultra Parkour Freerunning Cross Training Shoe has been made to perfection.
Much like their other model on our guide, this one also took guidance from world-class parkour athletes to bring you exceptional capabilities.
As it does only come in Black, you don’t have much of an option with colorways, but it does look sleek and go well with literally any kind of wardrobe you have.
Just like the other Take Flight model, it comes made with a rubber compound sole to give an amazing amount of grip and control, even on wet and slippery surfaces like bars.
We experienced easy transition from heel-to-toe, which makes it easier to gain speed while maintaining accuracy.
It also comes with the same dual sock liners and Compression Landing System as the other, to fit like a glove while providing protection and support.
Featuring a fabric upper with leather overlays, they’re both breathable and tough. Even when used for climbing rough surfaces like brick, they remained unaffected.
The dual toe cover and extra heel support only boost the lifespan of these shoes, while the wide sole center gives more stability in landings and lateral movements.
Also expect the generous 6-month money back guarantee that Take Flight is known for, so you can use these completely risk-free.
#6 T.O.P ONE Kung Fu Martial Arts Parkour Shoes
As one of the most versatile parkour shoes available, the T.O.P ONE Kung Fu Martial Arts shoes work for men or women, adults or children, indoors or outdoors.
They’re definitely the most simple design out there, but they are still some of the toughest and consistently rank as the highest performers.
Not only are they used for parkour, but weightlifting, running, and of course, martial arts.
Coming in a huge array of sizes, you’re sure to be able to find the perfect size for you or anyone else in your family.
They do only come in Black or White, but they feature old-school white and red chevrons that looks good with anything you have on.
Due to the flat zero drop feel, they’re some of the most dynamic shoes we’ve put on our feet. They’re not “barefoot” shoes, but they are reminiscent of them.
The rubber sole is extremely durable and give that sticky grip feeling that gives you the confidence you need to try new obstacles.
The canvas upper is just as durable – in fact, we are hard-pressed to find an upper that is stronger than this simple material. While they’re not the most breathable out there, they’re still quite comfortable and will keep your feet dry.
#7 Onitsuka Tiger Women’s Serrano-u Fashion Sneaker
Did you know that Tiger was actually the forerunner of ASICS? That being said, the brand is one of the most well-respected and you can actually rely on them to provide quality products.
This time, we’re talking about the Onitsuka Tiger Women’s Serrano-u Fashion Sneaker, which is about much more than just style.
However, we’re positive you’ll love the retro-inspired look just as much as we do.
Coming in just Black/White, there aren’t many options but these jive with any other colors and styles. The upper is made of 100% leather and textile, making it ultra-durable but also lightweight.
As far as breathability goes, they’re a bit better than average, but not quite as efficient as mesh uppers.
The spiked rubber outsole is very unique, working to mimic the spikes you’d find on track shoes! This gives an impressive amount of traction and grip on literally any kind of surface you find yourself on.
The heel and toecaps are also made to be tough, and the padded collar and tongue provide comfort while eliminating chafing.