SELF Fitness 2019 Award Winner: Spartan by CRAFT Fuseknit X Training Shoe

SELF Fitness 2019 Award Winner: Spartan by CRAFT Fuseknit X Training Shoe

We're thrilled to announce SELF magazine selected the Spartan by Craft Fuseknit X Training Shoe as the winner for best OCR shoe! Editors and their network of respected athletes and trainers rigorously test hundreds of products for key factors like performance, fit, comfort, and style, in search of the newest, coolest fitness gear to bring readers the best around. Learn more about the show below and click here to shop.

Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned veteran, when you're blasting through a training program, the shoes you choose are everything to success. Enter the brand-new SELF 2019 Fitness award winnerSPARTAN by CRAFT Fuseknit X: Its versatility and high-energy return was built specifically to max your running and cross-training workouts. 

But while OCR racing has quickly evolved over the last decade—from one race with 700 participants in 2010 to more than 250 events across 40 countries with over a million annual participants in 2019, according to Jonathan Fine, Spartan’s Head of Brand Communications—the OCR apparel and footwear market has not. Until now.

Related: NEW Spartan RD Pro by Craft Footwear to Crush Your Next Race

What Makes the Fuseknit X Special: More Power, Better Stride

These lightweight kicks with aggressive tread provide solid traction in both gyms and outdoors. A one-piece fully engineered sock-like Fuseknit upper provides form-fitting comfort to move with you — not against you — making all of your runs more efficient. X-Support™ system gives you optimum stability with reinforced cords that wrap under the foot and behind the heel. (No slippage, a.k.a. blisters, here!)

The midsole consists of single-piece soft foam with inserts to activate the arch. Isometric triangular lug patterning maximizes traction, the landing pad in the heel absorbs energy upon heel strike and the launch pad at the forefoot returns energy to power you forward. These shoes make your stride work for you in a way that's never been done. All in all, the Fuseknit X's killer flex and support adapt and hold up under speed intervals and longer runs, making this the best training shoe on the market. Plus, these puppies are pretty to look at — with their contemporary design, you can rock them from gym to street in style. 

The Spartan by Craft Fuseknit X has been used, abused, and refined to meet the harshest training conditions without fail. Because we know you expect nothing less. 



  • Upper: One-piece fully engineered sock-fit Fuseknit
  • Bottom: ARC foam and rubber
  • Lace Closure
  • Total stack height: Heel 22mm, forefoot 13.5mm
  • Drop: 8.5mm
  • Lug depth is 2.5mm forefoot and heel
  • Weight: 245 grams
  • Heel midsole insert: Impact absorbing foam (landing pad)
  • Forefoot midsole insert: High rebound foam (launch pad)
  • Color: Grey/Paradise