So far we’ve had mixed opinions on the various shoes and boots we’ve reviewed from Lalo Tactical ( www.lalotactical.com ). The Shadow Intruder boots were very cool looking but weren’t up to our standards in the functionality department. The Bloodbird shoes were a good overall training shoe, but lacked outsole durability and didn’t really stand out from the crowd of other “CrossFit shoes” in our testers opinion. However, we’ve saved the best review for last. The Lalo Tactical BUDS/Grinder is the best lightweight athletic shoe we’ve tested or used to date. Weighing in at less than 10 ounces this is also the only training shoe in its class that’s ever been able to hold up to my intense training regimen for more than three months without ripping or tearing. I’ve now, at the time of writing this article, been training with these shoes for a year. My only major complaint is the lack of arch support, which is an easy fix with the purchase of aftermarket insoles.
My experience as an athlete and strength coach has led me to believe that footwear should be designed with at least some arch contour either in the insole or on the inside of the shoe itself simply because that's the shape of the human foot. A shoe with a built in low arch or some arch support in the insole helps prevent eversion of the ankle and the knees going valgus (moving inward), especially in plyometrics, running, jumping, and landing. The foot, upon landing is going to follow the path of least resistance, then the ankles, and the knees will follow. With a shoe that has limited or no arch support, when an athlete lands for instance, it's only natural for the foot to flatten, and as eversion occurs the next step in that movement pattern is valgus knees. The good news is this can all be remedied with the purchase of a high quality insole with tough plastic arch support! More good news is that the outsole on these shoes is very shock absorbent which makes hard impacts during training much easier on the joints and spine. The flat bottom of this shoe on the other hand is great for weight training. Allowing the entire bottom of the shoe to maintain contact with the ground makes this shoe great for Olympic lifts like power clean and snatch, as well as standard lifts like squats.
The durability on the upper part of these shoes is really extraordinary, especially considering how light weight and breathable they are. I usually begin to tear the upper on my training shoes in about 3 months, these have lasted me a year! In that year I’ve done trail runs, rope climbs, speed/agility work, change of direction drills and much more in these shoes. The one thing I did notice is that the tread on the bottom wears out and the shoe becomes a bit slick. Definitely not recommended for trail running, because they can be a little slippery in the dirt. However, that is not what this shoe is designed for, and as I previously mentioned the soft sole provides a nice amount of cushion on impact. The softness of the outsole itself leads to a quicker breakdown than you’d have with a harder sole, but it’s also what makes this such a great cross-training shoe. There will always be a trade-off between comfort and durability, this shoe is the perfect combination of both. We recommend this shoe to anyone looking for a well-built, light weight, cross-training shoe.
Lightweight, breathable, soft outsole provides cushion for heavy impact training.
Lack of arch support and support in general.
9 out of 10 bones