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Shoe Review – Reebok Nano 6.0

I get a lot of questions about shoes for the rigors of the variety of workouts we do at the gym. So, to keep with the trends I buy and try all of the latest CrossFit shoes so I can give an honest, unbiased review.

A few things before I tell you about the newest Reebok shoes. First, I think that all of the shoes that are made for cross training are great. They will all get the job done. I think the biggest thing comes down to each individual person and their shoe fit and aesthetic preferences.

I do have a wide variety of shoes that I rotate through when I workout, and I do pick which shoe I am going to wear based on the movements in the workout each day. I have that luxury. I like to watch for sales and pick up new shoes when they aren’t full price.

Most people are going to buy one pair of shoes and wear those every day they come to the gym and that is perfect. If you are working out 5-6+ times per week, I might then recommend that you get a second pair of workout shoes. Alternate days so that your shoes can air out and dry between sweat sessions. Pick 2 different kinds of shoes so that you can use them depending on the demands of the workout. And, like women wearing dress shoes/heels, if you are wearing shoes that often, if it good to have a variety to alleviate blisters and other repetitive motion ailments. Plus, you’ll cut back on the wear and tear of a single pair.

Now let’s talk about the Reebok Nano 6. I was late to the game with these shoes. I usually try to get new shoes within a month or two of their release because being a gym owner, athletes always ask about the newest shoes.

I really love my Nano 5.0s. (Which I was also late to the game buying – I just loved the 4.0s so much I bought 3 pairs of those and it was hard to justify another new pair of shoes.) In my opinion, the 4.0s were great, the 5.0s are awesome, and the 6.0s are amazing.

I didn’t really like any of the color combos of the 6.0s when they were first released, but I did finally order (and pay for) a custom pair of the 6.0s. Not only do I love the way they look, I love wearing them.

I judge my athletic shoes in several different criteria – can I stand in them all day and coach, how do they move and feel when I am working out with all of the variety of movements that CrossFit demands, and how is it to run in them?

The answer to all of these is a resounding YES with the Nano 6.0s. They have become my new favorite coaching and workout shoe. Bonus that I love the colors and design.

These shoes are solid enough to be supportive while standing for long periods of time or Olympic lifting work, and flexible enough to do burpees, sit ups, and box jumps.

These shoes fit my feet particularly well, with being a women’s size 12, that is a big deal. (Though they didn’t offer women’s sizing that high, I had to buy a men’s 10.5). So losing out on some of the fun girly colors and custom options is a bummer, I am still very happy with the way the shoes turned out.

They fit well right away and I didn’t feel the need to have to break them in at all. The upper shoes are soft and flexible, and the sole is sturdy but also flexes well with my foot. I feel secure and stable wearing them to Olympic lift, and they are soft and flexible enough for lunges and box jumps.

They are specifically made for cross-training so they also do well in rope climbs with side grips and kevlar overlay so you won’t tear them out. They are also comfortable enough to do the shorter amounts of running required in warm ups and workouts.

These shoes fit my feet really well. I have large feet (again, women’s size 12) but they are proportionate. I have bog feet, but not wide feet. Earlier versions of the Nano had a wider toe box, I don’t think these are as wide, but they still are roomy enough for your toes to spread out.

If you have wide feet (or really narrow feet) these may not be the best fit for you. There are also other shoes out there that are more minimalist (Inov-8s) or a bit more solid (Nike MetCons – especially in the sole.)

Overall, these are my favorite Reebok CrossFit shoe and favorite shoe all around. They are made just life a good CrossFitter – good at everything, specialized in nothing.

Which Shoes to Wear for Which Workout?

Part 2: CrossFit, Running, and Lifting Shoes

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As you grow in CrossFit, you may want to grow your shoe selection as well and choose the best shoe for the job for particular movements and workouts.

Most people have some sort of running or athletic shoe when they start CrossFit. The next shoe I would recommend getting is a general CrossFit shoe – the Inov8’s, Nano’s, MetCon’s, or No Bull’s. Then, if you are going to get into the Olympic Lifts more or have been CrossFitting for awhile and want to take things up a notch, I would recommend looking into Olympic Lifters.

CrossFit Shoes

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As discussed in Part 1: Nanos, MetCons, Inov8s, and No Bulls – oh my! There are several brands of CrossFit specific shoes on the market. If you have a pair of CrossFit shoes – whether they be Inov8s, Nano’s, MetCon’s, or No Bulls – it is a pretty safe bet that you can wear them for the entire hour class at the gym any day of the week.

They are specifically designed to be an all around shoe that is good at all things, not specialized for any – just like CrossFitters.

Running Shoes

If there are workouts with a good amount of running, I do prefer to wear my running shoes. The raised, cushioned heel isn’t a detriment with light weight squats, rowing, or most of the bodyweight movements – burpees, pull ups, push ups.

Running shoes are going to have a bigger differential from heel to toe – a raised heel. This is great for running, especially if your running form isn’t quite perfect.

Running shoes are going to have more cushion throughout the entire sole of the shoe. This is to help with the impact of continuously striking the ground, it will help to lessen the impact on the ankle, knee, and hip joints.

Great for running, may not be so spectacular for barbell movements or moving heavy weights around. Running shoes are going to most likely be heavier as well.

Olympic Lifting Shoes

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The purpose of Oly Shoes is to provide stability and help you get into a good start position on the barbell. The elevated heel helps with a better squat position, especially if you have hip or ankle mobility issues. Rock hard heel and sole = no give.

When you are lifting heavy weights you want to come down on a solid surface, you don’t want your heel to sink a bit – it causes instability. (This is also the reason people lift on the hardwood floors called Olympic Lifting Platforms – nice solid base to land on with no give to throw you off balance.)

Oly shoes are great for some strength and power days. (But not deadlifts – the raised heel puts the knees too forward of the bar and hinders that vertical shin we need to be sure the posterior chain is engaged.)

It is rare I would use Oly shoes for a workout. There are always exceptions though. A workout with a lot of barbell work (again, not deadlift), squats, or rowing. Anything with running, jumping, or burpees I wouldn’t.

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Of course, Reebok now makes a hi-bred Oly shoe that is made to be able to workout in. The heel differential is smaller (meaning not so much of a heel) so it still give you some lift, but not so much that you can’t possibly jump in. Still not recommended for running though.

When choosing an Olympic Lifting shoe, you want to have a more snug fit. Again, you want everything to be solid. If the shoe it too big and your foot slides around inside, it’s defeating the purpose of the shoe.

If you want to explore Olympic Lifting more and take some of the specialty classes offered, Olympic Lifting shoes aren’t a bad investment. You won’t wear them that often and you won’t be super rough on them, so they should last you a good long time.

Certainly, the shoes that you wear on your feet are nothing compared to the blood, sweat, tears, and hard work you put in at the gym. Those are the things that matter, not what brand shoes you are wearing.

And be sure to check out the first part of the Shoe Series:

Which Shoes to Choose?
Part 1: Nanos, MetCons, Inov8s, and No Bulls – oh my!