It took me a while to put this one up, because for a while, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to review these shoes at all. I couldn’t tell if it wasn’t fair for me to judge, because I only wore these shoes a total of five times. However, in that five times, I learned all I needed to know about the Reebok CrossFit Nano 5.0….
First of all, I love Reebok- I have owned 3 pairs of Reebok shoes in the (recent) past, and I have adored all of them. I owned the first edition Reebok CrossFit Nano, and then I also tried the Reebok CrossFit 2.0, and 3.0 respectively. Now, I want to preface this next statement by also saying, I do receive a pretty generous CrossFit trainer discount, and that has been part of the deciding factor for me in the past to purchase the Nano vs. some of the competitors shoes.
I LOVED the Nano. I am not so sure I can say that anymore. Earlier this year, I was dealing with some pretty significant shin splints, and I knew from my own history, this only tends to flair up with me, when I need new sneakers. I had been doing a good amount of running in my Nano 3.0’s as well as some heavy lifting, and general CrossFit WOD’s. I believed my sneakers were on their last breath, so I bit the bullet and used my trainer discount to purchase the new Nano 5.0’s. I by-passed the 4.0 even though they were slightly cheaper, because I
am a brainwashed mass consumer was very excited about some of the “new benefits/features.”
It took about 5 days for the sneakers to arrive, and I was thrilled when I got them in the mail; immediately ripping open the packaging and trying them on.
At first glance, I was excited, I am not a huge Pink fan, but it was the color choice I liked best (at the time there were only two choices.) so I figured, I don’t care much about aesthetics. Okay…. Not bad.
Here’s where the disappointment set in. I had purchased my usual size ( a women’s size 7), expecting a perfect fit. All of my previous Nano’s had been BEYOND comfortable, and fit like a glove. I tend to like shoes with a slightly wider toe box, and narrower heel, with a neutral-ish support level. The Nano 5’s… not so much. I noticed right away, they were slightly tighter in the heel then the previous edition. They also had a much stiffer sole, and a more narrow toe box, and significantly thinner tongue. I walked around for a few minutes expecting to start to feel more comfortable in them, but I wrote it off thinking… “Well maybe they simply need to break in.”
Now- in the past, I never needed to break in the Nano’s. I simply put them on, and WOD’d (oh god that’s horrible…) away, happy feet on my very first wear. My first wear of the Nano 5.0’s was a Monday night shift at my old CrossFit Box. Where I would typically get to the gym around 3pm, and leave around 7:45. I coached 4 classes in a row, and would Demo tons of movements, and I figured it would be a good way to break in the Nano’s without putting them through the stresses of running or a workout.
Unfortunately, within 25 minutes of arriving at the gym, I noticed the tongue was slipping to the side, and the laces would rub the top of my feet. And… I was already forming a HUGE, blister on my right heel. I wear good socks. Typically nike, or smart wool, and have never had issues in the past with socks slipping. I had rubbed my foot so raw by the time my first class was finished, I was scrambling to try and put on bandaids while the class went for a warm up jog. I made it through the rest of the classes, adjusting the laces ever hour or so, and decided that day…maybe it was the socks…?
My next two wears were working out at the second gym I had been helping out at CrossFit H2o in Medford, MA. Once was in a WOD, “DT” (12 Deadlifts, 9 Hang Power Cleans and 6 Push Jerks for time) – which I SUFFERED through due to rubbing HEELS during Deadlifts, and the second time was Running and OH MY EXCRUCIATING. I ended up with blisters on both heels, including a blister on top of a blister on my right foot.
I had just about given up, when I decided to give the Nano 5.0’s “just a little bit longer” to break in. So I coached in them one night at H20, and wore them simply out on a walk with my Dog….. Fail. Blisters, on blisters, on rubbing, on blisters, on blisters. Ouch. Talk about a glutton for punishment.
After 5 wears, I had – had ENOUGH! These Nano’s were NOT for me. They simply were not meant for my feet. And while I would have loved to love them as I had in the past… I did not. Reebok was nice enough to refund my money in the form of a credit, which allowed me to purchase some new kicks ( I went with an older version of the Nano- and guess what… HAPPY FEET!). So while I can NOT recommend the Nano 5.0, I can say, I appreciate Reebok’s customer service. The refund-shipping process is a bit of a pain, but in the end, I have a good pair of shoes.
We will see if I decide to try the next edition once my current shoes wear out :).
Did you try the Nano 5.0’s? What are your preferred CrossFit/Training Shoes? Let me know in the comments. Feel free to Like & Share my Review.