Reebok is a brand that everyone and their dog is probably familiar with and if you aren’t then you need to step up your game! The company was established way back in 1895, but back then it was known as “J.W. Foster and Sons “. It was only in 1958 that the company was named Reebok by the founder’s grandsons.
I won’t get into the history of the company beyond that because we’re not here for history, we’re here for checking out what lifting shoes they have to offer. If you want to read more about them though you can check out the Wikipedia page. There’s something interesting about knowing where a company got it’s start and how they ended up where they are today.
Reebok started their partnership with CrossFit in 2010 and began a co-branded line in 2011. Here we are in 2016 and it’s no surprise that Reebok lifting shoes have a huge presence and reputation in CrossFit. They make excellent shoes for it and have even made a general purpose lifting shoe that is one of the best for deadlifts, the Crossfit Lite.
So what makes them so good for CrossFit?
Because of its unique high paced nature, traditional weightlifting shoes are less than ideal for CrossFit. It’s incredibly important to be able to move while still having those weightlifting shoe features such as:
- Raised heel
- Strong build quality
A regular weightlifting shoe will have a more rigid sole, which as you can probably guess is terrible in this case. You need all the flexibility you can get so the shoe is not only comfortable, but can also hold up to the increased workload.
The raised heel serves the exact same purpose as one on a traditional shoe. It helps you to get into position on those weightlifting movements where ankle mobility is a limiting factor for most people. For CrossFit it doesn’t have to be as tall as a regular one, as that would be overkill and probably lead to a lot of instability moving around.
You can’t have a ton of movement without a strap keeping your foot in place. Any kind of movement within a shoe with you’re lifting is dangerous, let alone running and lifting. It’s a simple but very necessary feature to have.
Build quality is essential for a shoe that can survive a while under the workload that CrossFit will put on it. Traditional weightlifting shoes get DEMOLISHED because of their rigid soles not being designed for the range of movement involved. And I’m not talking about cheap shoes here. Reebok uses great flexible materials and design for their line of shoes. Using the right shoe for the job means it will last much longer.
Taking a quick look at the line up
Reebok Nano 5
The Nano is probably the most popular when it comes to Reebok lifting shoes. I’ve yet to cover it in a detailed review, but I hope to soon because it’s a great shoe for CrossFit.
It features some of the best materials used in shoes these days. Kevlar for support and TPU for the mid sole, you can tell they wanted it to be a performer.
There is also a women’s version for you lifting ladies out there!
Reebok Lifter 2.0
The Lifter 2.0 is another solid shoe. One of my favorite parts of this shoe is it has the forefoot strap that the Nano is lacking.
I think once more people hear about this shoe it will overtake the Nano because of it having more of a weightlifting focus.
Another cool part of this model is that they make a women’s version too. Click here to read my in-depth review of it.
Reebok Crossfit Lite
This one is a bit of an oddball on the list. It’s not a great shoe for CrossFit (as you could probably guess by the “Lite” in the name)
However, it is one of the BEST shoes for deadlifting out there. Seriously, I wrote that post and these are great.
The flat sole they have lets you get closer to the ground and helps you drive from your heels. It definitely isn’t ideal for movement though. Read more here
Is that all?
Nope! Believe it or not, I left out two models that I found on Amazon because they didn’t offer anything that one of the three above didn’t offer. Maybe that’s just me being lazy, but I didn’t see any real benefits to them over the above.
One of them was advertised as an all purpose shoe and to me, that’s just a shoe in the gym that isn’t actually good at one thing. I know how cynical that sounds, but you can’t expect a shoe for lifting to be good for cardio. The distinct features both require will make the shoe either ineffective or bad to use for one activity.
My personal pick for CrossFit out of these three would have to be the Reebok Lifter 2.0. It hit all the required features I’d want in a weightlifting shoe while still maintaining the flexibility needed to be mobile. However, if your focus is less on weightlifting then you may want to go with the Nanos.
Putting everything together
Reebok offers a solid line up to suit a variety of needs even within CrossFit. Their partnership has clearly been beneficial for both companies since Reebok lifting shoes have become almost synonymous with CrossFit.
They are made of great materials and are not all that expensive compared to the competition, which is always refreshing. It also makes it more feasible to have different pairs of shoes for different activities in the gym if you’re like me and want to focus on different things without breaking the bank.
If you do CrossFit you owe it to yourself to at least check them out. There are other brands out there competing in the same space, but for the price and reputation you get with Reebok it’s hard to go wrong!