During the past three months there have been a number of new shoe releases for cross training and if you take the Nike Metcon into consideration a new pair of shoes just for CrossFit it’s self.
After reading one of my last posts I was contacted by Kelly Worthington from the dsstuff team and she very kindly offered to give me some advice for buying a new pair of shoes for CrossFit.
In this article I will be highlighting the latest CrossFit shoes on the market for women. This leads me to the first question I asked Kelly. Is there really a difference between men and women’s athletic shoes?
“Yes and no, If we use the Reebok Nano 4.0 as an example the shoe is the same. The real difference is color choices and this is mainly for marketing to a niche audience. In this case male and female. Most men wouldn’t want to wear a pair of pink or yellow shoes but most women do. All in all it just makes it easier to sell the shoes e.g. you get directed to a womens page with womens colors if you’re a women and everything on that page (even if it’s not shoes) is targeted at women.
Ok so no I understand that it’s time to discover these new shoes for 2015.
The Nike Metcon 1 was released in January 2015 a full six months ahead of the much anticipated Reebok Nano 5 expected to be available June 2015. The original release was a bit disappointing because they sold out in under 10 minutes and if you really wanted a pair of these shoes you would need to buy them on Ebay.
Kelly’s opinion is: The shoes are fabulous and compare favorably to the nano 4.0. We managed to buy a pair at 10am on the dot but we didn’t anticipate them selling out so quickly. Even more surprising was the fact Nike ran out of stock. I am not sure if this was done intentionally to raise demand or an error on their behalf but it did cause quite a stir.
My advice would be to wait it out as new stock will become available but don’t pay the silly Ebay prices they are good but not that good.
Reebok Nano 4.0 and 5.0
I use the Reebok Nano 4.0 right now and they are an awesome pair of shoes. I am looking forward to getting my hands on a pair of the new 5.0 as I was sent a photo of them yesterday and they do look very cool.
Kelly’s opinion is: The nano 4.0 are the market leader for CrossFit shoes and rightly so. they are durable, well designed and last an entire year even with daily wod’s. I have not tested the 5.0 because they have not been realest yet but I am sure they will be just as good as the 4.0.
My advice would be to try and wait for the 5.0 to be realest then buy the 4.0’s for a reduced amount. The 5.0 might be brand new and wonderful but they will have a full on price tag. Lets be honest there is nothing wrong with the 4.0 and even better if you can get them at a low price.