For the last few months or so, I’ve been working out more than ever before in my life. Like many, I’ve struggled to actually stick with a regular workout routine. When I wanted to, I would throw on some shorts, a T-shirt, some generic sneakers, and get to work. Never too consistent.
During this time I didn’t want to buy any new workout clothes or shoes other than what I already had. To be honest, I didn’t think it was worth it or would make much of a difference.
Obviously, gyms have been closed for a while. I’ve been making good use of my own space, doing a mix of straight calisthenics, CrossFit, and jogging or some other cardio. At first, this was great. I could tell it was making a difference but, after the first week or so, I noticed how incredibly sore my feet were during and after workouts.
It wouldn’t take a genius to diagnose me with poor footwear — my generic sneakers were failing me. I needed to buy a new pair of workout shoes, and fast. Soon after, I discovered the Reebok Nano 9 and decided to try them out. Right away, I could tell a difference, not only in how my feet felt afterward, but in actual quality and support.
To start, these shoes stay on your feet well. There’s no need to tie them so tight that they cut off circulation. The design allows them to put pressure on the right areas of your foot for a snug, but comfortable fit. This truly makes a world of a difference. My other shoes would slide around or sometimes just come off during a workout — no matter how tight I would tie them.
After a while of wearing these, I also noticed a change in how I felt after a workout. My feet no longer felt sore and I felt like I could actually go longer. Now, I’m not saying these shoes increase your endurance but, if your sore feet cause you to quit early, these should remedy the problem.
The only knock I can really give these shoes is the price and the actual look. I’m a big fan of Reebok and always have been but, for $130, these are far from my favorite. However, I’ve discovered that, for a solid workout, you don’t need the best looking or cheapest shoe.
The most important factor to consider is if they are great at the job they were made for. The Reebok Nano 9 does their job well and, for that, my feet and I thank them.