Reebok Releases CrossFit Combine, But Is This Hybrid Shoe Necessary?

In case you didn’t have enough choice between iterations of Reebok Nanos/Speed TRs/Nano Speeds/Nano Pumps/Competes, Nike Metcons, NOBULL Trainers, and whatever other shoe is targeting the functional fitness market, there’s a new option for WODs: The Reebok CrossFit Combine. Now available from Reebok, the CrossFit Combine looks a bit like someone added a strap and slight lifting heel cup to a Nano 5.0.

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From Reebok’s description of the new shoe:

When your workout calls for circuits, sprints, and reps, you’ll be proud to post your score with our CrossFit Combine. The strap closure means you can lock in tight for the heavy lifts, while added traction on the midsole gives you confidence at speed.

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We’ll be honest: We’re not 100% sure what sorts of workouts we’d use these for. Sprints and lifting are two very different things, and we’re having a heck of a time imaging exactly what would feel great about adding more elements of a lifter to a shoe also marketed for sprints and plyometric movements.

To be fair, we have yet to give the shoes a try, and once we do, we’ll be sure to report back. Right now, the CrossFit Combine is only available in two color patterns, both with a “Unique denim look” Reebok is touting among the shoe’s main selling points. Maybe we finally have footwear to match our denim tux/Canadian tuxedo?

Reebok CrossFit Combine

Read more about the Reebok CrossFit Combine on Reebok’s website here.

David Tao

David Tao

BarBend's Co-Founder and Editorial Director, David is a veteran of the health & fitness industry, with nearly a decade of experience building and running editorial teams in the space. He also serves as a color commentator for both National and International weightlifting competitions, many through USA Weightlifting.

David graduated from Harvard University and served for several years as Editorial Director/Chief Content Officer of In addition to his work in the health & fitness industry, David has been a writer for Fortune and, as well as a contributor to, Slate, and numerous other outlets across the web and in print. He's especially passionate about the intersection of strength sports and quality, professional media coverage — overlapping interests shared by the BarBend editorial team and which drive their content strategy each and every day.

David is a proud Kentucky native. In his free time, David is a voiceover actor and can be heard in animated films, independent shorts, music videos, commercials, and podcasts.

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