Rich Froning’s New Cross-Training Shoe Set to Release Soon

If you’re a fan of Reebok cross-training shoes, then we have good news and bad news. The bad news, for those waiting for the latest Reebok CrossFit Nano model, we’re still uncertain about an exact release date for the shoe and what it will entail.

But now for the good news, there’s a new Rich Froning cross-training shoe (along with some apparel) that will release on November 15th. 

From what we can tell, the shoe offers a few unique characteristics that differ from the pre-existing Nano models, and this includes Froning’s shoe’s testing period. In Reebok’s blog post about the model, they mention that Froning actually wore this shoe for over a year in training and competed in them at the 2018 CrossFit Central Regionals competition. In Reebok’s blog post they write,

“Members of the Reebok design team who worked with Froning on the collection estimate that this gear, worn by Froning for roughly a year and a half, was probably wear-tested more than any other collection they have worked on.”

Reebok Rich Froning Cross Training Shoe
Reebok Rich Froning Cross Training Shoe: Image courtesy Reebok.com

So, what’s actually different about this shoe? A few standout construction features shared in Reebok’s press release can be seen below,

  • Inner GORE structure for supreme fit
  • Multi-functional rubber outsole
  • Responsive cushioning
  • Weighing in at 11.1oz
  • $149.99

Based off of these specs, the shoe seems like a much more day-to-day model compared to the Reebok CrossFit Nano 8 Flexweave. We’re curious if it will be as versatile as the Reebok Speed TR, or slightly more CrossFit focused.

Froning explained in the blog post that his last model that he created with Reebok, The Compete, was intended to only be worn in competition, but since then his life has changed a lot. In the blog post Froning says,

“I wanted to make sure this is a shoe you could wear for everything, you didn’t need several pairs of shoes if you wanted to train, run, hit the ropes, whatever. And if you want to hang out or wear it out, it’s also good for that because it’s so comfortable. I’m always on my feet and this is a shoe you can stand around in for long periods of time.”

If you’re a fan of Rich Froning, versatile cross-training shoes, and Reebok, then this shoe might be a good bet to invest in. More than likely it won’t be on the market too incredibly long, and it appears to be a solid day-to-day model in case you already have new trainers.

Feature image courtesy Reebok.com. 

Jake Boly

Jake Boly

Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as the Fitness and Training Editor at BarBend.

He's a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand.

As of right now, Jake has published over 1,200 articles related to strength athletes and sports. Articles about powerlifting concepts, advanced strength & conditioning methods, and topics that sit atop a strong science foundation are Jake's bread-and-butter.

On top of his personal writing, Jake edits and plans content for 15 writers and strength coaches who come from every strength sport.

Prior to BarBend, Jake worked for two years as a strength and conditioning coach for hockey and lacrosse players, and a personal trainer the three years before that, and most recently he was the content writer at The Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office.

Jake competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a professional knee rehabber after tearing his quad squatting in 2017. On the side of writing full time, Jake works as a part-time strength coach and works with clients through his personal business Concrete Athletics in New York City.

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