Soooo, the other pair I received will be the only pair I'll be testing this year - the Reebok Crossfit Forging Elite sneakers! I tried to find some info about these shoes on google, but had no luck. I couldn't even find a picture of them. So I have no idea when they will be coming out or what price point they will be selling for. I think they are probably so new that Reebok hasn't even designed a shoe box for them yet - they were shipped to me sans box! In fact, the only reason I even know they are called "Crossfit Forging Elite" is because it says so on the shoe itself. In my experience, I had always tested shoes a couple months before they came out, so there is a good chance these ones will be for sale in Spring next year.
When I first opened the box and saw these shoes, my first thought was that they looked so cool! I love the bright blue shoe and bright yellow shoe lace combo. I don't do Crossfit, so I am not familiar with Crossfit attire. But when I was searching for "Crossfit Forging Elite", different clothing items kept coming up. I guess Forging Elite is the name of the line, which makes capris, tops, etc. Well... now they are making shoes too.
Here they are:
Here's a closer view of the inner side:
Don't they look cool?? These are size 7, which is maybe half a size bigger than I'd prefer. But totally manageable. That also means that they run true to size. I've worn them for like 5 times now doing all kinds of things. They are very light and flexible. The top portion is made of this soft mesh which conforms to your feet. I've been wearing my Nike Free Bionics a lot, which are Nike's solution to Crossfit. These Reebok shoes feel much more cushiony than the Nikes. I actually feel quite bouncy in these, which makes them better shoes for running than the Bionics. However, their stability is not as good during squats, lunges, deadlifts, etc. I just feel like my feet tend to slide out slightly, whereas when I'm wearing my Nike Free Bionics, they stay in place perfectly. Though this could also be a sizing issue. But they are still better than wearing my running shoes.
Overall, I would say these shoes are in between a running shoe and a training shoe. That's probably exactly what they are designed for, given how Crossfit workouts are structured. This works for me quite well as well, since I do various weight room workouts followed by cardio which is usually walking on high incline treadmill at a fast pace. Though this week I am starting a new cardio workout which involves running/jumping up and down stadium stairs, like actually outside! :) So these shoes will definitely be better than Nike Free Bionics for that.
I didn't have any issues breaking these shoes in at all. They were comfy from the moment I put them on. If I were to be really picky, the back of the shoe sort of rubbed my heel a little the first couple times I wore them. But I didn't get a blister or anything and totally forgot about it after a little while, so nothing serious at all.
I wish I had more info on these, but unfortunately I don't. I will update if I do though. I am curious what other colors they will come in. I think I will get a lot of use out of them, since they are very conducive to the type of workouts I do. I love the bright color combo, but I do find it a little hard to match these shoes to my outfits. I have a lot of blue tops that are in different tones that don't necessarily look good with this particular shade of blue. But I've already worn them a few times in a week, and I have way more workout clothes than any normal person should, so I'm not worried. :)