6 thoughts on “I can no longer recommend inov-8 shoes. This is…

    1. I haven’t tried them. I have one pair of really minimal shoes already, the Inov-8 XF-210s, but they are not good when long runs are involved or anything where I need grippage. I really want a pair of Reebok CrossFit Nanos, but they are sold out everywhere in my size. I think I’m going to get a pair of Nike Frees for now, which everyone seems to love.

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  1. I don’t even know how i found this blog, but lucky for inov-8, your blog is read by all of 2 people, one of whom thinks you’re a nut case for A) bashing the best shoe around for CrossFit, and B) considering a footwear brand that claims to have invented the “sport of fitness,” all the while having just been ordered to pay $25M to duped consumers after creating a “toning” shoe by which you don’t have to workout or diet, simply walk a few blocks to your local Mickey D’s. Reebok sucks bro, get it through your head.

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    1. Sean, thanks for reading! I’ve been doing CrossFit for 7 months and haven’t been to a McDonald’s in months. I’ve had 2 pair of this Inov-8 model with the same problem in the last 3 months, so I will not be buying another pair. I also have a pair of Inov-8 Bare XF-210s, but I wear those less often and they are holding up fine. They are a great shoe.

      I’ve never seen Reebok claim to have invented CrossFit and I’ve actually never owned a pair of Reebok shoes in my life, but the reviews on the Nano shoes are great.

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      1. I’m just saying that brand vision is important. What executive is short-sited enough to think they should do both “toning” shoes (like Skechers!) and at the same time say they’re hard core fitness (a la CrossFit). Just saying. There’s a reason why Reebok hit rock bottom in the 90’s; they could never stick to one brand vision/strategy. Only the buyout from Adidas saved them.

        It would be worth sending inov-8 pictures of the shoes. There’s a reason why they’re on the feet of most CrossFitters and trail runners. I find it sad when a massive brand comes in with blank checks to buy the CrossFit market for $150M, when there are smaller brands out there that make much better shoes (inov-8, altra, vivobarefoot, etc.) and actually care about making a difference with their approach to biomechanics, their business models and strategies. Maybe you can tell that I’ve been to a Reebok factory before. The Nano weighs significantly more than most minimal shoes and has extremely less flexibility in the midsole. The last is extremely wide, so unless you have the feet of a sasquatch, the foot tends to slide laterally inside the shoe when doing plyos. The positive reviews you see may be from the thousands of people that received free Nanos from Reebok….another thing only a massive company can do to buy market share.

        Contact inov-8 directly to see if they can identify a problem with your shoes or maybe their use. Most good brands will stand by their product.

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        1. I’ve bought both pair from Zappos, who have wonderful customer service. They replaced the first pair and are giving me a credit on this pair, which I’m going to use to buy a pair of Nike Frees. Maybe the first time it was a fluke, but 2 pair (different colors, so different batch) is no fluke. Maybe they just don’t work well with my big size 14 feet or with the way I run. I am not getting another pair of Inov-8s this time. I agree they are a great shoe, when they aren’t tearing apart under my feet as I run. :-(

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