Reebok's Nano 6000 is no ordinary sneaker. While the company was keen to create a shoe suitable for athletic pursuits, they also wanted this new line to be worn proudly outside of the gym. What followed was a deep dive into Reebok's past to create something new for our future apparel.
Undoubtedly influenced by Reebok's GL 6000, a running shoe that first hit stores in 1985, the Nano 6000 pays homage to a retro style that includes bold color blocks, rubber toecaps and material overlays to remind us of the better days; like when Back to the Future was in theaters and Queen performed a set at Live Aid. But behind the aesthetics, the Nano 6000 also offers performance features like those found in the more serious Nano X2, a sneaker worn by hardcore athletes.
“The Nano 6000 was born from a simple idea of bringing together two of Reebok's most iconic brands: our iconic lifestyle offerings and the Nano training shoe,” said Tal Short, Senior Product Manager at Reebok. "As the performance and lifestyle worlds continue to merge, we created the Nano 6000 to offer athletes of all types a product that looks great on the street but still performs well in the gym."
Indeed, the demand for multitasking shoes has increased since the pandemic as people learn to live with a "new normal" in which we often work more from home, attend a Zoom business meeting in our casual attire, and we then go straight to the fitness center. Therefore, the need for smart, fashionable and functional clothing and clothing has never been greater than it is today.
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What's new in the Reebok Nano 6000?
The Nano 6000 is apparently Reebok's "first" training shoe as it blends heritage style with fitness technology. As with the Nano X2, its functional features include "Floatride Energy Foam" to keep it light, a durable outsole for test times, and a supportive heel clip to keep you in place on those important lifts. Its durable Flexweave upper includes the iconic tri-color design and tread pattern has been forged to provide traction on a variety of surfaces at work or play. Color variants are based on gray and black with additional accent colors such as blue, pink and red.
What is the verdict on the Reebok Nano 6000?
Reebok appears to have created a sneaker that can keep up with our eclectic lifestyles by taking many of the features of the Nano X2, a shoe already popular with runners, gym-goers and crossfitters, and giving it a makeover for on-the-go wear have missed roads. This is an innovation that is only going to catch on in the market given that many people are now spending less time in formal office attire. Whether or not the Nano 6000 can compete with Nike's Metcon range or Adidas' Adipower is hard to say and will be a matter of individual opinion, but as the demand for functional and stylish sneakers grows, it's likely the Nano 6000 will find alongside yours current favorite sneaker and does not have to replace it completely.
How much will the Reebok Nano 6000 cost?
The recently released Nano 6000 costs $135. They can be found at a retailer and on their website.