Best workout sneakers: Why the Reebok Nano X2 is my favorite training shoe ever

We’re talking about the best workout sneakers today! I’ve recommended these shoes to so many people over the years, it’s time for a full post about them.

When you exercise, what you have on your feet matters. And not all sneakers are created equally. As a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor, I’ve tried tons of sneakers over the years and many have not withstood the tests I put them through with multiple workouts a week. But there is one style of sneaker that’s succeeded — the Reebok Nano X2.

I’ve been wearing some version of the Reebok Nano X training sneaker for four years, and I’m constantly telling both my group fitness students and people through social media about these shoes — they are so worth recommending.

I started with the Reebok Nano X1, then I moved to the Reebok Nano X2, and I’m soon going to order a pair of the Reebok Nano X3. Reebok continues upgrading this shoe, but the premise of the shoe remains. This is a cross-training shoe. It’s my favorite workout shoe, and I consider the Nanos to be the best workout sneakers you can find for most types of training.

Best workout sneakers: Why the Reebok Nano X2 is my favorite training shoe ever

Best workout sneakers Why the Reebok Nano X2 is my favorite training shoe ever by A Lady Goes West

First and foremost, if you’re lifting weights, doing circuit training with weights or doing a lot of lateral movement which requires balance, you need a flat shoe. Running shoes are designed for running, and that’s what they do well with a lifted toe. But running shoes are not weight-lifting or cross-training shoes, because they don’t have as much lateral support, nor do they provide an even surface for your feet on the ground.

That’s what the Reebok Nano X2 shoes get right. They are flat. They have a slightly wider toe box, so your toes can spread out and feel the floor. And they also have a very evenly flat sole, so your feet can be nice and level. This helps you keep your balance better and engage all the muscles you need from the ground up, especially when doing single-leg movements. This truly matters, and once you try this type of shoe, you’ll feel the difference in your workouts.

Reebok Nano X2 by A Lady Goes West

I feel completely solid and stable lifting really heavy things in these shoes, both when I teach Barbell Strength classes, and when I do my solo heavier-lifting sessions on the fitness floor. I also feel completely stable doing skaters, lateral lunges and even high-knee runs in my Shred classes. These shoes work in many different scenarios. While I wouldn’t wear them on a run, I would wear them in a combination workout that has some running, for sure.

Also, the Reebok Nano X2 just looks good. It’s a well-made sneaker, and it’s not too bulky, while still being very supportive. Here are my X2s in action after class …

Reebok Nano X2 Training Shoes by A Lady Goes West-2

If you lift weights at home or at the gym or go to group fitness classes that incorporate weights, then this cross-training sneaker may be a good one for you to try. Without putting down other brands, I’ll tell you I ordered some of the more popular “weight-lifting” branded sneakers out there, and they were awfully heavy, hard and uncomfortable, but not my Nanos, they feel great. So I just keep going back to them. I look forward to trying out the Reebok Nano X3 too.

Details on the best workout sneakers, the Reebok Nano X2

Price: The latest edition, X3, is around $120-150, but the previous editions, X2, are around $90 usually.

Size: The Nano X2s run a tiny bit big, but I buy my normal size, so my feet have room. Most people like to order a half a size down.

Reebok Nano X2 Training Shoes by A Lady Goes West

Durability: They last a long time, however, I change out my sneakers every four months no matter what, because I exercise so much. Even if a shoe isn’t showing signs of age, if you work out regularly on the same shoe, you need to switch it out so you don’t develop foot issues or overuse issues. Once I wear out my shoes for workouts, I turn them into dog-walking shoes.

Function: They have a flat, even sole and lateral support, so you feel very balanced.

Comfort: The most comfortable workout sneakers I’ve ever owned.

Colors: Over the years, the Nano X have come in every color combination under the sun. My favorites have been the white and my current rose gold X2 sneakers.

Where to buy them: You can get the Reebok Nano X2 or Reebok Nano X3 sneakers directly on the Reebok site here. Or you can find them on Amazon here.

Gender: You can get these best workout sneakers in men’s and women’s sizes and colors. 

Reebok Nano X2 by A Lady Goes West

It took me a long time to have the “right” shoe for my training needs, and once I found it, I stuck with it. I hope to continue enjoying iterations of the Reebok Nano X for years to come. They make my feet, my legs, my lower-half joints and my body very happy. 

And those are the details on the best workout sneakers! 

I hope you’ll consider the Reebok Nano X2 or Reebok Nano X3 for your future cross-training sneaker needs. Have a wonderful day, friend. 🙂 

Reebok Nano X2 best workout sneakers by A Lady Goes West

*This post is in no way affiliated with Reebok, I’m just a real fan. There are, however, affiliate links in this post, and I appreciate your support.

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  1. Hi Ashley, would you say these shoes are ok for walking or on the bike? I sometimes go straight from my weights workout to the assault bike for example or a walk on the treadmill? It can be so annoying having to bring multiple pairs of shoes to the gym! Thanks!

    1. Hi Courtney! These shoes are perfect for the assault bike (which I haven’t used in a long time, but when I did use it regularly, I was in this sneaker). I think these shoes are okay for walking on the treadmill — I probably wouldn’t run on the treadmill in them though. I would say if you only want one pair of sneakers for the gym, I’d wear these, because they are much better for weights and are okay at the treadmill. Whereas running shoes are not very good for weights at all. And the strength training positioning of your foot really matters. You could also try bare-feet weight training, then put on a running shoe for walking/treadmill. Does that help?

  2. I suck at working out and will be trying to find a way to get back in shape and I find that shoes can be a huge inspiration to work out!
    When I bought my APL’s the main thing that changed for me is that I now walk a lot more! like they almost propel me forward with the bounce in each step!

    I LOVE how you talked about the importance of switching and changing your shoes! Most people don’t realize how healthy that is

    1. Hi Sabrina! It’s so true that having the right (and new/cute/comfy) gear can motivate you to move! And if you’ve not been exercising a lot lately, remember that even really short sessions count/matter, so don’t feel like you need to do a whole 45- to an hour workout — somedays 15 minutes will do. Hope you have a great weekend! 🙂

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