• Nike Metcon 3 Review

    Nike Metcon 3 CrossFit Shoes

    If you're looking for a new CrossFit shoe, look no further than the Nike Metcon 3 shoes. Perfect all-round trainers, you can run, lift, and jump with confidence in these shoes. We take a closer look at CrossFit's favourite trainer.

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    When it comes to CrossFit, you need a shoe that can do it all. One minute you'll be running, next minute you'll be on the floor doing burpees, then before you know it you're on the platform doing max rep snatches. That's where the Nike Metcon 3 shoes come in. 

    Practicality

    The first thing you need for CrossFit is a weightlifting shoe style heel. You need a solid base for your heels and something that feels like a weightlifting shoe that you're used to lifting in. With a drop-in mid-sole, the Nike Metcon 3 has a very sturdy heel and when you slip it on, it feels exactly like a lifting shoe. The clincher, however, is in the softer forefoot. When you're wearing the Metcon 3 you can almost feel the difference in the mid-part of the foot where the solid heel turns into a soft forefoot for running and sprinting. You would never run in your lifting shoes - it doesn't even bare thinking about - so you need a shoe that has the flexibility needed for running and jumping and the Metcon 3 has this. The front of the shoe feels just like a regular trainer, with the flexibility you'd expect for athletics.

    The sole of the shoe is made from rubber and the grip on the platform is exceptional. I've gone through numerous different shoes to find the perfect deadlift shoe. Converse (Chuck Taylors) gave me blisters and boxing boots didn't have enough support. The Metcon 3 trainers have incredible stability and I felt really steady on the platform. This is crucial when it comes to heavy lifts.

    There's even a textured rubber area in the mid part of the shoe to give excellent traction while climbing a rope. Nike really have thought of everything for this shoe, and it shows. CrossFit is a challenging sport - that's why we love it - so it's tricky to find the perfect shoe for all the different movements you'll be doing. Thankfully, Nike has everything covered.

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    Fit

    For me, the only drawback to this shoe is the low heel. I would assume this design is so that you have more freedom of movement and flexibility while training, however I found it made the rear part of my foot feel very unsupported. The front of my foot felt great, very locked-in, but then my heel was slipping out the back a little. 

    I also found that during the first couple of sessions wearing them, my big toes ended up a little bruised. The front part of the shoe is pretty solid, and moving around doing burpee box jump-overs caused a fair amount of pain to my big toe. I understand that all trainers need to be worn in so I'm sure they'll be fine after a while, but just be warned.

    Size

    I'm usually a size 7 in trainers but for some shoes (especially New Balance trainers) I find I have to size up to a 7.5. The Metcon 3 trainers are very true to size and I have plenty of space in a size 7 so my advice would be to stay true to your size as it'll be a perfect fit. I definitely wouldn't have wanted them any bigger. They're also very generous width-wise so if you have wide feet you can be confident that these shoes will fit you well.

    Appearance

    Nike is a huge brand, we all know this, and all the big CrossFit stars from Mat Fraser to Sara Sigmundsdottir can be found wearing the Metcon 3 shoes. You feel like a real pro strolling in to train in these shoes. There are lots of different colourways to choose from and you can even customise and design your own with Nike iD. 

    Verdict

    You're never really going to go wrong with a pair of shoes from Nike, that's why they're one of the biggest brands in the world. They've really thought these shoes through and they're designed with true CrossFitters in mind. Being backed by the big CrossFitters gives these shoes a big boost but the flawless design and superior comfort stands alone anyway. The RRP is £114.95 but you can find most pairs on sale now at around £79.95 putting them in the same price range as a pair of Reeboks. 

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Nike Romaleos 3 Weightlifting Shoes Review

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    The Nike Romaleos 3 weightlifting shoes are the new and improved version of Nike's immensely popular shoes. How do they weigh up? Are they worth the money?

    Weightlifting Shoes

    Weightlifting shoes are not like normal trainers. If this is going to be your first weightlifting shoe purchase, it's important to be aware of the differences, the reasons why people wear them over regular shoes, and what to look for in a good pair of weightlifting shoes.

    When you lift, you need a stable base to push off. Running trainers have a soft, cushy sole in order to absorb impact as you land and to protect your feet while you pound the pavement. That is the opposite of what you want when you lift, instead you need a solid base from which to perform your lift and keep you stable. A good pair of weightlifting shoes will have a very solid base and decent heel in order to give you ankle support. Ever seen guys at the gym put weights under their heels for their squat? This is what they are trying to replicate. You will see noticeable improvements in your lifting if you wear good weightlifting shoes.

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    Nike Romaleos 3 Weightlifting Shoes Review

    Fit 

    Weightlifting shoes aren't built for comfort. You're not going to be moving your feet much while wearing them and they certainly don't need cushioning or padding to absorb impact from activities like running or jumping. However, these shoes do run a little narrow and have a very high insole. For me, this was a bonus because I have flat feet so it gave me added support, but I'm aware some people struggled with this and said they felt like there was something in their shoe the whole time.

    The fit may be snug, but this is something you should really be looking for in a weightlifting shoe as it means they'll stay put as you lift and give you proper support. You can't expect them to be the most comfortable shoes you own because that's not their purpose.

    Performance

    These weightlifting shoes are super heavy and chunky, weighing in at 408 grams. Compare this to your average running trainer which will be just over 200 grams and they're more than twice as heavy. However, this shows they've got the power and support you need for explosive lifts and will anchor you to the platform.

    The upper features mesh which gives great breathability, especially useful if your feet sweat a lot. The outsole is made from rubber and gives fantastic grip on the platform, giving you peace of mind for a great lift.

    Appearance

    Nike are renowned for their impressive line of attractive sportswear and aesthetically-pleasing shoes. It's no wonder they sell 25 pairs of shoes every single second. The Nike Romaleos are an incredibly good-looking pair of shoes and you'll feel like a true boss stepping up to the lifting platform wearing them. They have a really fresh look and are available in 4 main styles, one being bright orange if that's your thing. They are certainly an attractive pair of shoes and put a modern twist on a classic shoe. 

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    Price

    These shoes definitely aren't cheap and will set you back £169.95 when bought new from the Nike website. However, for such a technical pair of shoes which will see you through many tough workouts, the price tag fits. These weightlifting shoes are an investment and will be worth every penny.

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Nike Free RN Flyknit Women's Running Shoe Review

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    The Nike Free RN Flyknit shoes are super lightweight running trainers designed for a barefoot ride, perfect for sprinting and shorter distance runs. 

    Fit

    Nike's iconic Flyknit trainers are renowned for their flexible fit and comfortable ride. The upper of the trainer is made with a single-seam Flyknit design and gives a sock-like fit to the trainer. Your feet feel totally locked in without feeling inhibited or squeezed too tight. The super flexible and soft fabrics expand and contract to suit your needs and give superior breathability too. 

    The toe box of these trainers is particularly wide and comfortable and allows plenty of room for the toes and forefoot, even on the regular sizes. This provides a super comfortable ride and allows your feet to naturally expand during the run. The heel of the shoe is rounded to mimic the natural shape of the foot and allows you to feel like you're barely even wearing shoes. The fit of these trainers really is outstanding.

    Appearance

    Nike are renowned for their attractive trainers and fashionable gym wear. Their stylish designs marry with state-of-the-art technology to bring buyers the ultimate in modern sportswear. The Nike Free RN Flyknit women's trainers are no different, and come in several attractive and visually appealing colourways. As with all Nike trainers, you can customise their appearance with Nike iD and this allows an endless choice of colours and styles to make your trainers really your own. The older versions of this shoe were available in brighter colours, but the 2017 model has seen it be toned down with much more muted tones and pastel shades. This is by no means a bad thing, and these trainers are objectively very good-looking.

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    Performance

    The Nike Free range is designed for a barefoot ride and effortless sprinting. They are super light, weighing in at only 178g, and are very minimalistic in their design. They allow for natural movement and all the benefits of barefoot running, while still giving light support and soft cushioning under foot. The outsole is made of foam with rubber at the heel and toe for extra durability. 

    If you are a sprinter or just generally a confident and competent runner, these trainers will be perfect for you. They will allow you to enjoy a lightweight run and sprint to your full potential. I found that when doing sprint intervals in these trainers, my whole body felt lighter and I was really able to push myself. I also found they encouraged me to be lighter on my feet as I ran and I also found myself running with more of a forefoot strike to normal, elevating my posture and allowing for faster movement.

    If you over-pronate, have flat feet, or suffer from any other running issues, these shoes could potentially cause you an injury. They are definitely not designed for long distance running as they do not provide the necessary support and you should only wear them for short runs of around 5k or sprint intervals or track sessions.

    Price 

    These trainers will set you back £109.95 for the regular pair or £124.95 if you opt for the Nike iD customisation. Although this is definitely on the upper end of the general spectrum, this is pretty average for a technical pair of trainers from a brand as big and well-established as Nike. These trainers are highly technical, unbelievably comfortable, and super durable, making this price very reasonable in my opinion. The shoes are also very attractive and could easily be worn as an everyday trainer meaning that the investment is worth even more and your money will go even further. 

    Verdict

    The Nike Free RN Flyknit trainers are an incredibly attractive and comfortable pair of shoes. They perform well and may even improve your training if you use them correctly. They are definitely a must-have for any athlete or gym-goer.

    These trainers are for you if:

    • You are a sprinter, track athlete, or short distance runner
    • You are looking for comfortable, stunning trainers for everyday wear
    • You enjoy a barefoot ride or running in a barefoot style

    These trainers are not for you if:

    • You over-pronate and/or have flat feet
    • You have a small budget
    • You are a long distance runner
    Posted by Alexandra Parren
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