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What is it for? The Nike Renew Fusion is designed as an all-around training footwear. Its flat, wide sole unit makes it suitable for weight training. Added to that is the rounded toe construction which allows for toe splaying and aids in balance. Meanwhile, the foam midsole lessens the impact associated with plyometric exercises and running.

Though the shoe is not marketed for CrossFit, the presence of the midfoot cage suggests that it can endure rope climbs and descents.

Durable traction. The foam midsole serves as the primary outsole of the Nike Renew Fusion. It provides traction on various indoor and outdoor surfaces. However, rubber treads are placed in high-wear areas of the underside. They amplify the durability of the bottom and provide targetted grip. They also make quick lateral movements safer.

Steadiness. The heel and mid- sections of this Nike training shoe are flat. This design provides wearers with a broad base that keeps the foot stable, which is crucial when lifting weights.

Movement. The heel of the Renew Fusion is beveled. It allows the foot to land softly on the ground and smoothly transition to midstance. Meanwhile, the upward curved shape of the forefoot assists in smooth toe-offs.

Stable cushioning. This pair of training shoes is equipped with the Nike Renew technology. It is a dual-density foam that aims to provide shock attenuation while also keeping the foot steady during agile movements.

Comfort. Inside the footgear is a cushioned insole. This soft foam provides full underfoot coverage that prevents in-shoe slipping. It also increases the shock absorption of the midsole.

Superior wrap. The Nike Renew Fusion features the Nikeskin. It is a top material that makes use of mesh fused with a thin layer of polyurethane (PU). The combination of these two elements delivers a close-fitting upper that allows the trainer to move one with the foot. The film coating serves as protection against abrasion and also enhances its foothold.

Nikeskin is also treated with All Conditions Control. The interior of the shoe is protected against outside elements, so your feet won’t get wet when it suddenly rains while training outdoors.

Breathability. Some sections of the vamp do not have the PU coating. This allows air to pass and ventilate the foot chamber. This nifty feature prevents the foot from getting too hot when you’re throwing down at the gym.

Lateral support. A cage made of durable rubber is placed on the midfoot. This rubber component is anchored to the midsole. It serves to amplify foot support during lateral cuts. 

Lockdown. The lace-up closure on the instep area allows for fit adjustments. It integrates with the midfoot cage, which heightens lockdown when the shoestrings are tightened.

Fit. A plush layer of foam is applied to both the tongue and the collar of this Nike training shoes. They provide a comfortable fit that prevents chafing and blisters. They also prevent the foot from sliding around the footwear.

Though the Renew Fusion may offer what you need for HIIT, its thick midsole may not be what you need for CrossFit. One model to consider if you prefer a thinner sole unit in your training shoe is the Nike Metcon 5. Your feet will like they’re laying flat on the floor when wearing the Metcon 5 because of the minimal heel-to-forefoot height difference.

The outsole of the Metcon 5 is protected by a sticky rubber, unlike the Renew Fusion, which only uses rubber pods in some parts. The full-length rubber helps keep the wearer planted and avoid slippage while running or even box jumps.

As for the upper, both models use a reinforced mesh that helps with foot containment and protection. They also have midfoot overlays that provide lateral support.

Nicholas Rizzo
Nicholas Rizzo

Nick is a powerlifter who believes cardio comes in the form of more heavy ass squats. Based on over 1.5 million lifts done at competitions, his PRs place him as an elite level powerlifter. His PRs have him sitting in the top 2% of bench presses (395 lbs), top 3% of squats (485 lbs) and top 6% of deadlifts (515 lbs) for his weight and age. His work has been featured on Forbes,, Elite Daily and the like. Collaborating along the way with industry leaders like Michael Yessis, Mark Rippetoe, Carlo Buzzichelli, Dave Tate, Ray Williams, and Joel Seedman.