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  • Use

    Workout

    Shoes with optimum cushioning, lateral support, and flexibility for daily workouts and studio sessions. See workout shoes

    CrossFit

    Versatile, low-profile shoes for constantly varied exercises including plyometrics, sprinting, weightlifting, and rope climbing. See CrossFit shoes

    Weightlifting

    Heavy-duty shoes with a wedge and an elevated heel that create a sturdy platform and promote ankle mobility. See weightlifting shoes

    Walking

    Shoes for daily wear that ensure a smooth walking gait cycle. Check out walking shoes

    Cross-training

    Multi-purpose training shoes which can be used for a wide variety of exercises. See *cross-training shoes*
  • Arch support

    Neutral

    For people with normal pronation. Also provide support for high-arched feet with underpronation (excessive outward rolling of the foot). See neutral training shoes

    Stability

    For people with low-arched or flat feet and moderate overpronation (excessive inward rolling of the foot). See stability training shoes

    Motion control

    Shoes feature stabilizing technologies for people with severe overpronation. See motion control training shoes

    Good to know

    Stability and motion control add-ons are uncommon for workout shoes and are never present in CrossFit or weightlifting footwear. They are mostly found in walking shoes where the gait is easier to correct.

  • Price
    $120
  • Weight
    Men: 11.2oz

    Weight

    Training footwear typically weighs between 200g and 300g per shoe to accommodate agile workouts. Minimalist trainers go as low as 150g, while weightlifting shoes can go as high as 500g.

  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 5mm
  • Width
    Men: Normal
    Women: Normal
  • Release date
    Apr 2018
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Rankings

A top rated Nike training shoe
Top 3% most popular training shoes

Expert Reviews

Experts are training geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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96 / 100 based on 8 expert reviews

  • 98 / 100 | As Many Reviews As Possible | | Level 5 expert

    In my book, these are must buy other than Nano 8s.

  • 97 / 100 | As Many Reviews As Possible | | Level 5 expert

    They are a nice addition to the Metcon series. I think they're extremely comfortable and I wouldn't mind doing my weightlifting in them. But when it comes down to performance or competitions, I don't think they are going to be replacing the Metcon 4s or DSX Flyknit 2s.

  • 98 / 100 | BarBend | | Level 4 expert

    For those interested in a comfortable shoe for getting in the casual workout, then reach for the Nike Free x Metcon.

  • 90 / 100 | BarBend | | Level 4 expert

    In my opinion, if you want a shoe that’s comfortable to wear every day, and also perform functional fitness workouts in, then this may be your best bet.

  • 95 / 100 | John Glaude | Level 3 expert

    If you already have a pair of CrossFit shoes and you want something for running, then these are the way to go.

  • 100 / 100 | Scott Ryan | Level 1 expert

    They are good everyday shoes as well as good training shoes.

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The Free x Metcon is the first shoe in which Nike fuses two of its prominent footwear lines: the Free and the Metcon. While the Nike Metcons have proved themselves to be hard-wearing and stable CrossFit shoes, the Nike Free trainers are designed with flexibility and natural running motion in mind. The marriage of these technologies is meant to address one of the most common demands coming from CrossFit aficionados - a shoe you could lift, run, and jump in.

The bottom of the Nike Free x Metcon is made from two types of rubber. One is the carbon rubber which is one of the most durable types, while the other is blown rubber that lends a cushiony and lightweight feel to the outsole.

It uses the Nike Free technology which is comprised of laser-siped flex grooves for seamless lateral movements and flexibility. The tread features tri-star patterns, some of which are compressible and some are rigid to render a combination of support and pliability.

The inner midfoot is wrapped in a rigid block of TPU and rubber. It guards the footwear against the abrasions and friction caused by rope climbs.

Smooth low-profile heel clips are located in the lateral and medial sides of the outsole. They reduce the drag from the wall during handstand push-ups.

The Nike Free x Metcon employs a dual-density midsole. It features a soft compound which is housed in the firmer one with the use of a cold fusion technology. It is meant to balance plush comfort and stability.

The shoe sports a cleatie upper that is made of mesh covered in TPU. It is engineered to provide flexibility, support, breathability, and durability. The mouth and the heel area are made of neoprene, which is a breathable, smooth, and cushioned material.

TPU sidewalls wrap around the midfoot for lateral support. They keep the foot centered in the midsole during side-to-side movements. They also have holes that serve as eyelets, enabling the tester to adjust the tightness of the footgear. In the 2nd iteration of the Free x Metcon, this cage has been moved to the midfoot for enhanced support.

A traditional lacing system is used for a secure foot lockdown. It works with the Flywire technology, a set of filaments that operate like cables on a suspension bridge. It delivers support and snug fit.

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