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


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


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


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


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


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


    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
  • Weight
    Men: 11.5oz
    Women: 9.4oz


    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: 4mm
    Women: 4mm
  • Width
    Men: Narrow, Normal
    Women: Normal
  • Release date
    Jan 2017
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86 / 100 based on 11 expert reviews

  • 86 / 100 | As Many Reviews As Possible | | Level 5 expert

    The Nike Metcon 3 have everything you want from stability, the flexibility and a functional fitness shoe.

  • 96 / 100 | FloElite | | Level 3 expert

    If I was gonna be buying a new pair of shoes for CrossFit, for...functional fitness, I would be buying the Nike Metcon 3.

  • 90 / 100 | Garage Gym Reviews | | Level 3 expert

    The issue that is still very much present about the performance of the Metcon 3's is the heel slippage.

  • 84 / 100 | GYMCADDY | Level 3 expert

    But if you're looking for a training shoe which is slightly more durable and flexible, then go for the Metcon 3.

  • 78 / 100 | OutdoorGearLab | | Level 3 expert

    The Nike Metcon 3 balances the performance aspects of weightlifting, running, jumping, and climbing in a way that impressed our testers. It earned the 2017 Editors' Choice Award for Best Men's CrossFit Shoe.

  • 68 / 100 | RIZKNOWS | | Level 2 expert

    Save your money, I think, and go with the Metcon 2. I did like them. I don't love them. I would not reach for these over a lot of other CrossFit shoes.

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The Nike Metcon 3 was created for those who tackle a variety of activities in the gym. Its design is reminiscent of its predecessor, the Metcon 2, but has a smoother and less aggressive look.

At the same time, Metcon 3 has been reinforced to more durable and supportive. Its construction has also laid a solid foundation for the succeeding Metcon 4 trainer

A sticky rubber compound is used for the outsole unit of the Nike Metcon 3. It covers the entire surface area of the platform, making sure that it is able to deliver all-around traction throughout the training session. A textured disposition further heightens surface grip.

The textured rubber compound extends to the midfoot section of the upper unit. It serves as a shield against wear and tear, especially when tackling rope-climbing activities.

A drop-in mid-sole unit is used in the Nike Metcon 3. It accommodates the foot securely, providing comfort and protection from impact. It’s not too thick, so proprioception becomes more appreciable. It’s designed to be firm in the heel and flexible in the front.

A tightly constructed mesh material is used for the upper unit of the Nike Metcon 3. It keeps the foot securely wrapped. The durable construction is helpful when it comes to handling different equipment in the training course.

Embroidered textiles reinforce the upper unit, especially its high-wear areas. These are subtle additions, so they don’t affect the look and structure of the shoe. They also serve as overlays that assist the main upper fabrics in keeping the foot in place.

Flat laces are used in this shoe and they are supported by the Flywire system. These cables make the fit-adjustments more attuned to the preference of the wearer.

An external heel clip secures the back of the foot and prevents accidental shoe-removals.

The padded collar adds a bit of cushioning to the top section of the foot while also delivering a secure lockdown.