Our verdict

This shoe was made with grip in mind, and it shows when I'm working out in it. With a solid, stable footing, I don't feel like I'm going to go anywhere. On the flip side of that coin, when I want to have some movement in my workout and stay fluid, this shoe does not deliver.


  • Balanced ground feel
  • Lightweight
  • Stable platform
  • Breathable
  • Wide-feet friendly
  • Decent price point


  • Not for agility and quick turns

Audience verdict


Who should buy it 

This shoe is ideal for you if you: 

  • need a lightweight, no-hassle shoe
  • are looking for a grippy shoe for a good foundation
  • have a medium or wide foot.
  • want something non-traditional looking

Who should NOT buy it

Don’t buy this shoe if you:

  • want something for agility and quick turns
  • have narrow feet
  • are looking for something to run in

Fit is standard to wide

The Metcon Sport is a pretty wide feet-friendly design. I don’t have particularly wide feet, so for me, it just means a lot more breathing room in the shoe for me. This said, it does not feel like my foot is swimming in these shoes, so that is a solid plus. 


A solid, grounded base

The Metcon Sports have a great grip on the ground. If you are going to sink into a deep squat, you can feel confident that these are going to hold you in place. Deadlifts as well will keep you planted and stable. It may be harder to get some more mobile, agile work done, but these are perfect for heavy lifting.


Lift in comfort with the Metcon Sport

These shoes feel great on the foot. They have an extremely comfortable base for a level foot with arch support, but no crazy heel to throw off your balance. You’ll feel like your feet are resting on pillows when you are lifting. 

Ready to roll at day 1

These shoes are ready to roll on day 1. Slide them on, velcro them up, and go. If you hate messing with laces, these are definitely the shoes for you! No doubt that these are ready to work in the gym on day 1. 

Weight is not an issue in the Metcon Sport

Lifting shoes are rarely judged on weight except when it is extreme. The Metcon Sport is a solid shoe with a lower weight. It will not feel like you have bricks on your feet, so that is a win for sure. 

Stable with a solid grip

I  took these for a few short jogs as well, and they grip the ground well. But they are a little clunky and can feel less stable with no real runners lockdown on them. The midfoot strap gives nice downforce when lifting, letting the wearer feel really grounded. 


Built for the serious lifter

The Metcon Sport is built for a heavy lifter. If you want something for CrossFit or dynamic sports training, these may not be your best fit, but they will get the job done in a pinch. 

The Metcon Sport is very breathable

These shoes, like most of the Nike Metcon family, are made from a breathable mesh that lets your foot breathe without holding onto too much heat. 


A fair price

Priced at around $100, the Metcon Sports are a little less expensive than some of the other Metcon line of shoes. The value of these is in the eye of the beholder. If you value a solid, stable base, with great grip, then buy with confidence. If you want something more dynamic, then maybe consider the Nike Metcon Free line. 


If I saw these in a store, I can’t honestly say they would be my first or second choice based on the big body of the shoe, and how they made my feet feel a bit clunky, but with that said, they were great for their purpose. After trying them out, and knowing what I know about these shoes, I would definitely put my name behind a recommendation of these to a friend.