Facts

  • 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
    $75
  • Weight
    Men: 10.9oz

    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.

  • Width
    Men: Normal
    Women: Normal
  • Release date
    Jul 2019
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The Nike Retaliation trainer receives a design shakeup in the 2019 “Renew” iteration. Even though it takes a step away from the previous models in terms of design, it still belongs to the brand’s budget-friendly line of workout shoes.

The trainer is most suitable for workouts that involve running and high-impact jumping exercises. It can also withstand the abrasion from rope climbing with its durable mesh and side panels. Its cushiony and flexible midsole could also make it a good choice for all-day wear.

Targeted grip. Is that LEGO at the bottom? Not really. These oddly-shaped rubber elements on the forefoot and the heel are added for traction. They prevent the foot from slipping and help the wearer feel sure-footed when he is walking or training. In addition, the rubber pod at the front also serves as a toe guard – it keeps the toe area safe during accidental toe-dragging or bumping into hard objects.

Springy platform. The Renew Retaliation TR employs an EVA foam midsole for cushioning. Nike describes this unit as stable and resilient. It is meant to keep the foot protected throughout the workout. The foam is soft enough to absorb the shock from hard pounding but is not as plush as the one found in running shoes. Yet, it’s more compressible than the midsole found in specialized CrossFit trainers.

Enhanced durability. This version of the Retaliation trainer introduces a new type of mesh. Compared to the previous models, it has smaller pores and a sturdier weave to offer more durable coverage. Additional synthetic skins on the high-wear areas also contribute to wear-resistance. This revamp makes the trainer better equipped for such an abrasive activity as rope climbing. Even though it doesn’t provide the same level of protection as the flagship Metcon 5, it is meant to perform well for its price. 

Side support. The shoe swapped the exposed Flywire cables on the sides for the sturdier synthetic bands. They have a firmer nature and are integrated with the lacing system to lock the foot down. That way, when the laces are cinched, the foot does not slide around inside the shoe.

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