Facts

Arch support
Price
$200
Weight
Men: 14.4oz
Women: 12.3oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 20mm
Women: 20mm
Width
Men: Normal
Women: Normal
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 8.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what training geeks think:

7 reasons to buy

  • A majority of consumers were pleased with the overall comfort of the Nike Romaleos 3.
  • Many users were pleased that the trainer ran true to size.
  • The lightweight and breathable construction of the shoe gained a lot of positive feedback.
  • A good number of purchasers were delighted that the product came with two insoles: a softer one and a harder one.
  • Some buyers found the shoe to be aesthetically pleasing.
  • The cushioned collar was also praised for supporting the ankle.
  • Several testers appreciated the right length of the midfoot strap.

9 reasons not to buy

  • Many owners were reported that the laces got easily frayed or even shipped out with frayed ends.
  • Some wearers complained that the shoe had torn apart after just a few weeks of use.
  • The Velcro separated from the strap for some users.
  • A few users stated that though the shoe is true to size, it gets easily stretched out and loosens too much after some use.
  • Several people were not pleased with the seatbelt-like material used for the strap.
  • A reviewer noted that the sole peeled away from the heel part after only a few weeks of use.
  • The narrow profile of the shoe did not please some buyers.
  • The price was deemed to be too high for a shoe that quickly broke apart.
  • Some testers wished that the trainer had two straps for better support.

Bottom line

The Nike Romaleos 3 was found to be a very comfortable and well-performing weightlifting shoe. It ran true to size, offered ample support and looked stylish. However, a considerable number of users were disappointed at the durability of the trainer. They deemed the quality of the product to be too poor for the price it is offered.


Rankings


Ratings

3.6 / 5 based on 47 ratings

5 star
34%
4 star
28%
3 star
17%
2 star
11%
1 star
11%

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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe 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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90 / 100 based on 22 expert reviews

  • 97 / 100 by As Many Reviews as Possible • Joel "joelxfit" Te • Level 4 expert

    The Nike Romaleo 3 are my favourite weightlifting shoes at the moment because they are the most well-rounded weightlifting shoes that I've used in the past 5 years.

  • 95 / 100 by As Many Reviews as Possible • Joel "joelxfit" Te • Level 4 expert

    For CrossFitters, Romaleos 3 are a no-brainer; but for everyone else, you might want to check your options first.

  • 100 / 100 by Road Running Shoes Review • Road Running Shoes Review • Level 3 expert

    A reference model of the brand to the comma for muscle building and weightlifting , it sublimes the sessions of bodybuilding.

  • 90 / 100 by Garage Gym Reviews • Coop • Level 3 expert

    They are the greatest weightlifting shoe that can also be used for things other than weightlifting.

  • 90 / 100 by FloElite • Armen Hammer • Level 3 expert

    The Nike Romaleos 3 are great weightlifting shoes, built from the ground up for the sport of weightlifting.

  • 95 / 100 by Garage Gym Planner • Garage Gym Planner • Level 2 expert

    In short, the Nike Romaleos 3 is a hybrid weightlifting shoe which is light, agile and comfortable.

  • 95 / 100 by Garage Gym Power • Karlis • Level 2 expert

    The Romaleo is a newer design that incorporates all of the best design features of Nike’s line of weightlifting shoes.

  • 70 / 100 by Workout Gear Lab • Julia Kruz • Level 2 expert

    Although Romaleos 3 comes up as a winner when compared to 2nd version, it does have some cons that can be a major turnoff from professional lifters.

  • 60 / 100 by GYMCADDY • GYMCADDY • Level 2 expert

    So would i recommend the romaleos 3… sadly but no. Their fit is uncomfortable, the metatarsal strap is useless, your heels constantly slip when you walk, and the lack of padding on the tongue make prolonged wear intolerable.

  • 100 / 100 by BoxRox • Robbie Hudson • Level 1 expert

    The Nike Romaleos 3 maintain and improve upon the solid, stable base of the Romaleos 2, yet are a much more lightweight shoe with increased flexibility, breathability and an improved fit.

  • 95 / 100 by Tenth Yard • Furquah • Level 1 expert

    The Nike Romaleos 3 Weightlifting Shoes are comfortable, agile, and light weightlifting shoes.

  • 95 / 100 by 5 Product Reviews • 5 Product Reviews • Level 1 expert

    Other than cross training, this black/white Nike Romaleos are also fit for weightlifting, powerlifting, and light running.

  • 95 / 100 by Christian Cuzco • Christian Cuzco • Level 1 expert

    Overall, I really do like these.

  • 95 / 100 by The Online Coach • The Online Coach • Level 1 expert

    I'm loving them!..The FlyWire is super comfortable. The shoe overall is much more air dynamic, much more compact. They are a lot lighter.

  • 94 / 100 by NathanSut Fitness • Nathan Sut • Level 1 expert

    Overall, they are very very comfortable inside. They have air pockets. They're soft. They're lightweight, and they are very flexible at the foot...Good pair of shoes to invest in.

  • 90 / 100 by The Upper Left USA • The Upper Left USA • Level 1 expert

    This shoe is so impressive.

  • 88 / 100 by Average Aesthetics • Average Aesthetics • Level 1 expert

    Definitely worth the money!

  • 86 / 100 by Oben44 • Oben44 • Level 1 expert

    If you're gonna be squatting and deadlifting and only using one pair of shoes, you'd probably wanna stick with 3's.

  • 84 / 100 by Robbie Hyde • Robbie Hyde • Level 1 expert

    It still has amazing stability, it's much lighter, so it's obviously going to be better for weightlifting and CrossFit.

  • 82 / 100 by Tim Thebodeau • Tim Thebodeau • Level 1 expert

    At the end of the day, though, I think that it is a pretty good shoe. I can see mine having guite a long time.

  • 80 / 100 by AsianOLY • AsianOLY • Level 1 expert

    I think it's a great shoe overall.

  • 75 / 100 by All Around Joe • Joe Bauer • Level 1 expert

    All in all, this shoe doesn’t offer as much stability as the Romaleos 2, due to its different design, and lighter weight.

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Updates to Nike Romaleos 3

  • The Nike Romaleos 3 may primarily be a weightlifting shoe, but it was designed for people who do more than that. It is made with lighter and more flexible materials to accommodate a range of cross-training activities as well.
  • This shoe has a narrower profile than the previous version. It aims to deliver a snug fit at the midfoot but leaves more room at the forefoot for a comfortable toe splaying.
  • Like the older version, it comes with two interchangeable inserts, a soft one and a hard one. Depending on their needs, athletes can choose an insert to achieve the right type of support.

Nike Romaleos 3 size and fit

The Nike Romaleos 3 typically runs true to size. The available width for the men’s version is D – Medium, while the women’s version is offered in B – Medium. An adjustable Velcro strap on the midfoot helps in securing the foot in place.

Outsole

The outsole of the Romaleos 3 is made from a solid, durable rubber. It is meant to provide enhanced grip on flat surfaces.

The sole features a Honeycomb TPU plate. TPU or thermoplastic polyurethane is a combination of soft silicone and hard plastic that makes it durable. It is lightweight, resistant to oil or grease as well as abrasions. This plate is designed to keep the foot stable during weightlifting exercises.

Midsole

The Romaleos 3 features two interchangeable insoles. The softer insole is designed to cushion foot landings, while the firmer one aims to add stability for lifting and squatting.

Upper

A synthetic leather material covers the mesh in the upper of the Romaleos 3. It protects the mesh without deterring its breathability.

The Flywire is used throughout the entire upper, but it is most visible on the topmost part or the top two eyelets of the shoe. This technology utilizes strong yet thin nylon strands. It prominent in many of Nike’s shoes. They deliver support without the added weight while also preventing the foot from accidentally wobbling inside the shoe while performing various types of activities.

A lacing system is employed in this model. It adjusts the fit in accordance with the preferences of the wearer.

To keep the foot in place, a single thick strap is placed across the midfoot. It is made of a material similar to the ones used in seat belts.