Facts

  • Use
    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

  • Arch support
    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
    Price
    $200
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 14.4oz
    Women: 12.3oz

    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
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 20mm
    Women: 20mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: Normal
    Women: Normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Jan 2017
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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.

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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.

Additional Info

- The Nike Romaleos 3 receives a tough Nordic look in the "Viking Quest" colorway. The upper unit comes in cedar brown and anthracite hues, while the platform and the strap are featured in metallic. This battlefield-ready style will help you set the mood for a rigorous workout session.

- The Nike Romaleos 3 Americana represents the Stars and Stripes with a vibrant combination of red, blue, and white. Its medial overlay is covered in five-pointed stars, while the insole is embellished with white and blue stripes.