Nike Free Metcon 4 review

Well, ladies and gentlemen, Nike did it again, and are we really surprised? The Nike Free Metcon 4 is an amazing, versatile shoe that will do pretty much whatever you need it to do in your training routine. Lifting? Nailed it. Dynamic workouts? Any day. Wanna go for a little jog? Sure, lace-up. This shoe does it all and leaves your foot feeling cradled.

The Nike Free Metcon 4 is a great training shoe that was built for amazing durability. Your feet will thank you when you slide them into the mesh construction, cushy shoes. The broken bottom soles are amazing to add flexibility to the shoe for any of your training needs and give your great grip on edges like for box jumps, or even a simple calf raise. These shoes rise to the occasion and leave your feet comfortable and capable for almost any situation. 

Who should buy it

The Nike Free Metcon 4 is ideal for you if you:

  • need a sharp, cleaning-looking shoe that is versatile enough for all your training needs
  • are looking for a shoe with a solid foundation for lifting or training
  • want good arch support

Who should NOT buy it

Look away if you:

Nike, not known for wide shoes

Arguably, I do not have wide feet, so Nike’s have usually been my go-to in the past for a cross-trainer. This rings true here for the Free Metcon 4. It is a great shoe, but if you have a wider foot, it will not be the shoe you reach for to get your training on. It might even be a little tight if you have a mid-range foot, but not nearly as bad.


Grippy outsole allows your foot to flex

The sole of the Metcon 4 is great, it gives you great grip and flexibility. With the broken sole that the Metcon delivers, it allows your foot to flex to almost anything that it needs to do during your training. That is definitely an awesome feature that is a game-changer. 


Lift in comfort in the Free Metcon 4 

The Free Metcon 4 gives you a great comfortable cushion for you to move around in. With a great wide heel and a sole that narrows out toward the toes, it creates a great platform for lifting and keeping your weight grounded.

I can say that there was a noticeable direction of weight as I was lifting that really helped focus my weight on the right path to help me stay focused. That is a major plus. 

Lace-up and go

Pop the shoes on, and hit your training as hard as you want. I laced these up and on the first day and got right to it, squats, walking lunges, box jumps. The shoes felt great doing all of them right out of the box. After a week and change, and several lifts, a few short sets of wind sprints, and some hikes, they feel just as great.


I will say that the shoes have some weight to them (it weighs 11.2oz/318g). Not like hiking boots or combat boots, but you will definitely know that there is a shoe on your foot. That being said, the weight is well balanced and it is not cumbersome at all. 

Amazing durability

I am not going to lie, I started training in these shoes, and my feet loved them so much, they turned into one of my favorite all-around shoes. They are comfortable and feel like they are going to be around for a while. Buy these shoes for the long-term investment.


Solid lockdown in the Free Metcon 4

For a pair of cross-trainers, the Metcons lockdown like a pair of nice runners. They have a great feel on the foot, even if you don’t feel the need to crank down the laces on your feet. I would say you will feel a great fit on your foot once you have tuned these in. 

Built for dynamic training

I try to train for both strength and athletic ability. The Nike Free Metcon 4 kept pace at every turn. Lifting was great, and if you need to rock out some box jumps, or sled pushed or run some stairs, they are along for the ride, keeping your feet feeling great.

Breathable ++

Breathability was not in question for the Free Metcon 4, with the mesh construction of the shoe, it provides amazing airflow to your foot, allowing your feet to stay cool, even on warm days or during intense workouts.  


You get what you pay for. 

Pricing for Nike training shoes is usually going to me on the mid to high end of the market. The Nike Free Metcon 4 will run you about $120, but I would argue that it is money well spent. If you have the range for it, grab these and enjoy. There are definitely cheaper shoes (0ther cross-training shoes have an average price of $95), but these will suit almost anything you need to do. 



The Nike Free Metcon 4 is a great shoe for an all-around application. If you want to buy one shoe to do most of your exercise needs, I don’t think you would regret the Nike Free Metcon 4. They are not running shoes, but they will get it done in a pinch if you need to pump out a mile or two at the end of your routine.

I would not hesitate to buy these or recommend them to a gym buddy or friend. Buy with confidence if you need a good shoe to lift and train in.

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Jonathan Hinojosa
Jonathan Hinojosa

Johnny is an outdoors nut with a passion for football, baseball, running and hiking. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. He likes to spend his time working out, watching and playing sports, or spending time chasing his sons around parks, zoos or theme parks.