Our verdict


Received gladly by the CrossFit community, the Nike Free x Metcon earned praise for its comfort and versatility. On the other hand, its lack of stability did not please wearers in the heavy weightlifting space. In the end, this footgear won the approval of enthusiasts as a remarkable CrossFit and everyday training companion for its many features and benefits.


  • Impressive versatility
  • Appealing design
  • Snug fit
  • Great flexibility
  • Relieves discomfort
  • Good quality-price ratio


  • Unsupportive when lifting weights
  • Laces untie easily
  • Durability issues

Who should buy the Nike Free x Metcon

The Free x Metcon is a fusion of Nike's two well-known footwear lines: The Free and the Metcon. Metcons are durable and stable Crossfit shoes. On the other hand, Nike Free trainers have proven their flexibility and natural running motion capabilities. It is a solid option if:

  • You are looking for a shoe that can keep up with various CrossFit WODs without trouble.
  • You are after a pair that has the traits of a trainer but at the same time has the aesthetics suitable for casual use. 
  • You suffer from plantar fasciitis and need a training companion that would help relieve the discomfort.

Nike Free x Metcon Logo

Extra durable outsole

The bottom of the Nike Free x Metcon is made from two types of rubber. One is the carbon rubber which is one of the most durable types, while the other is blown rubber that lends a cushiony and lightweight feel to the outsole.

It uses the Nike Free technology which is comprised of laser-siped flex grooves that put forward seamless lateral movements and flexibility. The tread features tri-star patterns, some of which are compressible and some are rigid, which renders a combination of support and pliability.

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The inner midfoot is wrapped in a rigid block of TPU and rubber. It guards the footwear against the abrasions and friction caused by rope climbs.

Smooth low-profile heel clips are located in the lateral and medial sides of the outsole. They reduce the drag from the wall during handstand push-ups.

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Balanced comfort and stability

The Nike Free x Metcon employs a dual-density midsole. It features a soft compound that is housed in the firmer one with the use of a cold fusion technology. It balances plush comfort and stability.

Nike Free x Metcon Midsole

The Nike Free x Metcon's upper

The shoe sports a cleatie upper that is made of mesh covered in TPU. It provides flexibility, support, breathability, and durability. The mouth and the heel area are made of neoprene, which is a breathable, smooth, and cushioned material.

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Enhanced midfoot support

TPU sidewalls wrap around the midfoot, giving lateral support. They keep the foot centered in the midsole during side-to-side movements. They also have holes that serve as eyelets, enabling the tester to adjust the tightness of the footgear. In the 2nd iteration of the Free x Metcon, this cage has been moved to the midfoot, which enhances support.

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Snug lacing system

A traditional lacing system secures foot lockdown. It works with the Flywire technology, a set of filaments that operate like cables on a suspension bridge. It delivers support and snug fit.

Nike Free x Metcon Lacing System