Our Favorite Nike Gym Shoes Just Got a 2018 Upgrade
Introducing the Nike Metcon 4.
A great training sneaker should be comfortable and built to last whether or not you’re a full-fledged gym rat. Earlier this year, we named the Nike Metcon 3 as the GQ favorite when we surveyed the best gym shoes, because it did just that better than the rest. It’s a killer cross-training shoe that is flexible enough to handle fast-footed cardio workouts, but supportive enough for serious weightlifting. Nike’s brand-new Metcon 4 has taken that “does it all” formula and improved upon it with new details and cutting-edge materials.
So, how exactly does a top-of-the-line workout sneaker manage to become even better? To start, Nike has improved durability to the parts of the shoe that get the most wear and tear—like the heel and toe—which means a longer-lasting pair of kicks for you. That’s not to say the new model is overly stiff though, as the Metcon 4’s upper is made of a two-layer mesh which provides comfortable cushioning with just the right amount of bend. Normally a hyper-lightweight upper can mean shoes that are too pliable and lack proper support when lifting heavier weights, but the new double layered mesh provides flexibility without sacrificing any stability. Nike also added an additional lace eyelet; this may sound like a frivolous update but it gives you the ability to fine-tune your laces for the perfect fit, which is crucial for a comfortable and effective workout. Plus, the minimalist design (and stylish gum outsole) means that you can wear it around town and people will think you’re just well-dressed dude who loves athleisure, not a fitness fanatic who is always on his way to the gym.
The Metcon 4 is a shining example of what Nike does best: iterate and improve on already successful sneakers to make sure they’re at the forefront of performance footwear. This latest model was wear tested by a group of elite training athletes, including a CrossFit pro who trains up to five hours a day (six days a week!) and it got his stamp of approval. It’s a workout sneaker that can handle intensive movements, heavy lifting, and circuit conditioning—and if all that performance support wasn’t enough, it’ll also give you a boost of style so that you’re at the top of your game, in and out of the gym.
Available Dec. 19 via Nike iD and at nike.com starting January 1
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