The perfect CrossFit shoe needs to feel like a cross-training shoe while running and then feel like a weightlifting shoe when you step on the dumbbell for deadlifts, cleansings and squats. Sufficient cushioning is required to make box jump landings feel comfortable, sufficient durability for roping and endless cardio, and flexibility to allow you to switch between activities as you like.
But most CrossFit shoes do not do justice to this versatile bill. That's why many CrossFitter train in multiple pairs of kicks, put on weightlifting footwear for the Olympic training, and switch to more classic "CrossFit" condition training footwear.
Nike's new Metcon 5, the fifth edition of Nike's CrossFit shoe, is as versatile as possible, designed to end the days of CrossFitters bringing several pairs of shoes to the gym. This is a shoe that you can take with you to almost any workout, and yes, it can hang with the best on the floor of weightlifting.
It's a well thought-out Nike sneaker that relied heavily on the wisdom of CrossFit Games champion Mat Fraser to develop the Metcon 5. And he has everything you need to destroy any workout for metabolism conditioning, CrossFit or not.
Building on the Metcon 4s
Nike's Metcon product line has a long history of providing CrossFitters with everything they need. This search continues with the Metcon 5, which builds on the basic design of the Metcon 4. That means an ultra-breathable 3D printed upper.
This also means a sole that lays high around the back of the shoe and helps you to climb the rope. The wrap ends inside and outside a few inches in front of the ankle and is particularly grippy. You will feel its effect when you hold a rope: The sole material is sturdy and you will have no problem clashing it. This also prevents additional wear of the lighter material of the shaft.
The upper has become smarter and more versatile than in the past. Earlier versions of Metcon had a narrow toe box that seemed ideal for running, but not necessarily for weightlifting. Fraser's influence on the Metcon shows in how he was subtly transformed for weightlifting. The toe box is slightly wider so you can spread your toes more naturally to create a better base for squats and deadlifts.