CrossFit—or any cross-training, really—demands footwear as tough and versatile as its workouts. Nike’s engineers have clearly aimed for that versatility with the Metcon II, designing the new gym sneaker to be light enough for gymnastics, durable enough for climbs and runs, flexible enough for moves like lunges, and supportive enough for Olympic lifts.
The Metcon II will be available in 16 colorways at Nike.com and select retailers beginning January 23. Scroll through the gallery for 5 takeaways and photos of the new kicks.
CrossFit didn’t invent the handstand pushup against the wall, but it certainly did popularize the move. The Metcon II anticipates that with a smooth heel (Nike calls it “zero-friction,” but c’mon) which makes it easier for your feet to slide up and down on a wall.
As any powerlifter knows, even the slightest hint of instability can throw off a big squat or deadlift. (That’s why lifting shoes have hard, elevated heels, usually made of wood or hard plastic.) The Metcon II mimics that support structure with a flat outer sole and firm foam in the heel, so big-money lifts feel rock solid.
The new Metcons are made with Nike’s proprietary Flywire technology, comprising light but strong filaments to offer support without the clunkiness that often shows up in other stability shoes. (Nike likens Flywire to “cables on a suspension bridge.”)