What is it? Here is the description from Nike’s website for the Nike Free x Metcon Americana :
STRONG, LIGHTWEIGHT LOCKDOWN.
The Nike Free x Metcon Americana Men’s Training Shoe is designed for high-intensity workouts. A flexible Nike Free midsole and Flywire cables deliver lightweight comfort and support throughout your routine.
Textile construction with synthetic overlays for breathable support
Flywire cables integrate with laces for dynamic lockdown
Nike Free midsole for lightweight, flexible cushioning
Sections of durable rubber tread offer excellent traction
What do I think? I was completely prepared to take a pass on this product. I did not like anything about the look of these shoes from the first picture I saw leaked about them on social media. I started CrossFit in 2010 and trained for almost the entire first year in Nike Free runners. Loved those shoes and even took out the insoles when they got worn out to give them more of a “minimal” feel which was extremely popular at the time. However, I thought the Free x Metcon looked really cheap and flimsy when the pictures started to go around. I couldn’t have been more wrong about a pair of trainers. I will say that the Reebok Nano 8 is, hands down, the shoe of the year for fitness training . . . but honestly, these are really close. I have been absolutely blown away by how great these shoes fit, feel and perform. I love the one-piece designed upper. I live the flexible but somehow sturdy and supportive sole. I think these are definitely my favorite double-under shoes of all time. Have run a lot in them, but box jumps were great (as great as they can be for me) and they are surprisingly good for lifting in as well. If you aren’t going to go with the other people’s shoes I would recommend these all day. I would put them over the Metcon 4’s as Nike’s best fitness shoe to date.
Why do you need it & when should you use it? Haven’t come across anything that you couldn’t do in these shoes. I love wearing them everyday. Some of the colorways are not my favorite, but if you can find some that work for you, these are great shoes.
How do you get it? I haven’t seen these anywhere besides Nike’s site but you can get them there for a reasonable retail price of $120. Pretty standard for functional fitness shoes of this type.