You chase the clock, challenging and encouraging each other all in the name of achieving goals and making gains. Our go-to model for training relies on a lighter, more breathable upper than our previous edition to complement our standards of durability and comfort, so that you can float through your cardio, power through your lifts and dominate your workouts.
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Danny - 29 Nov 2022
The Metcon 8 is a training shoe intended for lifting and other sedentary weight training exercises. As intended the shoe is relatively flat with not a ton of support in the midsole. There’s 3 major factors when I grade a shoe: comfort/fit, design, and functionality. Comfort/Fit- So a bit about me. I am flat, but wide footed with a high instep. Basketball shoes, primarily Jordan’s, are super comfortable for me because they meet all of my foot requirements. This shoe is definitely not a Jordan and for someone like myself this shoe is uncomfortable. The shoe has a low instep and is designed for a narrow to average foot. I took a picture of how the shoe expands whenever I step down because of the wideness of my foot. The thin soles also don’t provide a ton of padding and the hard plastic heel cup is also very unpleasant whenever I step. I also noticed the shoe doesn’t have a ton of arch support so flat footers like myself may find this uncomfortable to wear for long periods. Design - the design is awesome. The simple black and white colorway is versatile and easy to wear. The upper is made of knit and is super lightweight and breathable. Although I have a high instep, the knit upper allowed for a slightly comfy fit on the top of my foot. The logo design on the side wall of the shoe and the ribbed look in the middle of the shoe also provides some character to the overall look and feel of the shoe. It’s a simple yet innovative design Functionality- I’m a big believer that a shoe should be versatile. For a shoe like this I feel it could be used for weight training, jogging, and indoor soccer. I’ve tried to wear this for other sports like indoor soccer and jogging but the shoe wasn’t able to support either of these activities. First, the knit upper is extremely thin so whenever jogging in cold weather or playing indoor soccer you can feel all of those elements like the coldness of the weather or the hardness of the soccer ball. Second, the padding in the soles provide no support for running and the impact all goes to the knees. I can say it was painful getting up the next morning. But as a weight training shoe, the product does its job. Since weight training is primarily a sedentary activity, there doesn’t need to be a ton of foot support. But anything outside of this is extremely painful. In conclusion, this shoe does the job it was intended to do: weight training. It’s not entirely versatile and can’t really be worn for people with wide and flat feet but for people with narrow width feet wanting to do some weight training, this is the perfect shoe. I can’t say that I would recommend this hands down since I’ve observed that the use case is for specific situations and for a specific group of people. If it had a wider width with more support, I would definitely recommend in that case.
Escobonic - 28 Nov 2022
Upon wearing these shoes, they seem to be pretty light on your feet. I did have an issues with the sizing. I typically wear a size 11 but I would say if you are serious about getting these shoes, I would go a half size up to make it feel comfortable to perform well in. To me, my feet felt too snug with my true size, so to make sure your feel comfortable and movable, go a half size up. Overall the shoe looks good and definitely light on your feet as I stated as a person who is into cross fit, they will do you well. You cannot ask for a better, lighter, breathable shoe as my feet tend to get sweaty when I am really working out, so the mesh on these makes it easier on your feet to not feel like they are being overworked. Also, I do get compliments on them and am asked what the name of the shoes were. I cannot be more grateful to my feet from my shoes. Love these and will work with getting more like these in the future.
Age! - 28 Nov 2022
While the Metcon has a reputation for being a shoe for lifting & gym work, using it for everyday activities isn't bad. They are very flat and extremely grippy (I can't help but squeak on some floors) but the react ensures they are comfy the whole time. Durability is A1 as I put a lot of time into them, and the mid & outsoles look and feel new.