I just finished talking about the Romaleos 4 and it was subpar at best.
I know the Romaleos has been some of the best weightlifting shoes on the market.
The 4 was a huge let down considering the past success of the 2 and 3.
So today I want to talk about the Nike Romaleos 3 and why you may or may not want it for your weightlifting journey.
Lets cut to the chase so you know what I’m talking about.
At a Glance
Product Name: Nike Romaleos 3
Designed for: Weightlifting
True to size: Yes
Expected lifespan: 3 – 5 years
My rating: 4.6/5
The Nike Romaleos 3 are vastly popular due to the tough but flexible upper, ability to be used for different lifts, and the fact that they hold true to their roots. The Romaleos 3 have proven to be just as good, if not better than the 2. And I highly recommend them. Read my full review for the details.
What is the Nike Romaleos 3 all about?
The Romaleos is an upgraded version of the Romaleos 2.
Might I add that this was highly successful and the 3 has made changes accordingly.
It includes a flexible upper for increased movement and more range of motion.
The Flywire technology provides ultimate support. Flywire cables are constructed from high-strength threads that function like suspension cables.
The dynamic straps wrap across the midfoot and increases lockdown security.
What stands out to me is the strap used adopts the similar style to a seatbelt.
This enhances security so that your feet will never slip or slide.
The synthetic leather upper secures the wearer in a tight fabric material while staying comfortable.
Breathability consists of perforation holes in the side of the upper and tongue. Also the lining is made of mesh to help with ventilation.
The midsole includes a 20 mm drop, the industry standard for weightlifting shoes.
The heel counter is made from honeycomb TPU which is extremely tough. Designed for stability and durability.
They also come with 2 interchangeable insoles.
The soft insole is for jumps and softening hard landings. The hard insole is for heavy stationary lifts.
Changes from the Romaleos 2
The Romaleos 2 was a marvelous shoe and still is.
People still buy it today because of how well they fit, feel and perform.
Nike have made some great changes that really stand out.
Although everyone has their personal preference, I find that customers stick with the 2 and 3, while the 4 is rendered useless (or close to it at least).
The Romaleos 3 includes a more flexible upper, made for exercises that require movement.
For example: Cleans and snatches.
The 3 adopts just one strap, although it’s wider to secure a larger area.
The Romaleos 2 came with 2 thin straps that didn’t really work the way Nike wanted it to. It didn’t provide the right amount of lockdown.
The 3 also has more ventilation with the perforated holes and mesh lining.
Another update is the Flywire cables. These are unique to Nike and have grown a name for themselves.
These cables get tight once the laces are secure. Think of it as an “extra bit of security”.
Commonly Asked Questions
Can you run in the Nike Romaleos 3?
Even though they look cool and have massive stability, they are not good running shoes.
They provide stability in all areas and they are far too bulky and heavy.
Running requires forward stability and that’s it.
They use this to their advantage and enhance performance.
Such features include: responsive cushioning, extra support, etc.
So no, the Romaleos 3 are not running shoes and should never be used as running shoes.
Can they be used for deadlifts?
Weightlifting shoes are not just squatting shoes, although that’s what most people use them for.
The Romaleos can be used for deadlifts and many other types of compound lifts.
Also remember that everyone is different.
Others might be able to deadlift in them, but you might not (due to anatomy and physics).
What are the Romaleos 3 made for?
They’re a premium lifting shoe, designed as a hybrid.
They can be used for a range of sports and activities, which is where the extra flexibility comes in handy.
Keep in mind that they are meant for experienced trainers who are competing or training to compete.
For someone that’s just starting out you will want to go for something a little cheaper.
The Romaleos 3 are good for:
- Squats (and all variations of)
- Overhead press
- And more
Are the Romaleos true to size?
Yes. They are true to size in both the length and width.
For those worried about their wide feet, you’ll be happy to know they have a wide toe box.
This allows your toes to spread out naturally.
How much do they weigh?
With the softer insole they weigh about 13 oz.
With the hard insole they weigh 15 oz.
This is the lighter version compared to the 2 and 4 (17.7 oz and 20.85 oz).
The lighter weight is a good and bad thing.
It offers more movement but due to physics, is not going to cement you to the floor as good as a heavier shoe.
It’s one of the reasons the Romaleos 4 is a beast in the stability department and comes in as one of the most stable shoes on the market.
They really do feel like you’re stapled to the ground.
Although not a flaw, it is something worth pointing out.
The TPU heel is becoming the standard with lifting shoes.
However, that can be come a problem for lifters who prefer the solid construction of wood or leather.
Not to say that there’s anything wrong with the TPU construction. It just comes down to personal preference.
Only one strap
Another potential flaw is the one-piece strap.
Some lifters prefer 2 straps.
Yes it’s wider than usual but every foot is different.
What might be comfortable for someone, may not be for someone else.
Flexibility can be a good and bad thing, but in this case it’s worth nothing for those that prefer a little “give” in their weightlifting shoes.
This allows for compound lifts that require a bit of movement.
Cleans and snatches are the first that come to mind.
That’s not to say they don’t perform for stationary lifts like squats, deads, and bench press, because they definitely do.
It’s not as common to find ventilation in weightlifting shoes.
Especially not in premium shoes anyway. They tend to focus on tough and durable materials for that extra bit of security.
However, the Nike Romaleos 3 adopts a hybrid approach.
It strike s balance between toughness, durability, breathability and flexibility.
All of this combined creates a pretty versatile sports shoe.
The pros and cons
- Versatile sports shoes
- A nice balance between flexibility, toughness and ventilation
- Changes made from the 3 have all been positive
- Interchangeable insoles
- Premium weightlifting shoes – made for serious lifters
- Too expensive for the average consumer
- Only having one strap may be a problem for some
- The TPU heel is not ideal for someone that prefers wood or tough leather
All in all, do I recommend the Nike Romaleos 3?
The Nike Romaleos 2 and 3 have been a fan favorite for many years.
Since the Romaleos 4 came out everyone went back to the previous models.
The 4 was a huge let down.
Nike went back to the drawing board and fudged the entire thing up.
But lets talk about the 3.
It’s definitely one of the better weightlifting shoes out there.
They’ve got a balance of everything without leaning more towards the other.
I think this weightlifting shoe is amazing and Nike have made all the necessary changes to even better its performance.
Are they better than the Romaleos 2?
Well again, that’s personal preference.
Some like having one strap and some do not.
Some like the added flexibility and some do not.
Even though the changes are made in good faith, some might not like them.
But all in all the Nike Romaleos 3 are great premium weightlifting shoes that has set the bar high for its competitors.
The verdict: Still one of the best
The Romaleos 2 and 3 are here to stay.
Nike went back to 2 and restructured the entire thing for the 4.
Turns out it was a flop.
Only they know where they’ll go from here.
But my verdict still stands.
The Romaleos 3 are one of the most well known, strongest, versatile, and most popular weightlifting shoes on the market.
And with the huge let down of the 4, I don’t see this changing anytime soon.