Nike Romaleos 3 XD Shoe Review

Nike has only one weightlifting shoe available in 2019: the Nike Romaleos 3 XD.

But, it’s a very good weightlifting shoe.

The Nike Romaleos 3 XD weightlifting shoe is Nike's only lifter for 2019
The Nike Romaleos 3 XD weightlifting shoe is Nike's only lifter for 2019

Lets review what makes this shoe special.

Nike Romaleos 4 Release Date? I have no information regarding a Nike Romaleos 4 release date. Based on styles available, and overall inventory – my guess is it is not anytime soon. The Romaleos 3 were first launched in January of 2017. These shoes are not revised on a yearly basis – like the Metcon shoes are.

Here is a peek at some of the styles available now. Other styles are available occasionally – so check back often.

Nike Romaleos 3 XD - A serious weightlifting shoe.
Nike Romaleos 3 XD Weightlifting Shoe This is a serious weightlifting shoe (aka a lifter). It has a very tall heel raise and a super firm sole and insole. This shoe gives the ultimate in stability for squats, jerks, and Oly lifting in general. Shown here in Wolf Gray / Black / Cool Gray.
Nike's lifters in black/black
Nike Romaleos 3 XD Weightlifting Shoe Shown here in Black / Black / Metallic Bomber Gray.
Nike Romaleos 3 XD Patches - includes a set of 5 exclusive logo patches that athletes can use to customize the ankle and tongue of each shoe
Nike Romaleos 3 XD Patches Weightlifting Shoe The Patches version of the Romaleos includes a set of 5 exclusive logo patches that athletes can use to customize the ankle and tongue of each shoe. Shown here in Dark Stucco.

All right, let’s take a closer look.

Special Features of Weightlifting Shoes

Weightlifting shoes (aka “lifters”) are made for one purpose and one purpose only – lifting weights.

They aren’t made for jumping, running, climbing – or anything else.

They offer the ultimate in stability so that you can squat, clean and jerk, and snatch heavy weights with the most stability.

The Nike Romaleos 3 XD are no different in this regard.

They are an excellent weightlifting shoe – let’s talk about specifics.

Hands down the most important feature of a weightlifting shoe is the heel raise.

Romaleos 3 XD have a very tall heel raise (or "offset") - this is no accident.
Romaleos 3 XD have a very tall heel raise (or “offset”) – this is no accident.

The heel raise let’s you get deep in a squatting position with ease.

How so?

Because it minimizes the ankle flexibility you need.

You can see that sky-high heel raise on the Romaleos 3 XD here. And it is right in line with what you’d get on any other brand of weightlifting shoe – like the Reebok Legacy Lifter or the Adidas Adipower 2.

The other way this can be conveyed is as the “heel to toe raise”, “drop”, or “offset”.

No matter what you call it, it’s 20mm in the Romaleos 3 XD.

The second very important feature of a weightlifting shoe is the firmness and stiffness of everything under your heel.

That includes any insole, midsole, and the outsole.

In the Romaleos 3 XD they are all very solid.

The "ecosole" of the Romaleos 3 XD - it is crazy solid.
The “ecosole” of the Romaleos 3 XD – it is crazy solid.

Shown above we’ve taken out the removable midsole.

What you are left with is the “ecosole” – and it’s very solid.

The Romaleos actually comes with two different drop in midsoles.

One is very firm, and one has a little bit of cushion.

Romaleos come with two changeable midsoles - firm and soft(er).
Romaleos come with two changeable midsoles – firm and soft(er).

Lastly, the “outsole” and the heel are all super-rigid.

Romaleos 3 XD - super rigid heel.  You could drive a nail with it, I swear.
Romaleos 3 XD – super rigid heel. You could drive a nail with it, I swear.

All this adds up to an absolute minimum of cushioning – and no squish under your heel.

You don’t want any of that in a weightlifting shoe – it is inefficient from a power transfer perspective, and it’s not of any help in a heavy squat either.

These are magnificent weightlifting shoes.

Another prominent feature of all weightlifting shoes is some form of midfoot strap.

The Romaleos 3 XD has that too, of course.

Closeup of the "hook and loop" (velcro) midfoot strap.
Closeup of the “hook and loop” (velcro) midfoot strap.

You can tighten that down for a very locked in fit and feel.

What’s more – the Romaleos also uses Nike’s “Flywire” system – although only on the top two laces.

Romaleos has Flywire as well - but only on the top two laces.
Romaleos has Flywire as well – but only on the top two laces.

What’s Flywire?

These are super-tough vectran filaments that integrate with the laces.

But they also run through the body of the shoe – so when you tighten the laces – the whole structure of the shoe tightens up.

Here you can see those flywires running through the inside of the shoe.

Flywire running through the inside of the shoe.
Flywire running through the inside of the shoe.

This is a feature borrowed from the Nike Metcon line. But in the weightlifting shoe the Flywire only exists for the top two laces.

But, that’s OK – you have that midfoot strap anyways.

Sole - very flat, very grippy
Sole – very flat, very grippy

The sole has a very high traction rubber – but not a lot of tread.

There is no reason you’d ever be wearing these outdoors.

The sole is also very flat, for maximum contact with the ground.

Heel view of the Romaleos 3 XD
Heel view of the Romaleos 3 XD

Lastly, the tongue is super cushioned – really, it’s off the charts.

These are great weightlifting shoes.

But they are heavy and clunky and they have zero cushioning.

You won’t be able to do the full WOD in these.

For those purposes, you should be looking at a versatile shoe like the Nike Metcon 5 or Reebok Nano 9.

Need more options for lifting shoes? To find out more about lifting shoes from Reebok, Adidas, and Do-Win see our article: Best Weightlifing Shoes for 2019. We like these Nikes – but Adidas and Reebok have more options that span the range of budget.

Nike Romaleos 3 XD Weightlifting Shoe vs Nike Metcon 5

The Romaleos weightlifting shoe and the Metcon 5 are two very different shoes.

So, there is no point in comparing them head to head.

But, we will shoe you some photos here so you can get an idea of how the two shoes stack up size-wise.

You can see that the Romaleos 3 XD are a narrow shoe. I have narrow feet – so it’s fine for me – but many others that have wide feet complain about that.

Nike Romaleos 3 XD Patch

Ok, we don’t have a pair for hands on review – but what do we think about the Romaleos 3 XD Patch version?

Honestly, it’s kind of a gimmick – patches you can change on the velcro covered tongue and heel.

These are like the morale patches used in the military.

But these shoes are on sale for a pretty steep discount – and they’ll work just as well as the non-patch version – so this is one of your only chances to cop a pair at a steep discount.

Nike Romaleos 3 XD Patches - includes a set of 5 exclusive logo patches that athletes can use to customize the ankle and tongue of each shoeThis special Patch version of Nike’s 3 XD Men’s Romaleos includes a set of 5 exclusive logo patches that athletes can use to customize the ankle and tongue of each shoe (via a hook-and-loop attachment).
Patches that come with the Nike Romaleos 3 XD Patch shoes
Patches that come with the Nike Romaleos 3 XD Patch shoes

Nike Romaleos 3 XD Weightlifting Shoe – In Summary

Nike only has one weightlifting shoe to offer – but it’s a nice one.

The Nike Romaleos 3 XD has every feature you’d expect in a pro-quality weightlifting shoe.

As a nice touch – it comes with a replaceable drop-in midsole – so you can choose a tiny amount of cushion – or almost none whatsoever.

People with wide feet usually complain that they are too narrow also.

The only real con to these shoes – they are very expensive – usually retailing for $199 or more.

But, one pair might last you a lifetime – because you won’t be wearing them much.

If you need some more options – check out our best weightlifting shoes article.

Nike Romaleos 3 XD Weightlifting Shoe
Nike Romaleos 3 XD Weightlifting Shoe
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