I haven't purchased a new pair of sneakers since August, which is virtually ages in my shoe obsessed world. While I certainly don't need a new pair (my 5 pairs of Nanos are working just fine), I'm a sucker for something innovative; like when Reebok releases a new version of their Nanos or when Nike releases a similar shoe and calls it the MetCon 1.
I've been holding off on my sneaker addiction because I was very intrigued about Nike's new cross training sneaker. I got a sneak peek of this shoe while volunteering at the 2014 CrossFit Games where some of the athletes were sporting them away from the competition floor.
After being a very happy and loyal Reebok customer, I was about to switch teams and try this new Nike Nano-Knockoff.
And then it happened - the big day finally arrived. Nike released their MetCon 1 on sites like Nike, Eastbay, Road Runner Sports, Rogue Fitness, etc. While I browsed through a few of these sites to see if I could snag a pair, it quickly became apparent that I was shit out of luck. Not only were they pretty much already sold out, they were nowhere to be found in women's sizes! That's right, NO Nike MetCon 1 were made for women. Well that's freaking great - the only people cool enough for the Nike MetCon 1 are men and women with man sized feet.
Is Nike not aware that women CrossFit too? That women are athletes? That women might be interested in the new release of their functional fitness shoe? That women are your best marketing and publicity group? Apparently not. I was told by @NikeTraining that I can buy a men's size 4 because that's the smallest size they make. Well guess what Nike? My women's size 5 foot will not fit into a men's size 4. Not only would the men's size 4 be way too big on me, but our feet are not shaped like men's feet. Shouldn't Nike be aware of that already?
I'd also like to note that Nike's lifting shoe, the Romaleos, is also made in men's sizes only. Way to leave us out again. Why don't you want women lifting in your brand? Reebok certainly doesn't have a problem making sneakers and lifters for both men and women.
Nike left a bad taste in my mouth over their new release. But I need to move on and realize how good Reebok has been to us ladies, especially ones like me with tiny feet who can fit into both women and youth sizes! Maybe I'll buy a pair of the new Rich Froning edition shoe when that gets released.
Looks like Nike will FINALLY be releasing their Metcon sneaker in women's sizing come this July. CrossFit athlete Lauren Fisher has her very own Metcon colorway coming out July 9. Here's a peek:
One problem though... if you are smaller than a size 5.5 in women's, you are out of luck.
I'm sure glad I picked up the new Reebok Nano 5.0 at the East Regionals this past weekend in Hartford, CT!
Looks like Nike pushed their release date from July 9 to July 16 for those interested in grabbing a pair of the Women's Nike Metcons.
You're better off purchasing a pair of the new Reebok Crossfit Nano 5.0. Just saying!
Read Ali's review on the Nano 5.0 HERE.