The Swoosh unveiled today the Metcon 4, its latest CrossFit-ready and functional fitness-focused shoe. The model, according to the brand, is its most durable look in the Metcon franchise to date.
Nike deployed its latest haptic technology on the shoe’s upper, which the brand said lets designers place areas of durability where needed and leave others open for breathability.
The company explained the Metcon 4 would provide wearers a flat and strong platform designed for grueling weightlifting and high-intensity training workouts and the rubberized “tri-star” shaped pieces on the soles would offer multidirectional grip and traction (useful for activities such as rope climbing).
According to Nike, the lead men’s colorway was inspired by the concept of a metamorphic rock, formed and changed under heat and pressure. The company likened it to “the intense mentality needed for athletic training.” The swirled pattern on its outsole was fashioned to resemble the marbled effect seen in metamorphic rocks.
Nike will deliver the Metcon 4 on Nike iD on Dec. 19, with a launch on nike.com to follow on Jan. 1 and then at retail partners worldwide on Jan. 4. Men’s and women’s sizes will be available.