The Nike Romaleo 2 weightlifting shoe are Nike’s flagship lifting shoe. Built lightweight and very tough, the shoe it competes the most with is the Adidas Adipower. Let’s see how the shoe stacks up, and if it’s worth adding to your gym bag!
First off, as with any weightlifting shoe one of the most important factors is heel height. The Romaleo 2 comes in with a solid .75″ heel making it a great choice for anyone looking for extra ankle mobility on squats or even olympic lifts. It is a fairly standard height for a shoe of its class.
The next distinguishing feature I want to cover is how it has two straps to lock your foot in place. I really like how they added an extra one making it an even more secure fit. Any extra movement in a lifting shoe is a big detriment to your stability. Most shoes only have one which is sufficient in most cases, but going the extra mile never hurt anyone!
The last factor I want to analyze on the Romaleos 2 is the exceptional build quality from Nike. The heel is made of TPU and contoured so it not only supports your foot, it does so comfortably. Every Nike shoe I’ve worn has felt very good in terms of comfort and this one is no exception. A lot of weightlifting shoes sacrifice that little bit of comfort for function, but when you’re paying for top of the line, it is very nice to have.
The only (slight) downside
The Romaleo 2s are a well-regarded shoe by pretty much anyone who owns them. I’m not sure I have ever seen someone that didn’t love their pair. However, they do have a slight downside to the competition which is price. It isn’t as steep as it used to be, and they aren’t THAT much more expensive than the often compared Adipowers. I suspect they might even get lower in price as there have been rumors about the Romaleo 3s, but who knows when they might come out.
I think if you’re a fan of Nike and you want a high-end weightlifting shoe this is pretty much a non-factor. You’re still getting a great shoe that doesn’t have anything actually wrong with it!
I can’t say that I would recommend it for a beginner unless you have the disposable income and just want a top of the line shoe. There are plenty of mid range shoes that cost half the price and would serve you just fine. That’s just my conservative side speaking though.
Final thoughts on the Nike Romaleos 2
The Nike Romaleos 2 weightlifting shoes are a solid choice for anyone looking to buy a high end shoe that delivers on:
- Heel height
The contoured heel along with the optional two insoles they ship with are extremely nice for the comfort factor. In terms of quality they are not outdone by anyone on the market, they might be the most well made shoes out there. You also can’t go wrong with a .75″ heel as that is ideal for compounds and olympic lifts.
They hold up to any competition thrown at them. Netween them and the Adipowers it basically comes down to personal preference. You really can’t go wrong with either one in my books as they are both fantastic lifting shoes.
I highly recommend these for any experienced lifter looking to upgrade their gym shoes.