Nike fans have dozens of sneaker styles to choose from this holiday season, but FN has narrowed down the search to simplify your shopping experience.
Top picks include classic retro looks such as the Air Jordan 1 and Air Max 97, along with newer models like the Air VaporMax and Zoom Fly.
Give them what they want this season by shopping the kicks below.
That is about how long the designers here at BD are working to make our unique line of climbing shoes. In the beginning, they did not tell a soul. Not even their managers. “Rather than wait for someone to say, ‘hey let’s do sneakers,’ we simply began looking into it on our own,” says VP of Design Kasey Jarvis . The reasoning was straightforward. As climbers, we would like to make the ideal equipment for other climbers. And in some ways, as we see it, climbing shoes are the only pieces of gear that truly matter regarding performance. “Chalk and shoes directly influence your performance,” says Kasey. That is why the designers went untrue. Kasey awakened with long-time coach designer Linh Nguyen–a veteran of the climbing sector who’s worked with Chris Sharma and Evolv in the past and is presently a technical programmer at BD–and they got to work. But when the bosses saw what Kasey and team were sketching up during their clandestine meetings, they realized the team was on to something. “What we really wanted to make was a unique, start-from-scratch design,” says Kasey. However, that means a lot more work. And for the past several years, the designers have been getting “to the weeds” since Kasey calls it.
Since 2015, the I Like Climbing Trees Now Ketchup Metcon training shoe lineup has helped to fill this emptiness. Even though the shoe is still comparatively new in the market, its innovative features designed specifically to take care of intense training have made it a compelling option for athletes, lifters and CrossFitters.Earlier this season, Nike established the next iteration of this shoe, suitably named the Metcon 3. I had the chance to test out the DSX Flyknit edition of the shoe, which can be a slightly lighter version than the standard Metcon 3. The Metcon 3 DSX Flyknit consists of lots of the same features which have proven popular with previous editions of the Metcon shoe. A broad toe box allows your feet to distribute, which could actually help to correct exercise form if you’ve been utilizing improper footwear. The hard, flat and grippy rubber sole, with only a 6mm drop, provides a solid platform for heavy and explosive lifts, but it is flexible enough for sprints along with other lively exercises.Nike fortified the Metcon 3 with hard rubber along the midfoot to guard the shoe and supply additional grip when you perform rope climbs. It also has hard plastic on the back so that it could slide up and down a wall during Handstand Push-Ups without causing any wear and tear.
1. Air Jordan 1 High OG “Wheat”
Nike’s “Wheat” styles — nicknamed “Golden Harvest” for 2017 — have become a staple of the brand’s lifestyle collections, and this year, the OG Air Jordan 1 gets the treatment for the first time.
Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “Wheat.”
2. Air Max 97 “Atlantic Blue”
To celebrate the Air Max 97’s 20th anniversary, Nike Climbing Trainers reissued this original “Atlantic Blue” colorway, which was part of the model’s debut run in 1997.
I do not usually heavily review products but that is bad. No climber (who knows what they’re doing) would buy this. This is a project by some designer, to integrate current Nike technology into a climbing shoe, specifically flyknit (fancy mesh), fly-whire (fancy strings), and loose (rubber with cuts in it). This would all combine to make this shoe and get Nike to the climbing industry (no thanks). This design looks fine, the renders are fairly, and they obviously put a great deal of thought to it, however its apparent this individual had little understanding of scaling and what makes you climbing shoe better compared to another. To begin with, an upper left entirely of net (flyknit) could have practically no arrangement to maintain the foot in place. A climbing shoe should fit like a glove and should very secure around every portion of the foot. The only real climbing shoe should focus power to the big toe rather than dispersing out force to the entire front of the foot. It should be narrow to allow for exact foot placements. Finally all of these materials specifically the knit wouldn’t be durable enough to handle continuous scratching against stones. This design depicts the importance of really understanding your consumer and doing real research.
Nike Air Max 97 “Atlantic Blue.”
3. Air VaporMax
Whether you’re interested in trying Nike’s groundbreaking Air VaporMax sneaker for the first time or want to add new styles to your collection, the holiday season is the perfect time to make the purchase.
Nike Air VaporMax
4. Zoom Fly SP
The DSX Flyknit edition of this Metcon 3 includes a Flyknit upper that makes it slightly lighter than its cousin. “After experimenting with a few different training shoes, I was eager to try the Metcon DSX Flyknit. Plus it didn’t disappoint.First and the shoe is extremely lightweight and comfortable. The Flyknit upper grips the foot tightly so that the shoe feels like an extension of the body without sacrificing comfort. I particularly appreciated its comfort and breathability after extreme hour-plus-long workouts.I was pleased with the performance of the shoe when doing heavy lifts. Would I wear it throughout a powerlifting competition? No. I felt that a little give at the only once I did near-max Deadlifts, and I would prefer no heel drop for this sort of exercise. But that’s a compromise Nike Climbing Boots had to make since the shoe is also designed for jogging, running and plyometrics.Although that the Metcom 3 isn’t the perfect lifting shoe, it’s a jack-of-all-trades that does lots of things well and can handle the vast majority of exercises, drills and actions you throw at it.
If you want something a bit under the radar but still coveted by those in the know, consider the Zoom Fly SP, which was featured as part of Virgil Abloh’s Off-White x Nike Rock Climbing Shoes “The Ten” collection.
Nike Zoom Fly SP “Shanghai.”
5. Terra Sertig
A NATURAL FIT,Five Decades. That is roughly how long that the designers here at BD have been working to create our distinctive line of climbing shoes. In the beginning, they didn’t tell a soul. Not even their managers. The reasoning was simple. As climbers, we want to make the best gear for other climbers. And in certain ways, as we view it, climbing shoes are the only parts of equipment that actually matter regarding performance. “Chalk and sneakers directly influence your performance,” says Kasey. That is why the designers went untrue. Kasey awakened with long-time shoe designer Linh Nguyen–a veteran of the rising industry who’s worked with Chris Sharma and Evolv previously and is now a technical developer at BD–plus they must work after-hours. But when the directors watched what Kasey and crew were sketching up throughout their clandestine meetings, they realized the team was on to something. “What we really wanted to create was a distinctive, start-from-scratch layout,” says Kasey. However, that means a lot more work. And for the past several years, the designers are getting “to the weeds” since Kasey calls it.
For those who need a sneaker that can double as a boot in winter conditions, Nike’s Terra Sertig is ready for action on the streets, trails and everywhere in between.
Nike Terra Sertig