Nike Romaleos 5 Release Date & Info

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One of the reasons that the Romaleo 2 was such a cult classic lifter was how strong and robust it felt underfoot and the Romaleo 4 is carrying that legacy forward.

But hey, let’s be real – there’s always room for improvement. We’ve got our hopes that the Romaleo 5 will step in and set things right for the Romaleo franchise. 

Right after we talk about the release date of the Niek Romaleo 5, I’ll dive deep into everything Romaleo – from sizing tips to who should get these (and who might want to pass), the upsides, the downsides, a bit of backstory, and even some FAQs to cover all bases.

Excited? Well then, let’s jump right into it…

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Nike Romaleos 5 Release Date

The release date of the Nike Romaleos 5 is still a bit hush-hush, but word on the street is we might see them hitting stores early 2024, just in time for the Paris Olympics.

Now, looking back, the Romaleos 3s weren’t exactly a crowd-pleaser, which probably pushed Nike to roll out the 4s in 2020. And you know what? They were a hit! People were rocking them not just on the lifting platform, but everywhere from powerlifting meets to your local gym.

But hey, considering the mixed bag of reviews for some recent releases like the Salvaleos, it wouldn’t be too surprising if Nike takes their time with the Romaleos 5s.

So while we’re all hoping for a comeback as epic as the Romaleos 2s, we might have to sit tight for a bit longer.

Let’s talk about how the Roamleos fit…

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Nike Romaleos – Sizing

In terms of sizing with the Romaleos 4, if you have a narrow foot, go true to size. If you have a neutral-width foot, I would say go up a half size or go true to size if you like a snugger fit. Then if you have a wide foot, I would just say pass on this model entirely because there are options that I think will fit your foot anatomy a little bit better.

Who Should Buy the Nike Romaleos?

This is the performance shoe for a performance setting. So whether you’re just starting to add some weightlifting movements into your training or you’re already an out-and-out weightlifter, you can be confident that the Romaleos is going to have all the standard features of a weightlifting shoe that you’d expect.

If your main focus is on weightlifting movements like snatches, cleans, jerks, squats, and pulls, then the Nike Romaleos are perfect for you. These shoes are specifically designed to excel in these exact exercises and their variations.

If you’re someone who wants to squat really low without feeling wobbly, the Nike Romaleos could be perfect for you. They’ve got a heel that’s just right for giving you that extra boost, making it easier to sink into your squats comfortably.

And if support is what you’re after, the Romaleos have you covered. They’ve got these cool leather straps that wrap around your foot, keeping everything nice and stable while you lift.

Overall, from the raised heel to the trapped-in feel and the firm sole, the Romaleos will have you covered.

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Who Should Not Buy the Nike Romaleos?

If you prefer weightlifting shoes with a lower heel height, the Nike Romaleos 4 might not be the best fit for you. These shoes have a taller heel (0.75 inches) compared to some others, which could feel a bit odd if you’re not used to it.

You might even feel like you’re tipping forward a bit during your lifts. So, if you’re more comfortable with a flatter shoe or you’re just not a fan of that extra height, you might want to explore other options that better suit your preferences.

If you’re watching your wallet closely, the Nike Romaleos might not be the best choice for you. While they’re top-notch in quality, they also come with a higher price tag.

If you feel that you perform better in lighter shoes, the Nike Romaleos 4 might not be your ideal pick. At 20.1 ounces for a men’s size 10, they’re a bit on the heavier side compared to some other weightlifting shoes out there.

Now, let’s talk about the pros and cons of the Nike Romaleos 4…

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Nike Romaleos Pros & Cons

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Pros

Fit. If you have a narrower foot width, then I do think you’ll enjoy the overall fit of the Romaleos. If you typically vibe with Nike shoes and their overall last constructions they use in their sneakers, running shoes, weightlifting shoes, etc. I think you will enjoy the fit of the Romaleos 4.

Stability. The second pro that I have with this shoe is that it does have a nice level of stability, particularly in the midfoot area. The nice TPU honeycomb heel and the rubber outsole in this model are very dense. TPU is an incredibly strong plastic material that’s put into the heel of these lifters. What that means for you is that you can lift with absolutely no compression. You’re not going to feel your foot sink within the shoe. Also, TPU is durable.

So, if you’re looking for a weightlifting shoe that offers a rock-solid platform to support your lifts, I do think the Romaleos will keep you grounded and stable.

Outsole. The Romaleos’ innovative winged outsole design enhances lateral stability and ensures your feet stay firmly planted by preventing unwanted side-to-side movement.

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Heel slippage. You’ll love the Nike Romaleos for their outstanding boot support which makes sure you have no heel slippage during your toughest workouts.

Straps. The Nike Romaleos come with two straps, and they’re pretty handy. One strap goes over your ankle, keeping it steady when you’re lifting heavy weights. The other one, near the front of your foot, can be adjusted to make your shoes tighter or looser. So, if you need more space for your toes during certain lifts, you can loosen it up. But if you want a snug fit for different moves, just tighten it.

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Breathability. One of the massive improvements of the Romaleo 4 is its breathability. Instead of using thin leather that wasn’t very breathable, they’ve switched to a woven fabric that’s not only tough but also flexible and more breathable.

The Romaleos 2 and 3 had a synthetic leather upper, which made for a very hot shoe on the foot, particularly as you’re going through a large volume of lifts. Whereas on the Romaleo 4, you’ve got an incredibly light and breathable upper, which literally allows your feet to breathe better.

So, if you had to smell your mate’s PBs coming before you saw them with the 2s and the 3s, you’d be confident this isn’t the case with the 4s. However, this material might raise durability concerns, which we’re going to discuss below in the cons.

Warranty. I guess I was one of the many unlucky guys who got the sole ripped from one end to the other prematurely. Dealing with the warranty process was a bit slow, but as long as you’re the original purchaser and bought them from a licensed seller within the past two years, they’ve got you covered with a voucher for a replacement pair. So, despite the hiccup, I ended up with a replacement courtesy of the warranty.

Cons

I do wish Nike would update this lower strap for the next Romaleo 5 because I’m actually not the biggest fan of it wrapping under the sole of the shoe, but I think most lifters and athletes will get enough security with the midfoot construction in the Romaleos 4.

If you have a wider foot width or just want more toe box room, avoid the Romaleos because the 4s do run snug. So, even if you have a neutral-width foot, I’m not convinced you’ll enjoy the fit of the shoe. I often find the toe box just way too snug, especially when it comes to the volume of the upper and how harsh it tapers. However, I found the 4s to have a wider toe box compared to the previous Romaleos.

The laces and straps feel somewhat flimsy. While this might not be a dealbreaker for everyone, the laces can be replaced if needed. If you tie laces securely, the straps don’t necessarily need to bear much weight or tension. However, if you prioritize durability and robustness in your weightlifting shoes, you might find this aspect of the Romaleos somewhat lacking compared to other options on the market.

The Romaleos 4 are breathable and while Nike has incorporated various materials to enhance breathability, it does raise a question about their long-term durability. It’s like, sure, your feet might stay cooler during your workouts, but will these materials hold up over time? It’s a valid concern, especially if you’re investing in a pair of weightlifting shoes for the long haul. So, if you’re someone who values durability as much as breathability, you might want to weigh your options carefully before committing to the Romaleos.

The Romaleos does have a higher price tag point attached to it which typically hovers around $200. While this might reflect the quality and performance you’d expect from a top-tier weightlifting shoe, it does pose a barrier for those on a tighter budget or casual lifters who may not be willing to make such a significant investment.

So, if you’re not primarily a serious athlete who is committed to your training regimen, I would say shop around for more cost-efficient models or look for colorways on sale because I believe more Romaleos are going on sale these days, which means the Romaleo 5 is hopefully coming out soon.

Short History of the Nike Romaleos

The Nike Romaleos have a fascinating history deeply rooted in the world of weightlifting. Named after the ancient Greek word “romaleos,” meaning “strong” or “robust,” these iconic shoes were first introduced in 2008 with the Nike Romaleos 1.

Designed in collaboration with elite weightlifters and coaches, the Romaleos quickly gained popularity for their exceptional stability and support, becoming the go-to choice for serious lifters around the globe.

Building on the success of the Romaleos 1, Nike continued to innovate with subsequent versions, incorporating feedback from athletes to enhance performance and comfort.

The Romaleos 2, released in 2012, featured updates such as a wider base and improved straps, further solidifying its reputation as one of the best weightlifting shoes on the market.

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Nike Romaleos 3. Release date: January 21st, 2017.

In 2017, Nike launched the Romaleos 3, introducing new technologies like Flywire cables for a more secure fit and a honeycomb-patterned TPU plate for added stability.

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Nike Romaleos 3. Release date: January 2012.

Most recently, in 2022, Nike unveiled the Romaleos 4, boasting innovations like a unique winged outsole design for enhanced lateral stability and a woven fabric upper for improved durability and flexibility.

With each iteration, the Nike Romaleos have continued to push the boundaries of performance footwear, cementing their status as a staple in the world of weightlifting.

Final Thoughts

So, there you have it – the inside scoop on the upcoming Nike Romaleo 5 release date and everything you need to know about the iconic Romaleo series. From the rock-solid foundation of the Romaleo 2 to the innovative strides of the Romaleo 4, we’ve covered it all.

Now, as we eagerly anticipate the arrival of the Romaleo 5 and its potential to address our concerns, one thing’s for sure – the Romaleo legacy continues to inspire and empower lifters worldwide.

Keep an eye out for the Romaleo 5, and until then, keep lifting, keep striving, and keep chasing those gains!

About Eric Barber

Eric Barber is a happy father of two little angels, a husband, and a runner. He eats, sleeps, and dreams anything foot related: running shoes, walking shoes, sneakers, you name it. It all started when Eric was a shoe store specialist watching and fitting people's feet day in and day out.

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