Nike has released the new Superrep 3 high-intensity interval training (H.I.I.T.) shoes with ‘support stability’ as the main key idea behind them, as they should.
As we all know, H.I.I.T. workouts can be very demanding on the feet and you must have the right sort of shoes for the job.
The questions I want to ask are:
- What has Nike changed with this design?
- How do they feel to wear?
- And are they worth buying?
This article is a transcription of my video review. You can watch the video here:
Table of Contents
- Are the Nike SuperRep 3 The Best Shoes for HIIT?
- Rundown of Features
- Let’s Get Back to the New Superrep 3!
- Now for the rating…
Are the Nike SuperRep 3 The Best Shoes for HIIT?
Rundown of Features
So here’s a quick rundown of all the things the Superrep 3 have improved upon compared to the previous release.
- These are meant to be a lot more stripped down than the previous shoe, we’re left with a training shoe that is lighter and less bulky, and should make you feel lighter on your feet when you workout.
- The stability has been revamped. The shoe is now more shallow than the last one, so you should now feel closer to the ground. There’s also a plate, that connects the front and the back of the sole, put in to further aid stability, so moves like side lunges which create a whole different kind of stress on your feet should now feel more supported. The big arc in the centre has been added to add to this feeling of stability and to act as a brace for the foot and reinforce the heel and sides of your foot.
- Even more springiness – this shoe now has 2 Nike Air Zoom units to add to the feeling of cushioning and to aid you in moves that involve jumping or landing hard on the ground – plyometric box jumpers take extra note of this!
- This is the bit that intrigues me the most, there is now a divide under the part of the shoe where your toes naturally flex or bend which should enable your foot to bend more effortlessly. I have never heard of this or tried an innovation like this before so I’m really interested in this. The idea is that it makes moves that involve a lot of flexion of the toe, like burpees, planks or mountain climbers feel a lot better.
- And lastly, they have a meshy material, which is designed to aid the lightweight feel but also keep your feet feeling cool.
It would be an understatement to say I’m not excited to try these out. Reading those features makes the previous model sound like an empty shell of a shoe. So let’s get down to it.
Just a reminder, you can see me trying out the previous Superrep model here
Let’s Get Back to the New Superrep 3!
What’s In the BOX?
I decided to go for the green colourway with these, the other colours available at the time I ordered them were black and white, but I thought, I’ve got enough black trainers, and white trainers stain too easily, so I went with the green.
I did a few H.I.I.T. style workouts with them, moves that require a lot of sharp and fast flexion of the foot especially, and of course jumping, and I also went running in them a few times. These are the type of things the shoe is designed to perform well in.
One thing I have to mention is that mainly due to to their heavy emphasis on cushioning and softness, these really aren’t shoes I’d recommend for doing heavy squats or deadlifts in. There are other shoes I have reviewed that are a better fit for those sorts of moves like the Metcons.
What were the Nike Superrep 3 like to workout in?
To answer the question of what the Nike Superreps were like to workout in, I would say, they were just what I would want from a H.I.I.T. workout shoe.
The comfort is definitely there there’s no denying that. You feel it with every step you take, and I would say they are in fact more supportive than the previous Superrep 2 model.
One thing I liked, is the feeling as though your foot is really walled in, in a kind of bubble if that makes sense, when I did things like jumping lunges and jumping down from plyometric boxes, sometimes my foot would land incorrectly and a little off-balance, but the awkward landing on side areas of the foot wouldn’t feel hard, the edges of the sole feel very rounded as though your foot is really protected.
However, it could in my view be argued that the cushioning feels like these shoes are too thick, especially in the heel area which takes away from the efforts Nike have made to make these shoes feel lighter for the wearer.
That aside, working out in them was a pleasant experience, and the grip on them was what I expected it to be.
Indoors in the gym, the grip was great, early morning training on a slightly wet surface however, the grip wasn’t as good, so if you intend to go running or training outdoors in the wet, be aware of that.
In terms of breathability, my feet felt well ventilated. The mesh material does make a difference. I don’t tend to get very sweaty in the foot area but my feet did feel very cool after wearing these.
I had two concerns about the Superrep 3 after the second week of wearing them.
My first concern is the bridge that connects the front and back of the shoe.
If you run outdoors dirt does collect in this area so you may need to give special attention to keeping this area clean, don’t even think about walking in muddy areas in these shoes because that gap will collect mud, so you’ll need to go in there with a toothbrush or something to clean that area.
Also, this bridge part, although it does look cool, it feels quite bendy to the touch, I wonder if it maintains its rigidity after a few months of use.
I’m sure the engineers at Nike have tested it well enough though, so it won’t snap in the middle of a workout or something!
The second thing that I didn’t like is a similar problem that I had with the previous Nike Superreps, you might be able to guess what it was, but the squeak has returned!
I don’t know if it’s because I’m a big guy and these shoes may not be handling my weight or if it’s a common problem with this shoe, but the left side zoom compartment in the forefoot has begun making a kind of squeaking or crunching sound with every step I take whether I run or jog.
I don’t know if this squeak/crunch is something that will go away after some time, but it’s disappointing nonetheless.
I did contact Nike about this and they sent me out another pair that didn’t have a squeak so that was good of them.
Now for the rating…
Nike Superrep 3
I’d give these a solid 3 out of 5, they are an improvement on the previous Superreps with a more secure fit and extra cushioning in the right areas, but they’re not quite there yet.
“An improvement on the previous Nike Superrep, with a more secure fit and extra cushioning in the right areas”
There are definitely other shoes from Nike that could give this shoe a run for its money, but in terms of comfort from the first time you try them on, they rank pretty high for me!
What do you think of them, would you be going for them, and also, what do you think of this shade of green? Let me know in the comments below!