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Old 01-03-2012, 02:18 PM   #1
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I just received my Nike Romaleos this morning, and I thought I would post up a review of them. I am of course no expert reviewer, so this thread will not only be about my first impression, but also how my training goes for cycle 3 of 531 while wearing them, from the point of view of just a lifter who loves to lift more than anything.

My first impression was that of awe. They look so badass. The are simply built like a tank and are quite heavy. The heel is high (3/4 inch)and is absolutely rock hard. They came with inserts that I imagine one could use for either comfort or to adjust the fit. They also came with an extra pair of laces. In addition, the laces are not too long. The laces on my Chuck's are so long I almost trip over them.

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I was nervous about trying them on, as i never have ordered shoes off of the net before, and as such could not try them on first. Of course, deciding what size to order is a bit of an educated guess. Firstly, I measured my actual foot size. It was exactly 11 inches. I then looked at my regular everyday runners, which are Asics size 11. My work shoes are also size 11. My Chuck Taylors are size 10. I almost ordered size 11, but I thought that since weightlifting shoes should be tight, I'd go for 10.5. I am really glad i did, as they fit like a glove. My feet did not move at all, and the shoe felt really snug, but not too tight. They were comfortable as well. I have long toes as well, and they did not feel cramped. The bottom line is that I ordered a half inch smaller than my actual foot measurement and I ended up with a perfectly fitting shoe.

The cost of them was $200.00 CDN. Certainly not cheap, but I already feel they were worth every penny even before i have lifted in them. I did some BW squats in them, and I have to say they felt unbelievable. I can sit back in them with confidence and ease. I am 100% certain they are going to make a huge difference in my squatting technique. I will find out for sure Wednesday AM. I will of course post up vids in addition to my thoughts.
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Well, they definitely look badass. That's for sure.
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Nice review Jim. Very curious to see what you think after hitting a squat session in them.
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Great review and I'm with you on the badass part. I bought a pair of Adidas Power Perfect II weightlifting shoes in summer and haven't looked back. I did bodyweight squats for days until I had chance to use them with a bar on my back. The initial cost was a bit steep but they're still in near perfect condition.
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Well, they definitely look badass. That's for sure.
Definitely an upgrade from my green Chuck's

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Nice review Jim. Very curious to see what you think after hitting a squat session in them.
Thanks Steve!! I'm getting very antsy.

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Great review and I'm with you on the badass part. I bought a pair of Adidas Power Perfect II weightlifting shoes in summer and haven't looked back. I did bodyweight squats for days until I had chance to use them with a bar on my back. The initial cost was a bit steep but they're still in near perfect condition.
Thanks J! The Addidas were actually my 1st choice, as Ltl recommended them. However, the only place I could find them here was through Rogue Fitness, and they were completely sold out of almost every size with no ETA on another shipment. My 2nd choice was Rogue Do-Wins 2011. They were ordered, but the courier company lost them. So, in order to get some shoes to me, Rogue shipped me the Romaleos. Funny how fate works eh?
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Those are some damn sexy shoes. You should write review part 2 after you've done some beastly squatting in them.
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From some of the online reviews I've read of them, they seem like an excellent shoe. I had wondered whether the heel structure looked a bit weak but apparently it's very good; it may be that it just resembles the trainers that tend to give when pressure is placed on them, whereas from what I gather the heel area is solid with no give.
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From some of the online reviews I've read of them, they seem like an excellent shoe. I had wondered whether the heel structure looked a bit weak but apparently it's very good; it may be that it just resembles the trainers that tend to give when pressure is placed on them, whereas from what I gather the heel area is solid with no give.
I can confirm what you said tomorrow Babs!!
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