Nike reps have stated that the new 2012 Nike Romaleo 2 will be available online on Monday, January 15th – so mark your calendars. Nike’s Facebook Page has been abuzz with people anxiously waiting the release of the new Romaleos for all their Olympic lifting needs. From what I can tell, there may very well be more people interested in these than the new Adidas AdiPower shoes and I’m curious to see if scarcity and low stock become an issue. Some of the increased interest in the Nike2 shoe seems to be in response to Adidas only be making the AdiPower in solid red with white strips, similar to the limited coloring options that were available on the Power Perfect II shoes.
As far as changes to the overall design of the shoe, Nike has stated that the Nike2 will look almost identical to the previous Romaleos and that most of the changes will be made “under the hood” so to speak. For instance, they’ve made the forefoot and toe box of the shoe much more flexible and they have reduced the weight to make the shoe lighter than its predecessor.
The shoe will retail for $199, same price as the originals, and will let Nike retain the crown of being the most expensive weightlifting shoe on the market. By the way, if any of you would like to snag a pair of the original Romaleos for cheap, Rogue and Athleps have them on sale for $145. We don’t know yet where or not the new changes to the Nike2 will justify the $55 price difference, but as soon as we get our hands on a pair, we will post a review and let you know what we think.