Best Nike Running Shoes Reviewed & Rated for Performance

Founded on January 25, 1964, Nike has been designing top of the line activewear for over 50 years and has become one of the most well-known brands of today.  When it comes to running shoes, Nike has brought more innovation and creativity to the playing field than any competitor has with trademark creations like their Air Max line, Flyknit technologies, and waffle skin outsoles.

Last Updated: May 17, 2018
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By Himmatpreet Kaur:

We’ve updated our Nike Running Shoe list with 5 more shoes, bringing the total to 15. We’ve reorganized our list as well so that you are seeing a ranking for 2018. We’ve improved our criteria section and added a few questions & answers to things you’ve always wanted to know about Nike and running shoes. Happy running!

Featured Recommendations

Nike Revolution 3
  • Nike Revolution 3
  • 5 out of 5
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  • Mesh/Phylon Foam
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Nike Zoom Fly
  • Nike Zoom Fly
  • 4.9 out of 5
    Our rating
  • Efficient marathoner
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Nike Lunarstelos
  • Nike Lunarstelos
  • 4.7 out of 5
    Our rating
  • Superior flexibility
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With so many styles of Nike running shoes to choose from it can be difficult knowing which one would be the best for you. That is why we have carefully studied and researched Nike’s running shoe collection to bring you a comprehensive list of the very best running shoes that Nike has to offer.  During the selection process, careful consideration was paid to certain factors, such as; overall weight, airflow, heel-to-toe drop, flexibility, cushioning, and comfort.

 

15 Best Nike Running Shoes

 

1. Nike Revolution 3

Nikes' Revolution 3 will have you running in comfort time after time thanks to its outstanding performance-geared design. Complete with a chunky sole that provides the ultimate in comfort and cushioning, while effectively reducing shock and impact force. The Revolution 3 offers a superior grip pattern and flex grooves for added handling on any terrain, along with reinforcement on areas of high wear for a more durable design. Lightweight and breathable, these Nikes' have mesh paneling and a reinforced heel patch for all-day wearability and at the same time, Nike Swoosh branding will keep you looking sharp while you move.
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Flex Grooves
The Revolution 3 offers the wearer total range of motion thanks to its' ultra-movable flex groove design. Flex grooves are horizontal grooves at the forefoot of a shoes' midsole which gives the wearer the ultimate flexion at the metatarsophalangeal joints.

Swoosh Branding
Swoosh has aided to the propulsion of Nike to one of the most well-known and successful brand logos today. Nike Swoosh branding comes with the peace-of-mind of knowing that you have invested in a running shoe with the highest-quality design and craftsmanship.

Cost & Value
The Revolution 3 packs a surprisingly low-end price tag considering its high-end performance and top of the line features. These running shoes give the wearer the ultimate comfort and are made to last thanks to added reinforcement at areas of high wear.
Pros
  • Swoosh Branding
  • Mesh Paneling
  • Reinforced Heel Patch
  • Chunky Sole
  • Flex Grooves
Cons
  • Narrow Fitting

2. Nike Zoom Fly

The Nike Zoom Fly is based on Nike’s most successful, efficient marathon shoe ever, with a carbon-infused nylon plate down the full length of the midsole. Lightweight, stable and perfect for your next race. How do you go wrong with Nike’s updated racing shoe?
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Carbon infused nylon plate
The full-length carbon-infused nylon plate in the midsole will make you feel like your runners are propelling you forward, giving you that assist you need to pull into first.

Lunarion Cushioning
The Lunarion cushioning is the perfect combination of soft and firm to provide comfort, shock absorption, response, and stability to give you a smooth run.

Cost and Value
These shoes are the most expensive on our list but they are designed for the ultimate performance during your race days. The reinforced rubber heel will provide enough durability to make the shoe last several marathons, increasing the value per run.
Pros
  • Carbon-infused plate
  • Lunarion cushioning
  • Reinforced heel
  • Flymesh upper
  • Nearly seamless
Cons
  • Wider toe box

3. Nike Air Zoom Vomero 12

Nikes Air Zoom Vomero 12 comes complete with a comfort-fit collar that gives extra-cushioned ankle support, along with a plush midsole sock liner for unmatchable wearability. Nike Zoom Air units at the forefoot and heel make for a responsive run with added propulsion to put a little more spring in every step. The Vomero 12s' lighter and longer-lasting traction pattern gives you more energy return than ever before, while updated rubber helps to absorb shock on impact. Engineered with a soft Lunar core the Vomero 12 provides seamless transitions and an effortless running experience.
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Total Comfort
The Vomero 12 offers the ultimate wear with a comfort-fit collar for extra-cushioned ankle support and a plush midsole sock liner for total 360° relief.

Nike Air Zoom Units
Nike Zoom Air is thin and lightweight, bringing you closer to the ground to enhance your stability. Nike Zoom fibers bounce back to their original shape quickly and give an ultra-responsive and super-light feeling that's literally like running on air.

Cost & Value
The Vomero 12 is a bit more expensive than other shoes on the list but is well-worth the cost. This running shoe offers the wearer a responsive feel unlike any other and provides superior support and maximum comfort so your feet can carry you as far as you want to go.
Pros
  • Comfort Fit Collar
  • Nike Zoom Air
  • Plush Midsole Sockliner
  • Durable Traction
  • Lunar Core Technology
Cons
  • Toe box shape

4. Nike Flyknit Racer

4. Nike Flyknit Racer
Nikes Flyknit Racer was designed with a one-piece knit upper and is complete with Nike Flyknit for unparalleled structure and support. The Flyknit Racer is both lightweight and responsive, with adjustable Flywire that wraps the foot and can be adjusted at the laces for an unbelievably custom fit. These running shoes boast a racing-specific diamond pattern for traction and a waffle skin rubber outsole. The Racer is made from a Forefoot Nike Zoom Air unit and completed by a full-length Phylon midsole for feather-weight cushion.
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Nike Zoom Air
Nike Zoom Air technology is comprised of tightly stretched tensile fibers which are knit inside of a pressurized Nike Air unit that makes for a responsive and speedy shoe. If quick-off-the ground wear and a super-fast shoe are what you need, then this is the technology for you.

Racing-Specific Diamond Pattern
The Flyknit Racer is designed with a racing-specific diamond pattern sole that offers excellent control and grip while keeping the shoe as lightweight as possible. Racing diamond patterns are a great idea for anyone who likes to run like the wind with careless freedom of foot.

Cost & Value
Despite costing a bit more than some of the shoes on our list, the Flyknit Racer brings so many features to the plate it's well-worth every penny. These running shoes are unisex and stylish while providing a lightweight and responsive wear.
Pros
  • Unisex
  • Nike Air Zoom
  • Flywire
  • Racing-Specific Diamond Pattern
  • One-Piece Knit Upper
Cons
  • Tight at midfoot

5. Nike Lunarstelos

5. Nike Lunarstelos
Nike has stopped manufacturing the Lunarstelos but these are still available online. The shoe is very comfortable, lightweight and flexible for a great price. It won’t help you win the Boston Marathon but it will make a great trainer in the gym, a fantastic running shoe for those starting out or picking up running again and a comfortable shoe to wear all day long.
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Flexibility
Running shoes should be flexible to help you get the most out of the power and range of each step, without restricting your feet. These shoes have a very flexible sole and upper so you are free to train.

Comfortable
For those who can wear a running shoe for long hours at work, this shoe provides superior comfort for that purpose. It’s well ventilated as well so your feet will stay cool and dry. Great if you have sweaty feet!

Cost and Value
These are the least expensive shoe in our list of Nike running shoes. It’s a fantastic value because the company has moved on to produce other runners. However, for the extremely reasonable price you get a good starter runner or a nice comfortable all day for work or play shoe.
Pros
  • Great ventilation
  • Thick EVA midsole
  • Good traction
  • Sleek, fast look
  • Very flexible
  • Great for beginners
Cons
  • Narrow at midfoot

6. Nike Free RN Flyknit

6. Nike Free RN Flyknit
Nikes' Free RN Flyknit conforms to your foot providing extremely comfortable wearability. The Flyknit offers support in the toe and stretchability on the outside while its lightweight material keeps your feet cool and dry. These Nikes are ultra-flexible thanks to a Nike Free Sole that mimics the way your foot moves through expansion and contraction on every landing and push off. A single seam at the heel makes for a streamline wear, while a rounded heel design allows for natural rolling with the ground on heel strike.
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Flywire Cables
The Flyknit includes a set of strong and long-lasting flywire cables that work with the shoes' lacing system to give extra support while you tighten them. Additionally, a set of cables have been taken away from the top lace which gives greater movability and a no-distraction feel.

Nike Free Sole
Nike's mission is to, "Create shoes that place an athlete closer to the ground," and that's exactly what the Free sole does. Made from dual-density foam, it offers excellent cushion that's both flexible and plush, while still allowing for a natural feel.

Cost & Value
These Nike running shoes come at a reasonable price considering the strong features and comfortability they bring to the table. Run or walk at ease in these lightweight and durable Flyknits.
Pros
  • Supported Toe
  • Stretch Siding
  • Nike Free Sole
  • Single Seam Stitching
  • Rounded Heel Design
Cons
  • Not true to size

7. Nike Air Zoom Winflo 4

7. Nike Air Zoom Winflo 4
A great sneaker that is made for people who are moderate overpronators! Overpronation is when your foot rolls inward and downward a little toward the arches and is sometimes known as flat feet. This shoe is designed to help correct pronation to a moderate degree, helping your feet feel much more comfortable while correcting your gait. You’ll be comfortable all day whether you’re at the gym, running errands or at work. This is also a great shoe for the beginning or just-returned-to runner.
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Light cushioning
Flatter feet need a bit more rigidity for support than people with high arches. This shoe is lightly cushioned and uses a Fitsole footbed for additional comfort. Great for those with low to no arch.

Lightweight
This runner is very light and well ventilated. Your feet will not be exhausted by this runner and they will stay nice, cool and dry. You will be able to slip a custom insole into the sole if you choose to.

Cost and Value
This shoe is on the low end of the price range for our list. For the value, you are getting a very comfortable, airy sneaker that will help to correct and support mild to moderate overpronation. It’s got a great look for a runner too!
Pros
  • Corrects overpronation
  • Great support
  • Good flexibility
  • Lightly cushioned
  • Great ventilation
  • Hours of comfort
Cons
  • Narrow at toe

8. Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34

8. Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34
The Air Zoom Pegasus 34 is a responsive and secure running shoe that is packed with enhancing features to ensure your feet feel their best. The Pegasus 34 works with you while you run with the help of foam cushioning paired with Zoom Air units in the forefoot and heel to give you added push. Complete with rubber stripping along the sole that assists in the heel to toe transition and Flywire technology for a secure fit everytime. The Pegasus 34 gives you even more security with a firm heel cup that keeps your foot perfectly in place so you never have to worry about slipping or sliding around.
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Zoom Air Units
Nike Zoom Air cushioning is thin and lightweight, bringing you closer to the ground to enhance stability. Nike Zoom fibers bounce back to their original shape quickly and give an ultra-responsive feel.

Secure Fitting
Flywire technology includes a set of strong and long-lasting flywire cables that work with the shoe lacing system to provide added security that can be customized by easy tightening of the laces. For an even more secured wear, the Pegasus 34 comes complete with a firm heel cup that works hard to keep your foot perfectly in place for the duration of your run.

Cost & Value
This Nike running shoe is a completely budget-friendly option that offers the wearer a secure and worry-free experience. Packed with comfort-enhancing features, the Pegasus 34 should definitely be taken into consideration while shopping for your next pair of runners.
Pros
  • Foam Cushioning
  • Zoom Air Units
  • Rubber Stripped Sole
  • Flywire Technology
  • Firm Heel Cup
Cons
  • Sizes Run Large

9. Nike Downshifter 7

9. Nike Downshifter 7
The Downshifter is a lightweight, very flexible running shoe with great traction. It features an adjustable arch band for great comfort, perfect fit, and support. Nike is still making the Downshifter 7 for adults and the 8 for kids, so get them while they last. We love the contracting midfoot and there is an all black (including swoosh) version that is appropriate for most workplaces.
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Full-length outsole
The full-length outsole on this running shoe is made of rubber for great durability and traction. The flex grooves that are cut into the sole allow for a very flexible runner.

Arch support
The Downshifter 7 has a no-sew saddle at the midfoot for solid arch support in a very flexible runner. You’ll be very comfortable in this shoe without the need for a custom insole.

Cost and Value
This running shoe is in the lower range of prices relative to other shoes on our list. For a reasonable cost, you are getting a shoe that is very comfortable, flexible and has great arch support. The rubber soles offer great traction and durability too if you’re running (or running errands) on concrete or pavement.
Pros
  • Arch support
  • Midsole saddle
  • Great ventilation
  • Flexible runner
  • Great traction
  • Durable outsole
Cons
  • Sizes run narrow

10. Nike Flex RN

10. Nike Flex RN
Nikes Flex RN running shoe is a lightweight and flexible choice that is engineered with a breathable mesh upper for ultimate airflow. A super-flexible outsole with rubber pods at the front and back offers incredibly durable traction, while a dual-density foam midsole provides extra cushioned comfort. Complete with innovative Flywire technology that gives customized midfoot security and a rounded heel to aid with natural range of motion. These lightweight running shoes are heavy hitters when it comes to top-of-the-line features and will keep you as light as a feather from the start to finish.
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Flexibility
Designed with an ultra-flexible rubber outsole and a rounded heel that helps with natural range of motion, the Flex RN holds true to its name.

Airflow
Engineered with a breathable mesh upper, the Flex RN allows for maximum airflow to circulate around the foot keeping you cool and dry for a more comfortable running experience.

Cost & Value
This running shoe comes at a reasonable price like you would come to expect from Nike branded shoes. Definitely, a budget-friendly option that is equipped with tons of features to keep you feeling lightweight and totally comfortable.
Pros
  • Ultra Lightweight
  • Breathable Mesh Upper
  • Flywire Technology
  • Dual-Density Foam Midsole
  • Rubber Traction
Cons
  • Sizes Run Small

11. Nike Free RN Distance 2

11. Nike Free RN Distance 2
Built to go the distance, Nikes Free RN Distance 2 is a neutral shoe that provides totally cushioned comfort. Complete with Nike's Lunarlon system for added flexibility the Distance 2 is an easy wear. A partially woven upper brings a long-lasting and locked down sense of security, while Flywire cables offer the wearer an adaptable and supportive experience. Naturally stretchable and lightweight, the Distance 2 is designed with loosely woven fabric at the forefoot, while their anatomical heel is rounded to encourage a more natural range of motion. These running shoes have a little something for everyone.
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Lunarlon System
Nikes Lunarlon system offers larger hexagon-shaped flex grooves that give you flexibility and superior comfort.

Low Heel-To-Toe-Drop
With a low 4mm heel-to-toe-drop, you can feel more at-one with your surroundings and really connect with the ground beneath your feet.

Cost & Value
While slightly more expensive than some of the shoes on the list, the Distance 2 is definitely still a deal. These running shoes provide the wearer with a connected and responsive experience while helping to promote a more natural run and healthy strike.
Pros
  • Lunarlon System
  • Partially Woven Upper
  • Flywire Cables
  • Rounded Anatomical Heel
  • Weaved Fabric
Cons
  • Narrow Fit

12. Nike Air Zoom Structure 21

12. Nike Air Zoom Structure 21
The newest version of the Air Zoom Structure is a very flexible, comfortable and supportive shoe with Dynamic Fit technology. This is a great running shoe no matter what level you’re at. Jogging through the park on a Saturday morning or training for your next marathon, these shoes will provide your performance and support in a very lightweight runner.
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Naturally Flexible
The tri-star pattern on the sole of this runner expands and contracts with your motion, allowing your foot to move the way it was designed to, from the moment your heel touches down until your toes lift off again.

Supportive Fit
This runner features Nike’s Flywire technology which consists of light, strong cables that provide your foot with a secure fit across your midfoot for maximum support.

Cost and Value
These shoes are in the mid-range prices. They are a moderate investment but they are also among the best running shoes on the market - designed to perform no matter what level you’re at. Ultra-flexible but still supportive, with an adaptive fit and soft cushioning and great shock absorption.
Pros
  • Flymesh ventilation
  • Forefoot cushioning
  • Firm heel support
  • Superior stability
  • Secure fit
Cons
  • High arch

13. Nike Lunar Epic Low Flyknit 2

13. Nike Lunar Epic Low Flyknit 2
The Nike Lunar Epic Low Flyknit 2 has been updated with laser-cut pods that deliver the kind of comfort and cushioning dreams are made of. Flyknit technologies at the upper bring maximum flexibility and excellent support, while the Lunars' breathable upper construction allows for increased airflow. Flywire cable gives a customized fit and can be tightened with the laces to conform perfectly with the contours of your foot, it's no wonder these running shoes won the Competitor Magazine 2017 ‘Editor’s Choice’ award.
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Laser-Cut Pods
Nikes Lunar Epic Low Flyknit 2 comes complete with laser-cut pods on the outsole that are designed to provide unprecedented cushioning while engaged. Rounded traction patterns on the outsole of the pods give multi-directional all-terrain traction so you can run anywhere you like without having to worry about slips or falls.

Flyknit Technology
Flyknit technology offers a set of strong and long-lasting flywire cables that work with the shoes' lacing system to give extra support that can be adjusted with the laces. This gives the wearer a customized fit and an amazing feeling of freedom.

Cost & Value
The Flyknit 2 comes with a reasonable, mid-range price tag and delivers benefits well worth the cost. These running shoes are rich with features that are guaranteed to make your run a better experience just because you're wearing them.
Pros
  • Flyknit Technology
  • Updated Laser-Cut Pods 
  • Increased Airflow
  • Cushioned, HIgh-Traction Sole
  • Attractive Price
Cons
  • Narrow Fit

14. Nike Lunar Tempo 2

14. Nike Lunar Tempo 2
The Lunar Tempo 2 is a lightweight running shoe that is low-to-the-ground for a more natural run. These shoes are airy and breathable thanks to a mesh upper that allows for maximum airflow. Lunarlon cushioning and a rubber outsole add comfort and durability to this minimal yet comfortable runner. A low heel-to-toe drop allows for better ground connection and gives the wearer a sense of attunement to the terrain.
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Minimal Design
The Lunar 2 is engineered with a minimal heel-to-toe-drop so the wearer can feel at one with the terrain. Minimalist style running shoes provide a more natural experience as if you were running barefoot, the way we were meant to.

Airflow
These shoes offer incredible airflow thanks to a mesh upper that allows air to circulate freely around the foot. Feel cool and dry all day long thanks to the Lunar 2's ultra-breathable design.

Cost & Value
While being slightly higher-cost than other shoes on the list, these shoes should be taken into consideration by anyone looking for a minimalist shoe that allows for better connection with the terrain.
Pros
  • Low Heel-To-Toe Drop
  • Breathable Mesh Upper
  • Traditional Lacing System
  • Lunarlon Cushioning
  • Rubber Outsole
Cons
  • Fits small

15. Nike Lunarglide 9

15. Nike Lunarglide 9
The Lunarglide 9 is engineered with a mesh upper for an airy wear, while Flywire strap-based lacing offers a customized level of security. Ultra-comfortable, the Lunarglide 9 features Lunarlon Foam inside of a firm EVA foam casing. A foam outsole that has raised pods underneath the heel and toes provides added cushion and outstanding grip on any surface.
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Lunarlon Foam
Lunarlon cushioning is a plush and long-lasting foam core that is encased inside of a supportive foam shell for lightweight and completely comfortable cushioned wearability.

Flywire Lacing
Flywire cables that work with the shoes' lacing system to give extra support while you tighten them for a fully customized level of security.

Cost & Value
The Lunarglide 9 won't break your bank but will deliver total comfort and security while you run. Lightweight and airy, these running shoes won't slow you down.
Pros
  • Mesh Upper
  • Flywire Lacing
  • Lunarlon Foam
  • EVA Midsole Casing
  • Foam Outsole
  • Raised Traction Pads
Cons
  • Fits Small

That concludes our list of the Best Nike Shoes Reviewed & Rated For Performance. The shoes on this list were carefully chosen after long hours spent researching to find the very best Nike shoes on the market today. We strive to bring you the latest and most accurate styles with factual product descriptions and completely detailed information. No matter what level your fitness goals, whether you’re running a marathon once a month, just running the treadmill at the gym once a week, or running around doing errands, you will find a fantastic Nike runner above to suit your needs and your style. Happy running!

Criteria for Evaluating the Best Nike Running Shoes

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Weight and Durability

Often the very things that make a shoe durable also make them heavy. In a quality running shoe though, you want lightweight and excellent durability – the kind you can achieve with Nike running shoes. Nike’s running shoes weigh between 5 & 8.8 ounces. How do they do it?

  • Air – They are the masters of air. Quite literally. As far back is 1979, Nike has been developing the technology to lighten their athletic shoes and still provide cushioning with air and air weights absolutely nothing  Air is incorporated in a number of ways in the midsole to lighten the shoe, provide cushion and improve shock absorption. This all results in a lighter than its size would suggest shoe.
  • TPU – TPU is thermoplastic polyurethane. It is an ultralight performance material that can be soft and flexible or hardened as needed, balancing protection and durability with the need to keep the shoes light.
  • Targeted Rubber – Rubber is a heavier but durable material that is often used insoles to make shoes last. Nike often targets specific areas of the outsole where traction is needed most rather than creating a full rubber outsole, making the shoe both durable and light.
  • Extruded Materials – Nike has its own extrusion plant which remelts plastics to give them specific forms. This is how they create midsoles that have holes carved through them, making them functional and light.
  • Thermoforming – Nike has mastered the art of creating synthetic materials that are sturdy but hollow, another of the secrets that make their shoes durable and lightweight

Nike has a great deal of experience in making shoes lighter and lighter as time goes on while still maintaining their customer base by making shoes that last.  And now you know a few secrets about how they do it.

Performance

Nike is a world-class footwear manufacturer that prides itself on its specialty customizations for high-performance athletes. If you are going to make superstar athletes and other high performers at the forefront of your business, you really need to live up to the implied claim of excellence.  

Here’s the rub – performance means something different in every sport and it can mean something different to every individual. If a runner requires more support, a supportive runner will be considered performance. If a runner needs more flexibility in the outsole, a bigger toe box, high tops for ankle security, velcro closures for ease of use, or rubber soles for traction, they shoes meeting those criteria will be considered high performers for those runners.

When we assessed the performance of each of the Nike running shoes on our list, we set aside individual preferences and asked ourselves the following questions:

  • Reported purpose: What was this running shoe designed to do?  (Trail runner, road runner, fashion, multi-functional, etc)
  • How well does it perform: Does the shoe meet the expectations that would be expected for a shoe with its purpose? For example, is a tennis shoe good for playing tennis? Is a trail runner great for running on trails? It seems a simple question but many factors are actually involved.
  • Weaknesses and failures:  A shoe can have a weakness and still be a good performer but it should never fail at performing at all. We look at a lot of reviews to distill where the shoes were weak. If they failed the performance question, they did not make it on our list.  
  • Multi-purpose: Is it truly a dual-purpose shoe or has Nike sacrificed some performance in order to make the shoe two or more activities? If sacrifices were made, were they important sacrifices?

We are satisfied that each of the shoes on the list are exactly as described, Where a shoe is most appropriate for a certain purpose we point it out. We also point out the strengths of the shoe and its features so that you have the most information available to you, to make a choice.

Common Nike Comfort Features

Nike has some comfort features that are common among their running shoes. We assessed these as well. The common features include:

  • Flyknit TechnologyNike’s Flyknit technology is used in virtually all of their running shoes  It is a form of mesh, their own innovation, that allows for heat to escape the shoe while allowing cooler air in. This keeps feet dry and cool, which is an essential comfort feature in any athletic shoe.
  • Cushioned insoles Another essential comfort feature in any running shoe is the cushioned insole. The insole must be cushioned for the comfort of a foot that is dropping harder against the ground as they do when you are running. All of Nike’s insoles are cushioned though some to a lesser degree than others. Did you know that cushioned insoles are also great for people with high arches? Did you also know that every Nike insole is removable so you can wear a custom insole or orthotic?
  • Supportive uppers Unsupported feet get injured, especially feet that are unsupported while running. Nike reinforces their uppers in places where they wear most often, to ensure the support in the upper lasts as long as the shoe does.  
  • Heel-to-toe drop The heel-to-toe drop in a shoe is the amount of height difference between the back of the heel and the front of the toes. It is important because of the higher the heel-to-toe drop, the greater the risk of injury to metatarsals. Your heel should be only slightly higher than your toes in a good running shoe and in Nike’s running shoes, the drop is never more than 10 mm (or less than ½ inch).

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are Nike trainers as good as people say?
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People who bought them tell of the comfort, lightness of weight, and sturdiness they get from wearing them. “It feels like I’m walking on a cloud,” one reviewer said. Another reviewer said that he doesn’t suffer from the pain in his feet when he runs in one of Nike’s running shoes.

Q: Are there any for flat feet or high arched feet?
A: 
Yes, there are. The Air Pegasus is one of Nike’s running shoes that help people who have high arched feet. The Air Zoom is one of their running shoes that help those with flat feet by adding more stability.

Q: How long will my running shoes last?
A: Your running shoes should last anywhere from 300 – 500 miles. This is only a rough estimate based on average runners. If you drop your heels hard, pronate or supinate heavily or are of a heavier built, they may not last as long.

Q: How do I wash Nike trainers?
A: 
Well, you don’t just throw ‘em in the washer and dryer, that’s for sure. First, you get rid of the excess dirt by using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Secondly, you dip a sponge in a mixture of warm water and laundry detergent so you can clean the dirt out. Third, you use a dry sponge or cloth to remove the excess detergent. And finally, you let it dry at room temperature.

Q: How did Nike Incorporated Start?
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On January of 1964, coach Bill Bowerman and athlete Phil Knight started Blue Ribbon Sports (BRS). They both went to the University of Oregon. Coach Bowerman didn’t like how running shoes at the time put too much weight on the runners’ feet. So he made efforts to try to remove the excess weight from them. None of the companies in America wanted to listen to his ideas.

Phil made a deal with Japanese shoe maker Onitsuka Tiger (now ASICS), and he and the coach were selling their shoes at track meets out of the athlete’s car. Coach Bowerman had gained his “Sir Isaac Newton Moment” when he tried to use a waffle iron to create rubber gripping that would work better on the ground. But he forgot to grease his waffle iron and it would stick close. The coach would fly to Tokyo, bringing his wife, and pitch the idea to the heads of Onitsuka. And then the “Waffle Windfall” would beat out the ubiquitous, German-made running shoes.

BRS was prepped to become an internationally rising star with its running shoes. But in 1971, the deal with Onitsuka Tiger would come to an end. BRS would rebrand itself, putting a patent on Carolyn Davidson’s “swoosh” logo, and become “Nike.”

Q: Did the company know that “Nike” was a Greek goddess of victory?
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Given their mission to help athletes achieve victory, they probably did. So here’s some trivial Greek mythology for you:

Nike (Victoria in ancient Rome) is also the goddess of strength and speed. She’s one of the four daughters of the Titan Pallas and the goddess Styx. The whole family would ally themselves with Zeus as he fought against the older gods. She helmed a divine chariot, but she has wings on her back. During the war, she would fly around the battlefield and bless the victors with wealth and glory. And apparently, she and Athena (daughter of Zeus) are best buds; there was a statue of Nike standing in the palm of Athena’s gigantic figure.


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