10 Best Nike Running Shoes for Roads & Trails

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There are many good Nike shoes on the market. but which ones are better? Checkout the top 10 best Nike shoes in 2017 here!

When a lot of runners go to the shoe store, the first thing they look for is the Nike Swoosh. And for good reason, it’s hard to go wrong with the Swoosh when it comes to durability, functionality, and style, so if you’re looking for a versatile running shoe, these are some of the best Nike running shoes out there.

When you see someone at the gym or even walking around the mall in Nike’s (because they’re great to wear all day long), you see someone who could be an occasional runner, an athlete looking to train, or a truly professional long distance runner. They appeal to everyone, and this is for two reasons: they’re fun, and more importantly, they’re seriously well-made.

The Road

Nike LunarTempo
  • Nike LunarTempo
  • 5 out of 5
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  • BRS 1000 carbon rubber
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Nike Air Zoom Elite 8
  • Nike Air Zoom Elite 8
  • 4.7 out of 5
    Our rating
  • Rubber crash rail
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Nike LunarEpic Flyknit
  • Nike LunarEpic Flyknit
  • 4.5 out of 5
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  • Lunarlon pods
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The Trail

Nike Zoom Terra Kiger 3
  • Nike Zoom Terra Kiger 3
  • 5 out of 5
    Our rating
  • High-abrasion TPU bars
  • Price: See Here
Nike Air Zoom Wildhorse 3
  • Nike Air Zoom Wildhorse 3
  • 4.7 out of 5
    Our rating
  • Rock plate
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Nike Wild Trail
  • Nike Wild Trail
  • 4.5 out of 5
    Our rating
  • Ghillie lacing system
  • Price: See Here

These days, Nike leads in trends when it comes to bright colors and unique color combinations as well as patterns, yet the bright white or night black Swoosh remains the point of focus. And don’t get me wrong if you want a minimalistic shoe, there’s always the option for the classic black body on white Swoosh shoe. Below we’ve put together a list of the best Nike products for the road and the trails.

10 Best Nike Running Shoes

 

1. LunarTempo

These LunarTempo is really a step up, as every aspect of them has been carefully thought through and designed according to function. The design is based on the beloved fit of the Nike LunaRacer, but it’s also an improvement with Lunarlon cushioning, finely engineered mesh, and Flywire cable support for flexibility and breathability as well as midfoot lockdown.
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Comfort / Stability
The Lunarlon foam in the sole not only provides great comfort and excellent responsiveness, but also allows them to be much lighter than most other cushioned running shoes currently out there. General customer reviews suggest that the shoes are a bit stif at first, but tend to break in rather well. Aiding in the lightweight build, the upper is almost entirely constructed of a mesh material, which also keeps the shoe breathable. This also helps with comfort during use. The LunarTempo offers pretty good traction and stability. They are flexible, but have just enough stiffness to help keep you stable.

Quality / Durability
The thin rubber on the sole helps with durability, while providing a little extra grip. The fabric used in the upper seems to be of decent quality and holds up fairly well under continuous use. It comes complete with waffle pistons that help absorb impact when your feet hit the ground. The outsole is made with BRS 1000 carbon rubber and is placed in high-wear zones to provide great durability and traction.
It has a 8mm heel-to-toe drop. These are lightweight running shoe and do not contain heavy duty materials, however they have been put together pretty well.

Cost
These are a bit more expensive than what you may expect. However, they come from a brand with a great reputation. I doubt that you will be disappointed.
Pros
  • Lunarlon foam provides a mega-soft, super responsive cushion
  • Very breathable upper mesh that allows your feet to breathe
  • Flywire technology wraps the midfoot and arch
  • Waffle pistons absorb impact
  • BRS 1000 carbon rubber in high-wear zones provide great durability and traction
  • 8mm heel-to-toe drop
Cons
  • Runs small, order a 1/2 size up for best fit
  • A bit stiff (Though great on heel support)
  • Runs narrow in the toe box

2. Air Zoom Elite 8

A lightweight running shoe that made our top 10 list due to its responsive cushioning, and supportive tight fit.
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Comfort / Stability
The Nike Air Zoom Elite 8 provides a great amount of responsive cushioning during your run. Its flymesh upper provides ventilation which allows your feet to breathe easily. The Flywire cables allow for a supportive tight fit. It's a fairly lightweight shoe with the men's size 10 weighing in at 10 oz. It has a heel counter that helps support your heel while you run. It's made with a Phylon midsole which provides cushioning.

Durability / Quality
This is a durable and quality made running shoe. It has a rubber crash rail on the outsides of the outsole which allows for great transitions.The outsole has a hexagonal pattern that helps provide excellent traction.

Cost or value
The Nike brand in particular can be pricey, but you are paying for the brand name and the quality that comes with that. It's pretty fair to say you won't be disappointed.
Pros

Highly responsive cushioning

Supportive fit

Excellent traction

Good ventilation allows your feet to breathe easily

Great  grip on a variety of surfaces

Heel counter comfort your foot

Rubber crash rail assists in transitions

Cons

Toe box is narrow

Shoes run small, order a half size up

3. LunarEpic Flyknit

A running shoe that blends into your leg with a high collar, is super soft, and provides support where you need it most.
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Comfort / Stability
Most runners appreciated the super soft comfort that accompanies the LunarEpic Flyknit, however some did not that it bothered their heel and/or achilles area. The high collar blending into your leg is definitely a preference that some enjoy more than others. It is well ventilated allowing your feet to breathe easily. It's targeted cushioning areas provide extra comfort as you run. It has Lunarlon pods that help absorb impact when your feet hit the ground. The flywire laces add support and stability. It has an extra overlay on the heel portion of the shoe to provide more support. It is recommended that you do wear socks with these.

Durability / Quality
Most runners agree that this shoe is quite durable and made with quality materials. It has a fused foam midsole to ensure longevity. It's laser cut outsole provides excellent traction on different types of terrain.

Cost or Value
Nike shoes in general can be quite pricey, but the name alone tells you it's made with durable quality materials that will be worth it.
Pros

Provides good ventilation allowing your feet to breathe

Effortless heel-to-toe strike

Targeted cushioning gives it a super soft feeling

Lunarlon pods help absorb impact

Flywire provides superb support

Added overlay heel support

Excellent traction on multiple surfaces

Extends up over the ankle

Cons

Some users had issues with the shoe rubbing against their achilles.

Shoes may run small

4. Flyknit Lunaracer

4. Flyknit Lunaracer
The Lunaracer is well-cushioned yet lightweight, making it the perfect shoe for trainers and long distance runners all the way up to a marathon.
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Comfort / Stability
With the cushioning of a trainer wrapped up and packaged closely as a lightweight racing flat, these give you that happy spot in the middle making them fairly versatile shoes. For the most part these rate pretty well as far as comfort, support and stability goes. It provides good traction on flat, road surfaces, but does not handle well in other conditions.

Quality / Durability
They seem to hold up well. The overall durability of a shoe really depends on the type of activities that they are worn for against what they are intended for. In all, the LunarRacer appears to be a well built running shoe, made of quality materials.

Cost
These are more on the higher priced side of Nike’s product line. That may affect the decent quality found with this model.
Pros
  • Lunarlon cushioning
  • Waffle pistons for cushion and kick-offs
  • Available in many bright colors
  • Very lightweight 
  • Flywire upper mesh provides good breathability
  • Lunarlon foam adds comfort
Cons
  • Insole too thin for some
  • Somewhat costly

5. Air Zoom Structure 19

5. Air Zoom Structure 19
The Air Zooms are versatile and can be used for short and long distances easily. They’re massively stable, cushioned, and breathable.
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Comfort / Stability
The Air Zooms offer excellent comfort while running, walking or any other sports activity that you may be into. Containing dual-density foam in the midsole and Nike’s Zoom unit decoupled crash pad in the forefoot provide the wearer with a smooth, supportive ride. Some of the runners suggest that these are ideal shoes for those who have flat feet. Its upper mesh materials allow your feet to breathe easily. It has a triple-density Dynamic Support System that provides support like no other. Additionally, its heel counter adds support to your run. It has a nice supportive glove-like fit.

Quality / Durability
The rubber sole offers a bit more durability as well as grip to the shoe. These really do not seem to have many issues regarding the overall quality. It provides good traction on a variety of terrains, and its deep flex grooves increase grip while you run.

Cost
These are priced significantly higher. However, they can be found on Amazon for a pretty fair price, and are well worth your money.
Pros

Flymesh upper allows feet to breathe easily

Increased stability thanks to triple-density Dynamic Support System

Cushioning for responsive toe-to-heel movement

Heel counter adds support

Supportive glove-like fit

Provides good traction on a variety of terrains

Crash rail allows for smooth transitions

Deep flex grooves increase grip

Cons
  • May be narrow in the midfoot
  • Sizes may run large

6. Zoom Odyssey

6. Zoom Odyssey
A comfortable well cushioned running shoe that is well ventilated, and has great traction.
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Comfort / Stability
Most runners found the Zoom Odyssey to be quite comfortable. It has a Dual-density foam that provides good cushioning. It's well ventilated and allows your feet to breathe easily. Although it has a Dynamic Flywire that provides support and support in the medial, some runners felt the support was not adequate enough.

Durability / Quality
These are quality and durable running shoes that will last a long time. There were no reports of wear and tear on the Zoom Odyssey's. Its outsole consists of a high-abrasion rubber that allows for good traction.

Cost or value
The Nike brand in generally can be a bit on the pricey side, but with its good traction and durability these will be worth your money.
Pros

Well ventilated and allows your feet to breathe easily

Dynamic Flywire provides support

Dual-density foam provides good cushioning

Has great support in the midfoot

High-abrasion rubber allows for good traction

Cons

Some runners thought the support wasn't good enough

Not great for absorbing impact

7. Air Zoom Pegasus 33

7. Air Zoom Pegasus 33
A great supportive running shoe that helps absorb shock while you run, allows your feet to breathe easily, and provides good traction.
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Comfort / Stability
Most runners are quite pleased with the comfortableness of the Air Zoom Pegasus 33. It has heel and forefoot Nike Zoom Air units that provide a spring in your step. Its Flywire cables provide great support while you run. Its ventilated upper mesh allows your feet to breathe easily. It absorbs shock upon impact when your feet hit the ground. It has a really great cushioned midsole that provides comfort. The seamless toe design helps to prevent irritation.

Durability / Quality
The overall quality and durability of the Air Zoom Pegasus 33 is great. It is made with quality materials and will last a long time. It has flex grooves & waffle pistons that provide good traction.

Cost or value
The Nike brand typically runs a bit more pricey than other running shoes, but you'll definitely get your money's worth.
Pros

Heel and forefoot Nike Zoom Air units provide a spring in your step

Flywire cables provide great support

Ventilated upper mesh allows your feet to breathe easily

Heel allows for an incredible footstrike

Absorbs impact 

Cushioned midsole provides a soft, comfortable shoe

Seamless toe prevents irritation

Flex grooves & waffle pistons provide good traction

Cons

Sizes may run small

10 mm drop is a preference

Some runners did not find it comfortable

8. Free 5.0

8. Free 5.0
The Free 5.0 makes the best of Nike list for quite a few reasons. It’s especially unique in that Nike used it to introduce many beloved new features like the Dynamic Fit System and a shoe designed for a more natural running experience.
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Comfort / Stability
Although they look a lot lighter than what they are, they still aren’t heavy shoes. Nike returned the padded tongue in the Free 5.0, which, for some, is big for comfort. Although they are stable and fairly comfortable, according to many customer reviews, they may not be so great for long distance running. These are probably not ideal for those with flat or wide feet.

Quality / Durability
The quality of this shoe is okay, but not as good as the more expensive models. There seems to be something to that. Some customer reviews say they aren’t very durable when used for continuous running or high tempo activities, but seem to work pretty well with jogging and casual wear.

Cost
You can find some very different price tags on these, all depending on where you are shopping. However, they tend to fall into that lower cost shoe category.
Pros

Dynamic Fit System provides a secure, responsive while retaining comfort

Very flexible for a barefoot-like run

Beveled heel for more natural-feeling run

Hexagonal flex grooves provide great traction

Comes in a huge variety of stylish colors

Cons
  • Doesn't offer much arch support for those who need it
  • Sizes run small

9. Lunarglide 7

9. Lunarglide 7
A lightweight running shoe that offers a lot of stability and support, is ventilated, and provides a good amount of traction while you run.
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Comfort / Stability
The overall comfort of this shoe seems to be satisfying to most runners. There are mixed reviews about the arch support with some runners saying it works wonderful and others stating it hurts. The Lunarlon midsole foam helps absorb shock while you run. It is well ventilated and will allow your feet to breathe easily. Its Dynamic Support platform provides stability. It has flex grooves that provide flexibility and allow for a more natural run. Additionally, the flywire cables provide good support.

Durability / Quality
There were no reports of wear and tear on the Lunarglide 7. This shoe is made of quality and will last you a long time.


Cost or value
The Nike brand can be a bit on the pricey end, but the end result is worth it.
Pros

Well ventilated and allows your feet to breathe easily

Dynamic Support platform provides stability

Inner sleeve and sockliner provide comfort

Lunarlon midsole foam helps absorb shock

Pressure-mapped outsole provides great traction

Flex grooves provide flexibility

Flywire cables provide good support

Cons

May be a little snug on the heel

Sizes run small

10. Lunareclipse

10. Lunareclipse
A comfortable form fitted running shoe that provides a soft and responsive ride. It's great at absorbing shock upon impact when your feet hit the ground, and will be of help to those with some mild overpronation issues.
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Comfort / Stability
This is a quite comfortable and stable running shoe. It has Lunarlon foam that provides a soft and responsive ride. It also comes with a gender specific crash pad that absorbs shock upon impact. Its Dynamic Support system in the midfoot helps with mild overpronation. It's very well ventilated and will let your feet breathe easily. It has a heel clip, and flywire cables for added support. It is form fitted for a comfortable snug fit.

Durability / Quality
The Lunareclipse is a durable and quality made running shoe. It has bladed lugs that offer good traction, a durable BRS 1000 carbon rubber outsole, and reflective materials that allow others to see you easily.

Cost or value
The price of the Lunareclipse is about what you'd expect from Nike, a bit on the pricey end, but well worth your money spent.
Pros

Bladed lugs offer good traction

Durable BRS 1000 carbon rubber outsole

Lunarlon foam provides a soft and responsive ride

Gender-specific crash pad absorbs impact

Dynamic Support in the midfoot helps with mild overpronation

Very breathable and stretchy

Heel Clip for added support

Flywire cables provide good support

Reflective materials allows others to see you easily

Form-fitted for a comfortable snug fit

Cons

Can be seen as pricey

Some runners stated it didn't grip well on wet surfaces

Sizing may vary

For The Trails

What brings customers back every time, though, are features that all of these models share: they’re flexible and responsive, allowing for a natural running experience. They’re comfortable and offer support whether it’s from a large heel for heel-strikers or cushioning technology that gives you a great push-off. All of these models, of course, come with breathable mesh so you can avoid hot feet.

1. Zoom Terra Kiger 3

1. Zoom Terra Kiger 3
A bit more in the maximalist camp, the focus of these shoes is an unparalleled cushioning system and an outsole designed to support/give at the same time. Nike Zoom cushioning system brings the foot off the ground and improves stability while you’re moving. If you’ve struggled with any knee issues these could be a great option, your joints will thank you.
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Comfort / Stability
The Zoom Terra Kiger 3 is a very comfortable running shoe. It is well cushioned to absorb shock as your feet hit the ground. It's dynamic fit system upper is enhanced to keep you dry on wet terrain, however it is important to note that a very few runners did not feel that the shoe dried out or prevented wetness from entering. It fits snug to the heel. It's well ventilated and allows your feet to breathe easily.

Durability / Quality
Overall the durability of this shoe seems to last a long time, with only minor cosmetic signs of wear and tear of the upper. This is a quality running shoe that will last a long time.

Protection
The Zoom Terra Kiger 3 is a trail running shoe that has high-abrasion TPU bars in the toe box and heel to protect the foot from debris.

Cost or value
The cost of Nike shoes in general is a bit more on the expensive side, but if you are looking for a trail running shoe this is well worth your money.
Pros

Well cushioned to absorb shock

Strong flexible outsole

Mesh upper with Dynamic Fit system to keep dry

Eye catching design

A snug heel fit

Lugs on the outsole provide excellent grip

 Waffle outsole provides great traction

Upper materials allow for good breathability

Dynamic Fit system provides support

High-abrasion TPU bars in the toe box and heel protect the foot

Cons

Some users found the stripping across the shoe peeled off.

Some runners experienced slippage and wetness while running in wet terrains.

2. Air Zoom Wildhorse 3

2. Air Zoom Wildhorse 3
One look at these shoes and you can see they are itching to tear up some rocky trail, give them their wish and take them for a spin! Sturdy, strong, durable and light, the Wildhorse 3’s will back you up every step of the way.
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Comfort / Stability
There are no complaints of comfort with the Air Zoom Wildhorse 3, you can rest assured that your feet will enjoy your run. It has Dynamic Fit technology that provides great support. It is well ventilated and allows your feet to breathe easily. The Phylon midsole provides added support to the heel, although some runners did feel some discomfort in the heel area.

Durability / Quality
This is a quality and durable trail running shoe that will last a good amount of time. You can expect to get about 300-500 miles out of it. It has a waffle outsole that provides great traction, and lugs on the outsole that also provide a great grip.

Protection
The protection of the Air Zoom Wildhorse 3 is really amazing. It has a rock plate that helps protect you from debris, high-abrasion TPU bars that protect your feet from debris, and its sticky rubber forefoot is great on wet surfaces.

Cost or value
These trail running shoes are a bit on the pricey end, but will be well worth every penny.
Pros

Dynamic Fit technology provides great support

Rock plate helps protect you from debris

Sticky rubber forefoot is great on wet surfaces

Well ventilated and allows your feet to breathe easily

Phylon midsole provides added support to the heel

Waffle outsole provides great traction

Lugs on the outsole provide great grip 

High-abrasion TPU bars protect your feet from debris

Wider forefoot allows for more comfort

Cons

Some feel that the heel fit is off

Sizes may run narrow

3. Dual Fusion Trail

3. Dual Fusion Trail
The original Dual Fusion, this shoe has gained a lot of fans over time and you can see why. Halfway between minimalist and maximalist. Not heavy duty, but not flimsy these are a great hybrid pair of running shoes that you can feel confident taking to the state park as well as the gym.
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Comfort / Stability
The Dual Fusion trail is a comfortable trail running shoe that has upper mesh materials that allow your feet to breathe easily. The dual-density Phylon foam provides cushioning. Its flywire cables provide support while you run. It has flex grooves that allow for flexibility and let shoe move with your feet as you run.

Durability / Quality
This is a durable running shoe made with quality materials. It will last you a long time. It has a pressure-mapped outsole that helps to absorb shock when your feet hit the ground. It has angled edges and spaces between each lug that make it easy to shed mud and run on different types of terrain.

Protection
It has a partially leather upper for to help fight against water resistance. It also comes complete with a reinforced toe and heel.

Cost or value
Trail running shoes cost a bit more than average running shoes because of the extra protection they provide, but they are well worth every penny.
Pros

Partially leather upper for water resistance

Versatile usability

Many color options

Dual-density Phylon foam provides cushioning

Flywire cables provide support

Pressure-mapped outsole absorbs shock

Flex grooves allow for flexibility

Cons

The width may run a little narrow

Sizes may run small

 

4. Nike Wild Trail Cool

4. Nike Wild Trail Cool
While not the top of the line, the Wild Trail’s are a solid shoe for the casual trail runner. Here you won’t find fancy technology, pink outsoles or gel contouring, but what you will find is a great shoe that will take care of your feet. It comes with what you’d expect from essentially any pair of Nike kicks: Good design, relatively light, well cushioned, breathable, durable and with just a touch of pizzazz.
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Comfort / Stability
This is a comfortable and stable pair of running trail shoes. It has dual density Phylon that gives the shoe more cushion and provides comfort. It breathes well and keeps the sweat away. The tongue and collar are padded for comfort as well.

Durability / Quality
The overall durability and quality of this running trail shoe is great with only a few minor complaints of the upper wearing. It has flex grooves and gripping lugs that provide great traction.

Protection
The upper consists of a Ghillie lacing system which helps to keep debris away. The toe and heel are reinforced for added protection.

Cost or value
This trail running shoe is actually quite average if not affordable.
Pros

Reasonably priced

Well ventilated with mesh sections of the upper

Highly versatile

Dual density Phylon provides comfortable

Outsole durability is strong

Reinforced heel & toe

Ghillie lacing system keeps debris away

Heel pull loop allows you to put your shoes on easily

Cons

Some runners had minor durability issues in the upper

Sizes may run small

The Criteria We Used For Our Evaluation Of the Best Nike Shoes For Roads & Trails:

It’s not a random selection process where we just pick some shoes that word on roads and trails. We have sifted through thousands of Nike customer reviews to determine which ones are the best for runners on the road and on trails.

Below we have broken down and explained each of the points we keep our eyes on when sifting through the many options that are out there:

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Are they breathable enough?

The best options should have uppers that allow your feet to breathe. You want to look for lightweight materials such as mesh, breathable synthetics and other fabrics which are ventilated and allow your feet to breathe, while also assisting in keeping sweat away.

Do the shoes provide enough Protection?

What’s the point in getting a running shoe that fits if it’s not comfortable right? We let you know how cushioned, and supportive each running shoe is so that you can better judge if it will be the right fit for you.

Do they provide enough flexibility?

Some people like a snug tight fitted running shoe, while others prefer a shoe that fits a bit loosely. Whatever, your preference most runners typically enjoy a running shoe that is responsive and flexes with your feet as you run.

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Is the sole too thick, too thin, or just right?

Of course the type of traction or grip you are looking for in a running shoe is typically dependent upon what type of conditions you intend to run in. Are you running on the road, trails, in the snow ect.? We break down the details so you can see which shoes are best for running on different types of surfaces.

Is there room for the toes to move?

You’ll want to make sure that your toes are not cramped while you are trying to run. Finding a shoe that has a roomy toe box. In fact, there are many injuries that can result if you wear shoes that are too small or too tight.

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How durable are they?

A good pair of running shoes should last between 400 and 600 miles. We want you to know if these shoes meet that criteria as far as durability goes, or if they will likely wear earlier or last even longer.

 Do They provide Protection?

If you are going to be running on trails you’ll want a trail running shoe that will protect your foot in different types of terrain. Depending on how much protection you are looking for (rock place, reinforcements, water repellent) will allow you to adequately pick a running trail shoe that adequately meets your needs.

Other Important Factors To Consider When Selecting The Best Nike Shoes For Roads and/or Trails:

It’s important to know what type of shoes you need in order to make the best possible decision for your feet. What type of terrain will you be running on? What kind of feet do you have? Are they flat, wide, with a high arch? What type of cushioning is best for you?

Road Running Shoes

These are made to run on pavement. They are typically lightweight and flexible.  Most provide cushion and/or absorb shock when your feet hit the ground.

Trail Running Shoes

Hitting the trails? Trail shoes are made for trails, and rocky terrains with mud or water. They typically provide an amazing tread for great traction, along with underfoot protection and/or reinforcements.

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Tips on Finding the Right Running Shoes:

Making your feet happy doesn’t need to be hard, but it can be time consuming when you consider what you should look at in buying a shoe. Below we’ve listed some key features that you’ll want to make sure you keep in mind when buying a shoe:

Brands

Just like clothing, brands of shoes vary in size. Once you select a specific brand you’ll get more familiar with whether their sizes run big or small for your feet. You can always have your feet measured to compare the measurements to what they have listed.

When to Try Them On

You don’t want to try a pair of new running shoes on first thing in the morning when your feet are just awakened and completely relaxed. The best option is to try new running shoes on at the end of the day. This is because during our regular daily activities (walking, standing, shopping etc.) our feet tend to swell during the course of the day.

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Toe Box

When looking at the toe box of shoe you should keep in mind that you want to have a thumbnail of extra space. You should be able to move your toes without them feeling constricted. The one exception to this would be if you choose to wear barefoot style running shoes in which case you would want them to fit snug without any space.

Orthotics/Insoles

Obviously if you use orthotics you’ll want to make sure you bring them when trying on new running shoes, because they will impact the fitting of the shoe. Additionally, if you like to wear insoles for added comfort or support you’ll want to bring those when you try on your running shoes.

Gait

Did you know that you can have your gait analyzed based on your foot type and biomechanics? Many running stores offer this. Through their analysis they can determine which of the 3 main foot types that would best fit you. Are you more flat, neutral or high-arched? This will also assist in determining your level of pronation.

Cushioning

Finding a running shoe that has the right amount of cushioning for you typically consists of two factors: body frame, and preference. Since running puts 3 to 5 times your bodyweight onto your feet your body frame is important when selecting proper cushioning. If you’re tall and a bit heavier you may need more cushioning than someone who is short and thinner. Preference is something that you will learn over time. Do you like a lot of cushioning so you can feel like you’re running in the clouds, or perhaps you like a barefoot approach and the feel of your foot hitting the ground, or maybe something neutral ?

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FAQ

In order to help you make an informed decision, we have gathered a collection of frequently asked questions that will hopefully be helpful in your search.

Q: Do Nike sizes typically run small, average, or large in length?

A: Typically, Nike shoes run anywhere between a 1/2 size too small and a whole size too small so make sure you order up when selecting your shoe. It’s also a good idea to measure your foot and compare your measurements to the measurements listed.

Q: When should I look at a running trail shoe with a rock plate?

A: If you run on trails and no matter how much cushion you have in your shoes and you still have pain, you may want to consider looking at a running trail shoe with a rock plate.

Q: What’s so special about the Nike brand anyway?

A: They are one of the most well known running shoe brands for a reason. Their shoes are durable, functional, and have style. You are paying for a well made shoe that will be worth the investment.

Q: What’s the purpose of the “Air Zoom”?

A: Nike came up with the term “Air Zoom” which is just another way of saying zoom air units that provide a spring in your step.

Q: Is there a difference between the men’s and women’s models of Nike?

A: Not usually. They are actually exactly the same in providing functions except for size, width, and color options which of course vary by gender.


 

Here are some sources we used while conducting our research:

Sources

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  2. Competitor, Running 101: How To Select The Best Pair Of Running Shoes , Informational running site, Sep 09, 2014
  3. Competitor, Top 5 Shoe Buying Tips For Runners, Informational running site, Nov 18, 2014
  4. Road Runner, How do I know what amount of cushioning is right for me?, Informational running site,
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