Nike Air Zoom Vomero 11 Review Facts
The Nike Vomero series is arguably their most complete shoe to date. Featuring responsive cushioning, a unique outsole, Nike’s standard flyknit upper, and a comfortable fit; the Vomero series dates back to 2006 with the Vomero 1. The shoe has undergone a multitude of upgrades and changes over the past 10 years, but one thing that hasn’t changed has been Nike’s commitment to delivering a well-cushioned and responsive shoe. The original Vomero prided itself on it’s thick midsole and durable outsole. The 11th edition of the Vomero prides itself on those same features. Nike set out to deliver a highly comfortable, high milage shoe with the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 11. Did they succeed?
The outsole uses Nike’s BRS1000 technology. That’s just a fancy way of saying there is hard carbon rubber on the heel and soft blown rubber on the forefoot. The outsole design is the same design that you see on the Vomero 10. The only difference between the two outsoles is that the carbon rubber on the forefoot changes the density and gives you strong cushioning.
The forefoot features straight line cuts that provide the shoe with grip as your push off. Below that is the first flex groove, which leads into the web design. This design is cut in half, which is where the second flex groove come in. The third flex groove is below the web design, right in the middle of the shoe. The lower half of the outsole is Nike’s
tear drop design, which I really like. This design absorbs the impact when you hit the ground and gives you strong cushioning. The crash rail that outlines the outsole gives you a very smooth transition.
For the midsole, Nike
uses their Zoom Air and Lunarlon technology, combined with compression molded EVA foam, to create a a well-cushioned ride that absorbs the impact and disperses pressure. The forefoot and heel features Nike’s Zoom Air bags, which work, well, like air bags. They are designed to provide your foot with strong cushioning without sacrificing protection. The Lunarlon technology makes up the upper part of the midsole.
Again, it looks the same as the Vomero 10, but there is more cushion and it is softer. The dual density midsole looks the same as the Vomero 10, but it performs differently. The cushioning is far more responsive and you can feel it conform to your foot when running. Nike made the midsole in the Vomero 11 much softer than the 10, which many runners said was a bit too firm. This extra softness lends the shoe to having more cushion and being more responsive. Runners have said that they love the fit of the midsole. They comment that it’s very comfortable and provides excellent protection and responsiveness.
The Vomero 11 features Nike’s flymesh upper. The flymesh upper is essentially a combination of Nike’s flyknit upper and your standard mesh upper. It’s lightweight, flexible, and breathable.
It’s not quite as breathable or flexible as Nike’s flyknit upper, but it gets the job done. The lacing
system is Nike’s flywire lacing, which is laces knitted into the upper that hold the main laces in place. Nike changed the the flywire lacing system up a bit for the Vomero 11’s. Instead of going with a cord based system, Nike switched to a flat strap system. This change adds to the comfort level of the shoe. The biggest change between the Vomero 10 and 11 is in the heel collar. The 11 has an inordinate amount of cushioning in its heel collar. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing as the comfort fit collar keeps your foot secure and comfortable in the ankle area.
The Vomero 11 weighs 10.5 oz, which is on the heavy side for a Nike shoe. For a shoe with such great flexibility, I was a little surprised to see the weight of the shoe. The extra weights comes from the soft blown rubber under the forefoot and the re-designed upper. Nike wanted to make the Vomero 11 softer and with more density in midsole and outsole compared to the Vomero 10. They succeeded in doing that, but in turn made a slightly heavier shoe.
When Nike uses their flyknit material on their upper, they have the most breathable shoe on the market. Unfortunately, the Vomero 11 uses Nike’s flymesh material, which hinders the breathability of the shoe. If you take a look at the shoe, it doesn’t look like there are very many places for your foot to breath. While the look is slightly deceiving, the breathability is definitely disappointing. Somer runners
have said that they would like to see more breathability from the shoe.
Nike set out to design a comfortable shoe with the Vomero 11, and they definitely succeeded. Everything about this shoe screams “comfort.” The upper flymesh is flexible and sits well on the top of your foot. The midsole grips your heel nicely while also providing great cushioning. The comfort fit collar is feels nice around your ankle. The change to the flat strap flywire eliminates the rubber on the side of your foot, which was an uncomfortable experience for many in the Vomero 10s.
Many runners have said that the shoe is comfortable and fits well from the moment they put it on. The only area where the comfort falls slightly short is due to the extra cushioning in the collar. The cushioning is so heavy that it pushes your foot a bit forward, especially on your early runs before the shoe is broken in. The shoe also fits a bit narrow. It is recommended that you go a half size up with the Vomero 11 to ensure that you get the most comfortable fit for your foot. However, Nike does off the shoe in four different styles including narrow, regular, wide, and extra wide. While your style options will be limited if you go narrow, wide
, or extra-wide; it does help with the comfort level of the shoe.
As always with Nike
, you’re going to get plenty of options. The Vomero 11’s are available through Nike’s website in 10 different color choices. Whether you’re looking for something simple or something that is going to stand out, Nike has you covered. The colored specks on the flyknit part of the flymesh combined with the solid color on the mesh part of the fly mesh give the shoe a cool and sleek look. The flywire cable adds to the overall look of the shoe. The only complaint I have about the style of the shoe is that the Nike logo is a glued on synthetic instead of a fused laminate or even a screen printed logo. Not only does the glued on synthetic add a little bit of weight, but it also just doesn’t look good on the shoe.
Most runners get about 300 miles out of these shoes, which is your standard mileage for most running shoes. With a carbon rubber heel on the outsole and full blown soft rubber on the forefoot outsole, you can run well knowing that the outsole of the shoe will hold up over the long miles. The dual density midsole also lends itself to providing strong durability as it’s two layers. Plus, Nike used a denser material, which means it’s more durable.
One runner did complain that the outsole tread started to come off after a few months, but that seems like an anomaly as opposed to the standard. It’s obviously normal for the outsole of a shoe to wear down after many miles, but to come completely off is definitely rare. Another runner also complained that the upper started to fray after a bit, which I can see happening given the flymesh material.
With the rubber outsole and dual density midsole, the Vomero 11 offers strong proection for the bottom of your foot. You’re not going to feel the ground underneath you when you run in these. Furthermore, the upper is great for protection. The flymesh construction offers more protection than the flyknit construction due to the mesh portion of the upper. There’s also the comfort fit collar, which offers great protection for your ankle.
The shoe also has a high stability factor. This is great for protection as a more stable shoe means less foot movement when you’re running. And less foot movement means less chance of something rolling or turning. Some runners have commented that there is a lack of protection in the toe box. Without an overlay on the mesh above your toes, I can see how this would be a problem, especially if you point your toes up while running.
Many runners have said that the Vomero 11 is one of the most responsive shoes that they’ve ever placed their feet in. The upper is very stretchy and moves well against your foot. The three flex grooves on the outsole help with the flexibility of the shoe as your run. But the real responsiveness comes in the midsole. The midsole is so soft and has so much cushion in it that you can’t help but feel it underneath your foot as you run. The dual Nike Zoom Air bags feel amazing under your feet and the amount of bounce back from the midsole is outstanding.
The Vomero 11 is meant for neutral arch support. The heel to toe drop is 12mm. While some runners were considered about the support given the change Nike made to the midsole to make it softer, you don’t need that fear. Thanks to the lower layer EVA of the midsole, the Vomero 11 is able to provide strong support despite the soft and cushioned ride. Even the Zoom Air bags help provide support. The Zoom Air bags are really the star of the shoe as they provide everything you’re looking for in the midsole of a running shoe. From the cushion to the response to the support, the Zoom Air bags do it all and help make the Vomero 11 midsole one of the best on the market.
These shoes are meant for the road, and it’s probably best to keep them there. While there have been no complaints about using this shoe to run on a well-made trail or gravel, it’s recommended that you stay away from those surfaces. One runner complained that the shoe did not grip well on a wet incline. Definitely something to keep in mind if you plan on using these shoes after a raining day
Nike offers the Vomero 11’s through their official website for $140. You can find them cheaper through other websites like Amazon, but using the $140 price tag, they are a bit expensive. It should come as no surprise that a pair of Nike shoes are more expensive than your standard running shoes. When you’re buying Nike, you’re paying extra for the brand name and the design. While the Vomero 11’s look nice and are a well-built shoe, I can understand why some would be hesitant to shell out the extra money.
•Flymesh upper that combines Nike’s flyknit material with standard seamless mesh.
•Nike Air Zoom and compression molded EVA that combines to form a dual density midsole.
•Improved flywire lacing system.
•BRS 1000 outsole that uses hard carbon rubber on the heel and soft blown rubber on the forefoot
•Plush collar for a soft, comfortable fit
•Lunarlon foam midsole for soft, plush cushioning
•Rubber outsole for durable traction
I love the Vomero 11’s. They are everything you want from a running shoe. The midsole is fantastic as it combines responsiveness with cushion and support. While I prefer the flyknit upper, the flymesh is a fine compromise. The biggest drawback is the price tag. You’re not getting extra miles, you’re just paying for the Nike name and the design. If you don’t mind shelling out the extra $20-$30, the Vomero 11’s are worth it.