Nike is perhaps the most well-known athletic garment company in the world. Their “swoosh” logo is iconic and immediately identifiable, and the reputation they have built over the decades is the envy of their competitors. With brand loyalty unlike nearly any other shoe company, Nike has lines of shoes that have dozens of editions out, with each one becoming best-sellers and well-loved by runners and athletes alike.
This brings us to the shoe under consideration today: the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33. The thirty-third(!) edition of this long-running and immensely popular shoe, the Pegasus 33 retains Nike’s reputation for producing running shoes that help runners manage longer miles and for runners seeking a great daily trainer.
In fact, the Pegasus 33 is yet another in Nike’s stable of great sneakers that is adaptable to be a great all-around daily shoe. One significant addition is the update of the Air Zoom unit in the forefoot, which provides more propulsion during take-off. The outsole also underwent a significant update, with the addition of hexagonal lugs on the medial side that run from heel to forefoot, which provide greater traction.
Gone are the two forefoot flex grooves, instead replaced by one deep flex groove and with improved rubber articulations throughout the outsole for increased flexibility. More precise placement of the Flywire cords allows for a slightly softer upper, while the newly engineered upper mesh enhances the overall comfort after lace-up, providing a sock-like feel.
Nike aims to produce only winners, and the thirty-third edition of the Air Zoom Pegasus is clearly a winner. Providing the stellar performance runners have come to expect from this line, the Pegasus 33 is outstanding in terms of comfort, breathability, and traction.
The weight of the shoe is kept off thanks to a durable and efficient rubber outsole design, while the Flywire strings in the upper provide a sleeker running experience. The weight is balanced with the drop to give a comfortable and smooth foot strike, which enables the natural range of motion during a run at a comfortable stride.
The four main size categories offered by Nike include Narrow, wide, Regular, and Extra-wide. The available size option varies from 6 to 15. Moreover, customization of size facility is also available online with NIKEiD.
The sock lining also helps manage excessive sweat and maintains hygiene during long runs. The ultra-breathable fit of the shoe is optimized with its lightweight feel and is designed to provide a highly breathable running experience during serious running sessions.
The sock-like fit of the Pegasus 33 allows for the foot to breathe easy while also providing comfortable wear in extreme weathers. The Zoom Air fit in the forefoot of the Pegasus 33 gives a bounce in the heel that is much improved from the Pegasus 32. The durability and much stronger grip are provided by the durable outsole that gives excellent feeling in longer runs of even 50+ miles.
The comfort and fit are further aided by the responsive cushioning feature that is assisted by the Zoom Air placed in the heel, which works in conjunction with internal fibers that spring back fast. The mesh inner sleeve wraps give a plush and comfortable cushioning to the feet. The overall fit is further aided by the midsole cushion foam that gives a springy feeling, along with an internal heel counter that protects the back of the sole.
Since this line is made for men, women, as well as kids, Nike offers the ease of customized designs to the users where they can decide to style their own Pegasus 33 with their own exclusive upper graphic designs using NikeID online.
With its association with Mo Farah, Nike also allows its users to style the Pegasus 33 by using the metallic gold logo of Mo Farah. Moreover, the customization of style also offers to add a personal name, favorite numbers or personal messages on the Pegasus 33.
The available color ranges of the shoe for both men and women vary. For women, the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33 is available in White/Pink, Blast/Electric, and Green/Black combo. For men, the Pegasus 33 comes in Concord/Black and Electric Green/White. As anyone familiar with Nike knows, they rarely disappoint when it comes to style, and the Pegasus 33 is no exception.
Some reviewers have noted that the Pegasus 33 has received an enhancement in its overall durability thanks to the changes in the lateral and forefront outsole grooves, having been reduced from two to one and with enhanced flexibility throughout the rubber outsole instead.
The durability of the heel has been enhanced to assist in encouraging natural strides, which translates to smoother foot strikes, all leading to less wear and tear of the shoe over time, reminiscent of the Asics Gel Venture.
The springy ride adds to the overall pace while running, and further goes to show how much Nike knows about the business of providing runners with exactly what they want in a trainer.
The rubber lugs of hexagonal shape are arranged in a matrix on the medial and lateral side of the outsole to provides more support to the overall shoe frame, while the Air Zoom midsole provides cushioned support in the heel and forefoot. The Pegasus 33 also features Nike’s standard neutral arch support.
But everyday runners looking for a comfortable trainer that performs well and provides great support, responsiveness, and versatility will be pleased by the Pegasus 33. That said, it also carries a Nike price tag, so expect to pay more for a pair of these shoes than just a comfortable loafer. Then again, you wouldn’t go running in a pair of loafers, would you?
Although it may not be the most tenacious traction available, it is the Nike standard—which means it’s highly versatile and can be depended upon in a variety of conditions.
• Flywire cord provides great midfoot hold after lace-up
• Soft and responsive cushioning is aided by forefoot and heel Zoom Air technology
• Deep cut groove in the outsole provides excellent flexibility
•Silhouette streamlining adds to the flexibility and sleekness of the shoe
With a snug but comfortable fit, responsive midsole, lightweight and breathable upper, and signature Nike style, the Pegasus 33 is for runners who are looking for a dependable everyday trainer. By tweaking a proven formula ever so slightly each time out, Nike continues to improve upon an already well-liked line.