Nike Air Zoom Structure 19 Review Facts
Nike does many things right when producing shoes, and seem to be very accurate on a consistent basis. You can say they are nothing if not innovative, because they certainly are innovative, but they are so much more, and their shoes show it in their overall quality. The premier athletic brand is always looking to stay ahead of the competition, and while their foray into running has been met with mixed reviews, they’ve been persistent in wanting to get things right. The Nike Air Zoom Structure 19 is billed as being “stable and fast” by Nike with an emphasis on support and responsiveness.
The outsole is all rubber, with soft blown rubber in the front and carbon rubber in the middle and back. The front of the outsole is a waffle like design that grips extremely well. It also distributes the pressure throughout your foot, putting less stress on your forefront and toes. The breaks in the waffle design gives you a good flex motion as you push off. The middle and heel of the outsole is a teardrop shape that allows for solid cushioning.
Duel foam density with the Nike Zoom Air technology under the forefoot. The phylon and cushlon foams were heated together to to provide a dual density foam that gives you a nice cushion as you run. The third form is much stiffer and found mainly in the middle and heel of the foot. The firmer foam provides your foot with stability
throughout your run. They are known to be very responsive, particularly around the midsole area.
Armed with Nike’s Flymesh upper, the Nike Air Zoom Structure 19 is one solid piece that feels comfortable around your foot. If you’ve never experienced the Flymesh material around your foot, I can’t recommend it enough. Nike does many things wrong with the running shoes, but their upper is the gold standard. The material fits snugly around your foot, but the mesh gives your foot plenty of breathability. The flywire lacing system allows you to make the shoe as comfortable or as loose as you’d like it to be.
10.1 oz puts the shoe on the heavier side. The upper is very lightweight, so the majority of the weight comes from the midsole and outsole. Some runners have commented that the shoe feels heavier than the advertised weight. I thought the weight on the shoe was fine as the extra cushion was worth it.
The Flymesh upper ensures strong breathability for any Nike shoe. Despite the snug fit around your foot, the ventilation on the Air Zoom Structure 19 is very good. The advanced knitting techniques on the shoe provides supreme breathability throughout. The extra room in the toebox gives your foot more room to breathe up front.
Being a heavier shoe, comfort and cushion is a must-have for a runner. Luckily, there is where the Air Zoom Structure 19 shines. As mentioned, with the Flymesh upper, the shoe fits snugly around your foot. The Flymesh material gives the shoe a sock-like feel around the upper part of your foot. Some runners have actually left their socks at home when running in the Air Zoom Structure 19, but I wouldn’t recommend that.
The Flywire system allows you loosen the shoe a bit, just in case you aren’t thrilled with the snug fit.
The cushion in the forefoot and the heel is consistent throughout. It’s not too hard to where you feel like there is no give and you’re running on the ground, but it’s not too soft to where it pushes all the way through. The waffle outsole on the forefoot provides solid cushion, but it’s the heel cushion that everyone is raving about. The triple layer midsole gives your foot a nice and comfortable ride.
The shoe does feature a wide base
. Those with narrow feet might not enjoy the snug fit that you’ve come to expect from Nike and their flymesh upper.
As with any Nike product, style and options are just about endless. The shoe is available on Nike’s site in eight different styles. Amazon provides even more style options. The flymesh material looks really smooth and is well designed. The flywire lacing looks fits perfectly with the shoe’s style. It’s Nike, producing a sleek looking product is second nature to them.
Most runners seem to get between 250-300 miles with the Air Zoom Structure 19, which means the shoe shows great durability. They are designed for daily running. Whether you’re looking at a long run or working on your speed, the shoe holds up under any condition. It’s a well constructed shoe, especially the forefoot of the outsole, which everyone raves about. The thick midsole is built to last as well.
The Flymesh upper may seem like it doesn’t provide much in the way of protection, but that’s simply not true. The material is well-designed and well-knit. It’s not going to fall apart on you and it protects the upper part of your foot during your daily runs. The blown rubber outsole and triple layered midsole ensures that your foot is protected on all terrains.
Due to the weight of the shoe, the Air Zoom Structure 19 isn’t as responsive as you would hope a shoe promoted as “built for speed” would be. The Flymesh material and waffle forefoot helps with the flexibility of the shoe, but overall, the flexibility and responsiveness lacks. It’s a stiffer shoe that provides good support and stability.
The shoe is marketed as being one of the most stable shoes on the market, but some runners have complained that the heel support is severely lacking and the medial support put too much pressure on their foot, causing soreness. In my road test, I found the shoe to be very stable and didn’t have a problem with soreness during or after my run.
The front of the shoe provides great support and stability with the waffle outsole, but I can still how the heel of the shoe is a bit wobbly. Again, while I had no issues with it, I can see how the tear drop outsole and lack of flexibility could give runners support issues. The shoe provides stable arch support that tends to lean towards the high side. The heel to toe drop is 9mm.
The triple foam midsole helps stabilize the shoe. Many runners have commented that the support for over-pronation is fantastic, and quite possibly the best they’ve ever felt. Other runners have said that the shoe feels like the Nike Pegasus
(a shoe built for speed), but with a stronger support and cushioning.
Great on the road and just about any conditions. The outsole provides a strong grip and some runners have said that the shoe is weather and water proof, meaning you can run in the rain without having to worry about your shoe being damaged. While I wouldn’t recommend running on a wet surface, it’s nice to know that the shoe holds up under different terrains and conditions.
Originally $120 and now listed on Nike’s website for $94.97. The $120 price tag was very fair, but at $94.97, anyone should feel comfortable with this purchase. Typically, Nike shoes run a bit higher as you’re paying for the brand, so the fact that these are less expensive should have you feeling good, not speculating that the quality doesn’t hold up.
Nike seems to have hit the mark yet again with the Air Zoom Structure 19. The size is very true, and the overall structure fits around the foot very well. You can rest assured that when you get your size, you will actually get the size you need. Some have said that it was better to get their shoes off Amazon because the stores seemed to be marked up too much, but were afraid to do so because of the problem with fitting. It's not a good thing when you order a pair of shoes in your size and they don't fit well. With the Nike Air Zoom Structure 19 you will not need to worry about this. Just know your right size and order them. You will get the fit you need.
Many runners, even those that suffer from plantar faschiatis, or extremely arched feet will vouch that these shoes provide a very efficient amount of stability. They are constructed firmly, offering stability that you can appreciate. Nike is known to satisfy their customers, and with this aspect they don't usually fail.
This is the 19th version of the Nike Air Structure Zoom, so it’s undergone a lot of changes throughout the years. The biggest change between this version and the Nike Air Structure Zoom 18 is the cushioning throughout the foot. The insole of the 19 is much softer than the firm insole of the 18. While it does provide more cushion, it has led some runners to complain that this version isn’t quite as stable as the previous version.
The toebox is slightly higher on this version, giving your foot a little more room to breath and more room in the forefoot. The Flywire lacing system has also changed, as Nike increased the laces
from three to five, allowing you to add some extra tightness when lacing up. The Flymesh is a bit thicker, adding extra protection.
•Flymesh upper provides great protection to go along with comfort and durability.
•Flywire lacing allows you to tighten or loosen your shoes based on your preference and comfort level.
•Waffle outsole on the forefoot gives the shoe a great grip on multiple terrains.
•Triple foam density Dynamic Support helps slow pronation, provides extra comfort, and creates stability for your foot.
If you’re a runner with a heavy pronation, this is the perfect shoe for you. The change in the insole disappointed some, but it delighted those with pronation
as the shoe provides great comfort and support. The Nike Air Zoom Structure 19 is a comfortable shoe with a great design, and at a reduced price, it’s definitely worth checking out.