Most stability shoes are either smooth in transition or stable and this is when Nike decided to offer a series of shoes that offered uncompromised support where runners can have fantastic stability, smooth transition, and a great fit. There’s been a couple of changes in structure as we’ve seen year by year but each version of the shoe has provided good cushion and good support. The upper and the toebox undergo a slight change after feedback from fans.
The upper loses the Flyknit pattern for a mesh in this version but included the original dynamic support midsole, Nike Air Zoom, blown rubber outsole, and Flywire cables. While it does not differentiate from the previous versions of the shoe, it does not disappoint in offering a responsive and stable ride. A stability shoe designed for the roads, light trails, and workouts, this shoe provides good support for medium arches and works well for overpronated feet.
The main feature is the dynamic support within the midsole. Towards the medial side of the shoe, you can see a posting that is considerably firmer than the rest of the midsole. The heel portion of the midsole contains a gender-specific crashpad that absorbs impact shock and makes transitions smooth. This feature will provide more integrity going for your foot stride for those who want pronation support.
Nike has moved up the lacing a little bit to give runners more room in the forefoot so that the toes can splay out. The biggest change from its previous version is that there is a little bit more of the Nike Zoom foam in the midfoot of the shoe giving it more bounce. The tongue is connected on each side with the Flywire cables and the bootie.
A partial bootie is stitched on the inside of the shoe which keeps your foot wrapped inside securely. There are notches on the tongue area so you can pull it right out without unlacing the laces. The heel counter is very structured. One reviewer could feel the plastic through the sides of the heel area within miles of running.
The Zoom Structure is a visually striking shoe with a casual, everyday look to it. There are a whopping 10 colorways available which are bright and vibrant. The Nike Swoosh is printed onto the lateral side, acting as an overlay that keeps the foot in place.
Of course, the Zoom Air unit in the forefoot is responsible for a nice and responsive pop off the ground. The Zoom air consists of stretched-out fibers inside an air pressure unit which when pressed produce a quick rebound. As a runner take a stride, the impact of the heel strike causes the fibers to compress inturn snapping the shoe back into its original shape.
The lightly padded heel also helps in supporting the ankles and the Achilles tendon, preventing sprains and other injuries. The Flyknit mesh upper with a partial booties holds the feet securely while the two Flywire cables on the upper provide a precise fit without being tight.
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As the name of the shoe suggests, this shoe offers a stable structure with features for stability and support and is good for those with plantar fasciitis. Runners with knee pain and shin splints might also find this shoe helpful because of the good arch support offered.
Because this shoe offers good traction without adding on to the weight, it is a good choice for half marathons, short training sessions, light walking or gym workouts.
Until a few years ago, stability shoes had heavy cutouts and spaces in the outsole to give the shoe support. But today technology has made it easy to offer a nice wide base in the outsole which touches the ground, to offer stability without allowing overpronation.
The heel counter has been extended to give great medial support to those who overpronate and roll inwards. The dynamic fit system in the midfoot area is a combination of an arch wrap in the lower part of the shoe reinforced by two Flywire cable constructions at the top two eyelets. This system creates a wrap around the foot. However, runners mentioned that the height of the heel made the dynamic support of the sole unit feel unbalanced in long runs.
-Engineered mesh with mono-filament yarn
-Flywire cables for structural support
-Dynamic Support provides a smooth, stable transition.
-Partial bootie inside the shoe provides a snug fit
-Zoom Air unit in the midsole allows for a quick and cushioned rebound from the ground
However, besides the upper, this shoe is quite similar to the previous Air Zoom Structure and some even call it the stability version of the Pegasus. Most reviewers said that given a choice between the Structure 21 and 22, most would prefer the former.
If you prefer a stability shoe with no extra bells and whistles, this shoe will get the job done. But if you’re willing to shell out more cash to a fancier stability shoe, you can find other options in the market.