Nike Air Zoom Talaria Mid Flyknit Premium

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Nike Air Zoom Talaria Mid Flyknit Premium Review Facts
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The new variation to the Nike Air Zoom Talaria model released in 1997 is the Air Zoom Talaria Mid Flyknit Premium that comes with a more durable outsole, the classic and trusty Air Zoom midsole technology and the responsive cushioning for added comfort. It features an innovative, modern and unique design that comes in various colorways.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Air Zoom midsole technology
  • Very responsive
  • Versatile
  • Fantastic minimalist design
  • Lightweight for a winter shoe
  • Breathable, yet warm
  • Rubber outsole and rugged lugs provide good traction
  • Water-repellent finish on the upper
  • Extremely comfortable
  • Durable
Cons
  • Price won’t fit everyone’s budget
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The Nike Air Zoom Talaria Mid Flyknit Premium’s outsole is updated to provide more efficient traction for winter terrains. The robust rubber lugs spaced throughout the outsole, that become increasingly bigger as they approach the heel, speak volumes about the brand’s intent to make the traction of the outsole as aggressive as possible, without stepping out of the road shoe category. On the front of the outsole, the three flex grooves increase the forefoot flexibility. The outsole of the Talaria Mid Flyknit Premium features an ombre design, through which the Zoom Air midsole unit can be seen – it occupies around two-thirds of the sole, leaving out only the forefoot area.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

As the name of the hoe suggests, the Talaria Mid Flyknit Premium features an Air Zoom midsole. Air Zoom is the snappy cushioning technology invented by Nike that provides responsiveness, cushioning and comfort. The Air Zoom technology consists of stretched tensile fibers knit inside a unit filled with pressurized air. Upon every contact with the ground, these fibers compress under the impact force and cushion it, before the pressurized air forces them to return to their original position. This creates the sought-for energy return that most runners enjoy. This explosive stretch-flex feature of the Air Zoom unit makes it the best responsive midsole that the brand has to offer.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The Nike Zoom Talaria Mid Flyknit Premium is primarily a winter running/casual shoe and it was only logical to make the upper water-repellent in order to accommodate runs during the autumn/winter season. The upper is made out of the brand’s famous one-piece woven Flyknit tech material that is covered with a synthetic suede material around the midfoot and the entire perimeter of the shoe. The Flyknit is best visible in the vamp area (the top toe part of the upper), on the tongue and on the collar of the shoe. The name of the model, Talaria, is debossed on the back of the heel in cursive, artsy letters. The most interesting part of the upper, visually speaking, is the lacing system which drew inspiration from real winter boots and features the metallic D-ring lace loops. This lacing system is bound to provide a tight fit on the entire foot, making the whole upper really supportive and functional. The mid-cut collar is in line with the winter weather this shoe’s meant to be worn and features a pull tab on the back of the collar. The Talaria Mid Flyknit Premium features removable insoles.
Weight
Weight

Weight

Due to the use of the Air Zoom unit in the midsole, along with the Flyknit, sock-like material in the upper, the Nike Zoom Talaria Mid Flyknit Premium is a lightweight winter shoe, regardless of the synthetic suede on the upper and the rubber on the outsole. Compared to other winter sneakers, and especially real winter boots, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how light the Talaria Premium feels.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The Flyknit material is known for its breathability features, and the Nike Zoom Talaria Mid Flyknit Premium is no exception to the rule. The vamp, tongue, and collar offer just the right amount of breathability to allow proper airflow but prevent your feet from getting cold while running. However, even though the mid-cut collar is meant to warm up your foot and ankle, keep in mind that on especially cold days, you’ll need to wear some thicker socks in order to avoid getting cold in this running shoe.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

There’s not much more that needs to be said to the fans of the Air Zoom technology, other than the fact that the Talaria Flyknit Premium has it, for them to instantly know the level of comfort they can expect from it. If you’re not familiar with the air unit featured in the midsole, you should know that that almost all runners can agree on the fact that the Air Zoom technology makes this running shoe extremely comfortable and cushiony. The upper and the collar offer a breathable, comfortable and snug fit, making your foot feel secure and tight in a good way. This shoe’s foot platform isn’t too wide, so keep in mind if you have wide feet, you’ll want to try it in the store first before purchasing it.
Style
Style

Style

The Nike Air Zoom Talaria Mid Flyknit Premium gives off a fresh, cool, laid-back and modern vibe, offering a unique clash of traditional (D-ring lacing) and trendy (Flyknit and suede). This is a shoe that you can most definitely wear with numerous outfits every day – especially the monochromatic colorways. This shoe will not only blend into the casual outfit, but it will also elevate it to a whole other level of stylishness. The majority of people that have purchased this shoe are amazed by its design, with some even getting complimented whenever they wear the Talaria Premium. The reflective heel on the Premium models is an homage to the 1997 original.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The upgrades made to this Talaria model are made precisely in order to increase its durability, style, and comfort. The heavy-duty rubber that encases the heel, as well as the robust lugs featured on the outsole are sure to resist abrasion for quite some time, especially if you choose to use this shoe as an everyday sneaker, rather than a dedicated winter running shoe. The upper has no-sew film overlays in between the synthetic suede panels, that not only tie the whole look together but make the upper resilient to tears and stretching. Of course, another thing that adds to the prolonged life of the Talaria Mid Flyknit Premium is the DWR (durable water repellent) finish.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The main type of protection this shoe has to offer, is, naturally the cushioning of the sturdy Air Zoom midsole unit. Due to the flexibility of the fibers in the pressurized air units, your feet will be protected from impact shock and your feet won’t hurt even hours into wearing this stylish shoe. Additionally, the padded tongue and collar will protect you not only from the cold but from the excessive pressure that laces sometimes put on the top of the foot. Finally, the water-repellent property of the upper ensures you’ll be protected from the elements for long enough to finish up a run and coming back home with your feet still dry.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The Zoom Air unit is the best unit in terms of responsiveness that the Nike brand has to offer. It is an integral part of their racing shoes, simply because the combination of its cushion and bounce is almost unparalleled in the sneaker world. The midsole of the Talaria Mid Flyknit Premium will provide you with a snappy, springy ride that enables you to go faster and faster without putting much thought into it.
Support
Support

Support

The Nike Air Zoom Talaria Mid Flyknit Premium is a neutral running shoe, and while you can run in it, most people chose to wear it as a fashion statement, which makes the question of support it offers less relevant. However, if you do intend to run in this shoe (you certainly can), it’s worth noting that it’s made for people with normal, medium-high and high arches that have no issues with the Achilles tendon, overpronation or flat feet. The insole is removable, so you could put your custom-made orthotic insoles inside, but that still wouldn’t turn the Talaria into a stability shoe. As far as the upper support goes, the Talaria has a lot to offer: the Flyknit material is snug, firm and won’t sag over time, providing you with a firm and supportive fit while still feeling like a sock. Additionally, the suede synthetic panels and mid-cut collar are good at supporting the foot during various lateral movements and prevent it from twisting and/or slipping.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

This lightweight casual winter shoe is best for roads, pavements, track, light gravel, and treadmill, although it’s possible that the rugged outsole could withstand a somewhat technical terrain as well. However, we would advise against testing this shoe too much – it’s a city dweller to be sure. The Zoom Air technology is comfortable and speed-oriented, so if you need a daily winter running shoe, you could get a lot of use of the Talaria Mid Flyknit Premium.
Price
Price

Price

Even though the price of this shoe isn’t something you won’t notice missing from your bank account, the majority of customers have actually expressed content and are completely satisfied with this shoe, especially with the impressive comfort and durability it offers, on top of being a fashion-forward shoe. If you do need something comfy to get you through winter (or two) without having to look like you’ve gone mountain climbing, the Nike Air Zoom Talaria Mid Flyknit Premium casual running shoe might be worth the price.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The thick rubber layer that encompasses the heel of the shoe, along with the rugged lugs on the ombre outsole is enough to convince you that the traction in this shoe would be amazing, even before you take it for a test ride. The outsole can tackle both dry and wet surfaces, and the rubber lugs are positioned so as to dampen the usual points of contact and prevent slipping. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be more careful when running in the rain – the rule of slowing down when turning corners still stands.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The Flyknit upper material is as flexible as they come, and as may modern materials used in the upper construction, it adapts to the shape and movements of your foot without a problem, while also supporting the foot from sliding left and right in the shoe box. As far as the sole is concerned, the Air Zoom unit that goes under the rearfoot and midfoot area isn’t the most flexible, especially compared to the traditional EVA midsoles seen in many running shoes, because firmness is necessary in order to provide responsiveness. On the other hand, the three flex grooves in the forefoot of the shoe ensure that the natural movement of the foot during the toe-off phase of the gait cycle will be honored.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The Nike Air Zoom Talaria Mid Flyknit Premium is a shoe that dons a firmer sole, and although the intention of the brand wasn’t to provide stability, increased stability is a natural consequence of the firmer midsole. Additionally, the synthetic suede panels help stabilize the midfoot, while the mid-cut padded collar has a contribution in the stabilization of the ankle. The suede panel on the heel, combined with the efficient lacing system, helps lock the heel in place and prevent slipping inside the shoe box.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The Talaria Premium can be described as a moderate heel-striking shoe. The heel is noticeably higher than the forefoot, meaning that, for the purpose of running, this shoe will suit heel-strikers the best, while the drop becomes less relevant if you intend to use it as a casual everyday shoe.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

● Rubber outsole with heavy-duty lugs and an ombre effect
● Air Zoom midsole technology
● Flyknit upper with synthetic suede panels
● D-ring metallic lacing system
● Breathable, but warm
● Extremely comfortable
● Amazing design
● Durable
● Water-repellent finish on the upper
● Higher price, but most people agree it’s worth it
● Road, track and treadmill shoe
● Good traction
● Fantastic responsiveness
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Nike Air Zoom Talaria Mid Flyknit Premium is a shoe for the fashion-conscious that want their fashion pieces to be practical, performance-oriented and high-quality as well. The unique and innovative use of the D-ring lacing system as a focal point of the otherwise minimalist upper is something that can’t be seen often in the sneaker world. The Air Zoom technology provides this shoe with great comfort and responsiveness, while the padded tongue, collar, suede panels, and the water-repelling upper film make it a great winter shoe.