Nike looms large in the sneaker business: an icon in itself, Nike is as nearly synonymous with sportswear and the idea of sneakers itself. The Nike Vomero series is perhaps 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 and has undergone a multitude of upgrades and changes over the past 10 years. But one thing that hasn’t changed is Nike’s commitment to delivering a well-cushioned and responsive shoe. The original Vomero prided itself on its thick midsole and durable outsole, and the 11th edition of the Vomero prides itself on those same strong features. Nike set out to deliver a highly comfortable, high mileage shoe with the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 11, continuing the line’s well-earned reputation. But did they succeed?
Made for neutral runners, the Vomero 11 provides a softer ride than its previous incarnation, with an improved midsole cushioning that’s firm in the rear and soft in the forefoot for a smooth heel-to-toe transition. In addition, the Vomero 11 has an improved fit in the upper, which is made of breathable Flymesh. With a better forefoot fit, soft collar, and padded tongue, the upper comfortably keeps the foot in place while keeping it cool and dry throughout a ride. Featuring great surface traction, soft underfoot cushioning, and a breathable upper, the Vomero 11 is yet another great edition from Nike that neutral runners looking for an everyday running shoe will appreciate.
The forefoot features straight line cuts that provide the shoe with grip during toe-off. Below that is the Deep Anatomical Flex Grooves, which are strategically placed throughout the outsole. The first flex groove leads into the web design. This design is cut in half, which is where the second flex groove is placed. The third flex groove is below the web design, right in the middle of the shoe. The lower half of the outsole features Nike’s teardrop design, which absorbs the shock of impact during footfall. In addition, a Rubber Crash Rail outlines the outsole gives you a very smooth transition.
While not quite as breathable or flexible as Nike’s Flyknit upper, the Flymesh still gets the job done. The lacing system is Nike’s Flywire lacing, which are laces knitted into the upper that holds the main laces in place. Nike changed the Flywire lacing system up a bit for the Vomero 11. Instead of going with a card-based system, Nike switched to a flat strap system. This change adds to the comfort level of the shoe after lace-up. However, 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, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing as the comfort fit collar keeps the foot secure and comfortable in the ankle area.
Many runners have stated 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 in the extra cushioning in the collar. The cushioning is so heavy that it pushes the foot a bit forward, especially on early runs before the shoe is broken in properly. The shoe also fits a bit narrow. It is recommended to go a half size up with the Vomero 11 to ensure the most comfortable fit. However, Nike does offer the shoe in four different sizings: narrow, regular, wide, and extra wide. While style options available are limited for narrow, wide, or extra-wide, it does help target the comfort level of the shoe that’s right for you.
The shoe also has a high stability factor. This is great for protection as a more stable shoe means less foot movement while running. And less foot movement means less chance of an ankle rolling or turning. Some runners have commented that there is a lack of protection in the toe box.
•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