Nike Air Zoom Vomero 10 Fully Reviewed
The Nike Air Zoom Vomero 10 is a superbly constructed daily trainer shoe with a neutral arch, making it perfect for long-distance training. This tenth iteration of the Vomero features numerous upgrades from its predecessors, it providing enough support and cushioning for individuals planning on going the distance.
However, some aspects of the Vomero 10’s design that aren’t a departure from its predecessors is the emphasis on creating a long-lasting, comfortable, and dependable running shoe. Nike has chosen to stick with the same look as well for the most part, but it’s still an excellent overall update on a time-tested design.
- Smooth and comfortable ride
- Responsive while still having ample cushion
- Flywire technology provides support while keeping the shoe’s weight low
- Grippy outsole provides traction and stability
- Durable rubber outsole
- Higher price
- Not suitable for long running sessions
- Poor forefoot breathability
- Not suitable for running on the trail.
In this version of the Zoom Vomero, the transition groove has been deepened slightly to improve flexibility and responsiveness. The blue color that can be seen in the sole marks the lightweight Lunarlon cushion blending with the harder EVA foam. Also noticeable in the outsole are flex grooves which work to enhance the shoe's flexibility. This full-contact outsole is much improved over previous models and provides a more efficient, protective running session.
The forefoot cushioning is much softer than in the heel of the shoe, allowing for a greater connection between your toes and the surface you are running on, while still ensuring enough shock absorption for heel strikes.
When wearing these running shoes, the result of these thoughtful midsole design decisions is a comfortable and highly efficient time on the track or field.
Even better, this lightweight and porous material help in maintaining an appropriate level of ventilation throughout the foot. The FlyWire overlays in the upper are now double knit, which help to secure the foot within the shoe. The flexible material used for the majority of the upper ensures an easily adjusted fit when implemented in conjunction with the lacing system.
However, what this shoe lacks in lightness is made up for in durability and responsiveness. The extra weight used in the design and manufacture of these Nike running shoes isn’t wasted; when compared to similarly cushioned neutral trainers, the Vomero 10 is in the same ballpark weight.
Because of this design choice, runners can use these shoes comfortably in warmer climates and seasons without fear of pooling sweat and swampy feet. In addition, the excellent distribution of the Vomero 10’s weight manages to prevent undue strain when running in them, which can further contribute to a lower internal temperature.
With the implementation of seamless material, the design of the upper portion is intended to reduce interior friction that might cause blisters on runner’s feet during long exercise sessions. The high cushioning present in the midsole is soft and provides another layer of cushion for the wearer, with special consideration given to providing comfort during heel strikes.
The outsole features a coordinated but polarized color scheme to the upper, helping it to stand out from the rest of the shoe. This is all par for the course in terms of Nike, however, these shoes are certainly not the most visually appealing out of their entire stock. Even an average Nike shoe blows the competition out of the water with their incredible fashion sense.
In this version of the Vomero, the upper also features an extra protective layer to increase the shoe’s lifespan. FlyWire overlays also help to enhance structural integrity while also providing a snug fit. As you can see, most of these durability-enhancing changes carry additional benefits to other important design aspects, which is a testament to Nike’s unparalleled design team.
This won’t offer the kind of security you may expect from more hardcore trail shoes, but it’s serviceable for general use on a track or around the town. So as long as you avoid jagged terrain and stick to flatter, harder surfaces such as a sidewalk or running track, these shoes will provide the level of protection necessary to finish your run.
In order to provide a better feel for the ground on your forefoot, lighter material is used near the front, with heavier padding added to the heel for added comfort. You won’t receive the same feeling of 1:1 responsiveness that you would with minimalist or barefoot-style running shoes, but it’s the same amount you would expect from a basic running shoe.
This is a delicate balance for running shoe manufacturers to strike, as it’s important to provide enough support to prevent pain while keeping the weight low enough to maintain solid responsiveness. Fortunately, these running shoes strike that balance beautifully, but did you expect anything different from one of the most popular footwear companies around?
Case in point: the outsole is designed to provide traction on both wet and dry terrain, and the upper works to keep the wearer's foot dry in inclement weather. That makes the Air Zoom Vomero 10 perfect for running even in light to moderate rain storms.
The crash pad of the previous Vomero version was removed and instead replaced with more lugs to help provide better traction. Dubbed the 'Crash Rail,' This new area provides better grip and enhanced stability for the wearer. As a result, you may feel as though these shoes are able to handle some off-roading, but the lower durability and cushioning will quickly shake these fantasies from your head if you actually tried to put them into practice.
The generous heel drop helps to improve flexibility in the forefoot as well, which provides a fringe traction benefit while wearing them. Overall, the flexibility present in these Nike shoes is greater than you may expect, but not enough to detract from other important aspects of its design.
One unfortunate drawback in regards to the stability, however, is that it won’t be able to carry you past a half-marathon length of running. Be sure to limit your running sessions to this cutoff, or plan on taking a few breaks.
- Breathable FlyMesh upper
- FlyWire technology provides secure fit
- Zoom Air & Lunarlon midsole provides cushioning and impact protection
- High Abrasion Rubber outsole ensures high traction in rough environments
The outsole will blow your socks off if you’re coming from other casual running shoes, as it provides traction almost on par with heavier trail shoes. All in all, the Vomero 10 is a fantastic update to a shoe that's delivered in the past from a manufacturer known for defining an era of footwear.