The Nike Air Zoom Vomero 14 is an impressive update to its predecessor; some say it should not even bear the Vomero name, rather that it is a whole new sneaker. The upper has been slimmed down with more effective FlyWire cables for an adaptable fit while the outsole was redesigned to deliver more support and traction.
The midsole features two types of great Nike cushioning: Zoom Air units and React Foam. Nike made sure this sneaker would deliver an efficient, responsive, supportive, and comfortable running experience and there are a lot of reviewers who say it does just that.
On the lateral side of the outsole, you will find high abrasion rubber running down the length of the sneaker which features small flex grooves throughout. This will aid in better lateral gripping and will support the outside of your foot. The medial side of the outsole boasts a stickier rubber which will help you grip the ground with ease.
The patterning on both of these rubbers is two different separate entities, resulting in a split outsole design. Running from the more lateral side of the outsole, thickening in the middle, and then to the center of the heel, there is a large groove which separates the two where you can see the exposed Zoom midsole.
This reduces the weight of the outsole and allows for great flexibility and a smooth ride. The outsole is also equipped with integrated BRS 1000 carbon rubber which will help to deliver traction over varying surfaces and help the sneaker to have a long life.
The Zoom technology is engineered to absorb impact and bounce back into shape quickly, resulting in a responsive experience. These air units are placed at the forefoot and heel of the shoe in order to deliver the most efficient response.
There is additional cushioning for added comfort on top of the heel. The rest of the midsole is made up of Nike’s React foam which is also responsive and soft. This results in a soft and bouncy running experience.
The midsole of the Nike Zoom Vomero 14 is also redesigned and offers more response and cushioning than the Lunarlon midsole in its predecessor. Nike also includes a removable cushioned insole that can be replaced with custom orthotics if needed.
This material combines with the Flywire cable system within the sides of the shoe which is aimed at providing a snug and more customizable locked-down fit that moves with you as you run. The sneaker also features strategically-placed cushioned bags on the heel collar and on the tongue which help to lock your foot in place comfortably.
The tongue of the Nike Zoom Vomero 14 is made up of a woven mesh that encourages excellent ventilation. The rear of the shoe features an internal heel counter which will help to better protect and lock your heel in place. It should be noted that the toe box is a little bit narrow so if you have wide feet, you may want to try these on in person before deciding on them.
The tongue of the Nike Zoom Vomero 14 also promotes great airflow because it is made of a ventilated mesh. Because these are neutral road-running sneakers that can be worn for long-distance and fast-paced running, breathability is a must and these are definitely breathable.
However, some users said they noticed the Zoom Air unit during the toe-off phase of their run and it could be irritating or annoying to some users, but not all. The upper is very adaptable with its engineered mesh and Dynamic Fit system so many users said that part was very comfortable. The toe box runs a tad narrow so if you have wide feet, this may be a problem.
The outsole as a whole is injected with BRS 1000 carbon rubber as well, helping the sneaker to gain high marks for durability. The heel portion of the upper features a firm heel counter which will allow the shoe to maintain its shape and the inside of the heel, as well as under the tongue, is equipped with foam padding to protect your feet and to extend the overall life and shape of the sneaker.
The Flywire cables included in the Dynamic Fit system will allow the sneaker to hug your foot snugly, protecting your foot against irritation and slipping. The no-sew upper and foam padding on the tongue and heel will also protect you against these possible concerns.
Many users said that these shoes offer a springy responsive ride but that it is not overly soft. Depending on what you are used to and your running gait, you may think that the forefoot could use slightly more cushioning, but what is provided is already pretty responsive.
The high abrasion rubber on the lateral side will support you laterally, while the softer grippier rubber on the medial side will support you through your midfoot to toe-off stride. The heel counter is pretty firm and will support your Achilles with cushioned comfort. The Zoom Air and React foam midsole materials are designed to cradle your foot and deliver a firm and supported ride from heel strike to toe-off.
The midsole is made up of lightweight cushioning materials which help the shoe to flex easily while the upper is made up of equally lightweight materials. These may not be the most flexible running shoes out there, but they are also built to take on long distances so you may not want a sneaker that is going to be overly-flexible anyway.
The upper hugs your feet well with the engineered mesh and Dynamic Fit system so you should not feel your feet wobble at all within the foot chamber. The firm heel counter is also a great stabilizing tool because it will protect and support your Achilles.
- Dynamic Fit technology allows Nike’s FlyWire Cables to be tightened around your foot, locking it in place adaptably without constricting your foot too much
- Split outsole design features both high abrasion rubber and a grippy rubber to keep you supported and sure-footed
- The midsole is equipped with two levels of cushioning: Nike Zoom Air units and a layer of React foam for excellent comfort and response
The midsole unit is impressively responsive yet not overly so, while the outsole delivers two levels of traction and support. Some users have said that the pared-down cushioning in the forefoot leaves the toe-off a little lacking in comfort, but others say it feels just fine so this may be a matter of preference.
Although there are two forms of midsole cushioning material in the sneaker, it is not a maximum-cushion long-distance running sneaker so if you are looking for a maximum cushion feel, this sneaker is not that.
However, the Nike Zoom Vomero 14 is a well-designed high-performance shoe that will deliver a great run for those looking to wear them while running moderate to long distances. They look great, are breathable and pretty lightweight, and they are responsive and comfortable. The bottom line is that they are a pretty solid pair of great running sneakers.