Arch support
Daily running
M: 290g | W: 265g
Heel to toe drop
M: 12mm | W: 12mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.


We spent 3.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

The good

  • A number of reviewers noted that the Nike Dual Fusion RN 3 looked visually appealing.

  • A runner commented that the inner sleeve of this shoe felt snug, but it didn’t make the upper unit too tight.

  • The toe box didn’t feel constricted, according to a reviewer; they didn’t sense their toes clump together uncomfortably when wearing this shoe.

  • Most reviewers appreciated the so-sew overlay system, which offered structural support without adding weight.

  • A tester wrote that it was versatile enough to function well in a variety of activities, such as running, training and walking.

  • The underfoot cushioning system received praise from runners who felt that it was comfortable and long-lasting.

  • A reviewer wrote that the liberal use of rubber in the outsole unit meant that it made the Dual Fusion RN 3 more durable.

  • This running shoe was affordable, noted some reviewers.

The bad

  • Some users felt that it wasn’t very flexible, and that it hindered their capability to move more naturally.

  • According to a reviewer, the collar area was a bit high and it tended to rub against the Achilles region.

  • It was ½ size smaller than what most runners were used to.

  • It was a bit narrow, according to a number of runners.

Bottom line

The Nike Dual Fusion RN 3 was appreciated by neutral runners. It was able to provide comfort and security to many of them. For them, its performance on the roads was generally agreeable. But there were those who didn’t appreciate the service of this version. The negative comments were mostly about its sizing schemes and its width, which didn’t accommodate the feet of runners as well as they would’ve liked.

World wide, Dual Fusion RN 3 is in the top 10% most popular running shoes. The brand, Nike, is the 1st most popular.

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Expert reviews

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80 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 80
    SolereviewLevel 5 expert
    by Solereview
    Firm Achilles area and slightly out of place arch support are flies in the ointment.
  • 80
    John ClareLevel 1 expert
    by John Clare
    Good for running and for school.
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Updates to Dual Fusion RN 3

The design of the 3rd version of the Nike Dual Fusion RN features a minimal use of stitching and layered overlays. The mesh material is more exposed, essentially allowing more air to enter the shoe and keep the foot cool and dry. The fabrics of the upper are also constructed more openly, thus helping it to conform more to the movements of the foot.

The overall shape and look of this version is not as thick or as bulky as the previous iteration. It now has a medium-volume midfoot and forefoot shape, while the heel area maintains a low-cut construction to allow the foot to move or rotate more naturally.

The mid-sole area makes use of a dual-density foam that has a specific purpose for the optimal comfort and efficiency of the foot. It has a softer foam platform on which to rest the foot, and a firmer underside to maintain durability when it comes to handling weight and resistance to wear.

The outsole unit has traction-ready rubber for better control over the roads. Flex grooves have been optimized to follow the natural anatomical capability of the foot to flex, thus making each step & toe-off much more effective.

Dual Fusion RN 3 size and fit

The Nike Dual Fusion RN 3 has a standard running shoe length. It comes in a variety of sizes that adhere to the preferences of runners. It has a medium width for all its sections. The mid-foot and forefoot areas have a medium-volume for a snug yet comfortable wearing experience. It is able to accommodate different foot types.


The outsole makes use of a durable rubber material that’s placed throughout the entire length of the shoe. It’s efficient when it comes to providing protection against abrasion, as well as giving traction to the runner for a more precise control over the surfaces.

Flex grooves and molded blades are placed on the outsole to surely allow natural movement and regular foot mechanics when going through the gait cycle. A deeper groove has been placed near the forefoot to encourage more flexibility where it’s needed the most.


The Phylon mid-sole material used for the Nike Dual Fusion RN 3 is a dual density foam that helps in delivering soft cushioning and durable support. The upper portion of the foam offers a plush underfoot experience that’s comfortable and responsive; the lower part is a carrier that serves as the foundation for the entire sole unit. It’s a solid foam for a more robust running performance.


The single piece mesh material on the upper closely resembles a woven clothing fabric. It’s ultimately soft, pliable and breathable at the same time. The seamless construction of the sleeve and overlay system keeps the foot safe from irritation.

The Midfoot Webbing System is attached to the lacing system. When the shoelaces are loosened or tightened, these mid-foot cords found between the inner sleeve and the external fabric follow suit, thus customizing the fit to match the preference of the wearer.


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