We spent 7.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Some runners commented that the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 14 is comfortable.
  • The shoe is perfect for jogging and long-running activities, according to those who have tried it.
  • A lot of users appreciated the shoe’s excellent cushioning.
  • Based on a review, the shoe is versatile; it can be worn during road and trail running activities.
  • A few mentioned that the shoe feels light and fast.
  • The Vomero 14 fits true to size.

1 reasons not to buy

  • One of the users said that the Zoom unit was poking through the shoe's sole. As a result, he felt a little pain while running.

The shoe is expensive.

Bottom line

The Nike Air Zoom Vomero made some of the purchasers pleased and satisfied because of its excellent cushioning. They appreciated the shoe's performance in different outdoor activities. Although one of them has a problem with the Zoom tech that was poking through the sole, others still recommend the running shoe because of the comfort it provides. In general, the Nike Zoom Vomero gained a positive response from a lot of wearers.



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Expert Reviews

88 / 100 based on 30 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 |

    The Vomero 14 after 100 miles

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    There was a lot of speculation about whether or not this shoe would be the next big thing. Considering it uses the famous Nike Air Zoom Unit, and Nike’s considerably new React Foam, everyone wondered what would come out of it.



    I thought it would impress me with the plushness of the React and the responsiveness of the Zoom unit. Personally, this shoe worked better for the complete opposite of what I thought it would.

    First impressions/looks

    When I first saw this shoe, I honestly thought in my head, “Wow, what a Pegasus wannabe.” It indeed does look like a beefed-up Pegasus!

    I do like the simplicity and the style of the Pegasus, so I found this shoe very appealing. It looked like it would be ensuring on longer runs and even tempo runs.

    It did look a little clunky but did not feel heavy at all on feet—it feels exceptionally light. Overall, I do love the colorways and style of the shoe.


    The upper is composed of a lightweight mesh. This aims to provide proper ventilation, which I didn’t feel at all.

    During the hotter days, the shoe had got very warm, and it was quite uncomfortable and not breathable at all. In colder conditions, it felt fine.

    This shoe also features Dynamic Flywire. This feature focuses on delivering support and easy adjustment for a better fit.

    The tightening of the laces is vital in keeping the entire foot locked down without compromising its natural movements, which I did enjoy.



    Especially during the faster runs, you can feel the flywire keeping the foot stable and locked down. It also helps and works when the shoe is wet and where any other shoe would slip off. 


    In terms of durability, I feel like this shoe could last a while in terms of mileage and comfort.



    The outsole of the shoe is a BRS 1000 carbon rubber, which provides traction and helps keep the shoe slow down the wear and tear of the roads, trails, etc.


    There was a lot of different thoughts and confusion to be discussed about the comfort of this shoe. So, first off, this shoe does have a break-in period—specifically, it felt better after 50-ish miles.

    One thing that looked good aesthetically was the thinner tongue. But, honestly, it didn't provide any cushioning for the front ankle/top of the foot, which made lockdown and comfortability hard.

    The thing that puzzled me with this shoe was that I initially thought it would do amazing on easy longer runs and not as good on faster shorter paces. But, that wasn’t the case—it was the total opposite.

    I had gone on many runs with this shoe at different paces, distances, etc. The best run, comfort-wise, I had in this shoe was a workout I had done on the track, which was 3 x 8 minutes (5:40’ pace). 

    I experienced no discomfort or anything in the shoe, which surprised me because it felt light and comfortable. The worst run, comfort-wise, I went on was an 11 mile run at around 6:55’ pace wherein my feet and legs felt awful.



    I don’t know if it was specifically the shoes, but any run longer than 6-7 miles, my midfoot in both feet would have sharp pain, and it was considerably difficult to push through.

    It felt much better as faster shorter runs, such as the workout I mentioned earlier, 1000m, and mile repeats, fartleks, (6:45 pace and under), but felt somewhat bad at longer slower runs (7 minutes pace and slower.)

    It might be the React foam since I have never used it before, but I’m not entirely sure.

    Overall, the comfort is decent for the most part and could work for most people. Although it might not feel perfect, it could get the job done.


    The starting price of this road running shoe was $140. But, while writing this, it’s currently $98 on some web stores.

    For $98, I do believe this shoe is worth it. But for $140, I think there are a couple of better choices for a cheaper price. Nevertheless, if you plan to use it to the grind, then it’ll be worth it.

    What I like about this shoe

    Personally, there are many things I liked about this shoe and things I disliked.

    The main things I liked were the overall versatility, doing amazing on shorter faster paces and doing decent on longer normal paced runs. I also thoroughly enjoyed the aesthetics of the shoe.

    It had excellent cushioning, foot lockdown, and felt much lighter than I thought it would.

    Why should you buy this shoe?

    I believe there are many reasons to buy this shoe. It can be used as a daily trainer for a 5k to perhaps a half marathon (possibly marathon.)

    It would please most runners who want a decent or better than the average daily trainer. If you love Nike’s Pegasus running series, then you’ll most likely love this ‘heavy-duty’ “Pegasus,” too.

  • 85 / 100 |

    Nike Air Zoom Vomero 14: Durable and comfortable

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    I picked up these shoes at the beginning of 2019 looking for shoes to add to the mix for road and treadmill running while training from some events I had scheduled in the early summer.



    When I started looking for shoes, I came across these, and they seemed quite appealing: React foam, full-length Zoom unit, and an upper modelled similar to the very comfortable upper of the Nike Pegasus 35.

    Fast forward seven months and I have unknowingly put 100 miles in the shoe. The midsole feels the same as they did the first time I ran in them, and the outsole is barely worn.


    According to Nike, this version of the Vomero has a full-length Zoom Air unit. That means that there is a pocket of encapsulated air built into the midsole to provide extra shock absorption while you are running.



    The benefit of having a full-length Zoom Air unit is that there is some rebound when you land. And because it is the full length of the shoe, it doesn’t matter if you are a heel, midfoot, or forefoot striker when you run.

    That was always a pain point for me in a lot of Nike shoes: that they put their Zoom units in the heel, which doesn’t really help me because I am a midfoot striker.

    The midsole is a Nike React foam. This foam is the same type used in their very popular Epic React and Odyssey React shoes.

    I have owned and run in both of those shoes, and the Vomero does not have the same sponginess that those other shoes have. The midsole also doesn’t have that wavy textured look like the Epic or Odyssey.

    The outsole is also very different than the Odyssey or Epic react shoes. The outsole is mostly covered with a rubber that provides a lot of traction. This allowed me to run comfortably in the rain and on well-groomed trails.



    The outsole on this shoe is similar to the Nike Pegasus 35/36 and shares a lot of design features with it. Even though the lugs on this outsole are smaller than I am used to, I don’t think that it wore down quicker.

    One thing that stands out on this shoe is the channel along the middle of the shoe. I believe that it is there to guide your foot. However, I felt like the shoe curved towards the channel, which made the shoe feel not as stable on longer runs.

    I will add that I don’t run in stability shoes, but I have weak, skinny ankles so more efficient runners might not have an issue with this.

    The upper on the shoe had some nice step-in comfort. It wasn’t too constricting around the toe box, and the mesh material was nice and breathable. Also, the Flywire did a good job of keeping my foot locked to the shoe.

    The upper is also where I thought they could make the biggest improvements. My biggest gripe was the tongue. It’s not that padded, but I didn’t mind that so much.

    What I did mind was the length of the tongue. I felt like it was too short, which meant there isn’t a lot to grab onto to pull it snug onto your foot. Also, because of the length, I felt like it started to bunch around the toes (see photo below).



    My biggest gripe about the tongue was the location of the loop. The loop is almost to the top of the tongue, which made it difficult to grab the laces to tighten the shoe.

    I understand that the design reason for this was because the tongue was short, you would’ve had other issues if it wasn’t so high. But, that begs the question of why the designers at Nike didn’t just make it longer.

    I hope they improve this in the next version since it was an annoyance every time I laced up.

    The only other thing that I didn’t like about the design was the padding along the Achilles. It looks like the Pegasus padding, but on closer inspection, they are two rounded pads protruding from the back.



    It felt good when you first put it on, but it tended to rub if I didn’t get the shoe extra tight around the ankle.



    Other than that, the design of the shoe was classic Nike: aesthetically pleasing with a focus on function.

    Comfort while running

    Once you get the shoe on your foot, most of my gripes about the shoe fade away. I was able to do a lot of runs in this shoe, and the midsole didn’t start to feel overly compressed on any of my runs.

    Most of the runs in this shoe were in the 3-8-mile range, but I found that when I took it out after 10 miles, it started to feel heavy, and it didn’t feel as stable.

    Having a heavier daily trainer was not that big of a deal to me, but those who are very conscious of every gram should be aware.

    One thing I like while I was running was the flexibility in the forefoot. Even though the shoe was well-cushioned, it doesn’t feel too built up in the front, and I could still flex my foot and splay my toes.



    Compared to a lot of shoes I wear, it was nice not to feel like I could move my feet more naturally. The flexibility in the forefoot is complemented nicely by the stable heel cup.

    The back of the shoe keeps your foot locked in and secure so you can focus on running.

    Overall, I am happy with the performance of the Vomero.


    After 100 miles, I have seen no drop off in the durability of the midsole. The Zoom unit and React foam midsole have worked well together to provide cushioning for landing and a little pop on the return.



    Surprisingly, the outsole has proven as durable as the midsole. I still have plenty of life in the lugs and have excellent traction on the shoe.

    As far as durability goes, the Nike Vomero 14 will give me several hundred miles before I have to switch them out because of breakdown.

    Although the upper on the shoe is fairly comfortable, I have found that after 30-40 miles, the toe box area started looking sloppy like an old sock.



    I would imagine that this happened because there aren’t a lot of overlays around the toes to give that part of the upper some structure.


    Like all Nike shoes, the Vomero has great colorway options that transition well from a run/gym to casual wear.



    I used these shoes exclusively for a while when I was on a work trip since I think they look good in jeans too and allowed me to free up space in my carryon.

    I think that these shoes are great looking on a run and don’t have a clunky running shoe look like other brands (I’m looking at you, Brooks).


    Considering the decent comfort and the durability so far, the $140 retail price point for the shoe is not a bad deal. Considering this iteration is a few months old, you can find various colorways in the men’s and women’s versions for sale.

    For the sale price, you can get a moderate long-distance trainer that will last you a long time for less than the price of the Pegasus or even the Winflo in some cases.



    • The outsole and midsole are durable, and I barely see wear after 100+ miles
    • The Flywire allows you to secure the shoe to your midfoot well
    • Looks great and transitions well from the run to casual wear
    • The price point is great for a shoe this durable
    • Comfortable and cushioned ride that is not too plush, but not stiff and protects your feet and legs from the hard impact forces


    • Rounded design on the mid/outsole can be unstable
    • The ankle collar is not that comfortable/weird
    • Toe box starts to look sloppy quickly
    • The tongue loop location makes it difficult to tighten laces
    • The tongue is a little too short and bunched a bit in the toe box
    • Heavy for a long-distance trainer


    Though marketed as a “long-distance” shoe, I think that the weight and comfort make it the right choice for those moderately long runs from 5-10 miles.

    It is comfortable, but I think that the instability that I felt could be bad once you are running on tired legs at longer distances if you aren’t an efficient runner.

  • 88 / 100 | Believe in the Run | | Level 5 expert

    Overall, the upper felt great. I took a 12-mile run in this. I did some speed work in this. I've done strides in it. It holds your foot in pretty nice and it doesn't cause problems.

  • 92 / 100 | kofuzi | Level 4 expert

    Overall, it's doing such a good job. It's hard to tell whether there's any wear on the shoe at all for me.

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