6 Best Black Nike Running Shoes, 100+ Shoes Tested in 2022

Jens Jakob Andersen
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6 Best Black Nike Running Shoes, 100+ Shoes Tested in 2022

Nike has always been recognized for its fashion-and-function combo. And its black running shoes are no different. They're straightforward yet eye-catching

These shoes will help you up your records while elevating your style. 

How we test running shoes

Choosing the right pair of black running shoes from Nike can be overwhelming. To make it a breeze, we've painstakingly assessed and selected the top ten black running shoes from Nike. 

And because we don't want any room for a biased review, we test them in our RunRepeat shoe testing facility. We even buy them with our own money to avoid brand loyalty. 

Taking it further, we also: 

  • clock up 30 to 50 miles of test runs
  • cut them open
  • measure their parts in different parameters
  • generate their Corescore based on thousands of expert and user reviews

Best black Nike running shoes overall

Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% 2
Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% 2

CoreScore

91
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 331 users
90 / 100 from 18 experts

Pros

  • Insanely lightweight
  • Very breathable
  • Bouncy
  • Responsive
  • FAST
  • No break-in period needed
  • Good grip on dry surfaces

Cons

  • Not ideal for wide feet
  • Unstable
  • Forefoot strikers only

Verdict

The Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% 2 is probably one of the fastest shoes on the market, but it has some problems that I think the majority of runners will agree with. It’s unstable, a bit too narrow still, looks ridiculous and hits the pocket book hard. If your job is to run fast, or you’re a sponsored athlete I think these shoes may be the tool to help you win, but for the average joe who wants to drop 2 minutes off their 5K time, it may be too much tech in a shoe designed for the 1% club.
Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% 2 full review

Best black Nike road running shoes

Nike ZoomX Invincible Run
Nike ZoomX Invincible Run

CoreScore

88
Great!
4.4 / 5 from 478 users
90 / 100 from 28 experts

Pros

  • Super-cushioned
  • Insanely fun and bouncy ride
  • Great grip
  • Impressive foot lockdown
  • Stretchy toebox
  • Good for wider feet
  • Not weighing you down
  • Really breathable

Cons

  • Unstable on uneven terrain
  • Really tall
  • Break-in period needed

Verdict

Now, this is what we call FUN! The Nike ZoomX Invincible Run literally made us feel like each step was made of springs. It's NOT going to pace you, but it will make your runs lively and effortless! If you want a premium daily trainer that's going to work best on long, easy days on the road, we tell you, this is THE best of its kind.
Nike ZoomX Invincible Run full review

Best black Nike trail running shoes

Nike Pegasus Trail 3
Nike Pegasus Trail 3

CoreScore

89
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 317 users
88 / 100 from 13 experts

Pros

  • Soft, bouncy ride
  • Very comfortable
  • True to size
  • Wide for a Nike
  • Wide loop on heel
  • Built to last
  • Reflective swoosh
  • Killer grip on dry trails

Cons

  • Not grippy in wet
  • Runs warm

Verdict

The Pegasus road series just holds a special place in our feet, we just had to see it in trail action. And voila! 50 miles later, the Nike Pegasus Trail 3 won us over with its uber plush landings! It's stable and comfy and will make your run cloud-like. When faced with slick surfaces, however, it shows its limitations.
Nike Pegasus Trail 3 full review

Best black Nike neutral running shoes

Nike React Escape Run
Nike React Escape Run

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Nike black nike running shoes  

CoreScore

88
Great!
4.6 / 5 from 316 users
90 / 100 from 1 expert

Pros

  • True to size
  • Versatile
  • Trampoline-like ride
  • Feels lightweight
  • Durable outsole
  • Breathable
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Lateral instability
  • Pep fades away
  • Tongue runs warm
  • Heel slipping

Verdict

After we took the Nike React Escape Run for a spin, we've gathered that it's a shoe that can handle anything! It's comfortable and light for the high-mileage stretches, and it's got a trampoline-like bounce for tempo sessions. Even better, it's a shoe that won't hurt your pockets and it's built to last!
Nike React Escape Run full review

Best value black Nike running shoes

Nike Air Zoom Vomero 16
Nike Air Zoom Vomero 16

CoreScore

88
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 489 users
82 / 100 from 6 experts

Pros

  • Rocker propels forward
  • Super comfortable
  • Extremely durable
  • Snug fit
  • Amazing breathability
  • Springy ride
  • Cushioned

Cons

  • Runs a bit large
  • Too wide for narrow feet
  • Pricey

Verdict

The Adidas Nike Air Zoom Vomero 16 running shoe is a paradox. On one hand, it looks thick and cushy and the upper is exactly that, yet it can be a little harsh underfoot with its hard airbags. On one hand, it is fast yet it looks like it’s too thick to be fast. All of these subjective observations aside, it delivers what it set out to deliver - solid forward propulsion, support without being over-controlling, comfortable uppers and performance over style.
Nike Air Zoom Vomero 16 full review
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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.