10 Best Black Nike Running Shoes in 2021

Jens Jakob Andersen
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10 Best Black Nike Running Shoes in 2021

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Best overall

Already in its fifth version, the Nike Revolution is a budget-friendly shoe we think runs best if you're a runner who logs less than 10 miles per week. It's not durable, and it's not responsive, but if you're new to running, it's a good start. Just don't expect something that will wow your feet. Overall, it's a daily trainer for neutral runners who don't want to dig deep into their pockets.
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If there's one thing we can't take away from the Pegasus 38, it's that it's the GOAT of all workhorse shoes in our arsenal! It oozes with plushness, stability, and pop, doing it all from slow days, tempo sessions, and gym workouts even. If you want to run with fun, take the Pegasus any day!
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Best road

In the Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit 2, our feet just felt locked in place! And even after rough wear testing, this daily trainer proved itself a durable shoe. It's loaded with lots of cushion that's not too soft nor too rigid, making it supportive and ideal for heavy runners. As a daily running shoe, it sticks to what it's designed to do - it's not going to make you run fast, but it does offer a smooth, easy ride.
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Best trail

A road shoe or a trail shoe? For us, it's a little bit of both in the Pegasus Trail 2 from Nike! While it shines in short-distance runs on light, hard-packed trails, and is decent in mid-distance efforts, its plush cushioning just felt more fitting for the pavement rather than the trails. This is a shoe where comfort and protection reign!
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The Nike Pegasus Trail 2 GTX is a trail shoe that REALLY impressed us. It kept our feet dry all throughout the wet conditions we ran! It's made for training runs so don't expect anything fast. Instead, expect a superbly bouncy and comfortable shoe that will mute out all the rocks and roots underfoot. Even better, in areas of grip and durability, this shoe will wow you!
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Best neutral

If we were stuck with only one running shoe that can do it all, without a second thought, we'd pick the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37. It's a workhorse, and it does its job too damn well! It can handle daily runs, long miles, and it doesn't do less in tempo sessions either. Even better, it's comfy and bouncy, generating a fun ride whatever the pace!
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The Nike Flex Experience Run 10 is a budget-friendly, entry-level running shoe. Made to run and play, the shoe is a huge win for casual runners because it delivers flexibility and versatility. If you are looking for a lightweight trainer that looks good and feels comfortable, this fits the bill. But for a more athletic function, the Flex Experience Run 10 is not the right shoe for you.
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Best budget

The React Infinity Run Flyknit from Nike is a max-cushioned shoe that didn't weigh us down. Even better, it's a shoe that is soft, springy, and velvety smooth, easily making its way to our pick for slow long runs. For a neutral shoe, it's also very stable. Ultimately, it's not a shoe that wowed us, but it's a shoe we'd pick if we want a cruiser that's going to eat up miles!
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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.