7 Best Nike Long Distance Running Shoes in 2022

Jens Jakob Andersen
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7 Best Nike Long Distance Running Shoes in 2022

Every model of Nike long distance running shoes on this list is engineered to accommodate various running styles, training or racing conditions, and budget.

The perfect pair of shoes for an experienced marathoner will be different from a runner who is training for her first 21K race. Whether you are former or the other, it is best to consider several key factors and decide which specific features are more important for you.

We’ve handpicked 100+ Nike shoes designed for high-mileage sessions to help you narrow down your options. If you have a specific preference in mind when it comes to overall fit and performance, check out our top picks in a variety of categories.

How we test running shoes

You don’t have to personally review over a hundred Nike running shoes available out there. You may, of course, do that if you have the time to read thousands of reviews on the web. At RunRepeat, we simplify everything for you to give you a quick browsing experience of the best Nike shoe for your next 21K or 50K race.

Our entire process to come up with our best selections involves:

  • Purchasing all the shoes with our own money to avoid bias and brand loyalty
  • Running 30 to 50 miles on average in each model both on the road and on trails
  • Cutting the shoes into their essential parts to get a much closer look
  • Measuring over 30 parameters that contribute to the shoe’s overall performance
  • Gathering feedback from experts, long-distance runners, and regular users
  • Summarizing all comparable data we’ve gathered for your reading convenience

To complete the whole process, we use our proprietary CoreScore system that reflects all the information above. Each model of Nike shoes is assigned a final score that ranges from 0 to 100.

Best Nike long distance running shoes overall

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

Corescore

91
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 320 users
89 / 100 from 16 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.
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Best Nike road long distance running shoes

Nike ZoomX Invincible Run
Nike ZoomX Invincible Run

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 434 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.
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Best Nike trail long distance running shoes

Nike Pegasus Trail 2 GTX
Nike Pegasus Trail 2 GTX

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 306 users
89 / 100 from 8 experts

Pros

  • Outstanding waterproofness 
  • Great for road-to-trail transitions
  • Lively ride
  • Feels lighter than it is
  • Good grip
  • Perfect for autumn and winter
  • Runs true to size
  • Undeniably durable

Cons

  • Not breathable
  • Semi-gaiter lets snow in
  • Bulky

Verdict

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 Nike stability long distance running shoes

Nike Air Zoom Structure 23
Nike Air Zoom Structure 23

Corescore

85
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 414 users
85 / 100 from 4 experts

Pros

  • Excellent cushioning
  • Suitable for all-day wear
  • Wide platform 
  • Great stability
  • Snug and supportive heel area
  • Efficient landing and take-off
  • Eye-catching colorways

Cons

  • Poor breathability

Verdict

The Nike Air Zoom Structure 23 offers a different feel from its predecessor. It has a softer and more responsive cushioning but continues to provide a decent level of stability. This high-mileage Nike running shoe is not ideal for excessive overpronators because of its soft midsole. Also, the plush cushioning delivers an all-day comfort but users must keep in mind that it may feel warm on hot summer days.
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Best Nike neutral long distance running shoes

Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next%
Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next%

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.4 / 5 from 373 users
94 / 100 from 15 experts

Pros

  • True to size
  • Extremely lightweight
  • Bouncy and responsive ride
  • Breathable
  • Carbon-plated
  • Excellent grip

Cons

  • Not made for high mileage
  • Unstable platform
  • Feels tight in the midfoot

Verdict

The Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next% is a race shoe that made us zoom through the streets! It's fast, bouncy, and light and - it's everything speed-ready. With its steep price, it's exclusively for runners who only care about beating PBs and nothing else. For a race shoe, it's surprisingly cushy. During landing, our feet felt like they were stepping on marshmallows!
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Best value Nike long distance running shoes

Nike Pegasus Trail 3
Nike Pegasus Trail 3

Corescore

89
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 207 users
88 / 100 from 11 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.
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Author
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.