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

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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.

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- 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.

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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 7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

9 reasons to buy

  • Several buyers love the extremely comfortable Phylon midsole cushioning.
  • Majority of reviewers like the sock-like material of the upper that adjusts well to the contours of the feet.
  • Numerous wearers love the tread of the rubber outsole and the lightweight material of the Nike Air Footscape Magista Flyknit FC as it offers good traction and a wider range of motion.
  • Some users of the shoe said they bought them because of the influence of the Nike Magista Obra Soccer Cleat, which was the inspiration behind the Footscape Magista Flyknit FC.
  • Some love it that the limited edition shoes are now on sale for less than $100 with some resellers compared to its original price of a hefty $200.`
  • A good number of commenters remarked that the shoe design is way ahead of its time and will soon set the trend for knitwear and sock-like shoes.
  • Quite a number of customers noted the breathability of the Flyknit material which adds more comfort.
  • A handful of critics were surprised at how comfortable the shoes are on foot despite its bulky looks.
  • A commenter liked the subtle positioning of Nike Swoosh logo compared to the Nike Magista Obra soccer cleat which served as the inspiration behind this shoe.

Majority of the comments like that the shoes are well-built and of good quality considering its expensive retail price.

5 reasons not to buy

  • Some reviewers claimed the Flyknit material is not durable and easily rips.
  • A few users would have preferred a Lunar or Free sole or something even lighter than the current Nike Air Footscape Magista Flyknit outsole.
  • Many reviewers find the Air Footscape look of the outsole off and awkward and would have preferred a simple looking sole.
  • A select number of users would have wanted the trainers to be durable for actual plays instead of just being a lifestyle shoe.
  • A couple of observers claim they would have a hard time pulling off the style of the Footscape Magista to their own style.

Bottom line

For fans of the Nike Magista Obra soccer cleats, the limited edition Nike Air Footscape Magista Flyknit FC is a great lifestyle shoe to buy and whose creation was inspired by the popular soccer shoe. But more than just a soccer trainer, the shoe is a limited edition casual sneaker leaning towards being a lifestyle shoe for those who would want an extremely light and comfortable tread.

However, the shoe is not a performance shoe as the Flyknit material tends to wear out easily and is geared towards buyers using them as a lifestyle kicks. While it has a hefty price, it is amazing to note that the shoes are now sold by as much as 50 percent off with some retailers selling them closer to the $100 price range.



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Nike Air Footscape Magista Flyknit FC History

The creation of the Nike Air Footscape Magista Flyknit FC (Football Club) is hugely influenced by the popularity of the popular Nike Magista Obra football boot. This pronounced influence of the highly successful soccer cleat is highly visible in the shape and silhouette of the shoe which resembles that of the football boot minus the spikes but retaining its sock-like appearance and extremely lightweight midsole.

The Nike Air Footscape Magista Flyknit FC widely uses the popular Flyknit technology in its upper giving it a more futuristic look with the woven technology now widely being copied by other popular footwear brands.

It took Nike more than a decade to come up with a new technology that would revolutionize the future of footwear. The lightweight Flyknit technology is now being used in performance-engineered footwear such as training, running, soccer, basketball, and lifestyle shoes released by the company. The Flyknit technology also boasts that it is two ounces lighter than regular cut and sew shoes.

The Flyknit fabric is now extensively used in various sport's shoes with the likes of popular soccer player Mario Gotze wearing the Nike Magista Flyknit football boot in 2014.

Since its first release January 2015, the shoes have been a success for Flyknit technology evidenced by some 14 regular and exclusive releases of the line.

Nike Air Footscape Magista Flyknit FC Style

Marketed as a casual lifestyle sneaker than an actual football trainer, the Nike Air Footscape Magista Flyknit FC comes with an ultra-modern sock-like appearance that feels dope upon first entry. While the aesthetics can sometimes be overwhelming with its honeycombs-like fabric comprising the Flyknit upper, premium leather heel back, and waffle rubber outsole, the soccer-influenced design is its major catch as fans of the Nike Magista Obra, the shoe that inspired its design, have also taken into liking the Magista premium Flyknit’s design and build.

The shoe was originally offered in three tonal colorways, white, blue and black, during its release in January 2015. Soon the popular design came in more exclusive colors that include the all-black, Burgundy, wolf gray, sail, dark obsidian, and turquoise releases.

Nevertheless, in spite of its popularity, the sock-like appearance may be a bit off for some who would want a more simplistic look for their casual shoes. It doesn’t even help that, for some people, the design really doesn’t work for their daily choice of clothing and style choices.

Fit & Sizing

The Nike Air Footscape Magista Flyknit FC runs true to size coming in a one-piece and tongue-less stretchable upper that fits well to the contours of the feet.  It is only available in men’s sizes ranging from US size 6 to 14. It only comes in medium – D width.

Notable Features

With the inspiration coming from the Nike Air Footscape and the Magista football boot, it is fairly apparent that comfort and style are among the best elements of the Nike Air Footscape Magista Flyknit FC.  The shoe features a lightweight Flyknit upper with a Nikeskin tonal Swoosh logo, a premium leather heel counter, Freemotion tooling and an air sole unit encapsulated in the heel.  The shoe also has an ultra-comfortable Phylon midsole for cushioning and a firm rubber outsole.

Additional Info

  • Thin Flyknit upper molds well to the contours of the feet for lightweight support.
  • Ultra-comfortable Phylon midsole provides needed cushioning and comfort.
  • Air cushioned heel gives the needed shock absorption and stability.
  • Waffle rubber outsole gives them traction and durability.