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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

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

Good to know

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.

Good to know

- 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.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

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.

Summary

We spent 7.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

12 reasons to buy

  • Many reviewers find the shoes’ injected rubber midsole cushioning extremely soft, comfortable and lightweight.
  • Color combinations of materials from mesh, leather, and other upper textiles complement each other.
  • Waffle outsole is responsive to movements and has good durable traction to the ground, say several commenters.
  • Numerous reviewers find the leather and textile upper durable and built to last.
  • A few commenters find the Nike Air Footscape NM very light and felt like a slipper on feet.
  • A high number of reviewers found the shoe design from the textile to the mix and match of colors very stylish and eye-catching.
  • Quite a lot of users observed that the textile, mesh and leather upper combination gave ample protection to the feet.
  • Some critics of the shoe appreciate the waffle sole that makes the walking experience well-cushioned, soft and supportive.
  • Many are impressed that Nike produced several models and designs of the Nike Air Footscape NM for every season.
  • Nike Air-Sole heel unit remains soft and cushions the foot from impacts and shock making them ideal for walking or very light running.
  • A number of comments claimed the deep flex groove really help to perform a wide range of motion.
  • Asymmetrical design and side lacing help distribute pressure all throughout the shoe and relieving stress in the upper.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some users find it difficult to pair the shoes with their outfits because of its odd silhouette.
  • A few commenters are not fond of this eccentric shoelace placement of the Nike Air Footscape NM sneaker.
  • A couple of users had a difficulty looking for this shoe or their sizes from limited retailers as it is always out of stock.

Bottom line

The re-issue of the 1995 Nike Air Footscape NM comes packed with a whole lot of features intended to make your every stride comfortable. Characterized by a silhouette and details that are out of the convention, the asymmetrically designed shoe is extremely well-cushioned with its side lacing relieving stress from the upper while flex grooves in the sole provide the avenue for a variety of movements.

With a dependable Nike Air sole unit at the heels, the shoe remains as a formidable lifestyle sneaker that delivers extreme comfort that is a result of good research and design from Nike’s creative designers. While some would love the shoe for its boldness and uniqueness in terms of design, other people, however, might not be up for it.


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Nike Air Footscape NM History

Since its first release in 1996, many sneaker fans have a love-hate relationship with the Nike Air Footscape NM.  While others may not find first looks of the foot-hugging and asymmetrical design appealing, the in-shoe feel of this cult classic definitely blew them away as the promised comfort and soft cushioning are immediately fulfilled.

Researched and developed by Nike’s Advanced Product Engineering Group and the Nike Sports Research Lab, the running shoe is a product of the group’s conscious effort to relieve the stress on the foot and design a shoe that would be responsive to the needs of the feet making the entire in-shoe experience as comfortable as possible.

Nike researchers studied the structure of the human foot from the bones, arches, ligaments, and nerves to determine the average foot after an extensive sampling and analysis by the Nike Sports Research Laboratory and the Advanced Product Engineering Group.

The result of this research is the proprietary Footscape design silhouette that allows Nike to integrate with precision their designing process for athletes. As a result of this research, athletes are given greater comfort and response to the natural forces experienced during rigorous physical activities like running.

In 1996, the first Nike Footscape OG first came out in Varsity Royal and Zen Gray colorways as the shoe sports black neoprene material on the upper with a stretchy elastic tongue. The initial release also featured an off-white mesh upper which squares off evenly with the white midsole.

Soon other shoes that adhere to the Footscape design were released including the Nike Air Stasis, Nike Air Footscape 2 Presto, Nike Air Footscape Woven Chukka, Nike Air Footscape Woven TZ, and Nike Air Footscape Magista.

Nike Air Footscape NM Style

As the classic sneaker shifted from its original running roots into a lifestyle sneaker, the Nike Air Footscape NM has also improved in terms of style. Nike has also opened up to the use of new materials from premium or suede leather, mesh, rubber, textile, woven fabric, and synthetic materials for the Nike Air Footscape NM’s upper. 

The sneaker has also gained an audience among the fans of eccentric sneakers because of its asymmetric design and waffle pattern outsole.

Further improving its versatility in terms of style, Nike designers have also released various colorways and materials depending on the season with their Spring /Summer and Fall/Winter releases in various colorways to capture a hip and trendier generation of customers.

Fit & Sizing

The Nike Air Footscape NM runs true to size and with Footscape technology from Nike’s designers adjusts well to the shape as well as the movement of the feet guaranteeing a comfortable stride. The sneakers have an asymmetrical lacing system that distributes the pressure in the upper for a more snug lockdown and perfect fitting. Shoes are released in limited batches through retailers in men’s sizes and medium - D width from US size 5 to 17.

Notable Features

For a sneaker that is a product of extensive research, the Nike Air Footscape NM’s silhouette may be its most notable feature.  An injected Footscape midsole was engineered with deep Flex Grooves by Nike designers for flexibility and comfort across all types of surface and further promising reliable traction for various movements. The silhouette matches the natural profile and kinematics of the human foot while its alternative fit accommodates the dynamics of foot motion resulting in a new type of comfort that does not go against the natural response to forces experienced during heavy physical activities.

Additional Info

  • Waffle pattern outsole has speckled design for a trendier look.
  • Pull tabs can be found on the heel and tongue for easy entry and exit of the footwear.
  • Nike Air sole unit at the heel provides cushioning and shock absorption capabilities.
  • Celebrities spotted wearing the Nike Footscape NM are American rappers Stalley, Wale, and Nick Young. The elusive UK Hip-Hop and R&B star Frank Ocean were also spotted wearing the sneakers.
  • NBA star LeBron James was also spotted wearing the woven version of the shoe.