Neutral / cushion / high arch
Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.
Stability / overpronation / normal arch
Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.
Motion control / severe overpronation / 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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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.
WeightMen: 13.4ozWomen: 11oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 12mmWomen: 12mm
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.
Heel heightMen: 32mmWomen: 30mm
Forefoot heightMen: 22mmWomen: 20mm
WidthMen: normalWomen: normal
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Updates to Nike Air Max Tailwind 8
- The 8th version of the Nike Tailwind 8 ups the ante of its breathability by sporting a lighter mesh with larger holes in the forefoot. This is bound to make runs cooler than before.
- The new Flywire cables that are directly connected to the laces and the sole are quite visible. These sturdy cables are renowned for providing very solid support and enhancing personalized fit.
- Comfort gets a shot in the arm through a slightly more padded collar and tongue. These improvements will make the comfortable ride even more plush.
- Lastly, the outsole treads now feature little nubs, which make the traction better. These nubs will augment the sticky rubber for better grip, even on wet surfaces.
Nike Air Max Tailwind 8 size and fit
Fit and sizing are on the money with the latest Tailwind version. It is standard from the heel to the forefoot with a nice midfoot that cradles the foot very well. Runners with average widths can get the most out of this fit. Available sizes are 7 to 14 for the men’s and 5 to 11 for the women’s. Regular widths, D and B, are offered as well.
Durable BRS 1000 carbon rubber in areas prone to wear and tear provide better durability. Nike designed the outsole with deep flex grooves for more flexibility and better transition. As mentioned, the treads are topped with nubs for improved traction.
Nike’s patented Air sole units are located in the midsole for shock-absorbing features. This technology is paired with a full-length Cushlon foam for responsive cushioning.
The upper uses slightly wider mesh netting for breathability while the Flywire cables deliver superior lightweight support. A very soft inner sleeve increases comfort and makes sockless running a very good option.