• Terrain


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


    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.

  • Arch support
    Arch support

    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.

    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.

  • Use

    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.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
  • Weight
    Men: 13.4oz
    Women: 11oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 12mm
    Women: 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 height
    Heel height
    Men: 32mm
    Women: 30mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 22mm
    Women: 20mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
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We spent 7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The stylish, good looking appearance of this shoe is appealing to many Nike lovers.
  • It is a comfortable shoe that can be worn all throughout the day.
  • Training is enhanced with while wearing this shoe while it also allows safe and comfortable work outs, according to some testers.
  • The Max Air units in the sole improve the underfoot comfort, based on a couple of reviews.
  • A snug fit feel is noticed and felt by many runners.
  • The clear rubber outsole of this shoe provides plenty of traction on different trails as noted by quite a good number of users.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The support is not enough as complained by some runners.
  • It is a heavy shoe for high performance and speed works.
  • It is a very expensive shoe according to many runners, especially for beginners.

Bottom line

The Nike Air Max Tailwind 8 is a heavyweight running shoe designed for endurance training. With Air Max as the main feature of the shoe, it is expected to meet the line’s benchmarks of comfort and performance. A supremely comfortable shoe made of high-quality materials that is as expensive as it looks.


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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.