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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.

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.


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.


We spent 8.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The Nike Air Max Thea Ultra Flyknit is extremely comfortable, based on some user reviews.
  • Several satisfied purchasers took note of the shoe’s Flyknit upper that offers unmatched breathability.
  • Many of the reviewers liked the stylish look of the sneaker.
  • Some reviews highlighted that the shoe is durable.
  • According to few users, the shoe fits nicely because of the flexible Flyknit upper material that follows the shape of the foot.
  • The shoe is lightweight.
  • Available in classic “Oreo”, “University Red” and other several colorways.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The shoe runs a half size smaller.
  • A few users mentioned that the shoe is too narrow for them.
  • The Air Max Thea Ultra Flyknit is slightly expensive.

Bottom line

Considered as a modern icon by some sneaker diehard fans, the Nike Air Max Thea Ultra Flyknit continues to astound the sneaker world with its minimalist, speedy look. It delivers breathability, comfort and support whenever needed. The combination of minimalist and lightweight design make the shoe a new streetwear staple.




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Nike Air Max Thea Ultra Flyknit History

The history of any shoe carrying the visible max Air unit almost always goes back to the Air Max 1. It is quite obvious that the Thea traces its roots to this awe-inspiring Tinker Hatfield creation. The 80s was an exciting time for sneaker world. It was almost a regular occurrence that one brand will come up with a design or technology that will put the others running back to their labs and come up with something of equal significance or even a better creation.

In 1987, Hatfield, after being inspired by the now equally as adored institution, the Centre Georges Pompidou, decided to make the Air unit three times bigger. Not only that, he designed the midsole to be opened up and make the previously invisible Air technology there for everyone to see. While it is now quite a folklore that the Nike higher ups were against this, one can only imagine the ripple effects had Hatfield and a young Mark Parker (now Nike’s CEO) not persisted.

After the ’87 Air Max came a series of shoes all following the spirit and visible Air unit in the heel of the original. However, there came a time when Nike decided that a woman-specific shoe that is heavily taken from the Air Max 1 be introduced. Hence, the first Air Max Thea was born.

The Nike Air Max Thea Ultra Flyknit is a new iteration of the Air Max Thea, a woman-specific sneaker that was released in 2014. This latest version received the Flyknit treatment that offers maximum breathability and adequate support. Incorporated in the shoe is also the iconic visible Max Air unit in the heel which was first used in the legendary Air Max 1.

The Air Max Thea Ultra Flyknit adopts the lightweight and modern design of the original Air Max Thea. It continues to provide soft cushioning and flexible feel.

Nike Air Max Thea Ultra Flyknit Style

The Nike Air Max Thea Ultra Flyknit is a lightweight sneaker for women. It has a sophisticated, ultra-modern style. Air Max fans like the stylish and speedy look of the shoe. Another go-to favorite, the sneaker looks good when paired with various outfits.

Fit & Sizing

The Flyknit material of the Air Max Thea Ultra Flyknit conforms to the natural shape of the foot that gives sock-like fit. It has a nice fit for those narrow-footed users and those with standard foot measurements. Designed for women, this sneaker is available in sizes 5 to 11.5.

Notable Features

The old and new collide in the Flyknit version of the Air Max Thea. There is of course the visible Air bubble in the heel, which is as timeless as the whole story of the Air Max. It gives the shoe a very distinctive mark.

For the first time this new model also gets the Flyknit technology, Nike’s latest upper material that provides a sock-like feel and freedom of movement. It also delivers a very sophisticated look that still blends with the iconic feature of the Air Max unit in the heel.

Additional Info

  • Aside from the Flyknit upper that offers breathable support and the visible Max Air heel unit designed for durable cushioning, the Nike Air Max Thea Ultra Flyknit also has the cored-out sole unit that delivers added shoe flexibility.
  • The heel and the forefoot area also have the rubber material for a reliable and durable traction.
  • Users get more convenience when putting on or taking off the shoe because of the presence of a heel tab.