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.
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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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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.
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Nike Air Presto History
Nike introduced the Air Presto to the world during the 2000 Sydney Olympics. As the brainchild of some of Nike’s most innovative and creative talents, the shoe was unique and highly-advanced when it was unveiled to the public. The idea behind the construction of the shoe was the “T-shirt for the feet” theme. Nike stayed consistent with the T-shirt concept as the sizing for the first Prestos went from XXXS-XXXL.
For the first time in the history of sneakers, different colorways of a specific shoe were given a special name to give substance and character to each of those variations. Back then, there 13 vivid and highly-symbolic color variations with names such as Presto Bill, Unholy Cumulus, Catfight Shiner, Trouble at Home, Abdominal Snowman, Brutal Honey, Rogue Kielbasas, Migraine Fly, Jack Mackerel, Rabid Panda, Orange Monk, Shady Milkman and a 13th model which surprisingly never got a name.
The original and cheeky naming system quickly caught fire. Before long, the Nike Air Presto became the symbol of being cool and sophisticated for thousands of people. From there, the shoe has received minor modifications. It is also the subject of several collaboration with some of the industry’s most famous designers. The fact that every re-release of the original colorways is still very much sought after is a testament to the shoe’s enduring popularity.
Nike Air Presto Style
The contemporary look of the Nike Air Presto should appeal to the current generation. However, as it is still remarkably a very nice throwback to its original version, those who fell in love with the earliest models should have no qualms sporting these kicks on various occasions and different terrains.
The sporty appeal of the shoe makes it extremely comfortable when taking the streets for a run or for just simply going about the city.
Fit & Sizing
The flexible upper of the Air Presto accommodates various foot shapes. As mentioned, there is adequate room in the toe box for the toes to splay while the support from the midfoot cage keeps the foot in place, particularly for those who wish to take advantage of the Presto’s versatility as a running shoe. The Nike Presto is now offered in standard width with sizes 6-14 for the men’s and 5-12 for the women’s.
There are two features that clearly jump out of the Nike Air Presto through its various iterations over the years. One very apparent element of this shoe is the molded midfoot cage. Originally, this aspect of the Air Presto was created to deliver exceptional midfoot hold for those who love to run. Although this feature continues to provide the same kind of performance, it given this very popular shoe a very distinctive silhouette.
After nearly two decades since its introduction, this midfoot cage has been at the forefront in the shoe’s history. It remains, to this day, a key asset that diehard fans of this shoe have come to love.
Nike’s tactic of delivering superior comfort from a shoe that allows the foot to move freely starts with flexible and ultra comfortable mesh upper. Again, this is a technology that continues to be a main selling point of the Nike Presto after so many years. Although Nike now offers the shoe in usual sizes, instead of the S, M, L, and XL of the original, the upper still provokes as a “T-Shirt for the feet” experience.
- Some of the famous celebrities seen sporting these kicks are: AJ Green, Spike Lee, Drake, and Chainz.
- The stretch mesh of the upper envelopes the foot very well in outstanding comfort.
- Nike uses a midfoot cage to provide lockdown feel as the upper is virtually free of any overlays.
- Spanning the entire midsole is the frequently used Phylon foam for lightweight cushioning.
- An Air sole in the heel adds more bounce and shock-absorption.
- The flex grooves in the outsole deliver excellent flexibility in the Nike Air Presto.
- Nike ramps up the comfort level of the Air Presto by using adequate padding in the ankle collar and tongue.