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

9 reasons to buy

  • Several people loved the printed uppers of the Air Presto GPX, which makes a simple casual wear look great.
  • A couple of reviewers described the Nike Air Presto GPX as extremely lightweight similar to the earlier editions.
  • Many reviewers attested that the synthetic rib cage and the heel counter add to the overall stability of the sneaker.
  • One reviewer with decently high arches appreciated the support under the arch found in this shoe.
  • A lot of users liked how the stretchable upper snugly conforms to the shape of the foot.
  • Just like its predecessors, this shoe feels great for running a few miles and working in the gym.
  • Those with narrow feet said that the Air Presto GPX fits perfectly fine for them.
  • The mesh lining is super comfortable that it doesn’t rub the ankle.
  • A user said that this sneaker is a great alternative to the equally snug fitting Nike Sock Dart and Nike Roshe One. However, the Air Presto GPX has more strength in the upper with its stable lacing system and heel support.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some buyers noted that the Air Presto GPX is narrow which seemed quite uneasy for those with wide feet.
  • Slightly an expensive pair of sneakers.

Bottom line

The Nike Air Presto GPX maintained the same lightweight character of the earlier Air Presto models, which makes it ideal for short-distance running and light training. This GPX version with the addition of colorful graphical designs for the upper adds pizzazz to everyday casual wear with a good amount of stability coming from the synthetic material across the rib and heel areas and comfort arising from its ultra-comfortable cover.


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Nike Air Presto GPX History

Nike first dropped a pack of the Air Presto in 13 different colorways at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. This featherweight set of sneakers with a distinguishable T-shirt fabric for the upper was Nike’s answer to provide runners the impression of traveling barefoot. This minimalist looking shoe undoubtedly became an instant sensation among elite runners and sneaker enthusiasts.

In 2016, together with a number of retro models, Nike simultaneously released new designs of the Air Presto dubbed as the GPX edition. A range of sneakers with multi colored printed graphics made for the upper. Quite reflective of earthly elements, a pack of the Air Presto GPX was unveiled just in time for the summer season.

It consisted of three designs such as a fiery red-orange-purple combo dubbed as Vivid Sulfur, olive green- yellow-white for the Phantom Green, and shades of blue for the Ocean Fog. These were hot commodities, which instantly vanished off the shelves, leaving a few pairs for retailers and resellers to peddle.

The 2016 Rio Summer Olympics was also a timely comeback for the OG Air Presto Olympic iteration released for the same international game in 2000. Named as the Air Presto GPX Olympic, this version had a few subtle revisions, but it’s almost identical to the original unveiled 16 years earlier. The circular ring designs on the upper of the 2000 version run around the forefoot to the heel. While the material used for the rib cage and heel counter of the 2016 edition is frosted versus the glossy gray synthetic system used in the original silhouette.

Another GPX design released in that same year is the Pixels. Repetitive black and white square patterns that resemble the smallest display in a digital imaging run across the cover of this version. While the overlays, heel counter, and toe cap are made of green translucent contrasting material.

A sneaker with a splash of tropical prints in pink and purple on a black backdrop adds up to the list of GPX models revealed in 2016. This model called Tropical had an upper complimented by white, black, and dusty gray accents.

A vibrantly patterned version called Multicolor completes the GPX menu issued during that same year. The dazzling mixture of fuschia, violet, and turquoise runs from the waist to the forefoot and offsets the remaining part of the upper comprising a black heel counter, a toe cap, and a synthetic lacing system.

Nike Air Presto GPX Style

The Nike Air Presto GPX comes in a variety of of colorful graphical prints for the upper that goes well with plain, bold colored clothes. This low profile, minimalist silhouette makes it appealing together with shorts, slim fitting pants, and joggers. The variety of color patterns give the users the versatility to pair up this sneaker with various numbers of colored clothes.

The Nike Air Presto GPX has a one-piece upper and tongue with a sock-like fit. The synthetic lacing apparatus provides an aesthetic appeal and less of a lockdown feel, according to many reviewers.

The earlier iterations of this so-called tees for the feet disregarded the numerical sizing used in shoes and adapted the sizing concept for clothes, from 3XS to XXXL. As numerous variations of this minimalist silhouette came out over the years, Nike reverted to the standard numerical sizing system.  

The GPX version carries the same universal sizing. It is obtainable in men’s sizes from 6 to 11 US, with no half sizes and comes in medium width. Many users suggested that those with half sizes, choose a full size down to achieve a good fit. This shoe generally runs true to size.

Notable Features

The distinct feature of the GPX variation of the Nike Air Presto is a play of different graphic prints on its classifiable neoprene mesh upper, which comes in various names. These are: the Olympic, the Summer pack, the Tropical, the Pixels, and the Multicolor. These vibrant prints offer a more trendy upgrade of the bold, solid colors that were released in previous editions.

Additional Info

The midsole is made up of Phylon or very durable foam pellets made into a mold, which makes the sneaker ultra-lightweight.

  • The five dots on the heel area is an indication of the Air Sole unit in the midsole located in that region.
  • The Duralon outsole which is the lightest material for the outsole is a reinforced rubber that offers durable traction.
  • The vertical and horizontal flex grooves provide the needed flexibility when moving in different directions.
  • Its dynamic mesh upper that gives the feet a comfortable fit was advertised as having one’s feet wrapped with a T-shirt.
  • The original Air Presto is a brainchild of athletic footwear developer Tobie Hatfield, the brother of Nike’s formidable designer Tinker Hatfield.