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

14 reasons to buy

  • The low-top Nike Air Presto Premium’s form-hugging upper is available in a wide range of classy design options for the women and men.
  • The arch support placed in the midfoot area eases stress and pain to the foot, which puts a lot of smile to its weartesters.
  • The lightweight materials on the upper and outsole of this sneaker make it comfortable to wear all day.
  • The stretchable and flimsy material on this Premium edition conforms to the shape of the foot, which look chic even without socks.
  • The synthetic leather variety of the Air Presto Premium keeps the feet dry during light rain showers.
  • The different styles available for this Premium version are so versatile, which can be paired up with heaps of clothing not just for the Summer season, but for Fall and Autumn too.
  • A reviewer who bought the Premium edition with metallic gold rib casing and shimmery upper fabric loves how this shoe pops and is aiming for other metallic tones to add to his sneaker collection.
  • The gum sole available in some designs offers excellent grip.
  • Reviewers are pleased that this Premium iteration of the Air Presto is very durable.
  • Buyers are very satisfied with the quality, comfort, and style of this sneaker that they highly recommend it their family and friends. Some went for second and even more pairs.
  • Reviewers who used this sneaker for strenuous casual work, 12-hour duty, and even for light gym workouts are very delighted with the wonder this shoe does to their feet. Compared with other sneakers, they find the Air Presto Premium well-cushioned.
  • According to reviewers, this pair of kicks may be tight at first, but as soon as the feet adapt to the upper material and heel support, one will enjoy its amazing qualities.
  • A good number of reviewers consider their Air Presto Premium their favorite minimalist sneaker.
  • Conveniently available in economical price range.

7 reasons not to buy

  • One reviewer finds the Oatmeal colorway quite tough to break in.
  • A handful of reviewers complained that the heel counter, which extends to the midfoot casing makes this sneaker tight as it does not stretch a tad bit.
  • Others find the impression created by the toes on the soft upper material is quite awkward.
  • A reviewer with a broad foot measurement finds the instep of this shoe tight that it hurts his foot.
  • A reviewer expressed his disappointment with the early crease formation he saw on the upper after a short period of use, which he finds unappealing.
  • The high rear support rubs the heel of a reviewer.
  • One buyer was unhappy that his shoe had laces that are quite frayed.

Bottom line

The Premium offerings of the low-top Nike Air Presto go beyond the standard neoprene selection as it comes in an array of high-quality upper construction using synthetic fabrics and leather. The upgraded quality applied in this collection pumps up its price, but it continues to draw attention from both women and men consumers who opt for classy lifestyle sneakers. Like in previous iterations of the Air Presto, this Premium selection received criticisms regarding instep issues and toughness around the ankle area, but after ample break-in time, reviewers say this form-fitting sneaker provides comfort to the feet with the use of lightweight materials and cushioning properties.


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4.1 / 5 based on 51 ratings

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Nike Air Presto Premium History

Nike has long been engaged in finding ways to trim down the weight of shoes that will give users a barefoot yet comfortable feel. In 1986, Nike’s design maverick Bruce Kilgore conceptualized a breakthrough running shoe that is super light and almost resembles a pair of aqua shoes. Fittingly named as the Sock Racer, this shoe had a mesh upper that hugs the foot like a sock, which is attached to a polyurethane outsole.

Not too long later, in 2000, Nike came up with another lightweight running shoe, called the Nike Air Presto. Just like the Sock Racer, the Air Presto is constructed with a flimsy one-piece upper that holds up well through the support of a minimalist lace-up closure and heel counter. These combined features offer a secure, lockdown feel and provide the foot its needed stability minus the weighty overlays.

Nike unleashed 13 colorways of the Air Presto during its launch at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. It was like opening the floodgates to introduce several kinds of dynamic runners dressed in multicolored mesh covers. This shoe gives the feet a comfortable fit as its upper is paired with a lightweight Phylon midsole and a Duralon rubber outsole component, which incorporated a small pocket of Nike Air cushioning unit for a smooth ride.

The initial pack of the Nike Air Presto did not sit long on the shelves as it sold like hotcakes. Apart from its bootie-like neoprene upper construction, which is like having the foot wrapped with T-shirt, the sizing for this shoe was coded the same way as shirts. Specifically, the size availability is small (S), medium (M), large (L), and extra large (XL).

In 2016, Nike gave the public a shower of Premium versions of the Air Presto. Just in time for the Summer season, the brand unwrapped the Air Presto Premium Denim Pack in four different styles. From formerly having T-shirts for the feet, Nike introduced denim jackets for this collection. This pack, which offers a punch to one’s summer look, is built with various stretchable indigo-colored denim uppers with support cages as its outer skeletons.

On the same year, Nike introduced the Granite variety of the Air Presto Premium, which is dressed in the same synthetic neoprene upper. This Premium edition comes in a variety of clean monochrome shades, namely Tumbled Gray, Granite, Dark Gray and Black paired with tan-colored gum sole.

In 2017, more Premium selections of the Air Presto conquered the sneaker market. As the Spring season brings new vibe, so as the Oatmeal-colored upper dropped during such time, which is hugged by a translucent cage overlay and a heel counter that match with the same material on the protective toe cap.

More luxe pastel shades were dropped under the Premium line, which aimed to tap the women market, such as the Sunset Tint that is predominantly white with hints of pale pink on the Swoosh branding, toecap, and midsole. The Gold Star adds to the soft-toned variety, which is built with a very light shade of yellow paired with tonal accents on the shoe’s distinct features.

Another soft palette added to the Air Presto Premium line that exudes a sense of femininity is the Silt Red. This women’s exclusive sneaker is splashed with light pink tone on the entire cover with touches of dark rose color on the collar and varying degrees of pink on the laces, midfoot rib cage, and heel pull tab.

There were also dark colorway varieties unveiled in the same year that offer a feminine appeal. These are Night Maroon which is geared towards the burgundy palette and the Black Out which is covered with carbon tone from the upper to the sole.

Also in 2017, the brand introduced elastic synthetic leather covers elevating the aesthetic appeal of this lifestyle sneaker, which continues to grab the attention not only of women but men consumers as well.  

Nike Air Presto Premium Style

The Nike Air Presto gets a luxe treatment through a number of Premium variations. Each low-top Nike Air Presto Premium edition has a character of its own that offers an impression of sophistication to one’s casual, laidback wear. This luxe iteration maintains the slim and minimalist attributes of the original 2000 Air Presto silhouette which is highly noticeable with a midfoot cage, pronounced by contrasting shades. Just like the earlier versions, the low-top Air Presto Premium works well with shorts and tapered pants that highlight the silhouette of this sneaker.

Fit & Sizing

The low-top Nike Air Presto Premium comes with a number of styles for both genders. The earlier versions of this shoe had the same size coding used in T-shirts as the initial offerings were like shirts for the feet. Nike reverted to the traditional sizing chart used in sneakers in general for this variety. Sizes available for the women are 6 to 11 US and 6 to 12 US for the men. Generally, the Air Prestos run true to size and are not available in half sizes. Reviewers recommend that those in half size, get a full size shorter to obtain a desirable fit. The lace-up closure on the midfoot allows users to get a secure, snug fit.

Notable Features

What sets the low-top Nike Air Presto Premium apart from the standard Air Presto is the improved quality of material used in this edition. Nike has been dropping Air Prestos with elite form-fitting covers, which evolves from denim design to metallic finishes, to chic pastels, to classy monochromatic contrasts, to synthetic leather. The list goes on as the brand continues to expand its luxe collection.

The brand stretches not only its upper limits but the value it puts on the Premium line. The Air Presto Premium classy uppers are either paired with a rubber outsole compound called Duralon which holds the weight of the shoe down or with a gum rubber outsole which has the same bendability plus the added grip feature.

Additional Info

  • The Nike Air Presto Premium, a low-top lifestyle sneaker, is made with a stretchable upper using synthetic fabrics and leather.
  • As its name implies, the Air Prestos have the proprietary Air cushioning unit in the sole.
  • The trademark encapsulated Air unit embedded in the midsole of this sneaker, particularly in the heel region, is the same component seen in most models under the Air Max line.
  • The Air unit is made up of durable polyurethane bag filled up with compressed gases that offer cushioning to the feet.
  • The Air Presto was conceptualized by Tobie Hatfield, who happens to be the brother of Nike’s legendary designer Tinker Hatfield.