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  • Terrain

    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.

  • 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.

    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.

  • Price
    $190
  • Weight
    Men: 9oz
    Women: 7.3oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 8mm
    Women: 8mm

    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.

  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Mar 2017
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Rankings

Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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83 / 100 based on 24 expert reviews

  • 86 / 100 | Hes Kicks

    It ends up being comfortable after you wear them more and get used to that new style of sensation on your feet.

  • 90 / 100 | jasonistan

    I feel like this is a well executed shoe.

  • 88 / 100 | Mr. Stoltz

    I think that this is an excellent shoe.

  • 87 / 100 | Sean Go

    After about my 5th or 6th wear, this midfoot area really did stretchout and form well to my feet. So, i'd say that after that this became very comfortable.

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Updates to Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit

  • The Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit is a running shoe that’s meant for those who have a neutral gait. Its design is based on years of evolution from the brand. It has modern aesthetics, a sock-like design, and a bevy of colorways to sate the stylistic flair of consumers.
  • The upper unit makes use of a fabric that has the softness and consistency of woven cloth. It wraps around the foot like a sock, potentially accommodating the option to omit the wearing of actual socks. Lightweight and thin overlays cover the front and sides of the shoe, providing additional security and lockdown.
  • Air units fill the entire surface area of the sole unit, basically acting as the main cushioning system of the Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit. That is the main focus of the design: ensuring that the lightweight Air cushioning lugs are the exclusive source of cushioning since it’s a popular concept that has graced many Nike shoes for years. A dedicated midsole or sock liner isn’t included in this package.
  • Rubber pods on the outsole protect the Air unit from wear and tear. They also provide responsible traction for those fast movements on the asphalt.

Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit size and fit

The Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit has a standard running shoe length. The available widths for both the men and women’s versions is medium. It accommodates those who have medium sized feet. The semi-curved shape of this shoe follows the natural curve of the human foot.

Outsole

The outsole unit of the Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit makes use of rubber-pods, which protect the Air cushioning units. Majorly placed in areas that are sensitive to wear and tear, they basically shield the sole unit from the abrasive nature of the asphalt.

Spaces in between the Air units serve as flex grooves. They allow the platform to be more flexible and agreeable to the natural movement of the wearer’s foot, particularly when it comes to the toe-off phase of the gait cycle.

Midsole

The Air cushioning tech comprises a set of individual units that have compressed air inside of them. Placed throughout the entirety of the mid-sole, they ensure full-length cushioning that’s lightweight and responsive.

Upper

The upper unit of the Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit makes use of the Flyknit technology, which is a fabric that has the look and feel of woven cloth. It’s breathable, so it is able to accommodate the flow of air into the foot-chamber, resulting in a cool and dry environment for the foot.

A gartered collar is employed in this running shoe. It basically completes the feeling of wearing a sock. It also compliments the thin tongue.

A traditional lacing system is utilized in this model, but they’re connected to Flywires, which are flexible and non-invasive cables that help in securing the foot in accordance with the adjustments made to the shoelaces.

Thin overlays are fused directly to the front and sides of the upper. They provide structure to the relatively soft façade of the shoe, yet they also assist in holding the foot in place and preventing it from accidentally slipping off the shoe.


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