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.
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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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Heel to toe dropMen: 10mmWomen: 10mm
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.
WidthMen: normalWomen: normal
Release dateDec 2017
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Updates to Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit SE
- Nike presents a special edition (SE) of their well-regarded Air VaporMax Flyknit. Coming a year after the base shoe’s collaborative release with COMME des GARÇONS, the Air VaporMax Flyknit SE still has the same laceless upper construction, including the laceless design and Flyknit mudguards.
- The upper’s silhouette and material remain in this version. With the Flyknit fabric, a seamless and secure fit is guaranteed, but not at the expense of airflow. The design aims to keep the foot fresh during long runs or workouts on hot days.
- With Nike’s Air cushioning, the sole unit of the Air VaporMax Flyknit SE is lightweight yet durable, delivering a comfortable and responsive cushioning. The sole unit is directly attached to the upper, allowing an all-new experience for the wearer. This design makes the shoe innovative while also ensuring its reliability.
Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit SE size and fit
The Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit SE has a true-to-size construction as it follows the standard running shoe length and sizing. It is worth noting that the Flyknit material expands and loosens over time; thus, runners who prefer a tighter fit might want to try a half-size down to keep the snug fit. The shoe is a unisex model and is available in men’s medium width.
The Air outsole comes in the form of several small airbags, instead of an individual air unit, to increase the flexibility of the shoe especially at the impact points. This design makes it easy for the foot to bend and maneuver.
There are rubber pods around the perimeter of the outsole, focusing on the high-wear areas. Aside from providing traction, these details increase the durability of the shoe.
The Air cushioning of the Air VaporMax Flyknit SE, like in other running shoes with the same midsole, is exposed. The plastic airbags are visible at first glance, all of which are individually filled with pressurized air. The Air cushioning technology is designed for maximum impact protection all throughout the foot.
Included as well is a removable sock liner that offers additional cushioning and underfoot protection.
In the upper of this Nike running shoe is a one-piece structure with no detached portions. Nike’s Flyknit upper is known for its exceptional breathability, flexibility, and minimal weight. The Flyknit contours according to the shape of the foot, providing a soft and snug fit that is like a sock. This knit material proves useful during warm days as it brings sufficient ventilation.
As a result of the one-piece construction, the tongue is attached to the rest of the shoe. The topmost portion is a flap that could be folded to give the upper an even more streamlined look.
Because there are no laces, there are instead two fabric strips on the area where the eyelets would be. These additions serve as a part of the shoe’s overall appearance.
The collar also has a stretchy, sock-like finish that matches with the rest of the upper. As it hugs the ankle, the fit is even more secure, thus ensuring a steady ride.
The supportive structures of the shoe come in the form of mudguards on the bottom part of the upper, at the toe and heel areas. Aside from preventing dirt and dust from soiling the Flyknit upper, these elements also offer structural support to the shoe.
There is an overlay at the heel area that has a printed “VaporMax” word on it. This print has a reflective finish that enables visibility for the runner in low-light conditions. Beneath it, inside the shoe, is a suede counter that holds the heel in place and prevents it from slipping.