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Terrain
Road

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

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.

Use
Daily running

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
$115
Weight
Men: 9.5oz
Women: 8.6oz
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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 7.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • A lot of runners welcomed the versatile nature of the Nike Air Zoom Elite 8, which allowed them to run, train and walk with comfort.
  • Many acclimated well to the different color schemes of this shoe, noting that they enjoyed its appealing design and eye-catching hues.
  • The cloth-like upper unit felt snug, but not too tight as to feel restrictive or unwieldy, according to a number of reviewers.
  • Runners appreciated the EVA sock liner, which delivered contoured support by following the natural shape of the heel and arch.
  • The underfoot experience was springy yet balanced, wrote several testers.
  • A user commented that wearing the Air Zoom Elite 8 didn’t cause their heel to feel any pain, citing its responsive yet firm mid-sole as the reason for it.
  • It was agreeably lightweight, noted many consumers.
  • The outsole’s traction capability received recognition from satisfied runners.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners noted that the platform wasn’t very flexible, essentially limiting natural foot-movement.
  • A few noted that the forefoot area of the mid-sole wasn’t very agreeable to the underside of the foot, writing that they felt some pain in the foot-pad when attempting a toe-off.

Bottom line

The Nike Air Zoom Elite 8 was enjoyed by many of its testers. A lot of them appreciated the efficiency of its individual parts. For them, it was able to deliver a solid underfoot experience that’s reliable and definite. Though some felt that its mid-sole was a bit unwieldy, this road shoe ultimately gained the favor of a great number of neutral runners.


Rankings


Ratings

4.8 / 5 based on 228 ratings

5 star
82%
4 star
16%
3 star
1%
2 star
0%
1 star
1%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, 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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82 / 100 based on 15 expert reviews

  • 86 / 100 by Review On Anything • Peter • Level 1 expert

    All in all, though, I think this is a great shoe for the money and I think you're getting a good product for that money.

  • 85 / 100 by Bryton W • Bryton • Level 1 expert

    It improves upon comfort in comparison to the previous generation and I think that it makes a solid trainer for runners who are looking to at fast paces.

  • 80 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Ruggero Loda • Level 5 expert

    The Air Zoom Elite is a lightweight, responsive shoethat doubles up as a high mileage trainer and racer.

  • 79 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    You should buy the Zoom Elite 8 if you prefer forefoot striking over heel. You should buy the Elite if you like a firm shoe for quicker transitions, and hence faster runs compared to softer regulars.

  • 79 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    Same firm ride as last year, and the upper gets a completely upgrade.

  • 86 / 100 by SK Running • Kredy • Level 4 expert

    Like other Nike shoes such as Nike Vomero 10, we see strategically placed Dynamic Flywire cables in the midfoot area that provide unmatched support. We also see an internal heel counter that envelops the rearfoot with a great advantage.

  • 83 / 100 by Sportskeeda • Kredy@Kredy10 • Level 4 expert

    This shoe is a best match for all your fast training sessions.

  • 80 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Travis Trampe • Level 4 expert

    The Nike Zoom Elite 8 is a lightweight, performance trainer perfect for neutral runners looking for a quick transition and grip on varying terrain while providing responsive cushioning mile after mile.

  • 84 / 100 by RunRepeat • Lester Daniels • Level 2 expert

    The Elites evoked my interest into venturing out my shell in look for the perfect shoe. The Nike Elite 8 has me confused, it is firm enough to be called a racer, but cushioned enough to run a marathon. I therefore have two words for it, “racer royal”!

  • 81 / 100 by The Shoe Rangers • The Shoe Rangers • Level 2 expert

    If you are looking for a workhorse you can run in every day and you don’t have that mindset of “get up and go” try it on for the fun of it but look elsewhere.

  • 80 / 100 by Suzlyfe • Suzlyfe • Level 2 expert

    The Elites offer me that–there this less of a difference between the toe and heel, and there is more a rise/lip in the rear and front (if you compare the pictures, you can tell). That promotes quicker heel to toe foot turnover, which promotes speed. 

  • 70 / 100 by Managan Ta! • Managan Ta! • Level 2 expert

    The insole was thick; yes I mean so thick that with the flywire, it somewhat made an overkill locking down all my blood, midfoot and beyond.

  • 95 / 100 by Intellect Digest • Rohit Khurana • Level 1 expert

    If you are an athlete or a fitness seeker like me who wants to run on a casual or professional level, this shoe is highly recommended for both type of users.

  • 95 / 100 by The Indian express • Nandagopal Rajan • Level 1 expert

    The shoe fits your feet like a second skin.

  • 90 / 100 by Ngoni Chikwenengeree • Ngoni Chikwenengeree • Level 1 expert

    I now have a great pair of trainers that offer me support but allow me that light stepping I like so much.

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Updates to Nike Air Zoom Elite 8

  • The Nike Air Zoom Elite 8 comes with an updated upper construction. The flymesh upper delivers impressive breathability and adaptive fit. The tongue is also enhanced through the addition padding for a more comfortable support. Lastly, the lacing was changed from asymmetric to symmetric.
  • The upper fit of the shoe was also enhanced. There was an increased space around the little toe and forefoot is a bit spacious and relaxed yet the snug fit remains the same.
  • Due to the changes in the upper construction, the 8th version of the Air Zoom Elite is approximately five grams heavier than its predecessor.

Nike Air Zoom Elite 8 size and fit

Since the modifications featured in the Air Zoom Elite 8 are very minimal, the fit and sizing are practically identical with its previous version. It is reasonably snug in the heel, midfoot, and forefoot. The shoe is available in regular widths for both men’s and women’s version.


Outsole

The blown rubber crash rails placed in the lateral side of the shoe provides durable traction on varied surfaces and added cushioning. This works perfectly with the waffle-pattern outsole that delivers an impressive multi-surface traction. The Duralon blown rubber is also located in the forefoot that delivers additional cushioning.


Midsole

The midsole of the Nike Air Zoom elite 8 uses the full-length Phylon midsole foam that offers a lightweight and resilient cushioning. It also has beveled heel that delivers a smooth landing and powerful toe-offs. Lastly, the shoe uses the brand’s Zoom Air technology that is strategically located in the forefoot for a more responsive cushioning.


Upper

The flymesh upper delivers a highly breathable and comfortable environment for the foot. It is also stretchable, offering an adaptive fit. This works well with the brand’s Dynamic Flywire that provides improved fit and necessary support. It also has heel counter that wraps the foot securely and gives additional stability.