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  • Terrain
    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
    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
    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
    Price
    $115
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 9.5oz
    Women: 8.6oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    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.

  • Heel height
    Heel height
    Men: 27mm
    Women: 27mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 19mm
    Women: 19mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Jul 2015
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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.

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Expert Reviews

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82 / 100 based on 14 expert reviews

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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.