Update: Air Zoom Elite 9
Arch support
Daily running
M: 269g | W: 244g
Heel to toe drop
M: 8mm | W: 8mm
Heel height
M: 27mm | W: 27mm
Forefoot height
M: 19mm | W: 19mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


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.


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.


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.

World wide, Air Zoom Elite 8 is in the bottom 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Nike, is the 1st most popular.

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Expert reviews

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82 / 100 based on 15 expert reviews

  • 86
    PeterLevel 1 expert
    by Review On Anything
    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
    BrytonLevel 1 expert
    by Bryton W
    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
    Ruggero LodaLevel 5 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    The Air Zoom Elite is a lightweight, responsive shoethat doubles up as a high mileage trainer and racer.
  • 79
    SolereviewLevel 5 expert
    by Solereview
    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
    SolereviewLevel 5 expert
    by Solereview
    Same firm ride as last year, and the upper gets a completely upgrade.
  • 86
    KredyLevel 4 expert
    by SK Running
    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
    Kredy@Kredy10Level 4 expert
    by Sportskeeda
    This shoe is a best match for all your fast training sessions.
  • 80
    Travis TrampeLevel 4 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    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
    Lester DanielsLevel 2 expert
    by RunRepeat
    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
    The Shoe RangersLevel 2 expert
    by The Shoe Rangers
    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
    SuzlyfeLevel 2 expert
    by Suzlyfe
    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
    Managan Ta!Level 2 expert
    by Managan Ta!
    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
    Rohit KhuranaLevel 1 expert
    by Intellect Digest
    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
    Nandagopal RajanLevel 1 expert
    by The Indian express
    The shoe fits your feet like a second skin.
  • 90
    Ngoni ChikwenengereeLevel 1 expert
    by Ngoni Chikwenengeree
    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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  • Connor Running Warehouse
    Continuing the use of a full-length Phylon midsole and a forefoot Zoom Air unit, the Elite 8 provides lightweight cushioning on the roads.
  • Sean Road Runner Sports
    Feel confident throughout your entire run. The Elite's Flywire cables wrap around your foot snug and comfortably, even at top speed.
  • Anthony Levine Anthony Levine
    I'm personally feeling the comfort here and the light weight of the shoe.
  • Rachel Road Runner Sports
    Improve your foot's natural gait. The Air Zoom units in the forefoot provide that extra pep in every step.
  • Another Pair
    The Air Zoom Elite 8 keeps things super light with a thin Phylon midsole to complement the comfy Zoom Air in the toe.
  • Travis Trampe Running Shoes Guru
    The Nike Zoom Elite 8 is a lightweight daily trainer for neutral runners who are looking for a performance shoe which delivers quick, smooth transition with responsive cushioning underfoot.
  • BJ Shop Zappos
    This shoe is made with a lightweight single-layer Flymesh upper that provides optimal breathability and a comfortable structural support.
  • Connor Running Warehouse
    When it comes to fit, the newest version of the Elite sees a huge update with the additon of a Flymesh upper, which provides a seamless, breathable wrap.
  • Richard Shop Zappos
    You also have a Nike Zoom Air unit in there, as well, to give you responsive cushioning here in the midsole.

Updates to 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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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