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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
    $120
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 7.9oz
    Women: 6.7oz
  • 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
    Jan 2017
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Summary

We spent 8.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

11 reasons to buy

  • Several Nike Elite fans loved the exceptional comfort provided by the 9th version of this shoe.
  • It is very light and significantly lighter than the earlier version.
  • The price is considered by some as very reasonable.
  • A handful of runners noted that the cushioning is clearly softer and more forgiving than past iterations of this shoe.
  • It has a responsive ride, based on the comments of some reviewers.
  • The Flymesh upper breathes well and hugs the foot in comfort and security.
  • The new Zoom Air unit in the forefoot makes the shoe snappier than before.
  • A few reviewers remarked that the grip excels, even on wet areas.
  • The Zoom Elite 9 is versatile where distance and speed are concerned.
  • As noticed by a moderate number of runners, it is strong enough for almost any mileage and fast enough for short and quick runs.
  • Many runners were impressed by the smoothness of the ride of this shoe.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Heel strikers do not get to enjoy the responsive Zoom Air technology in the forefoot.
  • A few runners were frustrated by the shallow toe box.
  • The Nike Elite 9 lacks reflective details.
  • Several runners had to go up in size to get the best fit.

Bottom line

Most runners consider the Air Zoom Elite 9 as either a Pegasus 33 on a diet or a brawny Nike Streak 6 in Nike’s line up. The shoe shines when used for up-tempo runs and distances ranging from 5Ks to full marathons. It has a snappy ride, good arch support, and effortless transitions. Overall, the Elite 9 should be a more than expected sight on the road this year.

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Updates to Nike Air Zoom Elite 9

  • The midsole of the Nike Air Zoom Elite 9 was updated. It now used the Cushlon LT midsole that is designed for a lightweight cushioning. The Cushlon was extended in the entire midsole for a more resilient ride.
  • The 9th version of the Air Zoom Elite still features the Duralon rubber compound, but in this version, the rubber compound was extended in the entire outsole for durability and added underfoot protection.
  • The upper of the shoe was also updated to deliver a more breathable, and comfortable fit. It still uses the Flymesh material, but added to it is the Notched Inner Sleeve that offers an enhanced comfort and a snug fit.

Nike Air Zoom Elite 9 size and fit

The Nike Air Zoom Elite 9 offers an improved fit because of the modification in the upper and the addition of an inner mesh sleeve. The heel and midfoot areas of the shoe accommodate runners with narrow to medium foot measurement. The forefoot is a bit narrow and not ideal for runners with wider feet. The shoe is available in standard D and B widths for men’s and women’s versions.


Outsole

The Duralon rubber compound is extended in the entire outsole of the Nike Air Zoom Elite 9. It gives durability to high-wear areas and added underfoot protection for an improved running experience.

The waffle-pattern outsole is specifically designed to provide a reliable multi-surface traction and added cushioning.


Midsole

The midsole of the Air Zoom Elite 9 utilizes the full-length Cushlon LT midsole foam that delivers reliable cushioning for a more resilient ride. The Zoom Air placed in the forefoot also gives added flexibility for a more responsive ride.


Upper

With the single-layer Flymesh upper, the Nike Air Zoom Elite 9 offers a great combination of seamless support and breathability. The Flymesh material was modified to reduce weight while improving the overall fit and feel. The inner mesh sleeve in the forefoot and midfoot wraps the foot for an unmatched fit and comfort.

The Dynamic Flywire technology joined with the laces delivers an enhanced midfoot lockdown and it generally improves fit without adding weight.

The shoe comes with an asymmetrical lacing that wraps the foot comfortably while the heel counter holds the heel securely for an enhanced running experience.

Lastly, the EVA sockliner follows the natural curvature of the arch and heel to give added comfort and support.