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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WeightMen: 10.5ozWomen: 9.1oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 12mmWomen: 12mm
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 heightMen: 27mmWomen: 27mm
Forefoot heightMen: 15mmWomen: 15mm
WidthMen: StandardWomen: Standard, Wide
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74 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews
In my opinion this shoe does not aid in prevention of overpronation (stability) as well as some competitors’ stability models.
The Nike Air Zoom Odyssey 2 shoe lives up to many of its claims, particularly that its low-profile cushioning is ideal for faster-paced runs and that the heel clip provides plush support to the back of my foot.
While the upper was very comfortable, it offered little support which lead to an unsecure feeling during test runs.
Nike maintains their sock-like feel in Odyssey 2 with their Flymesh upper. It is interwoven with Flywire cables that wrap around the laces to provide customized lockdown. The cables in this second version are flat and wide on the lateral side and divided out with two cables per lace, medially. This secures the upper more comfortably than did the version in the first Odyssey.
Updates to Nike Air Zoom Odyssey 2
- For the 2nd instalment of the Odyssey, Nike focused on the upper section to ramp up its fit and performance. Most noticeable in the changes is the use of more Flywire cords. In this version, there are double loops of cords attached to the laces and the midsole. Besides adding more bite to hold the foot down, there should be more durability with these cords.
- More than just the bite, Nike also changed the structure of the cords. From mere flat or “straps,” the new versions resembles more like, well, cords or cables that Nike originally designed them to be. Nike reverts to this design for more hold and durability.
- The Flymesh gets a little reboot as well with more support and firmness in the midfoot for support and security while the holes all over are slightly larger than before, particularly around the heel.
- The heel clip that Nike uses in this version is more substantial than the one used in the earlier model. It is for this reason that the shoe is able to hold the heel in place really well for added stability.
Nike Air Zoom Odyssey 2 size and fit
Nike’s Odyssey 2 brings in the fit of the original version in a lot of ways. The stability shoe is quite snug from the heel to the forefoot. With an improved heel counter and double loops of the Flywire cords, there is an enhanced wraparound feel in these parts. The fit should be great for those with narrow to average foot. Sizing runs true in the shoe.
The underfoot of the Air Zoom Odyssey 2 is the classic Nike waffle pattern with sturdy carbon rubber from the heel to the midfoot. For better traction, the forefoot is covered with Duralon blown rubber. The forefoot also uses deep flex grooves for flexibility. Nike continues to use crash rails in the outsole or the two strips of rubber that run from the heel and to the medial and lateral sides of the midfoot. It is a design that makes transitions smoother.
The main midsole component is a mixture of Nike’s proprietary Cushlon and Lunarlon foams, which are also used in the Nike Structure 22 running shoe. With this combination, Nike offers adequate responsive cushioning. For stability purposes, Stock Fit medial post covers the heel until just below the toe section on the medial side. Providing even more muscle to curb overpronation is the stiff midsole foam, the Phylon, which runs from the heel to the midfoot.
Nike uses a ribbed design in the midsole and intersperses the stiff foam with slightly softer ones to prevent the medial support from being too stiff or jarring. Giving the Odyssey 2 excellent shock-absorbing features and a little propulsion in the forefoot are the air cushioning units in the heel and the forefoot.
The Flymesh upper of the Zoom Odyssey 2 provides an almost sock-like fit for a supportive, breathable, and comfortable coverage. Nike’s Flywire cables are attached to the midsole and are looped around the laces for better fit and midfoot hold. To keep the cords from putting pressure on the foot, a plush inner sleeve is found inside. There is also an Ortholite Sockliner for added cushioning and comfort. Helping the midsole provide that secure and stable ride is the heel clip, which really helps lock down the heel.