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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

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do 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 need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

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
$110
Weight
Men: 10.1oz
Women: 8.1oz
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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 9.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

9 reasons to buy

  • The foot-hugging wrap of the Pegasus 31 gives a very comforting run in whatever distances, based on a lot of reviews.
  • The price continues to be bang for the buck.
  • Durability is yet again a strong asset of this shoe, according to some comments.
  • Several reviews mentioned the exceptional blend of cushioning and responsiveness.
  • It is lighter than the earlier model.
  • The breathable upper makes it a nice option in humid weather.
  • A large number of runners loved its cool looks.
  • Quite a number of runners appreciated its new fast feel while it can still pile on the miles.
  • 14 different color options.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some loyal fans of the Pegasus were disappointed about the firmness of the cushioning.
  • A few mentioned that the firmness lessens its appeal for long runs.

Bottom line

One of Nike’s flagship series gets a massive makeover in the 31st ride of the Pegasus. While the arch support continues to be very good, there is now a firmer ride to induce speed and quicker transitions from landing to take-off. At a very reasonable price, the shoe rides like a dream where comfort and responsiveness are mentioned.


Rankings


Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 215 ratings

5 star
78%
4 star
12%
3 star
5%
2 star
3%
1 star
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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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87 / 100 based on 12 expert reviews

  • 92 / 100 by RunRepeat • Josef Schuster • Level 3 expert

    In the 31st generation, there were some updates done to deliver an incredible ride that is firmer than previous models without completely sacrificing the identity of the Pegasus name. They are comfortable, responsive, and durable running shoes that have lasted for a while.

  • 94 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    The shoe blends a cushioned ride, unbroken heel-to-toe transition and superlative upper fit to deliver an excellent neutral running package.

  • 91 / 100 by Running Times • Running Times • Level 5 expert

    The newest overhaul features today's popular bouncy cushioning in a neutral but stable package, although with an anachronistic 14-mm heel-toe drop.

  • 88 / 100 by Runblogger • Peter Larson • Level 5 expert

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  • 90 / 100 by Competitor Running • Brian Metzler • Level 4 expert

    The result is a lightweight, energetic, all-around training shoe for everyday use, one suitable for both long distance runs and faster workouts.

  • 80 / 100 by Competitor Running • Competitor Running • Level 3 expert

    The biggest highlights of the Peg 31 are the livelier and slightly lower-to-the-ground feeling it has, thanks in part to a 10mm heel-toe drop (previous versions of the Pegasus had 12mm heel-toe drops) and the responsive Air Zoom midsole component in the heel.

  • 80 / 100 by Fleet Feet Sports • Fleet Feet Sports • Level 3 expert

    Pairing the firmer ride and engineered mesh upper, the shoe feels fast remarkably fast. Still, the Pegasus has long been known as a workhorse trainer and remains trustworthy for the bulk of your miles.

  • 80 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Peyton Hoyal • Level 3 expert

    This shoe is suitable for both high-mileage performance runners and beginners alike. It is a great choice for high school athletes just taking up the sport, or for those looking for a sturdy, workhorse trainer to go the distance towards their fitness goals.

  • 75 / 100 by 220 Triathlon • James Witts • Level 3 expert

    Could do with a less ‘holey’ upper

  • 89 / 100 by 300 Pounds & Running • Martinus Evans • Level 1 expert

    Three words to describe this shoe: comfortable, responsive, and neutral…

  • 88 / 100 by Men's Health • Edward Lane • Level 1 expert

    The result is a running shoe actually meant for running in; light enough to have you skipping out of the door but with an Air Zoom unit in the heel to ‘snap’ your foot off the ground (this is a good thing) and ensure you aren’t hobbling home after clocking up more Mo-bothering mileage (this is a better thing).

  • 87 / 100 by Runner's World South Africa • Warren Greene • Level 1 expert

    It's very smooth, but because of this new ride, it doesn't feel like the Peg that many of us will recognize.

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Updates to Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 31

  • Nike reinvents the ride of the Pegasus 31 by coming up with several significant changes. The first major change is the lowering of the sole profile to give a closer to the ground feel and the start of several changes that begins a new firmness that has never been experienced before by hordes of Pegasus fans. As the sole is about 3mm lower than before, there is lesser compression, which results in a less squishy feel.
  • Midfoot security is enhanced by a new network of printed overlays. Despite the minimal upper, the security of the foot is as guaranteed as ever in the new version of the Pegasus.
  • Another change is the removal of the side grooves that helps with the compression upon impact. Without the side grooves, the transition quickly moves from the back to the front. Again, this adds a new firmness in the cushioning.
  • The last effect of the lowering of the sole is the prominence of the Air unit in the heel. Because there isn’t much compression happening by the lowered sole, the Air unit stands out with every impact as it delivers a renewed sense of pop in the 31st model of the Pegasus.
  • The upper gets the love in the new version also. Nike removed any overlays around the toe box, giving the forefoot more room. With the elimination of overlays in the forefoot, a new engineered mesh claims a rightful place in the upper as it offers better structure, even without the overlays.
  • An inner sleeve that is made of soft mesh also appears. The fit and midfoot security are immediately enhanced by this bootie-like enhancement. Another great result with this addition is the elimination of tongue slide as the tongue is now attached to the inner sleeve.
  • The outsole is not spared when it comes to changes. A noteworthy modification is a more consistent and quicker transition because the rubber is not separated by too many cut outs. There is also one lesser flex groove. Again, it contributes to the quickness of the transition and the responsiveness of the ride without taking away too much flexibility.

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 31 size and fit

The fit is of the Pegasus 31 is very familiar to fans of this line. There is a snug heel and midfoot with better room to splay in the forefoot. The volume in the forefoot is average, though. Most runners with medium to slightly wider feet can fit in effortlessly in this shoe. Medium is the offered width while sizing is standard.


Outsole

The outsole is fairly full contact with consistent size in the rubber that helps the transition from the heel to the forefoot. There are forefoot grooves, but are one fewer in number, which gives the shoe a little firmner than before. Carbon rubber covers a large portion of the outsole. Nike features crash rails or twin strips of rubber in the lateral side of the shoe from the heel to just above the midfoot. The guide rails are separated by a vertical flex groove to make cushioning better.


Midsole

A moderately-sized slice of compression-molded Cushlon foam blankets the entire midsole. As with most full-length foam, the transition is seamless and quick. Because of the lower sole, the Air bag in the heel gives a very responsive feel. The pop in the heel quickly transfers the weight to the firm midfoot and forefoot for that fast-paced run.


Upper

The upper is a mixture of engineered mesh on top for better structure. Beneath this engineered mesh is a more refined and softer mesh for that next to skin feel. This mesh goes right to the mesh of the inner sleeve. Nike uses a network of printed overlays that keep the midfoot secure. The firm ride of the midsole is compensated by a cushy insole and soft strobel. A traditional lace up closure closes the deal.