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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 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.

Price
$110
Weight
Men: 9.9oz
Women: 8.6oz
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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 5.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

9 reasons to buy

  • Most reviewers were impressed by the comfortable feel of the Pegasus 33.
  • A large number of runners consider the price as bang for the buck.
  • Breathability was appreciated by many.
  • Several runners loved the 33rd version of the Pegasus to tackle high-mileage runs or fast sessions.
  • It is stylistically one of the best-looking shoes, according to numerous runners.
  • There are more than a dozen color options to choose from.
  • The traction is superb, as noticed by a good number of reviewers.
  • A few noted that the new Air Zoom unit in the forefoot added pop during toe-offs.
  • The upper dries quickly, based on the opinion of several users.

5 reasons not to buy

  • More than a handful of reviewers was frustrated by the narrow toe box, compared to the last edition.
  • It runs a bit heavier than before.
  • Some runners mentioned that the laces come undone several times.
  • A moderate number of users observed that it is stiffer than before due to the outsole changes.
  • A significant number of runners felt a lump on the forefoot of their left shoes that forced them to adjust their strides or give up the shoe completely.

Bottom line

The long-standing Pegasus line continues to dazzle, even in its 33rd coming. With several additions in tow, the fit and performance have generally made a good impression on runners of different levels. The shoe offers unbelievable comfort, good arch support, excellent breathability, solid traction, a must-have versatility and a head-turner for looks. At a very reasonable price, runners should have a winner in their feet that mixes style and performance that few can match.


Rankings


Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 540 ratings

5 star
65%
4 star
16%
3 star
4%
2 star
3%
1 star
3%

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Expert Reviews

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86 / 100 based on 30 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Thomas Neuberger • Level 4 expert

    The magic of the shoe is the fit.

  • 86 / 100 by TF XC Running Shoe Reviews • TF XC Running Shoe Reviews • Level 3 expert

    The shoe got a much-needed balance in the forefoot yet it keeps that nice cushioning in the heel.

  • 87 / 100 by Running Competitor • Brian Metzler • Level 5 expert

    It has been tweaked slightly to improve on the considerable improvements of the past two years, most notably a new Zoom cushioning sections in the forefoot and on top of the heel and a new upper that features a more closely paced Flywire cords, the last of which now wraps around the heel for a more locked-down fit.

  • 87 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    All this adds up to something old: the fast, responsive ride of the original Pegasus, before it got thick and squishy in the mid 2000s. 

  • 87 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    There aren’t any deal breakers on the Pegasus 33. The upper fits well owing to the inner sleeve and one-piece mesh; the ride is great, and the outsole is durable. At the same time, there are certain characteristics of the shoe one should know about.

  • 95 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Thomas Neuberger • Level 4 expert

    If I could only have one running shoe the Nike Pegasus 33 would be it.

  • 90 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Sean Felty • Level 4 expert

    It is versatile and feels light on the foot despite having gained some weight compared to last years version.

  • 80 / 100 by Running Warehouse • Jonathan • Level 4 expert

    It has enough give so you don’t feel beat up with everyday use but not so soft as to sap your speed when increasing effort. 

  • 96 / 100 by RunRepeat • Josef Schuster • Level 3 expert

    The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33 is labeled as a neutral training shoe that can be used for anything from workouts to an easy run whether you are a professional or not. These neutral trainers provide ample stability and comfort for anything.

  • 94 / 100 by RunRepeat • Lester Daniels • Level 3 expert

    I am invested in two pairs of Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33, it has been well worth my money, taking into account how I enjoy running and looking at them. It’s an all-round feel good shoe that nearly covers all my ticks in the tickbox.

  • 90 / 100 by RunRepeat • Lester Daniels • Level 3 expert

    It is such a good shoe, that I was convinced enough to buy another pair. Yes, I now have 2 pairs of Nike Zoom Pegasus 33. That validates its stature on my behalf.

  • 82 / 100 by Wear Testers • Wear Testers • Level 3 expert

    Unlike the Pegasus 32, this new version features Zoom Air in the Heel and the Forefoot for maximum energy return.

  • 82 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Meaghan Murray • Level 3 expert

    You won’t find me racing in the Pegasus 33, but it will certainly stay in my summer rotation.

  • 81 / 100 by Kintec • Kintec • Level 3 expert

    For those who prefer a more beefier shoe for their speed work and tempo runs, this shoe is still light and responsive enough to meet whatever workout you can throw at it.

  • 80 / 100 by Trail and Ultra Running • Pete Stoughton • Level 3 expert

    Perhaps the weakness of the shoe is that it doesn’t exactly have a niche — it’s not a great road racer (not light enough) and not a go to shoe for the trails either (not enough support, cushion, grip).

  • 80 / 100 by The Athlete's Foot Australia • The Athlete's Foot Australia • Level 3 expert

    The Pegasus is all about consistency, great structure and great ventilation.

  • 91 / 100 by Klein Runs, DPT • Matt Klein • Level 2 expert

    On the upside, I appreciate the improved upper, toe-box volume, reflectivity and additional eyelets. On the downside, the new ride is a departure from the Pegasus formula.

  • 85 / 100 by About the Shoes • About the Shoes • Level 2 expert

    I went sub 4 during those miles. It just felt nothing.

  • 80 / 100 by Canadian Running Magazine • Tim Huebsch • Level 2 expert

    After putting approximately 150 kilometres on the Pegasus 33, the shoe has held up very well with only scuffs to the colouring.

  • 75 / 100 by HRDLPN • HRDLPN • Level 2 expert

    What I do like is it is not too expensive

  • 72 / 100 by Honeydewforme • Honeydewforme • Level 2 expert

    Everything is very solid, but nothing can make you say, "Oh my gosh!"

  • 95 / 100 by RunRepeat • Matthew Liu • Level 1 expert

    The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33 is a great shoe with fantastic cushioning and durability.

  • 92 / 100 by Marathon Sports • Zach Mione • Level 1 expert

    The Pegasus 33 is the perfect combination of simplicity, cushion, speed, and style.

  • 84 / 100 by Women's Running • Race Pace Jess • Level 1 expert

    During the strides the shoe provided my foot with plenty of cushioning, but still felt fast.

  • 83 / 100 by EM Fitness • EM Fitness • Level 1 expert

    I am not sure why, but it feels like my foot is being placed in the right landing position with a nicely cushioned sole area in the forefront of the shoe.

  • 82 / 100 by Trade Inn Xperience • Xavi Villasevil • Level 1 expert

    From a runner’s profile would be recommended this shoe is one that seeks a versatile shoe that works for both training and competing.

  • 81 / 100 by My Shoes • My Shoes • Level 1 expert

    The Nike Pegasus continues to provide runners with a soft, responsive, cushioned midsole.. The Nike Pegasus continues to provide runners with a soft, responsive, cushioned midsole.

  • 80 / 100 by 2 Yr Old with Dad • 2 Yr Old with Dad • Level 1 expert

    They just felt great without the custom insole.

  • 78 / 100 by Glamour Magazine • Sandra Waibl • Level 1 expert

    While I think that I will still use more supported shoes for my half marathons, for me this is the perfect running shoe for anything below.

  • 74 / 100 by Mason Nicol • Mason Nicol • Level 1 expert

    It is more compliant, more responsive; two things that were missing from the previous models of the Nike Pegasus.

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Updates to Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33

  • Nike serves up a host of changes in the Air Zoom Pegasus 33. As trumpeted in the marketing ads, the most significant addition is the Air Zoom unit in the forefoot. It is introduced in the latest version to provide more propulsion during take-off.
  • A slight change occurs in the placement of the Flywire cords. These cords are more evenly spaced out for equal distribution of pressure and to have greater influence in helping runners get their most comfortable fit. The drawstrings are not as exposed as before. They go through a couple of mesh guides to fully integrate the entire upper when it comes to getting the right fit and support.
  • The more precise placement of the Flywire cords also enables Nike to use a slightly softer upper that still provides a secure wrap on the foot. This new engineered mesh helps enhance the comfort and sock-like feel of the upper.
  • Running in low-light areas is enhanced as the latest model of the Pegasus includes reflective materials in the upper.
  • The outsole gets a serious makeover in the 33rd edition of the Nike Pegasus. Most conspicuous in the changes is the inclusion of prominent hexagonal lugs covering the heel to the forefoot on the medial side. With this new development, there is even better traction coming from this shoe.
  • Nike also removed two of the forefoot grooves. The forefoot now features one very deep flex groove. To compensate for this, the outsole now has better rubber articulation or cuts in various sections of the outsole for flexibility.

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33 size and fit

Loyal fans of the Pegasus will find comfort that the 33rd edition is largely similar to the earlier models regarding fit. There is a snug fit from the heel to the forefoot. The heel and midfoot have a very secure locked down feel while the forefoot provides just enough toe room for the toes. The sizing is standard in this shoe.

Outsole

The Waffle outsole in the Zoom Pegasus 33 gets a new feature in the numerous hexagonal lugs covering the medial side of the underfoot from the heel to the forefoot. More substantial cuts are made across the crash pad the and crash rails to add flexibility since the forefoot now uses only a solitary flex groove, albeit a deep one. The heel and the midfoot are covered with sturdy carbon rubber while the forefoot offers blown rubber for better traction.

Midsole

A popular midsole foam in the Cushlon is utilized to handle the cushioning duties of the Pegasus 33. It has decent durability and responsiveness. Nike now uses Air cushioning units in both the heel and forefoot areas of the shoe. For better stability, Nike places a cellulose board on top of the heel Air unit.

Upper

The upper is a sock-like fit with excellent breathability courtesy of the Flymesh. Giving excellent midfoot hold and support are the Flywire cables that are connected to the midsole and looped around the laces. To prevent the cords from causing pressure on top of the foot, a soft lining wraps the interior. Providing security and support in the heel is an integrated heel counter. The huge Swoosh logo acts as the only printed overlay in the 33rd appearance of the Pegasus.