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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 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

    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
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 10mm
    Women: 10mm

    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
    Men: 29mm
    Women: 29mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 19mm
    Women: 19mm
  • Width
    Men: narrow, normal, wide
    Women: normal, wide
  • Release date
    Oct 2016
  • Special editions
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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

Expert Reviews

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86 / 100 based on 28 expert reviews

  • 96 / 100 | Josef Schuster

    My Thoughts on the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33

    I am here to give you all a review on Nike’s 33rd version of the Pegasus shoe model.

    The The Pegasus 33 would be tied for my second favorite with the Pegasus 29 since they both have their perks and downfalls, but these are great shoes if you are looking for something snazzy, reasonably priced, and comfortable for all activities!

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  • 95 / 100 | Matthew Liu

    Can the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33 hold up?

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

    The zoom air units makes the shoe responsive and adds up to its cushioning. The Pegasus 33's also come in a variety of styles/colors to fit your needs.

    The only real problem that I have with these shoes is that the laces become untied frequently. Other than that I would highly recommend the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33 to anyone looking for a great training shoe!

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  • 94 / 100 | Lester Daniels

    Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33 – Take two

    I have already written a review of the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33 (NAZP33) a few months ago.

    I have two pairs and felt justified that this might give me a second chance and another opinion at writing about this shoe.

     

     

    After doing a combined 900km in the two pairs of shoes, I think my opinion to a degree has changed.

    My previous review was written with shoes within which I had done about 200km, now with additional experience and groundwork, I can add more value to the conversation.

    So here is my take two on these shoes.

    Introduction

    NAZP33 is an enjoyable and fun shoe to own, it brings a lot to the table with little to falter. I like going fast and light with comfort to spare.

    I like the flashy look of modern appeal with plenty of color options. I like a good price for quality and durable materials.

    With all of that in mind, does the NAZP33 meet my spec.

    What's Not To Like

    My number one irritant, hot spots, it can be felt under the forefoot. This happens due to a combination of two factors, the insole and the zoom unit expanding.

    Once your foot becomes hot, the zoom unit in the forefoot heats up and expands. This is most noticeable when walking.

    The nylon insole coupled with wearing thinner socks can exacerbate friction. I, therefore, countered the problem by running in a thicker natural fiber sock.

    Uneven wear, the outer sole has more wear directly under the forefoot just after the flex groove, than on other parts of the sole. This I assume is due to the flex groove, when kicking off at the forefoot.

     

    What's To Like

    Four things, in any given order, make a good shoe - price, comfort, durability, and style.

    Price

    The NAZP33 is an expensive shoe, also looking at the Pegasus 34, which runs on the same chassis as the Pegasus 33. I don’t think the extra money gives it any more value than its predecessor.

    If I say expensive, why did I buy it? I got mine at a discounted more affordable price. (R1300)

     

    Comfort, Durability & Style

    The upper has really nice material, easy to clean and stay clean. I really like the tight knit of the material, it is easy to wipe off and clean, it is not a dirt magnet.

    The rest of the upper meets the obvious specifications, breathability, comfort, color and fit, plus a bonus hill reflector. The one stand out is the lockdown fly wire which in unison embraces the foot snugly.

     

     

    The outer shell seems to be hard wearing and after the distance that I already have done, looks nearly brand new. The sole has a nice structured feel with a little more cushioning than your standard shoe.

    But enough on all the facts and figures, what is important is how the shoe runs.

    What makes the NAZP33 feel right for me?

    It makes me feel lighter and faster. I have had a few injuries along my running career, whilst running in the NAZP33 I have not had any injuries or reoccurrences from past niggles.

    I ran hard and fast, I trained for 6 months in these for an Ultra (50km) and I can say that nothing flared up, especially my ITB. I personally think that the shoes had something to do with it.

    Due to the comfortable cushioning, specifically at the heel, might be the contributing factor.

    Outer sole wear - as mentioned tends to run off faster at the ball of the forefoot. However considering the distance that has been done, it is good.

    If the same carbon rubber was used throughout the sole, as like the crash rail, these shoes would be indestructible.

     

    Conclusion

    I am invested in two pairs of Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33, it has been well worth my (discounted) money, taking into account how I enjoy running and looking at them.

    It’s an all-around feel-good shoe that nearly covers all my ticks in the tick box.

    I was hoping that the Pegasus 34 might bring a new updated sole/chassis, this would have spiked my interest in wanting to buy another new pair of shoes.

    With this in mind, I would like to believe that the Nike engineering and design team, comes so close to perfection with the Pegasus 33, that only a color change deemed necessary in the new updated Pegasus 34.

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  • 90 / 100 | Lester Daniels

    The Nike Zoom Pegasus 33

    My motivation for buying the Nike Zoom Elite 8.

    What I found in the Elites was that the running experience in whole related to my running style.

    As a neutral runner with a heel strike, the transition from heel to toe, for me made perfect sense. The sole comfort and ride for my weight (74kg) and medium build proved to be an ideal match. My average pace of 4 to 5 min per km made this shoe a good blend of comfort and speed.

    Besides, look at it, how visually appealing is this shoe? And there are more vibrant colors to choose from. On the onset, you can see no stitching or patchwork, the sloping sole, and no heavy duty lugs. It just looks fast.

     

    Midsole

    At first putting on the shoe, I noticed that the feel was snug and light. Bouncing on the shoe and walking felt really good. Snug to a point that I felt that my usual thick Falke sock felt a bit tight when wearing the Pegasus.

    I adjusted to a thinner sock and this made it feel roomier. At first fitting, you will also notice that under the ball of the forefoot I could feel something that felt like an orthotic insert. This felt a little strange.

    Taking out the insole, you will notice that the ortholite is raised where the air pocket has been built into the sole. While running in the shoe, this is not noticeable and does not hinder with the job at hand. This eventually wears in and becomes unnoticed.

     

    See A below:

    Outsole 

    The sole has an unrestricted role from heel to toe (no structured inserts on the outer sole) with plenty of comfort under heel and forefoot thanks to the air pocket inserts. Outer sole seems durable and I hope to get a minimum of 700km out of these shoes, I will find out in time.

    While running, the feel underfoot is good, sure-footed and cushioned. Going over some really coarse asphalt, was not a problem, the flexible sole was able to compensate comfortably.

     

     

    I did, however, notice that small stones tend to get captured in the crash rail. If you are pedantic as I am, this can be irritating. I had experienced the same problem with the Elite 8, this does not hinder your run as to a point that you need to stop and remove it.

    But in the white grooves (see below pic), I have had larger stones lodged and this caused me to stop my run and remove it. I would hate having to do this on tired legs and risk getting a cramp in the hammie. (Hamstring)

    I also feel that the sole could do with some structure, or let me rather say slight structure under the arch or in the arch.

     

    Upper

    The flymesh, flywire and inner sock lining of the Pegasus are in spec with the look and feel of modern top comparative brands. With one exception, I think the Pegasus has a wider array of color choices, not seen by other brand makers. At first glance, it looks simplistic and beautiful. 

    The toe box has an aerodynamic look, and as mentioned can feel restrictive when wearing thick socks. Plenty of ventilation and no foot slide with the flywire lockdown system.

    Tubular laces, which stays tied without the need for double lace knotting. (See Segment B below.) Nice comfortable heel and ankle support, reflective 3M at the back of the shoe for night running.

    Materials do have a durable look and feel. The upper is seamless, except for a few stitches attaching the tongue.

     

     

    The edge of the shoelace area, has a gel-like feel to it, again, no stitching. A small thing to notice, but it is all the small things that add up.

    No plastic inserts, no metal studs in the shoelace holes. These norms of yesteryear, is of no interest to the Pegasus, taking shoe design up a notch, by using a less is more approach.

    Pros

    • Modern & sleek looking.
    • Perfect hill to toe transition.
    • Good comfort without compromising the speed
    • Lightweight
    • Good fair Pricing

    Cons

    • Narrow toe box
    • Minimum arch support
    • Stones get caught in the crash rail

    Conclusion

    The Nike Zoom Pegasus 33, is a comfortable, medium cushioned speed marathoner or daily runner. It is good value for money and offers top-notch technology with quality materials.

    The ergonomic design allows for an uncompromising smooth ride. On the flip side, a thick sock is close-fitting, outer sole – crash rail gathers small stones. It could also do will a little structure under the arch. Despite small nuances in the Pegasus, it still does the job and does is so with top marks.

    In conclusion, 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.

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

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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.