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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.

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

9 reasons to buy

  • The Shield version of the Pegasus 33 is ultra-comfortable, based on most comments.
  • A water-repellent upper makes it an ideal trainer for slightly inclement weather.
  • Flywire cables provide excellent midfoot hold, support, and lockdown feel.
  • Several runners consider the Pegasus 33 Shield as excellent when piling on the miles and when going for quick-pace training.
  • 4 different color options.
  • It continues to be very smooth like many of the Pegasus versions of years past, according to a handful of loyal fans.
  • Some runners noted that the cushioning is just right while being responsive.
  • The traction is simply awesome, according to several users.
  • It runs quite light, based on the comments of more than a few reviewers.

7 reasons not to buy

  • It is a bit narrower than the previous model, based on the observations of some runners.
  • It is a little heavier than before.
  • A handful were not happy with the increase in price because of the water-repellent upper.
  • The upper felt a little too stiff because of the water-resistant tech used, according to a few runners.
  • A good number of runners wished for more reflectivity as this is one of the reasons they opted for the Shield version.
  • The outsole showed early signs of wear and tear, as mentioned in the comments of several runners.
  • There were a couple of runners who needed more room in the toe box while using this shoe.

Bottom line

After 32 iterations, Nike brings a water-repellent or Shield model in the Pegasus 33. This is precisely the regular model, but with more protection against the elements including the water-resistant bootie for more comfort and warmth. The shoe is superbly comfortable and is built as a versatile trainer. It offers excellent traction, durability, and the looks to be one of the best all-around trainers year after year.


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4.5 / 5 based on 226 ratings

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Expert Reviews

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83 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 81 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Sam Winebaum • Level 5 expert

    Too few runs to reach final conclusions, but the popular Peg 33 has a fine, firmer ride, a very supportive upper, a particularly smooth transition, and great outsole grip.

  • 90 / 100 by Executive Style • Matty Paroz • Level 1 expert

    If you're still rocking chunky, fussy trainers with more neon than a Las Vegas casino update to lightweight, breathable tech fabrics with minimalist style. Nike's Air Zoom Pegasus 33 Shield iD has all this plus the added bonus of letting you completely customise the colours of every element, right down to personalised text…say, your name or "catch me".

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Updates to Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33 Shield

  • Nike’s 33rd model of the Pegasus in the Shield version introduces a host of changes to enhance its already top-notch performance. Most notable update in this shoe is the water-repellent upper and water resistant bootie, which is where the Shield gets its name. It makes the shoe more all-weather friendly.
  • Giving the shoe more zip in the forefoot is the addition of the iconic Zoom Air Unit in the forefoot. With this update, there is better overall responsiveness whether one lands in the heel or the forefoot. Taking off is also improved with this update.
  • A more strategic placement of the Flywire cords evens out the pressure of the cables. This also improves midfoot hold and support throughout the shoe.
  • New reflective materials in the upper provides better performance when running in low-light conditions.
  • The outsole gets a serious makeover in this version as well. In the Pegasus 33 Shield, the hexagonal lugs now extend all the way to the heel on the medial side of the shoe. With these new lugs, traction is significantly increased.
  • A big update in the outsole is the removal of some of the forefoot grooves. It is replaced by a single, deep flex groove for flexibility. The new groove works with the Air unit in the forefoot for better and more responsive takeoffs.

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33 Shield size and fit

Nike is fairly consistent in the fit of the Pegasus line. It means that the Pegasus 33 Shield continues to have great midfoot hold and heel security. The toe box has just enough room to accommodate swelling during long runs. It is a shoe that should be ideal for those with slightly narrower to standard foot measurements. The shoe generally runs true to size.


Outsole

Nike’s Waffle outsole is again utilized in this shoe with a new twist. The hexagonal lugs that used to stop in the midfoot now extend to the heel on the inner side of the shoe. There are the same crash rails on the lateral side, but with more cuts for better flexibility. An alteration in the upper also comes in the form of a single flex groove.


Midsole

A solitary Cushlon foam that spans the length of the midsole is basically the only form of cushioning material in the Pegasus 33 Shield. As it is full-length, the transitions from the heel to the forefoot are a bit smoother. There are now Zoom Air Units in the heel and the forefoot for enhanced responsiveness all throughout the shoe.


Upper

An engineered mesh provides breathable coverage and almost sock-like fit. The biggest improvement in this version is a DWR upper that repels water and an inner bootie that is also water resistant. There are 5 Flywire cables that are spaced out evenly for better distribution of pressure. A very soft inner bootie adds comfort and protection against the Flywire cords.