Facts

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: 9oz
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.

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

10 reasons to buy

  • A majority of the users commented that the Pegasus 34 is extremely comfortable.
  • A lot of buyers have observed that the shoe is lightweight yet durable.
  • Some mentioned that the shoe is good to go right out of the box, and that did not require breaking in.
  • The Pegasus 34’s responsive nature was also commended by many of its testers.
  • With numerous color choices, many users found the Pegasus 34 to be stylish.
  • There were several opinions on how the shoe fits: a lot of users mentioned it is true to size, and others were impressed with the more focused fit and the support it provides.
  • The shoe gives a smooth ride and it feels fast, according to some.
  • One user said the Pegasus 34 reduced their knee and calf discomforts.
  • Even more breathable than the previous version, as noticed by numerous runners.
  • The shoe allows for great foot control with its awesome traction, based on the observation of one user.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners mentioned that the Pegasus 34 has irregular padding and puts uneven pressure on their foot.
  • More than a handful of users commented that the laces were difficult to adjust, and another said they caused some discomfort on the top of his foot.
  • A couple of users said that the Pegasus 34 had poor durability and that it had the tendency to break apart quickly.
  • There were some buyers who were not impressed by the cushioning of the Pegasus 34.

Bottom line

On its 34th iteration, the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus has kept most of the features of the previous version, only updating the features of the upper. Like its predecessors, the Pegasus 34 has a level of durability and comfort that provides an incredible support and allows great foot control. This version still employs the signature cushioning of the Pegasus line, which is great for road-running. With most users commending its improved flexibility and breathability, the Pegasus 34 is designed to impress neutral runners undertaking tough roads.


Rankings


Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 247 ratings

5 star
72%
4 star
12%
3 star
5%
2 star
1%
1 star
2%

My Rating

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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88 / 100 based on 18 expert reviews

  • 93 / 100 by RunRepeat • Riccardo Vanetti • Level 1 expert

    The Pegasus 34 is more perforated, ensuring greater breathability & greater lightness of the upper.

  • 90 / 100 by Jamison Michael • Jamison Michael • Level 4 expert

    I like it a lot. It feels lighter, faster and just more refined.

  • 85 / 100 by TF XC Running Shoe Reviews • TF XC Running Shoe Reviews • Level 3 expert

    One difference that I really appreciated was the laces. They are now completely flat and provide a better lockdown for the top of your foot.

  • 86 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    The Pegasus is a decently priced, well-rounded package.

  • 95 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Peter Stuart • Level 4 expert

    I’d highly recommend it for a go-to daily trainer for pretty much any runner.

  • 90 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Frank May • Level 4 expert

    Overall? I’m pleased, and I think anyone who ran in Nike shoes before will be pleased with this as a running shoe.

  • 90 / 100 by Sun and Sole • Joel Morris • Level 3 expert

    It’s still on the faster side and really responsive, but does feel a little stiffer than last year.

  • 86 / 100 by RIZKNOWS • RIZKNOWS • Level 3 expert

    They have a tempting price point, they’re great for long distances, can handle multiple different surfaces and are super breathable.

  • 78 / 100 by Shoe Tiles • Shoe Expert • Level 3 expert

    The overall functionality of this shoe is excellent and similar like what Nike prefers to have in their Pegasus line; it is comfortable and durable shoe for runners at an affordable cost.

  • 88 / 100 by Road Running Shoes Review • Road Running Shoes Review • Level 2 expert

    Whether you’re working on split exercises or a long ride, Pegasus 34 is always a reference model for comfort and freshness.

  • 88 / 100 by RIZKNOWS • Matt Ross • Level 2 expert

    Overall, though, I'm a big fan of the 34s and the Pegasus line in general.

  • 87 / 100 by The Straits Times • Trevor Tan • Level 2 expert

    With its superb cushioning, great comfort and versatility, the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34 is an excellent pair of running shoes that is catered to both serious runners and casual joggers.

  • 87 / 100 by Awesome Kicks • Awesome Kicks • Level 2 expert

    I can strongly recommend this shoe and I actually think that the Pegasus 34 is one of the best shoes out there for most runners.

  • 85 / 100 by Live Mint • Vishal Mathur • Level 2 expert

    The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34 doesn’t have the most exciting design, but what you get is a more breathable upper and more room for the foot than its predecessor offered.

  • 93 / 100 by kofuzi • kofuzi • Level 1 expert

    I really like 'em. If you liked other Nike Zooms, you're gonna love these.

  • 90 / 100 by Alltricks Video • The Sneakerland • Level 1 expert

    I would definitely recommend these over any running shoe around that $100-and-below price range.

  • 87 / 100 by Columbus Running Company • Audrey • Level 1 expert

    Nike made this version of the Pegasus a little sleeker-looking, and while I liked the look of the previous upper, I'm excited to run this summer in the new Pegasus 34!

  • 87 / 100 by SwiftRunners • SwiftRunners • Level 1 expert

    I was really impressed by it.

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Updates to Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34

  • There may not be a lot of noticeable changes in the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34, but the updated upper, coupled with the current technology in the rest of the shoe, is enough to impress both new users and patrons of the Pegasus line.
  • Although not a significant difference, the Pegasus 34 is generally lighter than its predecessor, thus, runners who are looking for all the speed boost they can get will approve of this update.
  • The upper now features a newly-engineered Flymesh that is designed to provide support and ventilation on the top of the shoe. Together with the Flywire cords that are now installed differently, the foot is ensured to get a fluid ride and an adaptive fit.
  • While still possessing the familiar outsole design and midsole technology, the Pegasus 34 has a sleeker designed upper and overall silhouette that is both pleasing to look at and comfortable to wear.

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34 size and fit

The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34 fits true to size and gives a snug and secure fit without feeling restricted. The shoe provides an incredible foot lockdown and is efficient in preventing heel slippage. Coming in width profiles of D-medium, 2E-wide, and 4E-extra wide for men, and 2A-narrow, B-medium, and D-wide for women, this shoe is available to cater to all foot volumes.

Outsole

The Pegasus 34 retains the signature waffle-patterned outsole made from Duralon and carbon rubber. These hexagon-shaped lugs wrap the medial part of the outsole and are designed to enhance flexibility. On the lateral part lies the stripe-shaped crash rail, is for a smoother transition through the gait cycle. Overall, these two patterns work together for incredible traction on any surface.

Midsole

The midsole features a full-length Cushlon ST foam made of EVA foam that provides more softness and support while still producing enough level of bounce and responsiveness. There is also a removable insole that adds to the cushioning.

The Pegasus 34 has Zoom Air units located in the forefoot and heel, which reduces the weight of the shoe and provides a more cushioned landing. These Zoom Air bags give the foot a nudge forward off the ground with each step and offer additional support against vibrations running through from the outsole.

Additional cushioning is given to the runner via the Fitsole sock liner. This add-on is anatomically shaped to provide mild support to the curves of the underfoot, particularly the arch.

Upper

The Flymesh technology of the Pegasus 34 now features bigger pores that are designed to reduce heat buildup when you run. This stable-engineered mesh wraps seamlessly around the upper, ensuring support and ventilation across the top of the shoe.

Like the Pegasus 33, this running shoe makes use of the Flywire closure system, which is now concealed by the layer of mesh mentioned above. These cords hug the arch of the foot for a dialed-in fit, connects to the laces, which then pull a partial bootie that wraps the midfoot, ensuring a supportive fit while retaining flexibility.

A supportive fit is given to the runner through a partial bootie construction. The soft mesh in the interior of the shoe wraps around the foot in a secure yet non-irritating way.

An internal heel counter holds the rear of the foot in place and prevents it from exiting the shoe accidentally.