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  • Terrain

    Road

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    Trail

    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

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    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.
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  • 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
    $120
  • 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.

  • Heel height
    Men: 29mm
    Women: 29mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 19mm
    Women: 19mm
  • Width
    Men: normal, wide
    Women: normal, wide
  • Release date
    May 2018
  • Special editions
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Summary

We spent 7.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Many people liked the aesthetics of the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35, emphasizing the freshness of the color schemes.
  • The zigzag stitching of the engineered mesh was appreciated because it kept the façade durable.
  • A lot of testers welcomed the full-length Zoom Air unit, which responsibly cushioned the foot and attenuated impact shock.
  • The grip capability of the outsole unit received praise from a lot of consumers.
  • Based on several runners’ responses, the Pegasus 35 functioned well across a variety of activities like speed training, even-paced runs, and even half-marathons.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A tester complained that upper unit was a bit wide and that it didn’t hug the foot securely.
  • A few runners reported that the collar wasn’t too secure; the heel tended to slip off the shoe’s opening.
  • The outer section of the midsole unit creased after a few uses, according to a tester. Such an occurrence supposedly diminished the visual flair of this model.

Bottom line

Many people liked the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35. They welcomed the color schemes, the sturdiness of the engineered mesh, the comfortable underfoot platform, and the traction-ready outsole. Moreover, the versatility of this model was lauded. On the other hand, several consumers complained of an inconsistent fit, as well as a decline in the quality of the aesthetics via the midsole creasing.

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96 / 100 based on 19 expert reviews

  • 98 / 100 | Chris Ovenden

    The Pegasus 35 after 250 miles

    The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 is a do-it-all workhorse trainer that you are going to want on your feet mile after mile after mile.

     

    Intro

    I went through a lot of different shoes, and blisters, before I landed on the Nike Pegasus line. Now I can’t imagine wearing much else for my everyday training. I started out in the Pegasus 34, and after going through 2 pairs and 1000 odd miles in those, I upgraded to the Pegasus 35.

    Needless to say, I’m a fan of the line (I even got my partner into a snazzy pink pair of 34 for her park-running), and the Pegasus 35 is an excellent addition that I can see myself coming back to again and again.

    Look

    The 35 follows much of the look of its older brother with a few tweaks here and there, the most noticeable being the change to the tread pattern, the lip at the back of the ankle, and the little fin on the heel.

    I opted for the grey upper with the orange tread, which I find a pretty striking and good-looking combo (so you can certainly look good when you turn up for your local park run – whatever time you run to).

     

     

    I’m not sure if I’m sold on the little fin sticking out the back of the heel.

    I’ve read somewhere that this is to make the shoe more aerodynamic, but I’m not sure how much advantage it can bring (or why you would need an aerodynamic advantage on a workhorse trainer – anyone looking for a speed boost should probably check out the Nike Streak 6 instead).

    When I first put them on I was catching it as I went downstairs quite frequently. I’ve largely adapted to it now and barely notice it.

     

     

    The little lip on the back of the ankle is a nice touch. I’ve suffered from Achilles problems over the years (as I’m sure we all have). I’m not sure if it was from my shoes rubbing, rather than my simply overtraining (more likely!), but the lip on the 35 means there is no rubbing on my Achilles, so any potential issue is avoided.

    As for the tread

    You have a change to a slightly elongated hexagon pattern which provides enough grip for pavement, gravel and light trails (I’ve not tried anything much more adventurous in them).

     

     

    All in all, I’m a big fan of the updated look and, like its older brothers before it, once I’ve put another 1-200 or so miles into them, I’ll happily keep wearing them to the gym and for everyday wear out and about.

    Fit and Feel

    I have slightly wider than average feet at the ball of my foot and pretty high arches (what my partner calls "hobbit feet") so I need something that is pretty snug I the midfoot and wider at the toe box. The Pegasus 35 doesn’t disappoint in this respect. The toe box feels roomy, without being sloppy.

    I feel like I have a lot of much-needed wiggle-room and space for my foot to splay whilst I can still get that snug fit through the midfoot. I find the heel fits nice and snug too and there are extra eyelets for a secure ankle lock if that is your preference (I find I do fine without).

    Comparing the 35 to their older brother the 34, I think the toe box may be just a touch wider (it certainly feels like I have more room). The wide toe-box and last also mean that the 35 (like their older brother) feel incredibly stable when running and turning at pretty much any speed.

     

     

    In terms of ride, the 35 have just enough cushioning that I feel my shins and feet are being adequately protected without sacrificing too much by way of transferring force in the ground.

    They felt very cushioned when I first put them on and I still feel like I’m getting some good shock absorption after 250 miles. I tend to use them for my easy and threshold runs, and I would be tempted to use them for a marathon.

    With that said, you could easily use these for speed work if you were just starting out, and I’ve certainly run a few dozen miles of intervals and sprints in them. If you aren’t interested in pure speed, these could easily be your go-to shoe from training all the way to your next 5 or 10k.

    Just to give an idea on sizing: My feet are about 25cm in length when I measure them from heel to longest toe (perhaps a smidge over), so according to Nike’s sizing chart that should put me somewhere between a UK size 6.5 and 7. I opted for the 7, which I feel gives a perfect fit: snug in the midfoot with about a thumbs width in front of my longest toe.

    I’m sure I could have sized down to 6.5, but having conducted an experiment with those sizes in the Nike Streak 6, I think that would make the toe box a little too snug for me at the sides and on top (even with half a thumb of length to spare).

    If you like a good deal of wiggle room (and don’t want black toenails) I’d suggest using the Nike sizing chart based on your foot length, but erring on the larger size.

    Weight

    My 35 came in at just under 250 grams (and bear in mind that is after 250 odd miles, so they might have shed a little rubber weight from the tread.

    It’s not the lightest shoe in the world, by any means, but it’s light enough that you can still get some speed and they won’t feel like a dead-weight after your 2-hour long run.

     

     

    Compare the 35 to their older brother, the Pegasus 34, which come in at 258 grams for my pair (400 miles), and the Streak 6 which I measure at 174 grams.

    You could certainly shed a few grams (73 to be exact) by switching to the lower profile Streak 6, and if you are looking for a racing shoe (and have run out of easy improvements to make elsewhere) then that might be the right move.

     

     

    But you lose a lot of the cushioning in the Streak 6, and those extra 73 grams turn the Pegasus 35 into an absolute dream to wear mile after mile after mile. In other words, if you want a do-it-all shoe, those extra 73 grams are a price well worth paying for the Pegasus 35.

    Wear & Tear

    As you can see by the pictures throughout this review, my pair of 35 aren’t showing many signs of wear: after 250 miles, the upper is still like new, and I’ve not noticed any warping in the footbed from use.

    The cushioning has been flatted down somewhat now, so the ride isn’t quite as soft as it was the first time I put them on, but they are still easily cushioned enough for me to run 16 miles in them on a Sunday and have my shins and calves feeling fine (give or take a bit of muscle ache!).

     

     

    The tread has proved pretty hard wearing. I mainly run on pavement and grass with a few dry mud trails and there is still a millimeter of tread left before the forefoot has been worn smooth.

    I’m wagering I can easily get another 1-200 miles out of them before they need to be retired (especially if I switch to running more predominantly on grass.

    Compare that to the Pegasus 34 which I ’ve probably put 400 miles into and are now worn smooth. A word of warning though: how much tread is left isn’t the be-all and end-all of whether your shoe needs to be retired (as I’ve learned to my detriment).

    If you are finding your shins aching after a run, it may be that the cushioning has gone from your shoes and it’s time for a change (even if they still look like sonic the hedgehog underneath).

    Conclusion

    The Pegasus 35 really is a do-it-all shoe if you’re new to running or not at the stage where you want different shoes for different training sessions or races. You simply can’t go wrong with it.

    It’s light enough that you can easily sprint your way to a new park run PB, cushioned enough that you could run your next (or even first) marathon in it, and stable enough that you aren’t going to be limping home after a long or tough session from a twisted ankle.

    For more experienced runners, the 35 is an awesome shoe for your easy mileage: fantastic ride that leaves your legs feeling fresh for the next day, and durability enough that I can see myself wearing it for another 200 miles. I’d even suggest it can be used for threshold running or cruise intervals to give the legs that little bit extra cushioning and keep them in good nick for race day.

    For more intense speed work I would probably switch to the Nike Streaks (or similar), especially if you are running your intervals in the 3:30/k range or lower, where you start to notice the extra weight on the 35.

    The only downside, to my mind, is that at £105 in the UK they are still quite pricey. If they drop to £75, as the Pegasus 34 did at various retailers, I think you have the perfect price-point for the perfect workhorse shoe for any level of runner.

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

  • 96 / 100 | Carlos Storms

    Nike Pegasus 35: Is the ‘Peggie` hype worth it?

    new Pegasus every year for as long as most of us have lived (since 1983). It is the workhorse of the Nike line-up. So the hype when the new Pegs was launched is understandable.

    Many runners I know have stayed up to date with the Pegasus from at least five iterations. So in general, the shoes have to keep improving every year to keep runners interested, that adds up to the pressure. Will the Pegasus stay true to the promise of a “shoe for every runner”?

    This years’ iteration has received a complete makeover, ballooning the hype, so let’s dig in!

     

    The new Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35

    Looks

    Nike managed to launch a shoe that looks unique even taking design cues in the heel collar from the likes of the Adidas Alphabounce such as the back of the collar and the tip of the tongue -without us seemingly noticing.

    The shape of the shoe is also more pointy and triangular from the side, making it look sleeker.

     

    The heel counter of the 35 is barely noticeable in pictures, but it makes a very bold statement in person.

     

    The minimalist look of the Pegasus 35 it’s the most appealing feature; its construction is understated, even concealing the flywire on the inside to make room for the bigger Swoosh.

    For the first time ever, the number 35 is translucent and big on the heel counter, making this the only real decoration it has besides the big Swoosh. On the sides of the midsole, there are wave-like lines that look high and clean and add to the effect of “flow”, this thing looks fast just sitting there.

     

    The visible number 35 on the heel area

     

    There are subtle cues from the likes of the Vaporfly 4% and the Zoom Fly, such as the triangular back of the heel - my favorite feature. It looks like it would feel different while running, but it is not really noticeable.

    The outsole looks like a Pegasus 34 except for the hexagons that have now turned to spikes. It looks more durable now, and we hope it really is.

     

    The outsole looks like a stretched-out Pegasus 34, again Nike is keeping what worked and improving it.

     

    One downfall of the look is the appearance of wrinkles on the sides of the midsole that happen almost after the first use, but it seems a small price to pay.

     

    Wrinkles appear almost the first time you use them.

    Fitting and Feel

    The feel of the boot inside is almost sock-like. I tried running without socks in them and it was barely noticeable. The inside has almost no seams to hurt your feet.

    The sock liner is the only detail of the shoe that is the same as every shoe at least since the Elite 8, but why change something that works, right?

     

    Look ‘Ma, no stitches!

     

    Regarding the size, I had to order a half-a-size more, but have had to do so with most of my previous Nike racing shoes. The shoe may be a little wider, but the vertical fit seems right.

    I would recommend not to pull the strings too tight when using them and to tie them almost where they are because they tend to get really tight.

    Also, one small negative detail was that the inside of the tongue stained my socks while running in the rain (I got the loud fluorescent orange ones) so my white socks got a bit of transfer but after a wash they were fine.

     

    The Pegasus staining my socks

    Performance

    Being an avid user of other Nike racing shoes such as the Streak 6, these feel reminiscent of that low, stable ride. Make no mistake, these shoes are fast, the transition feels propelling and quick, it makes your stride flow like nothing I have tried before.

    The stability is something else compared to the current React cousins. When trying out the Nike Odyssey React and Epic React Flynit, I could not get used to the lack of stability I felt, especially in sharp turns.

    I felt the React foam to make my feet strive for stability. The Nike Pegasus 35 do that trick perfectly, they offer a very good balance between a stiff like racing Nike Streak 6 and cushioning like Epic React, it is definitely the ample middle ground.

    Maybe their best trait is that snug stable feeling that makes you not notice the shoe after a while. I also logged my fastest mile ever during a 10K event on a hilly course, so they are really fast.
    For moments during a speed training, I felt like the heel collar was releasing the ball of my heel but it never happened. It is not a terrible feeling but one that takes getting used to.

    One upside is the traction, these shoes grip really well on concrete surfaces even in warmer climates. Also, the grip is excellent in the rain on concrete and if it wasn’t for the torrential rainfall dripping off my cap, I would have never guessed it was raining at all.

    So in summary, I believe the hype is well deserved for these daily runners, the Pegasus legacy lives on!

    Conclusion

    • The Peggies are fast, really fast.
    • The midsole is very well balanced between cushioning and stability.
    • The grip is superior to other Nike Racing series shoes.
    • The sock liner and inside are comfy enough to run without socks.
    • The looks are stunning and minimalistic.
    • The price is a little high but justified once you try them.
    • They are a bit narrow so going half-a-size is advisable if your feet are on the wide side.
    • The inside of the tongue might stain your white socks on sweaty runs.

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

  • 91 / 100 | Jonathan Sargent

    The Nike Pegasus Air Zoom 35

    The Nike Pegasus has been a staple, go-to shoe in the running community for 35 years now. Originally intended to be for every runner, the Pegasus line has withstood the test of time, and has been a reliable shoe to run in.

     

     

    I first stumbled upon my first pair of Pegs in high school and continued wearing them year after year, model after model because I loved their lightweight, neutral fit that still provided me with the cushioning that I needed running anywhere from 30-70 miles in a week.

    I can’t lie, when I first saw the Pegasus 35, I was worried. Nike changed the look, changed the midsole and the upper, and I was concerned that the shoe that was always reliable had lost its way.

    Don’t get me wrong, they look incredible. I mean, look at these beauties. I couldn’t buy a pair, the question is: could the withstand my mileage? Let’s see.

    Upper

    Let’s start here. There are a few key features of this shoe I want to highlight, first the flywire technology. This creates a more snug and comfortable fit around your foot.

    The laces pull the shoe up and over your foot, giving it that close, snug feeling. It also helps give the shoe the sleek design on your foot, which helps keep it looking fast, while more importantly keeping you comfortable as well.

     

     

    Next, the tongue. The tongue of a shoe can make or break it. This was another piece I was concerned about, the tongue on the Pegasus 35 sits up higher on the ankle/shin area, and at first, I was a little leery about it. After wearing it around and for a couple of runs, I actually found it to be more comfortable than not. It is a potential spot of discomfort, however, depending on the person.

    Third, the Pegasus features a breathable mesh upper that feels more sock-like than what previous Pegasus users are used to with the flymesh. It is still lightweight and breathable, and in my opinion more comfortable. Beware of stepping in puddles, however, the mesh provides little protection against water.  

    Finally, the collar. The Pegasus 35 features an out-turned collar, which is designed to add extra support to the Achilles area. While this may be subtle, it provides a great deal of added comfort that I especially noticed on longer runs. It guards against rubbing to prohibit blisters and also cradles the Achilles to prohibit any added strain from step to step.

    Midsole

    The Nike Zoom Pegasus 35 features a full-length Zoom Air midsole, as compared to pockets of Zoom Air in the heel and forefoot in its predecessor, the Pegasus 34. Zoom Air is a series of small, flexible wires that compress when pushed down upon and release when the pressure is lifted. this is what gives the Pegasus its responsive feel.

    It also allows for a more natural foot strike, something that I noticed during my first few miles in my new Pegasus. It is comfortable and soft, while still providing responsiveness.

    The Midsole also features a pointed heel, as seen in the photos below. This design is used in the Zoom Fly and the Vaporfly 4%, the shoes Nike advertises as the fastest shoes on the market.

     

     

    The pointed heel helps the shoe aerodynamically, as well as creates a landing spot for heel strikers. Let’s be honest, it also looks really cool, especially next to the “35” on the heel design.

    One possible negative of the midsole is that the foam will crease as it is worn. As seen in the photo below, those creases were not there when I purchased the shoe. They do not decrease performance but can make the shoe slightly less attractive.

    The Pegasus 35 has a 10mm heel-toe drop, with a heel stack height of 28mm, which is relatively standard in most running shoes.

     

    Outsole

    Finally, the outsole. The outsole features Nike’s waffle lugs, which have been in shoes since the very first Nike shoe. The goal is to increase traction and durability.

     

     

    In my experience, the Pegasus line is one of the more durable shoes that I have owned, and I suspect the 35’s to be no different. The rubber outsole has withstood rocks and sticks and the like. The best thing about the outsole in the Pegasus 35 is that you can’t feel it, it simply does its job and keeps providing traction.

    Pros

    • Lightweight, durable shoe
    • Comfortable, even during long runs
    • Fashionable
    • Versatile
    • Good price ($120 at Nike.com)

    Cons

    • The elongated tongue could prove uncomfortable to some runners
    • Does not protect against water
    • Midsole creases with use

    Conclusion

    In my opinion, the Pegasus 35 is one of the best shoes on the market. Its versatility lets you use it in a fast-paced workout, or on a slow long run. It performs well, while not sacrificing comfort.

    At a retail price of $120, the Nike Zoom Pegasus 35 is a premier daily training shoe for any type of runner that is well worth the cost. This new shoe continues a great line of running shoes.

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

  • 95 / 100 | Road Runner Sports

    [The full-length Zoom Air] is gonna give you a nice, smoorth transition. I felt like I was cushioned the entire way through my last running pace.

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Updates to Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35

  • The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 is a running shoe that’s designed for those who have neutral pronation. It makes use of contemporary design to cater to casual shoe enthusiasts and fashionistas. The upper unit uses an engineered mesh that has a zigzag weave for durability. Flywire cables help to provide a secure and agreeable fit.
  • A full-length Zoom Air unit is used as the core cushioning unit of this running shoe. Contrary to the configuration of previous Pegasus models, the compressed-air cassette in this one runs the entire length of the platform. A Cushlon carrier hugs the Zoom Air technology, shielding it from wear and tear.
  • Two rubber compounds are layered on the outsole. The purpose of these features is to protect the rest of the platform and provide traction over the surfaces.

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 size and fit

The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 has a standard running shoe length. It follows the usual choices of consumers when it comes to size. The available widths of the men’s version are B – Narrow, D – Medium, 2E – Wide, and 4E – Extra Wide. The women’s iteration has the B – Medium and D – Wide options.

This shoe has a foot-shaped last that follows the natural curvature of the human foot.

Outsole

The outsole unit of the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 has a waffle design—comprised of flex grooves and traction nodes— that heightens the flexibility and grip capacity of the platform.

A rubber crash rail is fashioned on the lateral side. Its purpose is to receive the landing impact and ease the heel-to-toe transition.

Duralon is a rubber compound that has a responsive nature. Aside from doling out traction and protection from surface abrasion, it potentially adds some more cushioning. It’s specially placed on the forefoot part of the outer sole.

BRS 1000 is a feature that’s made of carbon rubber. This material is touted to be long-lasting. Its purpose is to shield the platform from wear and tear.

Midsole

Zoom Air is a cassette that contains compressed air. The one that’s used for the Pegasus 35 runs the entire length of the platform. Its purpose is to make the ride bouncy and to render more shock attenuation.

A Cushlon carrier covers the Zoom Air unit, sandwiching it and keeping it intact. It also provides cushioning because it’s fundamentally made of molded foam.

Upper

The upper unit of the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 makes use of engineered mesh. This cloth-like material offers form-fitting and breathable coverage. A zigzag weave strengthens its structure, thus keeping it from easily tearing apart.

Flywire cables peek through the instep part of the façade, acting as the eyelets of the lacing system. These elastic strands adapt to the tightening and loosening of the shoelaces, thereby giving a secure yet customizable wrap.

A partial bootie construction uses a mesh sleeve and some padding to maintain a smooth and well-supported in-shoe experience.

A reflective strip on the back part of the upper makes the runner more visible, especially when running at night.