Who should buy the Nike Pegasus 38 Shield

Get the Pegasus 38 Shield from Nike if: 

  • you want a snugger version of the Peg 37 Shield 
  • you need a shoe for wet and cold seasons
  • you're looking for a middle-ground between a road shoe and a waterproof running shoe

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38 Shield swoosh

Who should NOT buy the Nike Pegasus 38 Shield

Don't go for the Nike Peg 38 Shield if you already have a waterproof running shoe. Otherwise, it's just another "money grabber," said several experts. 

Weatherized upper

Road runners who ran through snow claim that the weather-proof upper is perfect in keeping their feet "warm."

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38 Shield weatherproof

Although it's not designed as a waterproof shoe, it also kept runners' feet "dry." Thanks to the rubberized overlays, splashes of water and light rain didn't infiltrate the shoe. 

Fantastic grip

The storm tread outsole has been praised by many. According to them, it's "fantastic" in wet conditions, giving them "loads and loads" of grip. 

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38 Shield traction

It's no wonder because the same material is used for winter tires. 

Rides like the OG Pegasus 38 

Stable, responsive, and comfortable — is how experts describe the performance of the Pegasus 38 Shield. Pretty much the exact same ride as the Peg 38. 

If you want to run slow, it's easy on the feet. When you pick up the pace, there's some sort of bounce underfoot for a spring back, owed to the Zoom Air units and React foam

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38 Shield nike air zoom

Even better, it has a more rockered sensation, making the transitions seamless. 

Lockdown fit

The midfoot cage doesn't just keep water out, it also locks the feet in excellently. And in the heel, the fit is snug. Testers have not reported any slips. 

For wide-footed runners, however, experts advise going half a size up. The heel's wrap might be too constricting. 

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38 Shield heel

Generous toe box for a Nike shoe

Compared to other Nike running shoes, which are known to be narrow, the Nike Peg 38 Shield is definitely roomier. 

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38 Shield stiff upper

Gusseted tongue

The redesigned tongue steps up the shoe's lockdown. It holds the feet better, preventing excess movements. 

It's also "more padded" and "wider," noted multiple reviewers. This makes it cozier and more effective in keeping water out. 

Pegasus 38 Shield is hefty

For a daily trainer, it's heavy. According to some reviewers, it's very clunky, they feel it weighing them "down" on the run. 

Stiff upper

Because of the rubberized overlays added to make the Nike Pegasus 38 Shield winter-ready, there's less flexibility. 

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38 Shield upper

There's little to no give in the upper, which is also the reason why experts advise those with larger feet to size up.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Base model: Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38
Collection: Nike Air, Nike Air Zoom, Nike Air Zoom Pegasus, Nike React
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Snow / Jogging

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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.