Verdict from 41 user reviews

11 reasons to buy

  • The majority of good praises were focused on the Ortholite sockliner, memory foam heel counter, and dual density foam in the rest of the midsole that makes it highly comfortable.
  • Numerous reviewers gave good ratings on the responsive Nike Air Zoom unit that makes it ideal for running and walking activities.
  • The unique sole structure got nods from several customers for its durability, traction, and unique shape.
  • The mesh and synthetic leather materials are lightweight that most users were delighted by its bulk that does not feel uncomfortable to wear all day or all night.
  • A significant number of reviewers will recommend the shoe to their friends and family.
  • The rubber sole’s tread patterns were given props by some wearers for excellent traction.
  • Some customers mentioned the unique outsole design in their comments as it makes the Nike Air Zoom Spiridon a stylish and trendy ‘dad shoe’ with chunky soles and distinctive track patterns.
  • Some customers say they were satisfied with their purchase of the retro-styled shoe.
  • A handful of reviewers say the thin upper material with mesh and synthetic material gives enhanced breathability.
  • Quite a handful of people praised the Nike Air Zoom Spiridon as it comes in a vast range of exciting colorways.
  • A few buyers say that its price tag is reasonable for a classic-inspired shoe that is reminiscent of the 1990s era in fashion and sneaker design.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Many people who bought the Nike Air Zoom Spiridon sneakers in the late ‘90s were disappointed with the construction and quality of the modernized running sneaker.
  • Some reported “glue issues” and “peeling off of the mesh and synthetic overlays.”
  • One user found the fit of the sneaker a little narrow than their usual Nike fit.

Bottom line

Treating your feet with a chunky-soled Nike dad shoe makes purchasing the Air Zoom Spiridon a wise buy.  Most are satisfied with its breathable and lightweight materials, comfortable cushioning, and responsive Air Zoom unit.

Although some complained that its materials, built, and manufacturing quality have changed a bit, it has remained a crowd favorite for those looking for fantastic sneakers from the 1990s. Quite a reasonable purchase for some, the Nike Air Zoom Spiridon sneaker is a great underrated retro-styled sneaker that deserves a spot in every person’s regular sneaker rotation.

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Good to know

The Nike Air Zoom Spiridon sneaker has always gained positive reviews for its perfect fit that runs true to size. It comes in a medium width for both men and women. It is also secured by a Dynamic Fit lacing system that gives a perfect lockdown.  The shoe also has an internal cleatie construction that makes it easy to put on and take off aided also by a heel and tongue pull tab. The men’s Nike Air Zoom Spiridon shoes are offered in US size 6 to 15 while women’s sizes range from size 4 to 13.

With numerous colorways to choose from, the Nike Air Zoom Spiridon has one version that would suit the changing and varied sneaker tastes of sneakerheads. For most of its wearers, however, they would often use them as athleisure wear due to its running-inspired design.

While the Nike Air Zoom Spiridon can still muster its way in running tracks, it is now geared towards lifestyle purposes rather than performance running.  Men and women wear the Nike Air Zoom Spiridon shoes in the gym and for fitness activities in the morning and continue to wear them for the rest of the day by pairing them with sporty athleisure clothing.

Styling the Nike Spiridon sneaker is quite easy by partnering them with a jogger and a hoodie. Wearers also use them with cropped, tapered, ankle-length, and other street-style fashion jeans and bottoms. Wear Nike Air Zoom Spiridon in orange and Nike Air Zoom Spiridon in white with a relaxed or loose tee, sporty collared polo shirt, and top them with a jacket or hoodie for that summer-ready swagger. Some people, meanwhile, use them by wearing the Triple Black or the Reflective colorway for night-time clubbing or bar hopping.

Containing a receptive cushioning, the Nike Air Zoom Spiridon has a responsive Nike Air Zoom unit that covers the three-fourths length of the sole. The Nike Air Spiridon shoe which is made of mesh with no-sew overlays has a Dynamic Fit lacing system for a secure lockdown and an Ortholite sockliner and memory foam insole to keep interiors comfy.

Making its debut in 1997, the Nike Air Zoom Spiridon, one of Nike’s performance running shoes, was named after the first Olympic marathon winner Spiridon Louis. Coming out as part of the Zoom collection of performance running shoes, the shoe is inspired mostly by the Nike Air Zoom Alpha which came out a year earlier with a similar wavy pattern in the sole.

Both shoes also used Phylon midsoles and a Duralon material in the forefoot. An air Zoom unit, on the other hand, gives responsive cushioning and a lightweight feel. Nike designers were experimental on the Air Zoom Spiridon’s design as they included mesh in the upper enhancing breathability and significantly lowering the overall weight of the shoe.

The Spiridon sneakers by Nike also gained a cult following as many people including track athletes that loved the use of various materials for the shoe. The vintage running shoe’s success lies in the Nike Air Zoom technology designed by Christian Tresser, who also created the Nike Air Max 97.

The Air Zoom Spiridon sneaker by Nike uses a caged Zoom with a Zoom Air Bag inside a plastic cage to protect the midsole cushioning and also to provide responsive cushioning.

Nike released a retro version of the Nike Air Zoom Spiridon in 2016 with numerous colorways coming out in the past few years as many sneakerheads can’t get enough of the running shoe with an old school ‘90s DNA evident in its styling. Among its most important re-release is the NikeLab version of the shoe in Regal Blue colorway.

Nike also collaborated with Dutch artist Piet Parra on the Spiridon both releasing in the limited Friends and Family and retail versions of the Parra x Nike Air Zoom Spiridon. London based size? Also dropped the size? X Nike Air Zoom Spiridon Pack while the brand also collaborated with New York-based graffiti artist Stash with the Stash x Nike Air Zoom Spiridon. With the success of the Air Zoom Spiridon collection, the brand also introduced the Nike Air Zoom Spiridon Ultra which has the same build as the OG Spiridon sneaker but features a fused upper overlay with Ultra treatment that makes them extremely lightweight.

With the cult following of the Nike Air Spiridon shoes, the Swoosh brand released several unique colorways like the One World, Olympic, Armory Blue, Anthracite, Patent Leather, and Reflective unique colorways.

It also released in common colorway treatments of the Swoosh brand like Metallic Gold, Team Red, Black, and Gym Red, Light Ash, Volt, Triple White, Wolf Grey, Total Orange, Turbo Green, Pure Platinum, Black Suede, and Elemental Gold. The Nike Air Zoom Spiridon was sold at retail at $170.

  • The shoe was also called Nike Air Spiridon ’16 when it was released for the second time in July 2016.
  • Mesh material in the Nike Zoom Spiridon upper gives a breathable and lightweight feel.
  • Dynamic fit lacing secures fit while internal cleatie construction makes for easy on and off.
  • Rubberized print in the no-sew overlay helps repel splashes when raining.
  • Translucent rubber traction patterns are inspired by the OG Nike Air Zoom Spiridon.
  • Celebrities spotted wearing collaborations, and special colorways of the Nike Air Zoom Spiridon sneakers include DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber, Bella Hadid, Fabolous, Lebron James, Kevin Hart, and Drake.


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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.