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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.

Price
$120
Weight
Men: 10.7oz
Women: 9.6oz
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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 6.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

9 reasons to buy

  • The Nike Air Zoom Structure 20 is very breathable and comfortable to wear, as mentioned in some reviews.
  • Some runners highlighted the good stability feature of the shoe.
  • A significant number of users liked the shoe’s soft but responsive cushioning.
  • The shoe has a durable outsole.
  • It comes in different color options.
  • It is available in wide and extra wide widths.
  • The luxurious inner sleeve is mentioned in a couple of reviews as the feature that provides most of the comfort and added level of support.
  • A handful of users loved the adequate volume of the toe box.
  • The new Flymesh delivers support and comfort, according to some reviewers.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A few number of runners experienced heel slippage.
  • No reflectivity for low-visibility running.
  • A handful noted that the 20th version of the Structure isn’t as friendly to serious overpronators as the previous model.

Bottom line

The Nike Air Zoom Structure 20 is a reasonably-priced shoe best for road and light trail running. Delivering a good combination of breathability, comfort and durability, this shoe is a great choice for long and easy runs.


Rankings


Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 68 ratings

5 star
56%
4 star
12%
3 star
7%
2 star
1%
1 star
7%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

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84 / 100 based on 15 expert reviews

  • 83 / 100 by RunRepeat • Aravind Memana • Level 3 expert

    The state of art Dynamic support arch on the sole is still undoubtedly the best in the market. As a flat footer, I have frequently experienced sudden twist of my ankle while walking through the pavement, with the inability to land properly. Nike have ensured a deep grove arch and a rubber crash rail to avoid such accidents.

  • 87 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    The Structure? It is still all about stability, but a really, really different performance ride. It's got some pop in the forefoot when you toe off.

  • 86 / 100 by TF XC Running Shoe Reviews • TF XC Running Shoe Reviews • Level 3 expert

    The Nike Structure [20] is a great shoe for anybody looking for a supportive, firm-cushioned, everyday trainer that's also fast-feeling. It provides a snug hug around the top of your foot, a nice stable platform and improved traction.

  • 81 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    The Structure 20 goes back to the basics, and that's a good thing. Improved ride and better upper fit over the 19. 

  • 80 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Ruggero Loda • Level 5 expert

    The Structure 20 is a good stability shoe. It offers enough stability and enough cushioning to be a daily trainer for high-mileage runs.

  • 85 / 100 by The Runner's Flat • The Runner's Flat • Level 3 expert

    It feels lighter and smoother with still plenty of stability.

  • 83 / 100 by Runner's High • Craig • Level 3 expert

    For that person who wants that kind of snappy, quick feel the structure is definitely gonna provide that for you.

  • 87 / 100 by Runnerlight • Runnerlight • Level 2 expert

    Among other product versions, the newest iteration stays completely true to such description, providing the best flexibility and stability which this brand has ever kept into the runners.

  • 85 / 100 by About the Shoes • About the Shoes • Level 2 expert

    I would definitely recommend if you are looking for something a little more supportive and still ultra responsive and will hold up to almost all weather conditions.

  • 80 / 100 by Best Designer Shoes Review For You • Best Designer Shoes Review For You • Level 2 expert

    I will still probably log the majority of my miles in the next couple of months in this shoe. I like it. It’s just – in my opinion – a small step back from the previous version therefore I have to rate it 4 stars.

  • 89 / 100 by The Unbiased Blog TV • The Unbiased Blog TV • Level 1 expert

    I usually have those aches in my feet when I was wearing the wrong shoe. Since I've moved to Nike Zoom Structure 20, all the pains have gone.

  • 87 / 100 by The Running Company Australia • Chris Chapman • Level 1 expert

    The 20 learned from the imbalances of the 19th and went to a more traditional Dyanmic Support like the 16th, but with even better stability.

  • 84 / 100 by Runner's World • Sharon Becker • Level 1 expert

    The cushioning was just right, but this shoe seemed to have better support than similar-weight shoes.”

  • 81 / 100 by Runner's World UK • Ben Hobson • Level 1 expert

    Surprisingly, it feels like a structured shoe! The medial support is ever present, though the change to the dual density foam makes the shoe more progressive upon impact, giving a more uniform ride through the whole foot strike and toe off, where as the support in the 18 and 19 very much restricted the amount of ‘give’ on the medial side.

  • 80 / 100 by Running Pinoy • Running Pinoy • Level 1 expert

    Overall, I find the Nike Air Zoom Structure 20 a good shoe for those needing stability.  It is lightweight, offers good fit and traction, and it really looks good!  Cushioning though is not as good as other models from Nike due to its stability nature.

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Updates to Nike Air Zoom Structure 20

  • The very popular stability shoe from Nike gets considerable modifications in the 20th edition of the Structure. One clear change is the number of Flywire cords. From 5, there are now only 2 cables that are directly connected to the first two eyelets. Midfoot hold is about the same, but the tension is now focused almost entirely on near the tip of the tongue. The well-cushioned tongue prevents any type of irritation or hot spots. The lesser number of cords saves weight and gives the upper a more refined look.
  • The Flymesh also uses bigger forefoot holes for improved breathability. Nike boosts the endurance of the upper with a thicker lamination as eyelet support. In this version of the Flymesh, there is an improved mix of structure and flexibility in areas where the runner needs it.
  • Nike wanted a ride that is a bit smoother in the Structure 20 by removing the bump in the arch. While the medial post is still around, the now almost plain arch section moves heel strike to take-off a bit quicker.
  • Stability, though, is a touch better in this version as the tri-midsole foam is a hint firmer than the earlier model. The firmer ride also makes the shoe a hair more responsive.
  • In the outsole, the lugs in the forefoot are now extended all the way to the medial part of the heel. Traction gets better with the expansion of the lugs to this area.

Nike Air Zoom Structure 20 size and fit

Nike continues to give the Air Zoom Structure 20 a very standard fit. The inner heel counter and the Flywire cables provide excellent, but not restraining hold in these areas. The forefoot has good volume and enough width for the toes to naturally splay out. As the shoe also comes in wide and extra wide versions, it should be good options for those who require extra space from the heel to the forefoot. It runs true to size.

Outsole

The 20th instalment of the Zoom Structure continues to use the honeycomb outsole layout that now covers the shoe all the way to the heel on the inner side. A crash rail that extends from the heel to the forefoot gives the shoe better and smoother transitions. Two types of rubber deliver a nice blend of traction and durability. A soft blown rubber offers grip while the hard carbon rubber in the heel and midfoot provides long-lasting work.

Midsole

The midsole of the Air Zoom Structure 20 is made up of a three-density foam. An injection molded EVA occupies a large portion of the midsole for main cushioning duties. On the medial side is another layer of dense foam for better support. And finally, the third wedge of foam running from the heel to the midfoot provides even more support to a collapsing arch. This midsole layout is what Nike calls the Dynamic Support System. It gives the shoe a stable ride for moderate overpronators.

Upper

Nike brings back the Flymesh upper in the Structure 20. It gives excellent ventilation and support and allows Nike to completely do away with overlays as the Flymesh itself gives enough structure and integrity to the upper. There are Flywire cables on both sides that are connected to the laces and the midsole for improved security and midfoot hold. An inner heel counter helps lock down the foot from extra movements. Nike packs the tongue with enough foam to prevent the cords from causing irritation. A removable sockliner adds cushioning, support, and a little responsiveness to the shoe.