Facts

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  • Terrain
    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
    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.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use
    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
    Price
    $120
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 10.7oz
    Women: 9.6oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    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.

  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal, wide
    Women: normal, wide
  • Release date
    Release date
    Sep 2016
  • Special editions
    Special editions
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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.

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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.