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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
$135
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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 7.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

9 reasons to buy

  • The Nike Structure 20 Shield is remarkably comfortable, based on most of the reviews.
  • The Dynamic Support in the midsole provides a stable ride.
  • The weather-resistant upper offers protection against the elements.
  • Some runners noted the sufficient cushioning that absorbs impact quite well.
  • A handful of runners with knee and back pains found the ride to be really good for them.
  • There are a couple of different color combinations.
  • A few liked its lightweight nature despite the cushioning and stability features.
  • Several runners found the cushioning and stability as just exactly what they need.
  • It feels responsive and resilient, according to a handful of comments.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The price is a bit much, according to some reviewers.
  • The heel is a little loose in the feet of a few users.
  • The upper was a bit stiffer than a handful of Nike Air Zoom Structure fans were used to.

Bottom line

The weather-resistant upper takes the performance of the Nike Air Zoom Structure 20 to a different level that all the other past editions were not able to provide. It makes the shoe an all-weather type of a stability trainer. Nike continues to make the series one of its most supportive, well-cushioned, and good-looking options. It is suited best for daily trainings where the support and cushioning really comes to the fore.


Rankings


Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 9 ratings

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Updates to Nike Air Zoom Structure 20 Shield

  • Nike gives the 20th iteration of the Structure 20 a thorough makeover from the ground up. For the first time, the series uses a water-repellent DWR upper and a water resistant bootie. Running in slight drizzle or landing on small puddles should no longer be an issue with this latest development.
  • Another very visible change in this version is the removable of most of the Flywire cables. There are now only 2 Flywire cords on both sides of the shoe that are now connected to the first two eyelets. It helps save weight with still great midfoot hold. The rest of the laces go through traditional eyelets.
  • Nike also uses an upper with bigger holes in the mesh for improved breathability. Support around the eyelets are a bit thicker for more durability as well.
  • What is most evident midsole change is the removal of the rib cage on the medial side. Nike uses a denser foam in its place to continue providing stability while enhancing the smoothness of the transitions from landing to take off.
  • Traction gets a boost with the expansion of the lugs. The lugs now extend all the way to the heel on the inner side of the shoe. With a significant increase in the number of lugs, the grip automatically improves.
  • The flex grooves in the forefoot have been removed. To maintain some semblance of flexibility, the hexagonal lugs in the forefoot are extremely well articulated.

Nike Air Zoom Structure 20 Shield size and fit

Loyal fans of the Structure line should be happy that Nike brings back the standard fit in the Structure 20 Shield. The shoe offers great hold in the heel with a decent midfoot security. Runners with flat feet will find the roomy toe box very much to their liking. There is also enough volume in the toe box for those who need extra height in the forefoot. It runs true to size.


Outsole

The outsole is filled with hexagonal spanning the entire length of the shoe for enhanced grip. On the lateral side, crash rails improve the transition through the gait cycle and help stabilize the ride. Nike uses the popular BRS 1000 rubber in the Structure 20 Shield for its excellent durability. An Environmentally Preferred Rubber in the forefoot is utilized for better traction.


Midsole

Nike uses two main midsole foams in the heart of the Zoom Structure 20 Shield. In what it proprietarily calls the Dynamic Support System, Nike uses both Phylon and Cushlon foams to get the balance of stability and cushioning. On the medial side is the denser foam that curbs the inward motion of the feet. The foam on the lateral side is a bit softer for cushioning. An Air Zoom unit in the forefoot adds responsive cushioning.


Upper

The H2O Repel mesh is water-repellent and quite breathable. A very plush and fine mesh is designed as an inner sleeve that creates an upper that hugs the foot in comfort and prevents the cables from digging into the foot. An Ortholite sockliner adds more comfort, support, and cushioning. The patented Flywire cables lock down the foot together with the integrated heel counter.