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.
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Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.
Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.
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If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.
WeightMen: 11.5ozWomen: 8.9oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 10mmWomen: 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.
Heel heightMen: 22mmWomen: 22mm
Forefoot heightMen: 12mmWomen: 12mm
WidthMen: Narrow, Standard, Wide, Extra wideWomen: Standard, Wide
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74 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews
Do-it-all shoe in Nike’s Zoom Structure 22
Is your closet getting a little crowded with all those specialty shoes you’ve been collecting? It’s true, right?
We have more shoes than any generation before us - tempo shoes, flats for the track, cushy trainers for recovery, lightweight trainers for longer races. We don’t need yet another specialty shoe as much as we need a bigger closet.
I’ve searched high and low for the one trainer that could reclaim my closet and let me run Tempo, Track, and Recovery runs with happy feet. The biggest surprise of all is I think Nike, the supplier of the elites, has responded with a nicely balanced shoe at a great price. Enter the Nike Zoom Structure 22!
Gold star toe box
Unlike many of Nike’s offerings, the Zoom Structure 22 has a roomy toe box. There is nothing worse than to be cramped up front on those repeats or even worse that long run.
That is not going to happen in these Zooms. Nike built in plenty of room for those toes to spread out. It gives supreme comfort during the workout, and you’ll feel great after you're done.
Midsole - gets better the more you wear them
This was such a pleasant surprise for me. Nike uses a dual density midsole with Phylon and Cushlon materials to create what they call Dynamic Support.
Initially, I felt the midsole was on the firm side but satisfactory. After putting over 100 miles in them, I can honestly say they just get better with age.
They still give that support, but the comfort quotient just gets better and better. The performance of these shoes and the fact that Nike develops all their foams in the house has me believing in Nike again.
Uppers - no one does it better than Nike
Nike has a knack for crafting a shoe that fits nicely around your foot. In the Zoom Structure 22, Nike creates a great fit with a seamless upper and Flywire to give that custom fit.
There is no unnecessary padding, and the upper has a tailored feel to it. The material also has proven to be breathable while maintaining durability.
When I say breathable, I run in sunny Las Vegas, and I’m telling you, the uppers ventilate nicely on those sweaty runs.
Soles that politely grip the road
The structure uses a multi-thread that gives grip but still lets you rip. The treads don’t have aggressive lugs that get in the way on the road.
They feel stable underfoot, but you don’t even realize they are there. This makes these shoes so versatile because you can Zoom on a training run, track workout, distance event, or just look cool on Saturday night. I’ve done all those things in my Zooms.
Reasons I would buy them again
- The midsole material gives modest support and improves with age
- The craftsmanship of the upper makes them feel good at different paces
- The eyelets for the laces sit wider on the shoe that alleviates pressure on the top of my foot
- There is a variety of stylish colorways that look cool
- They are a supreme value at $120
Things yet to be perfected
- The tongue is pretty basic that is a small blemish to an otherwise great fit
- There is a break in period with these shoes
These shoes really grew on me. After training in them for three months, they check almost all of the boxes. They have a great fit with midsoles that simply improve with wear.
The uppers wrap your foot extremely well and are available in modest colorways if you’re not into the neon jogger look. These things are incredibly versatile and perform well in a range of workouts.
If you are looking for a versatile, supportive trainer and willing to sacrifice somewhat that max cushioning feel of other daily trainers, PR’s await you in the Nike Zoom Structure 22.
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Got a lot of good compliments on it, I think you guys will too.
The Nike Zoom Structure is designed to be a daily stability trainer. However, Nike missed the mark, and they just aren’t worthy of everyday running.
Updates to Nike Air Zoom Structure 22
- The Nike Air Zoom Structure 22 is a stability shoe that’s created for the roads and for those who want their overpronated foot motion to be corrected. The visual aspect of this product is mostly similar to its predecessor, the Zoom Structure 21, utilizing an uncluttered silhouette and sparing amounts of printed overlays. But this time, the Structure series moves from knitted mesh into engineered mesh territory for a lightweight, breathable and form-fitting fit.
- Cushioning is given by a full-length platform, which is made up of Cushlon and dual-density Phylon. These elements work together to mitigate impact shock and maintain a balanced stance when running. The external pad is made of two rubber compounds (blown in the forefoot and BRS 1000 in the heel) to help with surface control and abrasion protection.
Nike Air Zoom Structure 22 size and fit
A standard sizing scheme was used in the making of the Nike Air Zoom Structure 22. Such a configuration allows consumers to choose a pair using their usual sizing expectations. When it comes to width, the available options for men are D – Medium, 2E – Wide and 4E – Extra Wide; for women, the only variant is B – Medium.
The forefoot section of the Nike Air Zoom Structure 22’s outsole unit is made up of Duralon, a blown rubber compound that offers traction, abrasion defense, as well as added cushioning through its malleable build.
BRS 1000 is a durable carbon rubber layer placed in the high-wear areas of the outsole, particularly the heel. This feature is tasked with resisting the debilitating effects of surface exposure and consistent use.
The main part of the midsole unit is the Dynamic Support technology, comprised of Cushlon and dual-density Phylon. This full-length cushioning unit has a forefoot that is responsive and flexible and a heel that is firm and stable. Overpronators are the target of such a configuration.
The heel has a decoupled part that isolated impact shock during the landing phase of the gait cycle. This design is also meant to smoothen the heel-to-toe transitions.
A plastic case filled with compressed air is placed in the forefoot section of the platform. This Zoom Air unit, which is also present in the Nike Pegasus 35, heightens the cushioning capacity of the midsole, encouraging a well-mitigated step and a reactive forefoot lift.
Engineered mesh serves as the upper unit of the Nike Air Zoom Structure 22. This cloth-like material is lightweight, flexible and highly breathable. It has an open construction that accommodates environmental air into the foot-chamber, thus maintaining a cool and dry experience for the wearer’s foot.
The Nike Swoosh is printed onto the lateral side, acting as an overlay that keeps the foot in place.
A wraparound heel print with mild padding helps in stabilizing the ankles and the Achilles tendon, thereby preventing sprains or strains.
The Dynamic Flywire Cables connect to the traditional lacing system of the Zoom Structure 22. These stretchy yet durable wires cause the rest of the upper to adapt to the tightening or loosening of the shoelaces, thus giving a customized fit-profile.