Who should buy the Nike Air Zoom Structure 23
This supportive running shoe from Nike is a solid option for runners who need the following:
- footwear with arch support for mild to moderate overpronation
- daily trainer for slower runs of any distance
- a sleek-looking shoe that can double for long walks and casual wear
Who should NOT buy the shoe
If you are after a stability shoe that would allow you to pick up the pace, consider Brooks Launch GTS 8 or Saucony Tempus.
Support and stability
This iteration of the Nike Structure has taken a step forward in its approach to stability. It ensures a steady ride by making the shoe's base wide and by placing the foot inside the midsole, cradled by the sidewalls.
Runners who have owned the previous iterations of the Structure highly appreciated this update:
- "rides like a stable neutral shoe"
- "still feel light with all that support"
In addition, the midfoot and heel lockdown in the upper is superb, contributing to a well-supported experience.
Cushioned for long runs and walks
The 23rd Structure turns out to be softer than its predecessors which delighted many shoe experts and runners. One of them even said: "my feet sank down into the soft foam."
Paired with the shoe's flexibility, the cushioning provided a very smooth ride. "Consistent and pleasant," as one of the reviewers describes it. Up front, the embedded Air Zoom unit adds responsiveness.
The shoe also pleased many people who wore this Nike shoe for standing and walking. The cushioned sole allowed them to spend long hours on their feet without pain or discomfort.
Comfortable in-shoe feel of the Structure 23
"Good to go out of the box," says a reviewer. Many more people agree that this Nike shoe requires no breaking-in.
Inside, the shoe is said to feel amazing thanks to all the padding it employs:
- "felt like pillows wrapping my feet"
- "comfortable enough to sleep in"
No rubbing or blisters have been reported.
The only problem with all that padding is that soaks up sweat and moisture, making the shoe warmer and heavier.
Appealing price point
The Nike Structure 23 is priced at $120 which is $16 cheaper than stability shoes on average. A lot of runners are happy with this fact as this category of shoes tends to be pricey.
Grippy and durable outsole
Those who have tested the Nike Structure 23 on various surfaces report that it's been effective on both dry and wet roads, grass, pavement, and tar.
The rubber outsole is also described as mind-blowingly durable. More than a few avid runners anticipate it to last well over 500 miles.