Facts

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
$140
Weight
Men: 11.8oz
Women: 9.4oz
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.

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

10 reasons to buy

  • A reviewer wrote that the upper fit of the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 12 was better than its previous iterations.
  • Many consumers appreciated the presence of the Flywire cables; they wrote that the upper was more secure because of them.
  • Runners were generally happy with the different color schemes because they allowed more choice when it came to the visual aesthetics of the shoe.
  • Several testers considered this shoe to be a great option for long distances.
  • The mid-sole received some praise for being well-cushioned and flexible.
  • The foam technologies present in this model were lauded for being very responsive.
  • Those with different foot-dimensions welcomed the fact that this shoe came in many width variants.
  • ‘Comfortable’ was a word used frequently to describe the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 12.
  • A consumer noted that the outsole was strong and efficient enough to increase mileage durability.
  • The reflective coating in the upper pleased many runners who needed to be seen when running in low-light conditions.

1 reasons not to buy

  • A consumer reported that the toe box of the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 12 was short and tight.

Bottom line

The Nike Air Zoom Vomero 12 neutral road shoe was a resounding success, based on many runners’ reports. Most were able to appreciate its comfortable construction, as well as its durable components. They also believed that it was a step up from the previous iterations in terms of cushioning, durability and overall quality.


Rankings


Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 160 ratings

5 star
53%
4 star
12%
3 star
4%
2 star
3%
1 star
3%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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90 / 100 based on 11 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Thomas • Level 5 expert

    Overall, this shoe looks in pretty good shape and I think you could get at least 300 to 500 miles out of this shoe.

  • 89 / 100 by Jamison Michael • Jamison Michael • Level 4 expert

    Very natural fit, secure but not intrusive.

  • 97 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Sam Winebaum • Level 5 expert

    In terms of smooth cushioned ride at slower speeds, upper support and comfort including breathability the Vomero is my pick.

  • 90 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Thomas • Level 5 expert

    Despite the weight, I really like running in these shoes. I have been pairing these with the Nike Zoom Elite 9 with great success.

  • 90 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Meaghan • Level 5 expert

    his is by no means my favorite shoe from Nike, but it’s a solid trainer. And the shoes are built to last. After 55+ miles, the Vomero has no sign of wear. Between the quality upper and durable rubber outsole, you’ll easily get hundreds of miles out of this shoe.

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

    Comfort remains the key here, with a thick collar lining and tongue padding intact.

  • 82 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    The midsole flexes in the wrong place, sluggish transitions.

  • 90 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Sean Felty • Level 4 expert

    The Nike Zoom Vomero 12 is a solid redesign/update to one of Nike’s most highly cushioned models.

  • 92 / 100 by Gear Institute • Cory Smith • Level 3 expert

    Overall the Vomero 12 is a great preforming everyday trainer that offers superb cushioning.

  • 88 / 100 by TF XC Running Shoe Reviews • TF XC Running Shoe Reviews • Level 3 expert

    The new Vomero 12 has gotten a new update. It's gonna feel a little bit different. It's gonna be nice and soft, yet [sic] keep that responsiveness. I think you guys will like the changes on it.

  • 93 / 100 by 321 Sport • Flavia • Level 2 expert

    I will continue running with this shoes for my long runs or in case I plan to be in another marathon because it's extremely comfortable even though I have a wider foot.

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Updates to Nike Air Zoom Vomero 12

  • The Nike Air Zoom Vomero 12 is a shoe that’s suitable for runners who want to have a luxurious running or training experience. This series has taken pride in providing reliable cushioning to the wearer, and the 12th iteration respects that legacy. Many different color schemes make it a visual treat for those who need more fashionable options when it comes to their running shoes.
  • A well-ventilated experience is provided by the engineered mesh upper. The triple layer knit design improves durability while maintaining breathability and flexibility. The Dynamic Flywires connect the upper fabrics with the lacing system. These lightweight cables adjust the fit to provide a snug yet secure wrap.
  • A full-length carrier foam is present in the mid-sole unit of the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 12. It encases a softer and more responsive foam unit, which actually serves as the underfoot platform for the runner. This ‘carrier’ design makes the mid-sole more durable. It also delivers high levels of cushioning and responsiveness. The Zoom Air pockets in the heel and forefoot areas provide additional protection, springiness and shock absorption.
  • Two rubber technologies are at work in the outsole unit of this daily trainer. One is placed in the heel area, and it’s responsible for affording protection from wear and tear, especially for those who strike with the rear of the foot. The forefoot area has a more responsive rubber material that’s capable of offering cushioning and impact protection on top of the traction that it provides.

Nike Air Zoom Vomero 12 size and fit

Standard sizing schemes were used in the making of the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 12. It follows the preferences of runners. The available widths are medium and wide. It accommodates a variety of foot-dimensions. The semi-curved shape of this running shoe adheres to the natural curve of the human foot.

Outsole

The BRS-1000 is carbon rubber and it’s placed in the rear section of the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 12’s outsole. It offers durable protection against wear and tear. It also provides traction, which is important for gaining surface control.

The Dura-DS is a rubber compound that’s placed in the forefoot section. Aside from providing multi-surface traction, it also offers impact protection and additional cushioning because of its soft and responsive composition.

There are Deep Anatomical Flex Grooves, which accommodate the natural flexibility of the foot. They assist in the facilitation of smooth movements through the gait cycle.

A Rubber Crash Rail is added to the lateral side of the outsole. It accommodates smooth heel-to-toe transitions by acting as a cushioning unit in the external section of the shoe.

Midsole

The mid-sole unit of the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 12 has a foam carrier called the Cushlon. It’s a responsive yet durable material that acts as the perimeter wall of the platform.

Inside this foam unit is Lunar foam, a soft, lightweight and well-cushioned material. When combined, these two foam compounds are able to give reliable and long-lasting cushioning to the foot of the wearer.

Placed separately in both the forefoot and rear sections of this shoe’s platform, the Zoom Air pressurized pockets ensure cushioning and energy return for the runner. They flex when in contact with the ground and then spring back into their original shape during the toe-off.

A molded sock liner is placed on top of the main mid-sole unit. Aside from giving additional cushioning to the foot of the wearer it also supports the curve of the arch, which rarely receives any support.

Upper

The upper unit of the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 12 makes use of engineered mesh. This cloth-like material has a triple-layer knit for added durability. But it’s breathable and flexible, as well.

The Dynamic Flywire system is composed of lightweight cables that are placed in the mid-foot section of the upper unit. They connect to the lacing system. Whenever the laces are adjusted they follow suit, thus giving a snug and secure fit that’s also customizable.

An internal bootie that encompasses ¾ of the foot-chamber of this running shoe hugs the foot in a smooth and comfortable manner. It prevents skin irritation, which may lead to blisters or welts.

The Comfort Fit Collar provides cushioning to the top section of the foot. Its padded construction also contributes to heel lockdown, therefore preventing any accidental or unintentional shoe-removals.

Some reflective detailing allows this shoe to be more visible in low lighting conditions. It’s a good safety measure for those who like to run at night.