Verdict from 7.8 hours of research from the internet

88
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215 users: 4.2 / 5
28 experts: 87 / 100

6 reasons to buy

  • Some runners commented that the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 14 is comfortable.
  • The shoe is perfect for jogging and long-running activities, according to those who have tried it.
  • A lot of users appreciated the shoe’s excellent cushioning.
  • Based on a review, the shoe is versatile; it can be worn during road and trail running activities.
  • A few mentioned that the shoe feels light and fast.
  • The Vomero 14 fits true to size.

1 reasons not to buy

  • One of the users said that the Zoom unit was poking through the shoe's sole. As a result, he felt a little pain while running.

The shoe is expensive.

Bottom line

The Nike Air Zoom Vomero made some of the purchasers pleased and satisfied because of its excellent cushioning. They appreciated the shoe's performance in different outdoor activities. Although one of them has a problem with the Zoom tech that was poking through the sole, others still recommend the running shoe because of the comfort it provides. In general, the Nike Zoom Vomero gained a positive response from a lot of wearers.

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90
/100 by Zack Dunn, posted on .

There was a lot of speculation about whether or not this shoe would be the next big thing. Considering it uses the famous Nike Air Zoom Unit, and Nike’s considerably new React Foam, everyone wondered what would come out of it.

 

 

I thought it would impress me with the plushness of the React and the responsiveness of the Zoom unit. Personally, this shoe worked better for the complete opposite of what I thought it would.

First impressions/looks

When I first saw this shoe, I honestly thought in my head, “Wow, what a Pegasus wannabe.” It indeed does look like a beefed-up Pegasus!

I do like the simplicity and the style of the Pegasus, so I found this shoe very appealing. It looked like it would be ensuring on longer runs and even tempo runs.

It did look a little clunky but did not feel heavy at all on feet—it feels exceptionally light. Overall, I do love the colorways and style of the shoe.

Upper

The upper is composed of a lightweight mesh. This aims to provide proper ventilation, which I didn’t feel at all.

During the hotter days, the shoe had got very warm, and it was quite uncomfortable and not breathable at all. In colder conditions, it felt fine.

This shoe also features Dynamic Flywire. This feature focuses on delivering support and easy adjustment for a better fit.

The tightening of the laces is vital in keeping the entire foot locked down without compromising its natural movements, which I did enjoy.

 

 

Especially during the faster runs, you can feel the flywire keeping the foot stable and locked down. It also helps and works when the shoe is wet and where any other shoe would slip off. 

Durability

In terms of durability, I feel like this shoe could last a while in terms of mileage and comfort.

 

 

The outsole of the shoe is a BRS 1000 carbon rubber, which provides traction and helps keep the shoe slow down the wear and tear of the roads, trails, etc.

Comfort

There was a lot of different thoughts and confusion to be discussed about the comfort of this shoe. So, first off, this shoe does have a break-in period—specifically, it felt better after 50-ish miles.

One thing that looked good aesthetically was the thinner tongue. But, honestly, it didn't provide any cushioning for the front ankle/top of the foot, which made lockdown and comfortability hard.

The thing that puzzled me with this shoe was that I initially thought it would do amazing on easy longer runs and not as good on faster shorter paces. But, that wasn’t the case—it was the total opposite.

I had gone on many runs with this shoe at different paces, distances, etc. The best run, comfort-wise, I had in this shoe was a workout I had done on the track, which was 3 x 8 minutes (5:40’ pace). 

I experienced no discomfort or anything in the shoe, which surprised me because it felt light and comfortable. The worst run, comfort-wise, I went on was an 11 mile run at around 6:55’ pace wherein my feet and legs felt awful.

 

 

I don’t know if it was specifically the shoes, but any run longer than 6-7 miles, my midfoot in both feet would have sharp pain, and it was considerably difficult to push through.

It felt much better as faster shorter runs, such as the workout I mentioned earlier, 1000m, and mile repeats, fartleks, (6:45 pace and under), but felt somewhat bad at longer slower runs (7 minutes pace and slower.)

It might be the React foam since I have never used it before, but I’m not entirely sure.

Overall, the comfort is decent for the most part and could work for most people. Although it might not feel perfect, it could get the job done.

Price

The starting price of this road running shoe was $140. But, while writing this, it’s currently $98 on some web stores.

For $98, I do believe this shoe is worth it. But for $140, I think there are a couple of better choices for a cheaper price. Nevertheless, if you plan to use it to the grind, then it’ll be worth it.

What I like about this shoe

Personally, there are many things I liked about this shoe and things I disliked.

The main things I liked were the overall versatility, doing amazing on shorter faster paces and doing decent on longer normal paced runs. I also thoroughly enjoyed the aesthetics of the shoe.

It had excellent cushioning, foot lockdown, and felt much lighter than I thought it would.

Why should you buy this shoe?

I believe there are many reasons to buy this shoe. It can be used as a daily trainer for a 5k to perhaps a half marathon (possibly marathon.)

It would please most runners who want a decent or better than the average daily trainer. If you love Nike’s Pegasus running series, then you’ll most likely love this ‘heavy-duty’ “Pegasus,” too.

Zack Dunn | Level 3 expert Verified
My name is Zack Dunn. I have been running for 9 years. I have personal best of 4:30 in the 1600m, and sub 16 minutes in the 5000m, and other personal best in the distances in between. I typically run around 50-60 miles on a weekly basis. I do both road and trail running but mainly road. I compete in many races, anywhere from 1600m to 5k. My typical training paces is anywhere from 5:00 per mile on workout days to 7:30 per mile on recovery days.

85
/100 by Edie Sequerth, posted on .

I picked up these shoes at the beginning of 2019 looking for shoes to add to the mix for road and treadmill running while training from some events I had scheduled in the early summer.

 

 

When I started looking for shoes, I came across these, and they seemed quite appealing: React foam, full-length Zoom unit, and an upper modelled similar to the very comfortable upper of the Nike Pegasus 35.

Fast forward seven months and I have unknowingly put 100 miles in the shoe. The midsole feels the same as they did the first time I ran in them, and the outsole is barely worn.

Design

According to Nike, this version of the Vomero has a full-length Zoom Air unit. That means that there is a pocket of encapsulated air built into the midsole to provide extra shock absorption while you are running.

 

 

The benefit of having a full-length Zoom Air unit is that there is some rebound when you land. And because it is the full length of the shoe, it doesn’t matter if you are a heel, midfoot, or forefoot striker when you run.

That was always a pain point for me in a lot of Nike shoes: that they put their Zoom units in the heel, which doesn’t really help me because I am a midfoot striker.

The midsole is a Nike React foam. This foam is the same type used in their very popular Epic React and Odyssey React shoes.

I have owned and run in both of those shoes, and the Vomero does not have the same sponginess that those other shoes have. The midsole also doesn’t have that wavy textured look like the Epic or Odyssey.

The outsole is also very different than the Odyssey or Epic react shoes. The outsole is mostly covered with a rubber that provides a lot of traction. This allowed me to run comfortably in the rain and on well-groomed trails.

 

 

The outsole on this shoe is similar to the Nike Pegasus 35/36 and shares a lot of design features with it. Even though the lugs on this outsole are smaller than I am used to, I don’t think that it wore down quicker.

One thing that stands out on this shoe is the channel along the middle of the shoe. I believe that it is there to guide your foot. However, I felt like the shoe curved towards the channel, which made the shoe feel not as stable on longer runs.

I will add that I don’t run in stability shoes, but I have weak, skinny ankles so more efficient runners might not have an issue with this.

The upper on the shoe had some nice step-in comfort. It wasn’t too constricting around the toe box, and the mesh material was nice and breathable. Also, the Flywire did a good job of keeping my foot locked to the shoe.

The upper is also where I thought they could make the biggest improvements. My biggest gripe was the tongue. It’s not that padded, but I didn’t mind that so much.

What I did mind was the length of the tongue. I felt like it was too short, which meant there isn’t a lot to grab onto to pull it snug onto your foot. Also, because of the length, I felt like it started to bunch around the toes (see photo below).

 

 

My biggest gripe about the tongue was the location of the loop. The loop is almost to the top of the tongue, which made it difficult to grab the laces to tighten the shoe.

I understand that the design reason for this was because the tongue was short, you would’ve had other issues if it wasn’t so high. But, that begs the question of why the designers at Nike didn’t just make it longer.

I hope they improve this in the next version since it was an annoyance every time I laced up.

The only other thing that I didn’t like about the design was the padding along the Achilles. It looks like the Pegasus padding, but on closer inspection, they are two rounded pads protruding from the back.

 

 

It felt good when you first put it on, but it tended to rub if I didn’t get the shoe extra tight around the ankle.

 

 

Other than that, the design of the shoe was classic Nike: aesthetically pleasing with a focus on function.

Comfort while running

Once you get the shoe on your foot, most of my gripes about the shoe fade away. I was able to do a lot of runs in this shoe, and the midsole didn’t start to feel overly compressed on any of my runs.

Most of the runs in this shoe were in the 3-8-mile range, but I found that when I took it out after 10 miles, it started to feel heavy, and it didn’t feel as stable.

Having a heavier daily trainer was not that big of a deal to me, but those who are very conscious of every gram should be aware.

One thing I like while I was running was the flexibility in the forefoot. Even though the shoe was well-cushioned, it doesn’t feel too built up in the front, and I could still flex my foot and splay my toes.

 

 

Compared to a lot of shoes I wear, it was nice not to feel like I could move my feet more naturally. The flexibility in the forefoot is complemented nicely by the stable heel cup.

The back of the shoe keeps your foot locked in and secure so you can focus on running.

Overall, I am happy with the performance of the Vomero.

Durability

After 100 miles, I have seen no drop off in the durability of the midsole. The Zoom unit and React foam midsole have worked well together to provide cushioning for landing and a little pop on the return.

 

 

Surprisingly, the outsole has proven as durable as the midsole. I still have plenty of life in the lugs and have excellent traction on the shoe.

As far as durability goes, the Nike Vomero 14 will give me several hundred miles before I have to switch them out because of breakdown.

Although the upper on the shoe is fairly comfortable, I have found that after 30-40 miles, the toe box area started looking sloppy like an old sock.

 

 

I would imagine that this happened because there aren’t a lot of overlays around the toes to give that part of the upper some structure.

Looks

Like all Nike shoes, the Vomero has great colorway options that transition well from a run/gym to casual wear.

 

 

I used these shoes exclusively for a while when I was on a work trip since I think they look good in jeans too and allowed me to free up space in my carryon.

I think that these shoes are great looking on a run and don’t have a clunky running shoe look like other brands (I’m looking at you, Brooks).

Price

Considering the decent comfort and the durability so far, the $140 retail price point for the shoe is not a bad deal. Considering this iteration is a few months old, you can find various colorways in the men’s and women’s versions for sale.

For the sale price, you can get a moderate long-distance trainer that will last you a long time for less than the price of the Pegasus or even the Winflo in some cases.

Conclusion

Pros

  • The outsole and midsole are durable, and I barely see wear after 100+ miles
  • The Flywire allows you to secure the shoe to your midfoot well
  • Looks great and transitions well from the run to casual wear
  • The price point is great for a shoe this durable
  • Comfortable and cushioned ride that is not too plush, but not stiff and protects your feet and legs from the hard impact forces

Cons

  • Rounded design on the mid/outsole can be unstable
  • The ankle collar is not that comfortable/weird
  • Toe box starts to look sloppy quickly
  • The tongue loop location makes it difficult to tighten laces
  • The tongue is a little too short and bunched a bit in the toe box
  • Heavy for a long-distance trainer

Thoughts

Though marketed as a “long-distance” shoe, I think that the weight and comfort make it the right choice for those moderately long runs from 5-10 miles.

It is comfortable, but I think that the instability that I felt could be bad once you are running on tired legs at longer distances if you aren’t an efficient runner.

Edie Sequerth | Level 3 expert Verified
I'm a running nerd. I watch running/endurance events in my free time and spend hours reading gear reviews. I have completed over 2 dozen running and triathlons. I am solidly in the “mid-pack” group. I enjoy lacing up the shoes and getting a run in whenever I can whether on the road, trail or even the treadmill.

90
/100 by Mark Highland, posted on .

With marathon season truly upon us, I was recently looking to replace my New Balance 1080 V7 from the beginning of last year. I had found that as a forefoot striker the changes New Balance had made to the newer versions have resulted in a stiffer shoe which led me to develop hotspots and pain in my forefoot.

So, the hunt was on to find my high mileage shoe for the year. Hoka One One Bondi 6 came and went after causing the same issues as the NB along with the bonus of black toenails, which my girlfriend was not happy about!

 

Choices

So, what are my options? Well, I have always had a leaning towards Nike, mainly with a pair of Pegasus in the shoe pile. The current iteration Pegasus 35 with its twin air pockets had been doing me well.

But as experienced by other forefoot runners, our weight on the forefoot of the shoe was squashing the front airbag and compressing the fill into the rear. And as we don’t use that much, the benefits were lost, and after anything more than a ½ marathon, I was experiencing impact in the balls of my feet.

Luckily, when I discovered this problem, the Vomero 14 had just been released, and with a birthday 25% discount, a few clicks and they were on the way.

Nike sells the Vomero as a distance shoe with a full-length Nike "React" midsole and full-length "Zoom" air unit for comfort. Compared to the Vomero 13, you could be forgiven for thinking that this is a completely new shoe rather than an up-version.

 

Initial impressions

Out of the box, the influence of Nikes most recent releases is evident. The design with the sweeping collar around the Achilles and angled heel strike area gives the shoe that distinctive recent Nike look and makes the shoe look fast at the same time.

The weight of the shoe is comparable to that of the Pegasus and during my runs has never felt heavy on my feet, even in the rain.

Upper & fit

The mesh upper of the shoe is neat and with reinforcement over the big toe area, which to many runners is a known weak point. Moving back, the well proportioned "Swoosh" with text on the outside of the heel cup declaring the shoe pedigree is subtle.

 

 

Securing the shoe with the use of the "Dynamic fit" and "Flywire" technologies is efficient and with the incorporation of the short, padded tongue and heel pods forming the internal heel cup.

When you first put the shoe on, the fit can feel different if you are used to the Pegasus or Fly Knit shoes. But once secured, I have never feared that my foot is feeling loose or insecure. Even locking the foot in by tying the laces tightly has never resulted in the shoes being too tight.

The design of the shoe has resulted in a larger toe-box on this shoe. Enabling your feet to spread in a more natural manner and the sizing allows me to buy my normal size 10 as I normally do with Nike.

One thing I have noticed though is being able to feel the air unit on the ball of my feet. An odd feeling at first, but nothing that affects my running once I am off.

Midsole

The midsole of the shoe uses Nike’s "React" cushioning over its full length. This manages to absorb the shock of my supinated forefoot landing and my transition back to the mid-foot.

The reinforced air units of the Vomero seems to prevent the issue that I experience with the Pegasus 35 that I explained earlier.

 

 

One thing that I need to look for in a running shoe is flex in the forefoot. If that is lacking, I encounter problems. With the construction of the Vomero’s mid and outer sole, it flexes naturally with my foot.

This is a big bonus for me, as the recent "Meta" craze has caused me problems as the shoes try to force my feet to move unnaturally.

Outsole

The Vomero’s outsole uses different types of rubber depending upon the expectation of wear on the shoe. The large "S" down the middle of the shoe helps with the flexibility that I mentioned earlier.

My forefoot strike normally means that I can notice the wear on my shoes quite quickly, but I have found that even after 75 miles, there is no noticeable wear in the places, I would expect to find it. And the grip on the roads has been exceptional even in the wet.

 

Conclusion

Distance shoes can be hit or miss for people and these days you cannot even rely on the next version of a shoe being vastly similar to the last. Recently, I have had more misses with shoes with the emergence of the "maximal cushioning" and "meta" movements.

The Vomero to me is an excellent move by Nike to cover the needs of many runners. I think we would all like to wear the same shoes and Mo Farah and co! But many people will struggle with the likes of the 4% and Flyknit range of shoes, which incorporate Nike’s carbon plate system.

During all the miles run in the Vomero, I have enjoyed running in them. A comfortable shoe can really make the difference in a run, and comfortable feet is one less thing to worry about.

After the initial period to break them in (15 miles), I have only ever worn these for longer runs. They are very responsive and I feel better at a faster pace. But that could just be me!

Am I glad that I bought these? Yes

Would I buy them again? Yes, if they don’t change them too much!

Is it worth changing brands? I’m glad I took the chance on them!

Thanks for reading!

Mark Highland | Level 2 expert Verified
Hi, I'm Mark and I've been running since 2016. I was a rugby player before and used to run about 20 miles a week at the most. Since then, I entered 3 trail marathons and 4 half trail marathons. I will be running my first road marathon next month with an aim to run a time of 3.10. I also have a trail double marathon, 32-mile ultra and another trail marathon booked for the year.

93
/100 by Steve Ward, posted on .

I bought this shoe for long-distance running, to help support my half marathon training. They are very impressive straight out of the box, as they are a brilliantly designed shoe. 

When you have the shoe in your hand, they look and feel brilliant just like a top-level running shoe does. The shoe comes in a selection of different colours I chose the blue with the white Nike swoosh.

 

Fit

The tongue on the shoe is a triple padded, very comfortable feel when lacing it up. The tongue is a little short, however, it sits into position adding protection to the top of your foot.

I am that impressed with the comfort on this shoe that I have worn this at my athletics club during speed work on the track.

Midsole

The shoe is very comfortable from your very first run. I was very impressed with how the shoe felt straight out of the box.

I had originally planned to do a 5k to test them out. Instead, I did a 7-mile tempo run due to the shoe being so comfortable. They are very responsive to what speed you aim to run in. 

The sole is very stable too whilst covering your typical weekly distance/mileage.

Outsole

The grip on the shoe is very good in both wet and dry conditions. I have also worn the shoe on a trail course, and this was a good result as the shoe grips very well across multi-terrain surfaces. 

The grip is very responsive as the shoe is very well created. Its sleek looks are backed up with how the shoe feels whilst your training or racing.

It is appealing for all distances from 5k up to a half marathon. The shoe projects you forward to run fast and more efficiently. A brilliant shoe worth trying out and helping you push yourself towards that next 10k or half marathon PB.

 

 

The flywire lace technology is a sleek feature and ensures your shoe doesn't move whilst you are progressing through your activity. The shoe is very good in wet conditions and keeps your feet dry, which is very important to me, especially on the longer training distances.

I wore this shoe during a 15-mile training run, and I got caught up in a torrential downpour. To my amazement post-run, when I removed the shoe, my feet were perfectly dry.

Pros

  • Sleek looking shoe
  • Very responsive 
  • Brilliant on dry and wet surfaces
  • Maximum comfort
  • Premium running experience wearing this product
  • Breathability on the design ensures your feet don't overheat
  • Lightweight design and very responsive when you want to push your performance levels to the test

Cons

  • The weight of the shoe is a slight negative as it feels a touch on the heavy side when covering distances over 16 miles in a session.
  • The tongue on the shoe is a little short, and it doesn’t allow you to pull it out to position everything prior to lacing up and finalizing your lockdown.

Overall

I was very pleased with my purchase of the NikeVomero 14, and I will definitely be repurchasing again.

I think it's very important with all running shoes that when you discover a shoe that has that "wow" factor running experience, then you definitely need to stay loyal and repurchase to help you stay motivated, especially during poor weather winter training programs. 

 

 

Living in England, we certainly experience this, especially in the northwest. The shoe was designed typically for the long-distance runner as illustrated on the side of the shoe.

This shoe now has a permanent place in my training shoes, to help myself train efficiently and most importantly stay injury free. I cover up to 80 miles a week currently, and I am within 12 weeks of the Cardiff Half Marathon 2019.

Steve Ward | Level 2 expert Verified
Hi, my name is Steve! I run for Southport Waterloo Athletics Club. I run 5/7 days per week with an average of 40 miles. My favourite distance is running Half marathons. I have ran 2 sub-90s (below 90 mins) this year from 3 attempts.

93
/100 by Xavier Lim, posted on .

I bought this pair of Nike Air Zoom Vomero 14 for my daily 10k training. When I took them out of the box, its looks really fascinated me! They looked so much nicer than what I saw online.

 

 

I find the looks of this shoe visually appealing, and they feel impressive like a top running shoe does. These shoes had so much to offer in quality other than their impressive looks!

Upper and fit

The Vomero 14 uses “Dynamic fit” and “Flywire” to lock your feet down efficiently. I find it quite cool and useful as you don’t have to worry at all about your feet moving about in the shoes when running.

The sizing is true to size. I bought a pair of Vomero 14s in US 7, and they fit me nicely. They are neither too big nor too small.

One strange thing that I noticed about the Vomero 14 was that the way the heel cup is shaped. The heel cup is shaped very low, such that my ankles are way above the heel cup, like “floating”.

 

 

Don’t worry though, when you run, your ankle barely touches the heel cup, so I doubt it will cause irritation at all. Once I got used to how low the heel cup was, I had no problems with the shoe's fit anymore.

I am not sure if it is just me, but when running or walking in the Vomero 14s, the heel area tend to rub against my Achilles tendon.

It may feel weird at first, but since the heel cup is so heavily padded, it does not cause blisters at all. It only needs time to get used to it.

When I got used to the heel cup, which only took me a few runs, the shoe was very comfortable to wear with no irritation at all.

The tongue on the shoe is triple padded and flat. Also, it may be a little too short for some runners to be comfortable to run in.

The upper is also quite breathable so your legs will not likely feel so sweaty and hot inside the shoes during your run.

Midsole

The midsole is made up of a full zoom air pocket on top and full length react at the bottom. Zoom Air cushioning is very snappy and responsive.

Each time the shoe touches the ground, the Zoom Air compresses to cushion the impact before quickly springing back to their original state.

This generates an explosive and powerful response off the ground. This helps to optimize runners' quest for speed.

 

 

The react foam is about 11% softer than lunarlon foam, and also 13% bouncier. The react foam is also 5% lighter than lunarlon foam, making it light yet cushioned.

The react foam is also where you get the energy return from. It also beats the lunarlon foam in terms of energy return. It looks like a direct upgrade from lunarlon.

The cushioning in the Vomero 14 is very responsive to run no matter what the pace you aim to run in.

Outsole

The traction and grip of the Vomero 14 are excellent on both wet and dry conditions. Even in the rain, the traction of this shoe is so solid that I didn't even feel like I was going to slip at all.

This shoe seems to be good at different terrains too. I have tried the Vomero 14s on the road, treadmill, track, and grass too.

Although I would say they work best on the road, track and treadmill, running on grass with the Vomero 14s was bouncy and responsive too.

 

 

Just don't expect the foam to be as bouncy as compared to when running on the track. The Vomero 14 seems to propel you to run faster and more efficiently, which is why it makes such a good training running shoe.

Conclusion

The Vomero 14s is overall a great shoe to run for long distances. It is best used for daily training. I would not recommend using them for races as there are simply lighter options compared to the Vomero 14.

However, the Vomero 14s are very cushioned and responsive, compared to most shoes. Additionally, the cushioning can sustain all the way up to marathons.

This amazing as you will not feel like the shoes are losing cushion and responsiveness the further distance you go.

I am not sure if it's just me, but the shoe really feels lighter when I'm pushing the pace or running fast. It seems like the faster I go, the lighter I feel the shoes are!

I do not regret purchasing the Vomero 14s, and will definitely be purchasing them again.

Pros

  • Maximum cushioning
  • Responsive cushioning
  • Feels lightweight especially when running fast or pushing your pace
  • Amazing traction
  • Upper is quite breathable

Con

The tongue may be too short for some runners.

Xavier Lim | Level 1 expert Verified
I am a competitive cross-country distance runner representing my school. I also have a great interest in long-distance running shoes and research a lot on many long-distance shoes. I know the types of shoes that can go for 5km, 10km, half-marathon, or marathon. I also know the different types of long-distance running shoes that can be used for heel strikers, midfoot strikers, and forefoot strikers. Every pair of shoes has different purposes and performance.

90
/100 by Andrew Wood, posted on .

The Vomero is a line of Nike's maximum cushioned running shoes, and the 14 is well...the 14th entry in the lineup.

Not only has Nike revamped the outsole and upper, but most importantly, the cushioning seat of the shoe: the midsole.

These updates have granted Vomero fans more versatility in its use as a shoe, and this review will go over that.

This part is the performance review, and the casual/lifestyle review will be farther down this review. Let's start from the bottom going up.

Outsole

Nike has made updates to the outsole, evolving from the previous square lug pattern on both lateral and medial side of the foot to the modern medial-rhombus, lateral-bar outsole.

 

 

This outsole pattern is different compared to the Winflo series and the Pegasus series. The former typically uses triangles, and the latter (currently) uses pentagons.

With this outsole pattern, this shoe has become very good with traction/grip. Roads, wet or dry, have been planted, while dry grass has not been a problem. Wet grass has been slippery, though.

Light trails haven't brought any problem to foot coordination, but buffed out trails require the runner to put down a slightly firmer foot in each step.

Man-made surfaces, such as a track or a gymnasium, haven't been a problem.

The big gap in the outsole is for assisting in rolling the foot through your stride and gait, especially for heel strikers.

I could feel that gap the first time walking in it, but the feeling disappeared after a few hours or so.

The back of the shoe utilizes a bevelled heel, to ease the transition through the runner's gait for heel strikers.

Traction/grip overall rating: 80/100

Midsole

Now, let's see what makes this shoe an entry in the Vomero line: the midsole.

 

 

Replacing the previous versions is the Dual zoom units + Lunarlon combination with a full-length zoom unit (same as Pegasus 35 & 36) encased in React foam.

This combination delivers a smooth ride when running. It is also one of the very few shoes combining React with something else.

The other shoe that does this is the Nike Pegasus Turbo & Turbo 2, utilizing Zoom X laying on top of React foam for durability and grip.

This iteration was used as a carrier foam, compared to Lunarlon being a soft foam within a firm carrier foam. The 14 shaved off 0.9 ounces of weight by statistics from RunRepeat.

This weight was accurate for my size 11 14's compared to the 13's, at 10.5oz. The ride was responsive, smooth, soft, and more importantly, light.

Near the back of the shoe, the midsole has this weird wave around the heel. It's actually for cupping your foot for security, which actually works.

Along the outside is the signature Vomero sideline, letting viewers know you're wearing a Vomero.

Midsole cushioning overall rating: 85/100

Upper

The upper is made of engineered mesh, designed for durability and support. It also includes the Flywire lacing system, allowing for more lockdown and support when running at higher speeds.

 

 

To combat the possible discomfort of flat laces on top of the foot, Nike (compared to the V13) made the tongue thicker with padding, while reducing its length.

Not only does the tongue help relieve some irritation from lacing, but it also helps lock the foot in, making what Nike calls the "Dynamic Fit."

Near the back of the shoe where the foot enters, the collar is heavily padded. The sides and back of the collar provide approximately an inch worth of foam on the right, left, and rear side.

The rear is the most padded. It features two pillows to keep the heel secured.

 

 

The Achilles is not supposed to fit into the two pillows shaped like a butt, but rather let the heel sit under it, while the Achilles is in front of it.

Near the rear, the collar is flared outwards for additional comfort when running. It lets your foot fully turn into your calf with each step, just like the Pegasus 35 & 36.

Near the front of the shoe is a toe patch. This is noticeable due to the different shade of color located to be on top of the big toe.

The swoosh is reflective, along with the colored piece at the tail of it (mine was red, as I purchased the Force Indigo color).

The upper performed well when running, and I didn't notice anything in particular, other than my feet getting a bit warm. I do see this as a double-edged sword, though.

When I was walking in some really heavy rain, my shoes got a bit wet. My feet stayed perfectly dry, and the upper wasn't too damp.

Another expert, Seth James DeMoor, pointed this out when he noticed the same upper performance after his run in the Denver snow. 

This could mean the V14 is a pseudo-shield shoe, from the Nike Shield shoe lineup.

The upper didn't have much stretch, but that was fine because I prefer a more snug fit for my wide feet. The mesh adapted fine without any problem.

My overall upper rating: 80/100

This shoe performs very well for running. Whether it be running long and slow, long and fast, short and slow, short and fast, or anything in between, these shoes will do well.

So my overall score for the Vomero 14 (performance-wise) would be a 90/100.

Lifestyle/casual use

This segment will be much (and I mean, MUCH) shorter, as the parts of the shoe require fewer criteria to stand as a comfortable shoe.

The shoes were very comfortable when walking a lot. For example, I didn't experience any discomfort when walking long distances during my Guatemala trip.

The shoes were easy to take off and put back on when going through airport security, but not as easily as my Epic Phantom React's.

The bevelled heel repeatedly catches the legs of chairs, but this doesn't affect performance at all; true to the nature of Nike's React foam.

The fast looks of the V14 make it easy to pair with joggers, fitted jeans, shorts, really anything not too formal.

My overall rating for casual use: 80/100

Andrew Wood | Level 1 expert Verified
Hello, my name is Andrew, a current XC (cross country) runner and enthusiastic sprinter. I've been running since junior high, averaging about 20 - 25 miles per week on roads, trails, hybrids, and more. I have yet to experience a marathon, but I have participated in multiple 5k's transitioning on dry grass, wet grass, dry road, wet road, and the reoccurring easy to buffed out trail.

  • The Nike Air Zoom Vomero 14, a road running shoe, takes a reliable cushioning system to the next level. Crafted for neutral pronators, the full-length Zoom Air unit works well to deliver a smoother and bouncier ride.
  • The footwear's sleek design is strategically-engineered to support the runner with every stride. It utilizes a mesh material in its upper to provide additional support and durability to the platform.
  • Together with the Dynamic Fit technology, the Flywire cables, and a soft foam are integrated into the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 14. The primary goal of which is to deliver a more supportive feel in the midfoot area.
  • Inside the collar, the foam pods are utilized. This is essential in hugging the back of the foot. As a result, a more secure feel is experienced by the runner.

The Nike Air Zoom Vomero 14 utilizes the standard shoe measurements when it comes to its length. It is sure to provide a comfortable feel. When it comes to the width, D – Medium option is available for the men’s version while B – Medium is for the women’s version. With the utilization of a semi-curved shape, the natural curves of the foot are mimicked which results in a more comfortable, secure fit.

The BRS 1000 carbon rubber is integrated into the outsole unit of the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 14. The purpose of which is to deliver the right amount of traction over different paved surfaces. It is also meant to protect the rest of the platform from the abrasive nature of the asphalt.

On the lateral side of the shoe is the updated rubber. This material adds cushioning in every step. Along with the upgraded rubber is the more durable and lighter traction pattern.

The Zoom Air cushioning system is utilized in crafting the Nike Vomero 14. It is composed of air units which are located in the forefoot and heel area to deliver a more responsive cushioning. The lightweight structure is suited for enhanced performance, even in fast-paced runs. Lying on top of the heel area is a soft material that provides additional comfort. As a result, a smoother ride is enjoyed by the user. This known midsole element is also used in the Nike Zoom Strike 2 road running shoe.

Used in the midsole of the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 14 is the React foam compound. Created to be responsive and soft, it gives a bouncier and more springy feel to the foot.

Nike added the removable cushioned insole as a feature of the shoe. This is vital in allowing custom orthotics to be used during the running activity if preferred by the user.

A lightweight woven mesh is utilized in the upper unit of the shoe. This material aims to provide proper ventilation and support without the use of unnecessary seam in the platform.

Integrated into the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 14 is the wider Dynamic Flywire. This feature of the shoe is focused on delivering lightweight support and easy adjustment for a better fit. The tightening of the laces is vital in keeping the entire foot locked down without compromising its natural movements.

Ventilation is encouraged by the padded woven mesh tongue. This unit delivers additional comfort and protection as well.

Utilized in the shoe is the padded collar foam ankle. This uses soft materials to deliver optimum protection and plush comfort.

The Nike Air Zoom Vomero 14 uses an internal heel counter. This feature is essential in securing the back of the foot.

Nike Air Zoom Winflo 4

When compared to Nike Air Zoom Vomero 14, the Air Zoom Winflo 4 has made subtle changes to ensure additional durability and comfort to the runners. Like the Vomero 14, the tongue and collar unit are padded. The primary goal of which is to deliver a better cushioning that the user will enjoy. The Winflo 4 also utilizes the cushion crash rail, which is essential in allowing a smoother heel-to-toe transition. During short and long-distance runs, the risk of injury is reduced during landing to toe-off phase.

Altra Escalante Racer

The Altra Escalante Racer is considered as a high-performing version of the Escalante model. Like the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 14, this shoe is strategically-engineered to be faster and lighter. It is crafted with specific technologies that aim to deliver additional comfort and excellent performance. With the primary focus of offering extra support and comfort, the shoe utilizes a Static Engineered Knit. It is also meant to provide breathability to the platform.

Integrated into the outsole area of the Escalante Racer is the FootPod Technology. This is responsible for helping the foot to move as natural as possible throughout the running session. With the utilization of Altra Ego in the midsole area, a bouncier and more responsive cushioning is enjoyed by the user.

Skechers GOrun Ride 7

The Skechers GOrun Ride 7, like the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 14, is a road running shoe that is specifically designed for those who have neutral foot mechanism. It utilizes the high traction outsole that aims to provide added durability. This material is described to be using strips of rubber that give the right amount of grip on paved surfaces. Lying on the lateral edge of the outsole is the midfoot strike zone. This technology aims to keep every step smoother

Integrated into the footwear is the FLIGHT GEN cushioning system. This material is described to be lightweight in structure. The primary goal of which is to deliver excellent cushioning without sacrificing a more responsive ride that can be enjoyed by the runner.

The upper area of the shoe features the knit material. Being described as almost seamless, it provides added breathability to the foot. The knit delivers a snug and irritation-free fit as well.

The Nike Zoom cushioning system, an important part of the Nike Air family, is durable and light. The multi-directional movement and lateral acceleration are improved with the use of the ZOOM cushioning. In every step, the fibers inside the pressurized air unit are stretched. As a result, it quickly springs back, making it more responsive. It also provides an increased feeling of the ground on which the user runs.

The Nike Air Zoom Vomero 14 is categorized as a neutral running shoe, engineered for wearers who have a more stable and higher arch. It is best for road running and its provides flexibility than stability.

Size and fit

True to size based on 72 user votes
Small (7%)
True to size (90%)
Large (2%)
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Same sizing as Nike Air Zoom Vomero 13.

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Size comments

The sizing is true to size. - Xavier Lim, Level 1 expert
True to size, very comfortable for running, great support. - Amazon
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How Air Zoom Vomero 14 compares

This shoe: 88
All shoes average: 86
54 98
This shoe: $140
All shoes average: $118
$40 $350
This shoe: 9.9oz
All shoes average: 9.5oz
3.9oz 16.2oz
Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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