• Terrain


    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


    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 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.

    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.

  • Use

    Daily running

    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.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
  • Weight
    Men: 10.8oz
    Women: 8.8oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 8mm
    Women: 8mm

    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 height
    Men: 28mm
    Women: 28mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 20mm
    Women: 20mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Apr 2017
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We spent 9.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • According to some comments, the Nike Air Zoom Wildhorse 4 is very comfortable.
  • Based on some user reviews, the shoe provided the right amount of cushioning needed for trail running.
  • Several runners found the rock plate very helpful as it kept the foot well-protected from stones and other rubble.
  • A significant number of wearers said that the mesh upper material was able to keep the foot well-ventilated throughout the run.
  • Most of the runners were highly appreciative of the multi-directional lugs that provided increased traction over varied surfaces.
  • Some runners admired the shoe’s roomy toe-box; it allowed their toes to splay naturally.
  • Based on a few comments, the shoe was able to provide agreeable ankle support that’s needed for light trail running.
  • Many purchasers found the Wildhorse 4 affordable.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few users noticed that the shoe was half-a-size smaller than what they were used to.
  • A couple of users mentioned that the outsole lugs wore off after only a few uses.

Bottom line

Most of those who tried the Nike Air Zoom Wildhorse 4 admired the overall functionality the shoe. In this version, Nike already addressed some issues experienced from the past iteration. Ideal for light trail running, the shoe offers a good combination of comfort, traction, protection, and durability.


Expert Reviews

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81 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 75 / 100 | The Ginger Runner

    There's just too much shoe for what I like to do.

  • 88 / 100 | iRunFar

    The durability of the Wildhorse 4 is certainly something to experience, and if you’re a miser or a runner on a budget looking for a shoe that can do it all, look no further.

  • First look / Unboxing | Running Warehouse

  • First look / Unboxing | Shop Zappos

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Updates to Nike Air Zoom Wildhorse 4

  • The upper of the Nike Air Zoom Wildhorse 4 features a lot of improvements. It utilizes the new flexible spacer mesh upper, which provides breathable coverage while increasing durability in high-abrasion areas.
  • Another notable update is the Midfoot Fit System that is specifically designed to provide a more secure mid-foot lockdown. This increases stability while running on uneven terrains.
  • The forefoot area of the shoe is much wider compared to its predecessor. It provides the foot a more comfortable and stable platform while running on technical terrains.

Nike Air Zoom Wildhorse 4 size and fit

The Air Zoom Wildhorse 4 generally runs true to size. It is available in a standard medium width for both men and women’s version. It has a nice fit for those runners who have medium foot measurements in the heel, mid-foot, and forefoot.


The 4th version of the Nike Air Zoom Wildhorse utilizes a high-abrasion rubber that is specifically placed around the shoe’s perimeter for durability. Along with it is the sticky rubber material that gives reliable traction on varied surfaces.

The popular multi-directional waffle-patterned outsole offers improved traction on a variety of terrains. It also allows the platform to adhere nicely to the natural bending of the foot as it goes through the gait cycle.

The shoe has a rock plate in the forefoot area and it is integrated into the outsole and midsole for added protection against stones and other debris.


The shoe offers enhanced cushioning that’s ideal for trail running. In the midsole is the popular full-length Phylon midsole foam that is specifically designed for lightweight, resilient cushioning.

It also features the famous Zoom Air unit that consists of pressurized air pockets. It is specifically placed in the forefoot and heel areas for more responsive cushioning.


The upper of the Nike Air Zoom Wildhorse 4 features the new flexible spacer mesh. This material is soft and breathable. It has layers of textile and mesh that make the upper cover system more durable and well-protected against the damaging elements of the trails.

The shoe also utilizes the Midfoot Fit System that provides a more secure mid-foot lock down while increasing lateral stability. The flat laces, as well as the padded tongue and heel collar, provide enhanced fit and added comfort.