We spent 6.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Several runners wrote that the 2nd version of the Nike Air Zoom Winflo was suitably lightweight.
  • Many noted that the price of this version was affordable.
  • Some testers loved that they were able to use this shoe for a variety of activities: running, training and walking.
  • The coverage was snug yet secure for runners; they didn’t feel as if their feet were strangled by the materials.
  • The color schemes gained some fans, and they said that it was eye-catching, but not distractingly bright.
  • The underfoot cushioning was adequate, according to runners; they felt that it was springy and responsive.
  • Many testers described this shoe as ‘comfortable’.
  • A consumer wrote that because of its breathable upper, the interior essentially became free from odor-causing moisture.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners felt that the 2nd version of the Nike Air Zoom Winflo was a bit narrow.
  • The midsole broke down easily on one tester, essentially diminishing the underfoot comfort.

Bottom line

The Air Zoom Winflo 2 from Nike was generally well-received by new and veteran runners. A lot of them wrote that the upper cover system was comfortable. Also, for them, the durability was consistent and the overall quality was superb. Many neutral runners recommended this road shoe. On the other hand, the fit wasn’t very agreeable to a few of those who tried it.



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  • The first distinguishable change in the Air Zoom Winflo 2 from Nike is the use of an engineered mesh in the mid-foot and forefoot area. This material is very lightweight and breathable, offering support and encouraging natural freedom of movement. The strong yet less pliable sandwich mesh that’s used in the original Winfo is used in the rear section of the shoe.
  • There are more Flywire cables in this model. The previous model only had a few on each of its sides, but this one has more of them, following the current design of most Nike shoes with the Flywire adaptive fit system.
  • The forefoot area of the Winflo 2 now has a higher volume, which is in contrast to the low-volume forefoot of the 1st Winflo. It accommodates those with bigger & wider foot shapes while giving more space for the toes to naturally spread.
  • The high quality cushioning system of this model features the Zoom Air unit in the heel, which offers responsive cushioning. It offers more support and protection, especially during the heel striking portion of the running phase.

The Nike Air Zoom Winflo 2 comes in a standard running shoe length. Those with medium-sized feet can acclimate well into this model. It has a medium fit, but it can accommodate a variety of foot sizes. Its platform isn’t narrow and its upper fabrics aren’t restricting, thus giving a snug yet comfortable overall wearing experience.

A Rubber Waffle outsole design offers multi-surface traction. Non-prominent, multi-directional lugs make it easier to traverse uphill climbs and downhill slopes. Durable rubber maintains the capability to keep the sole unit from wear and abrasion.

The Flex Grooves that are placed on the surface promote natural freedom of movement, especially in the forefoot area. The heel area also has a semi-curved shape, making it easier to transition well from the heel to the toe.

The Cushlon mid-sole foam is a soft and resilient component. It doesn’t easily lose structural integrity, so it’s a great foundation for the platform. Combined with the Zoom Air in the heel, a thin unit that features the “air” technology from Nike, the mid-sole can provide a solid and well-balanced ride for runners of all styles. This midsole configuration is also available in the Winflo 5 road shoe.

The insole above the mid-sole unit offers additional cushioning, shock absorption and breathability. It’s made of high quality materials and it provides great support.

An engineered mesh resembles a very soft woven fabric that’s reminiscent of most textiles. It’s highly breathable and responsive to the movements of the foot. The entire forefoot and mid-foot sections of the upper unit uses this material, thus extending the overall comfort felt by the wearer.

Synthetic overlays that aren’t sewn-in are used in the mid-foot section. They add a more adaptive fit that isn’t too restrictive. Combined with the popular Flywire cable system, the overlay system delivers customizable security that doesn’t strangle the foot.

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.