Summary

We spent 9.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

10 reasons to buy

  • “Very comfortable” is almost a unanimous expression from a large number of reviews.
  • The Winflo 3 is very affordable.
  • Several users appreciated the soft midsole cushioning.
  • It runs light, according to a handful of reviewers.
  • Some reviewers noted that it is quite fashionable.
  • The Zoom Winflo 3 has decent durability, based on a few comments.
  • A small group of users has used it for other activities, besides running.
  • There are more than a dozen color combinations to choose from.
  • Some runners opined that the Winflo performed like the Pegasus without the jarring Zoom Air pocket in the forefoot and with a cheaper price tag.
  • It requires no break-in period to get the most out of the Winflo 3’s fit and performance.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A few runners remarked that the traction suffers on wet surfaces.
  • It is a bit narrow for a few runners.
  • A handful were disappointed with the outsole durability.
  • A small number of runners remarked that it runs a tad smaller than its predecessor.

Bottom line

The Nike Winflo 3 is a dependable trainer that can mix runs of almost any length. It is a shoe that delivers decent arch support, great comfort, a nice style, and pillow-like cushioning at a very wallet-friendly price. The shoe is a really solid option for those who are looking to blend functionality and style without breaking the bank.

Facts

Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe
A top rated Nike running shoe
A popular pick
It has never been more popular than this May
Better rated than the previous version Nike Air Zoom Winflo 2

Expert Reviews

  • First look | KoolAid Techno Taya

    Great, big cushioning. It feels like you are walking on a trampoline.

  • First look | Brandon Lincoln

    I was on a budget and needed good shoes; this seemed like a good offer.

  • First look | Savage Crew

    These shoes are priced at $89.99, and can find them at finishline.com.

  • First look | Shop Zappos |

    This shoe has Cushlon midsole that delivers soft, responsive cushioning.

Become an expert
  • Nike offers changes in small amounts in the Winflo 3. The shoe has a new engineered mesh with bigger and more holes in the forefoot for better breathability. It is a bit thicker than before, so durability should also be enhanced.
  • Another clear change in the upper is the strategic placement of the Flywire cords to provide better midfoot hold and support. In this version, the cables are not as thick as before to lessen the risks of blisters on top of the foot.
  • Lastly, Nike changed the laces in the new version. From tube-like laces, this shoe has a flatter and more textured variety to enable the laces to stay tied for the duration of the run. It is also slightly longer so runners have better options when it comes to the cinch of the shoe.

The Winflo 3 has medium fit from the heel to the forefoot. It has basically the same fit used by Nike in the past model. The heel and midfoot are comfortably snug with a decent forefoot room. Most runners with narrow to medium foot should be able to get their most preferred fit in this shoe. The sizing runs true in the latest version of the Winflo.

The Waffle outsole of the Nike Winflo 3 offers numerous square-shaped figures for enhanced grip on a multitude of surfaces. There are also flex grooves for better flexibility. Nike covers the heel with carbon rubber for durability and blown rubber in the forefoot for added traction.

Nike’s proprietary Cushlon foam, which is a bit softer than average EVA, provides that pillow-like feel in this shoe. Moving through the gait cycle is smooth as the foam runs the entire length of the midsole.

For more heel cushioning and better shock-absorption, an Air Zoom unit is located in the heel. This midsole unit is also available in the Nike Winflo 5 running shoe.

Nike uses a no-sew construction in the upper of the Zoom Winflo 3 to reduce risk of blisters of hot spots. The upper is largely made of engineered mesh with synthetic overlays. Providing rock-solid support and midfoot hold are the Flywire cables that are directly attached to the midsole and coiled around the laces. The tongue and collar are very comfortable while a removable insole enhances cushioning and support.

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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