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  • 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 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.

    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
    $90
  • Weight
    Men: 9oz
    Women: 7.6oz
  • 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.

  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Unknown
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Summary

We spent 7.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

11 reasons to buy

  • Several reviewers said that the Winflo 3 Shield is extremely comfortable.
  • A new water-repellent upper makes it a superb choice during light rains or early morning runs.
  • Despite the addition of the Shield technology, the price is quite reasonable.
  • It is very light, based on the comments of some runners.
  • A good number of runners have used it for gym workouts because of its surprisingly supportive feel.
  • A few have received compliments regarding the shoe’s looks.
  • Good arch support and excellent flexibility are often mentioned in the same sentence in a handful of reviews.
  • The grip is superb on almost all surfaces, based on the reviews of some runners.
  • Midfoot security excels in the Winflo 3 Shield, based on a few comments.
  • A small number of runners expressed their relief that they did not have to put some time wearing this shoe to get the most out of the fit and cushioning.
  • Several runners who use orthotics were very happy that the shoe can easily accommodate their running needs.

3 reasons not to buy

  • More than a few noticed that it runs a bit smaller than the past editions of the Winflo.
  • A handful felt that the shoe laces were really short or inadequate.
  • The outsole showed early signs of deterioration, according to a few users.

Bottom line

The Air Zoom Winflo 3 Shield is a lightweight trainer that can readily help the runner hurdle long distances or fast-paced sessions. Nike provides a DWR coating for even more versatility as it can be taken for a ride even in inclement weather. It has really good arch support, superb flexibility, adequate cushioning, and the kind of looks that makes it a solid casual wear option. Above all, the price point makes it a hot choice for those looking for an excellent all-around trainer without breaking the bank.

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Updates to Nike Air Zoom Winflo 3 Shield

  • Nike offers the Winflo 3 Shield with some tweaks. For the first time, the Winflo gets a water-repellent upper that protects the runner against the elements. It gives the shoe an added dimension as running in wet conditions is no longer as daunting to the user.
  • A slight change in how the Flywire cables are aligned is also an update. The cords are deliberately placed in the right areas for better midfoot hold and support.
  • The breathability of the Winflo 3 Shield is guaranteed by the engineered mesh that uses bigger and more holes, particularly in the forefoot. Despite the water-repellent coating, ventilation remains to be optimal in this shoe.
  • Nike modifies the laces in this version as well. Since the new ones have more texture and a bit flatter than before, maintaining the fit and security should pose no problems for the runners.
  • Slightly more padding in the ankle collar and the tongue enhances comfort in this shoe.

Nike Air Zoom Winflo 3 Shield size and fit

One update in the Nike Winflo 3 Shield that is most welcomed by runners is the rather supportive fit. It has mainly something to do with the re-alignment of the Flywire cables for excellent security and support. The heel is held down as well while the roomy toe box makes it a solid option for those who want more room in the forefoot. It has fairly standard shoe length.

Outsole

A staple in Nike shoes, the Waffle design, finds its way into the outsole of the Winflo 3 Shield for traction. The usual mix of carbon rubber in the heel and other areas prone to wear and tear and blown rubber for enhanced grip is utilized. Flex grooves in the forefoot give the shoe optimal flexibility.

Midsole

Nike consistently uses a simple midsole in the Winflo series. In the Air Zoom Winflo 3 Shield a single slice of soft Cushlon foam runs the length of the shoe. It helps with the transitions owing to its full-length design. The soft cushioning makes it excellent for piling on the miles. An Air Zoom unit in the heel absorbs shock and enhances cushioning.

Upper

The seamless upper is mostly engineered mesh that is really breathable. Coating this entire upper is a water-repellent technology that shields the foot during inclement weather. It remains to be very breathable despite this water-resistant update. There are Flywire cables on both sides of the shoe for solid support and security. Nike has incorporated reflective details on this shoe for night-time or low-visibility running. The upper is accented by a stylish Swoosh near the ankle. A removable insole improves cushioning and plush feel in the Zoom Winflo 3 Shield.