Verdict from 2 experts and 5 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Comfort: The upper of the Winflo 8 doesn't rub against the skin, while the shoe's foam is very "cushy." Runners state that it's very comfortable, it's almost like they're "walking on clouds." 
  • Light: Despite its rather bulky exterior, the shoe runs light. Reviewers go as far as saying that they forget they're wearing anything. 
  • Ride: It has an optimal blend of comfort and support. Those with bad legs claim that they can stay on their feet all day long without feeling any soreness. 
  • Toe room: There's ample room up front that the toes are not cramped nor crunching. 
  • Fit: It wraps "like a glove" and is "supportive" in all the right places. 
  • Breathability: Even when used in 80-degree weather, the Winflo still feels breezy and cool. 

2 reasons not to buy

  • Rear clutch: The heel is a bit loose. 
  • Lace pressure: Because the lacing system sits too high up on the foot, some have reported experiencing lace bites. They had to readjust and drop it down by one eyelet. 

Bottom line

For a shoe that promises comfort, the Winflo 8 from Nike is a surefire success. It's a budget trainer that can take you to distances ranging from 5k to 10k. And if you're looking for a solid all-rounder that can handle running, athleisure, and can be your lifestyle shoe, it's a bullseye with the Nike Air Zoom Winflo 8. 

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Nike Air Zoom Winflo 8: Miles of comfort 

The Winflo series from Nike is known for this, and the 8th iteration of the line is not here to disrupt that. In fact, it's here to take it a step further with the following features:

  • The Zoom Air units in the forefoot are designed to absorb impact and create spring in each step. 
  • For a soft sensation, the midsole is made up of the brand's Cushlon foam. 
  • To secure breathability, the upper is made up of a translucent mesh. 

What and who is it for? 

The Nike Air Zoom Winflo 8 is a daily trainer that's designed for runners on a budget. With its qualities, it's best suited for the following: 

Surfaces: Road and track

Distance: mid-distance runs (5k to 10k) 


  • daily runs
  • jogging
  • gym sessions
  • walking

Winflo 8 vs 7 

The only apparent changes made to the Nike Winflo 8 are the (1) application of the Flywire technology for a more supportive fit and (2) a new translucent mesh upper for a well-ventilated design. 


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