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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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

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.

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.


We spent 6.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

12 reasons to buy

  • A large number of reviewers commented about how lightweight the shoes are.
  • Many customers find this Special Edition shoes comfortable for walking and light running.
  • Most users claimed the mesh material of the upper keeps the feet well-ventilated and cool.
  • Seamless design gives the shoe a sleek and clean look, said many reviewers.
  • A greater number of reviewers are fond of the shoe’s soft textile lining and memory foam counter as it makes a really comfortable in-shoe feel.
  • A good number of reviewers find the new silhouette fashionable and stylish even to millennials.
  • Several customers like the easy in and out of the feet on the shoe.
  • Numerous comments have pointed out how great the Nike Aptare SE as a casual walking shoe because of its design and materials.
  • Some users of the Nike Aptare SE love its minimalist design without too many embellishments and detailing.
  • Quite a good number of customers love the easy to wear on and off with the heel pull tab and the sock-like collar that can effortlessly be secured and tightened.
  • A large number of people noted how they like the adjustable fit of the Nike Aptare SE with its internal lacing with a toggle bungee closure.
  • Quite a lot of runners noted how flexible the shoes are with built-in flex groove at the upper.

6 reasons not to buy

  • Some reviewers suggested that the injected midsole could have been softer and lighter with newer technology and materials than Phylon.
  • Some runners thought the outsole is not sufficient for grip and traction and easily gets worn out.
  • Another commenter observed that the Nike Aptare SE should have more colorways and choices especially to women and the youth.
  • A few wearers noted that the shoe runs large and wide that wearers should choose sizes a little smaller than their actual size to perfectly fit.
  • An online critic says the shoe while good for casual walking is not performing for running and other heavy activities.
  • A good number noted how bothered they are with the limited arch support.

Bottom line

The Nike Air Aptare SE’s clean silhouette and colorways give sneaker fans an idea that the outside design more than meets the eye. It is because this running sneaker is one shoe that is equipped with lightweight material that almost feels like you are not wearing shoes at all. With its all-mesh upper material, runners can be assured that the foot will be able to breathe while the wearing the shoe for a long period of time.

Further boosting the design compliments of this shoe, the Nike Aptare SE (Special Edition) comes with an injected unit midsole for a comfortable experience wearing the shoes while an internal lacing system gives it a more secured look with a manually locked toggle. The lightweight running sneaker is sold at an affordable and budget-friendly price of $99.99.



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Nike Aptare SE History

Multibillion-dollar footwear brand has a long history of manufacturing shoes. Nike’s success story, however, cannot be narrated best without mentioning some of the running shoes that brought fame to this then little-known athletic shoe manufacturer in Portland, Oregon.

As the world’s leading shoe manufacturer, Nike continues up to this day as the leader of the pack. Then known as Blue Ribbon Sports, Phil Knight and his athletics coach Bill Bowerman, started the company in 1971 known for its Swoosh logo and Just Do it slogan.

Among the running shoes produced by Nike through the years include the first Nike Waffle in 1972, Nike Air Sock Racer in 1986, Nike Air Max in 1987, Nike Zoom in 1997, Nike Air Presto in 2000 and the Nike Free in 2002.

The Nike Aptare SE was influenced by the prototype of the Nike Free and its concept of barefoot running where running shoes were packaged as barely-there footwear because of its lightweight and airy designs.

Originally engineered by Tobie Hatfield and Eric Avar, the Nike Free was inspired by athletes training barefoot. The Nike designers brought this idea by taking data measurements from men and women wearing pressure-measuring insoles. The data include measurements of the pressure upon landing of the foot on the ground resulting in the unconventional shape and design of the Nike Free which provides extreme cushioning in both the heel and the toe and the use of Phylon material in the outsole.

The same Phylon material is now present in the midsole of the Nike Aptare SE. The “barely there” concept with the seamless one-piece upper with flex grooves in the sole keeps the foot light, flexible and well ventilated.

Nike Aptare SE Style

The special edition sneakers from Nike have a unique style reminiscent of the Nike Free prototype which served as an inspiration for this lightweight runner. The Nike Aptare SE projects freedom and simplicity with its seamless upper that is built for cool and adaptable comfort.

The minimalist style shoe does not disappoint its harshest critics. With a woven upper material in toned down colors of Team Red, Light Bone, Black, Wolf Grey, Pure Platinum, White, Black Sail, and Cool Grey colorways, the shoe has a more neutral color scheme in tune with its minimalist theme.

Fit & Sizing

Attaining a perfect fit with the Nike Aptare SE is attainable as the running sneaker runs true to size in medium – D or B width for men and women.  The fit is also supported by an internal lacing system with a toggled bungee closure for easy manual adjustment. A pull tab in the heel also helps in ease of fitting as it ushers easy on and off of the footwear.Size ranges from US size 7 to 15 for men and 5 to 11.5 for women.

Notable Features

The Nike Aptare SE is a lightweight running sneaker with many new features. Foremost among these features is the seamless mesh upper that maintains an airy feel throughout the run. The same mesh material also keeps the shoe lightweight. The shoe also boasts of an injected Phylon midsole for lightweight cushioning and an EVA sockliner with memory foam counter that offers plush cushioning.

Additional Info

  • The Nike Aptare SE has an integrated lacing system for a secure and locked down fit.
  • Its bootie design aids in ventilation and additional comfort while the glossy TPU on the toe tip enhances durability.
  • Flex grooves were placed at the outsole for flexibility in movement while rubber pods were added for traction.