Summary

We spent 7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • A good number of runners loved the comfort coming from the cushioning and plush interior of the Dart 10.
  • A very affordable shoe.
  • The midfoot saddle and substantial overlays superbly secure the foot.
  • It is lighter than the earlier model.
  • Some appreciated the arch support of this shoe.
  • A breathable run is ensured by the moderately large holes of the mesh.
  • Durability is decent for a shoe of this price.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few noted that the traction suffers when used in wet conditions.
  • Quite a number of reviewers observed that it is too small.

Bottom line

Nike continues to improve on the 10th iteration of the Dart as a solid choice for entry level runners who are looking for trusty and lightweight trainer with decent arch support. The shoe is a fancy-free trainer that can slog through miles of training in comfort.

Facts

Expert Reviews

76 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 76 / 100 | Running Shoes And Advice | | Level 3 expert

    I just do not feel like this shoe was a match for me. I have read a lot of positive reviews on this shoe, sadly, I cannot praise this shoe as much as some others.

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  • The fit and feel of the Dart 10 gets most of the modification. In this model, a new midfoot strap sits between the eyelets. It helps runners find their most comfortable fit and enhances the midfoot hold of this shoe.
  • A thicker, but softer mesh is introduced in this shoe. Durability is seen as the most direct result of the thicker mesh as breathability continues to be optimal.
  • Nike also added more foam to the ankle collar and tongue for a more comfortable ride. There should be a lesser risk to develop blisters or irritation because of the plush padding.

The fit of the Dart has been enhanced in the 10th version. There is improved midfoot and heel security because of the added overlays. The toe box has just enough room for the toes to splay without being uncomfortable. Medium is the available width of the shoe. Nike markets the Dart as a having standard shoe length.


The outsole of this Nike road shoe is very basic with almost flat rubber configuration for better transitions. There are also flex grooves to give the shoe more flexibility. This Waffle outsole is covered in hard-wearing carbon rubber for traction and durability. A crash pad helps a little with the cushioning and shock absorbing features of the shoe. This outsole configuration is very similar to the outer sole unit of the Nike Dart 12.


Nike uses two midsole foams in the Dart 10. Both the Reslon and Phylon midsole runs the length of the shoe for consistency in cushioning. There is a softer ride because of this combination.


A breathable mesh is the most prominent part of the upper. It gives durability a boost because of its thickness. There is a combination of TPU and printed overlays all over the shoe for superb hold. A midfoot saddle helps with the form-fitting fit of the shoe. Nike adds a midfoot strap between the eyelets to help with the cinching and midfoot lock down. The tongue and collar have plush padding.

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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