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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 high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

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
$60
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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.

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.

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.

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.

Summary

We spent 7.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

9 reasons to buy

  • A runner wrote that the mesh material used in the Nike Downshifter 6 had a bit of stretch to it, basically allowing their feet to feel unrestricted even when the material is hugging it.
  • Testers noted that the padding in the upper unit granted the dimensions of their feet with some cushioning during the running sessions.
  • The testers appreciated the inclusion of a molded insole, which gave contoured support to the foot-pad and the arch.
  • The underfoot cushioning was commended by many because of its soft and responsive nature.
  • This shoe didn’t feel heavy and it didn’t feel too lightweight, according to some runners; for them, it had an adequate weight that’s agreeable for many activities.
  • The Downshifter 6 looked visually appealing to a lot of those who tried it.
  • ‘Comfortable’ was a word many runners used to describe this shoe, as well as their time wearing it.
  • Based on a number of comments, this shoe was lauded for its affordable price.
  • The flat laces of this model gained recognition because they didn’t unravel easily.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some of the testers felt that the Downshifter 6 was a bit large for their feet.
  • The toe box was a bit narrow for a few runners; they wrote that it tended to clump their toes together uncomfortably.
  • The tongue was a bit lumpy and irritating to the skin, a tester complained.

Bottom line

The 6th version of the Nike Downshifter gained the favor of a lot of neutral runners and shoe enthusiasts. They stated that they felt contented and secured when trying it on the pavement. For many of them, the underfoot cushioning felt reliable and consistent, as did the upper cover system. There were some who didn’t enjoy this version, but that didn’t stop the Downshifter 6 from getting such prominence.


Rankings


Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 954 ratings

5 star
66%
4 star
18%
3 star
7%
2 star
4%
1 star
4%

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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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83 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 91 / 100 by Shemiah Lee • Shemiah Lee • Level 1 expert

    It is just so comfortable for a cheap shoe.

  • 81 / 100 by Heavy • Kate Halse • Level 4 expert

    While it’s adequately padded, the shoe doesn’t feel weighed down.

  • 84 / 100 by Running Shoes And Advice • Scott Stevens • Level 2 expert

    While it is definitely known that there is cushion in the shoe compared to a flatter-type non-athletic shoe, the cushion is not quite where it needs to be in terms of high-quality, high-cushioned shoes.

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Updates to Nike Downshifter 6

  • The 6th version of the Downshifter from Nike has a low profile design and a slightly thinner sole unit that the Nike Downshifter 5. It also utilizes lesser stitching and overlays to encourage breathability and better freedom of movement.
  • The upper unit of this running shoe uses an overlay system that’s not sewn on the fabric. The stitched layers serve to maintain the structure of the upper while also providing additional support where it’s needed.
  • The mid-sole unit is made of a soft, durable and flexible cushioning system that keeps the foot comfortable and supported all throughout the activity. The slightly curved forefoot and rear sections of the shoe allows for a better landing on the heel and a more efficient toe-off.
  • The outsole doesn’t just sparsely use rubber to provide protection against wear and tear. This model has an entire layer of durable rubber to make sure that the sole unit is shielded from the abrasive nature of the ground. Non-profound lugs allow the runner more grip over hard asphalt, dirt tracks and mild trails.

Nike Downshifter 6 size and fit

The Nike Downshifter 6 is true to its size. It is available in sizes that follow the regular choices of runners. The low-cut design of this model allows the foot to move around freely. The heel and mid-foot sections have a medium-width, while the forefoot has a slightly wider width to encourage better spreading of the toes.


Outsole

The outsole unit of this running shoe makes use of a durable rubber compound that’s layered across its entire length. It is able to hold fast against wear and abrasion, effectively shielding the rest of the sole unit from damage.

Deep flex grooves are etched on the outsole to encourage natural flexibility. The foot pad can bend and not feel restricted by the sole unit because it allows it to move more naturally, making each step through the gait cycle more seamless.

Some gripping lugs are placed strategically in this layer. They aren’t too prominent, but they’re efficient in providing traction over the roads and the mild trails.


Midsole

The Phylon cushioning system is one of the proprietary foams of Nike. It’s actually made from high quality materials that do not easily break down or lose structural integrity. It’s able to deliver superb cushioning, springiness to each step and adequate support through the activities. It’s also responsive as it isn’t stiff or restrictive.


Upper

The upper unit makes use of a mesh material that delivers a comfortable and breathable coverage. Air is constantly introduced to the interior of the shoe, keeping the foot cool and dry at all times. Synthetic overlays hug the foot well while the seamless construction reduces skin irritation and allows the runner to wear the shoe without using socks.

The tongue and collar are padded and they have a fabric lining that’s breathable and soft. It keeps the skin dry because it doesn’t make the plush inner wall feel stifling. Essentially, the tongue and collar keep the foot in place and prevent accidental shoe removal.

A molded foam insole is placed on top of the mid-sole unit to add a bit more cushioning and support for the underside of the foot.