DiscontinuedUpdate: Nike Downshifter 7
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.
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WeightMen: 9.4ozWomen: 7.6oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 12mmWomen: 12mm
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.
Heel heightMen: 38mmWomen: 37mm
Forefoot heightMen: 26mmWomen: 25mm
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal, Wide
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83 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews
It is just so comfortable for a cheap shoe.
While it’s adequately padded, the shoe doesn’t feel weighed down.
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.
- 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 midsole 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.
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.
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.
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. This midsole configuration has been used in the Downshifter 7 running shoes.
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.