Who should buy the Nike Downshifter 6

  • Runners looking for an excellent entry-level running shoe
  • Shoe enthusiasts who want a comfortable, visually appealing shoe for jogging, brisk walking, or all-day wear.

Nike Downshifter 6 logo

Updates to the Nike Downshifter 6

  • Low profile design and a slightly thinner sole unit compared to Downshifter 5.
  • Lesser stitching and overlays to encourage breathability and better freedom of movement.
  • Midsole unit is made of a soft, durable and flexible cushioning system that keeps the foot comfortable and supported all throughout the activity.
  • 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.

Durable rubber compound

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.

Nike Downshifter 6 outsole part

Deep flex grooves for natural flexibility

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.

Nike Downshifter 6 deep flex grooves

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.

Downshifter 6 delivers superb cushioning, springiness

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.

Nike Downshifter 6 cushioing

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.

Nike’s mesh material for breathability

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.

Nike Downshifter 6 overlays

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.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 9.4oz / Women 7.6oz
Drop: 12mm
Arch support: Neutral
Update: Nike Downshifter 11
Forefoot height: Men 26mm / Women 25mm
Heel height: Men 38mm / Women 37mm

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