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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
Weight
Men: 9.4oz
Women: 7.6oz
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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 6.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • A large number of reviewers mentioned that the Downshifter 5 is super comfortable.
  • Good value for its price.
  • BRS 1000 carbon rubber enhances outsole durability.
  • It is very breathable, according to some runners.
  • The cushioning is plush as noted by a handful.
  • Several runners appreciated the smooth transition.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The carbon rubber outsole lacks traction, particularly on wet or smooth surfaces, based on comments from a few.
  • The arch support is a bit jarring as observed by a small number of reviewers.

Bottom line

The Nike Downshifter 5 is a dependable trainer that has tons of comfort and excellent arch support. Entry level runners will love the soft cushioning and the plush interior of this shoe. It should also be a good choice for anyone looking to get a wallet-friendly and hassle-free shoe that can withstand the poundings of everyday training.


Rankings


Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 277 ratings

5 star
72%
4 star
15%
3 star
7%
2 star
2%
1 star
4%

My Rating


Updates to Nike Downshifter 5

  • Minor changes that should mean a significant improvement in performance is at hand in the 5th version of the Downshifter. Most noticeable in the changes is the new mesh. It is a bit thicker than the previous model with better breathability. The thickness helps with the upper durability and structure.
  • The shoe also showcases two new midfoot straps in the middle of the eyelets. These two straps greatly help with the midfoot snugness as the laces go through them. Runners should also be able to get a more personalized fit with this new feature.
  • Besides the straps, midfoot hold is increased by the addition of printed overlays. These help with the overall structure and midfoot security without the added weight. The overlays also give the shoe a more sophisticated look than before.

Nike Downshifter 5 size and fit

The fit is average from the heel to the forefoot. This time around the midfoot has improved snugness due to the added overlays and the midfoot straps. It should be noted that there is decent volume and room in the toe box for those slightly wider feet. Medium is the available width of the shoe. The sizing is spot on in the Downshifter 5.


Outsole

The Waffle outsole is almost flat with hard-wearing BRS 1000 carbon rubber. It gives the shoe better durability. Flex grooves and a prominent cut stretching from the heel to the midfoot give the shoe flexibility and enhanced transition. A slightly segmented crash pad gives cushioning and shock-absorption.


Midsole

Nike’s go to midsole, the Phylon, covers the entire midsole. It is compression molded with decent cushioning and responsiveness in a very light frame.


Upper

A single-piece mesh that is very breathable makes up a large part of the upper. The overlays are both stitched and printed. These provide the midfoot very excellent lockdown feel and security. The tongue and collar are well-padded. Giving that added cushioning is the removable insole. A traditional lace up closure keeps the fit secure throughout the run.