Nike Downshifter 7 review

The reason why I bought the Nike Downshifter 7 was that everyone kept telling me that Nike has improved upon the previous release (Nike Downshifter 6) which I used earlier and really loved so I decided to buy, test and review the 7th.

Do these shoes meet the expectations which everyone was talking about or are these shoes just overpraised? Let's find out!

Bouncy midsole of the Downshifter 7

The midsole of Nike Downshifter 7 is so designed that it adds up to the shoe's already comfortable design.

The midsole used in Nike downshifter 7 is made up of lightweight Phylon material that helps the midsole to bounce back and respond to the pressure that is going to be placed on it with day to day usage, but on top of this property and comfort provided by phylon material, it also protects the users' foot from injury due to its ability to conform to the shape of the foot.

It is a brilliant outsole design

After testing the outsole of Nike Downshifter 7, the only word I got in my mind is - Brilliant.

Nike has used a mixture of hexagonal patterning to deliver a grip to last on plenty of surfaces. In fact, the sole pattern comes in the shape of both outward and inward hexagons.

The outsole is primarily from thick rubber. The outsole also has flex grooves that allow the shoe to bend to the will of the user's foot and provide comfort. But multiple deep ridges in the sole means the users had to deal with materials getting lodged in it.

Nice and simple design

Nike just kept the Nike Downshifter design nice and simple. The upper is made solely of mesh which provides the shoe's air circulation and also a range of movement while in use.

The toe box has an aerodynamic look and can feel restrictive when wearing the thick sock, keeping it aside the shoe looks durable and beautiful but if observed closely you can get a feeling of cheapness which you can expect from shoes of this price range.

The Downshifter 7 is very lightweight

The shoe is designed to be very lightweight as Nike hasn't really added the shoe with any extra material other than the padding used inside and outside of the shoe.

To give you a good idea about the weight of the shoe, the size 11 Nike downshifter 7 weighs 10 oz. This lightweight will help the user to run a greater length of time and distance as the strain going to be placed on the users' foot will be reduced.

The Downshifter 7 is one comfortable shoe

The shoe has insoles made from an EVA(Ethylene-vinyl acetate) foam. This boosts that shoes' comfort level. The midsole is made up of phylon material which promotes comfort because of its lightweight nature.

In easy words, its lightweight nature provides the user with a comfy experience as not much strain is placed on the foot of the user.

Responsiveness

The sole of the shoe is very responsive due to the material that it is made up of. The midsole is made of phylon material which gives it the overall bouncy ride during running.

It has a rebounding quality that allows it to conform to the user's foot and reduce the pressure which user's foot going to face. The outsole is made up of a hardened rubber which helps the shoe to facilitate foot of the user.

Flexibility

In my opinion, the Downshifter 7 is made with keeping flexibility and ease of use in mind. These shoes are provided with flex grooves throughout the sole of the shoe to give it the ability to bend to the user's will without placing any kind of strain on the user's foot.

As mentioned above the upper of the shoe is fully made of mesh, it allows the shoe to bend on the will of the user.

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Rankings

How Nike Downshifter 7 ranks compared to all other shoes
Top 24% road running shoes
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Top 17% Nike running shoes
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Top 21% neutral running shoes
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Author
Mayank Rawat
Mayank Rawat

Hello there, my name is Mayank Rawat. I have been a badminton trainee for the last few years and I have been performing different exercises and workouts on a regular basis. I love collecting, testing and reviewing different kinds of shoes. I also love running on different terrains and that's the reason why I am here right now.