Facts

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: 10oz
Women: 8oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 12mm
Women: 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.

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

5 reasons to buy

  • A majority of the testers commented on how comfortable and lightweight the Nike Downshifter 7 is.
  • The trademark Nike swoosh is much appreciated because it gives the shoe that classic Nike look.
  • The minimalist design allowed testers to sport the shoe in different activities, not just running.
  • Users will have a variety of color variations to choose from.
  • Several users recognized the value of the shoe considering its build and features.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A number of users expressed how narrow the shoe felt despite getting the shoe in their usual width.
  • A good number of reviews noted that this running shoe did not provide good traction on wet surfaces.
  • Several users stated that the shoes are more for casual wear or light exercise, and not so much for running long distances or serious training.

Bottom line

The Nike Downshifter 7 is a budget-friendly option fit for everyday use. The outsole provides moderate traction and promotes the natural movement of the feet. Not only that, the classic feel and minimalistic design of the shoe make it wearable for several activities. Most users use this neutral shoe casually for work or light workouts.


Rankings


Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 465 ratings

5 star
62%
4 star
19%
3 star
5%
2 star
2%
1 star
2%

My Rating

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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87 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 86 / 100 by Runnerlight • Michael Brandon • Level 3 expert

    The Nike Downshifter 7 is guaranteed to provide great cushioning, sweat-free interior and smooth ride experience to ensure your foot’s comfort and your performance efficiency.

  • 90 / 100 by Soleracks • Marc Andrews • Level 1 expert

    The Nike Downshifter 7 is a basic running shoe that is quite versatile, being great in day-to-day activities. Many have been buying these for work, especially the all black or white versions. The reviews have been quite impressive and considering how lightweight and comfortable they are, I am not surprised. I will certainly stick with wearing these for light exercises and casual wear, where I think I get the best out of them.

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Updates to Nike Downshifter 7

  • The Nike Downshifter 7 is a neutral road running shoe that incorporates major design updates from its predecessor. The overall design and structure were overhauled to give the shoe a more modern aesthetic.
  • The toe box appears more elongated and tapered. The upper’s textile overlay has been redesigned for better breathability and support for the sides of the feet without compromising on air circulation. The trademark Nike Swoosh has been embedded on the lateral sides of the overlay making it look flat and stamped on.
  • Now labeled with “Nike Running”, the mid-sole unit of the Nike Downshifter 7 has also been updated in terms of design, catering to its length and modern look. The midsole is made of Phylon material which stretches the shoe’s full-length. Phylon is a material made up of EVA foam pellets that have been compressed, heat expanded and then molded. It is lightweight, responsive, and is 30% lighter than many of the regular foam materials.
  • More flex grooves were introduced to the full-length rubber outsole, refining the traction and grip delivered by the 7th version of the Nike Downshifter.

Nike Downshifter 7 size and fit

The Nike Downshifter 7 is available in standard shoe sizes for both men and women. The shoe fits true to size. In terms of width, both standard and wide widths are available. The variation in width caters to those with wider feet and makes room for the spread of the foot while moving.


Outsole

The outsole of this shoe is made up of a durable rubber which runs the shoe’s full length. This durable material serves as protection for the rest of the sole unit from abrasion as well as wear.

More flex grooves can be found on the outsole of this version compared to the previous one. These grooves allow the shoe to be more flexible and the foot to move more naturally. This results in a smoother heel to toe transition.


Midsole

Lightweight Phylon material makes up the entire mid-sole of the Downshifter 7. This material provides the right amount of cushioning to the feet. The characteristic responsiveness of the Nike Phylon midsole provides extra spring with every step.

The no-sew lateral midfoot saddle provides support and stability to the feet.

The insole is made up of EVA foam which is a material that provides support and extra cushioning. This insole is removable and can be interchanged with other types of insoles of your preference.


Upper

The single-layer open mesh upper of the Nike Downshifter 7 promotes the breathability of the shoe while providing sufficient coverage. Further perforations are found in the synthetic overlay, keeping the feet cool at all times.

The padded tongue and collar add to the shoe’s fit and comfort. The fabric lining is moderately plush, hugging the foot in just the right amount. The moderate plushness prevents the shoe from accidentally coming off and helps with stability during walking or running.