• Terrain


    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


    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 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.

    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.

  • Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


    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
  • 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.

  • Width
    Men: normal, wide
    Women: normal, wide
  • Release date
    Jun 2017
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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.


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88 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 94 / 100 | Mayank Rawat

    My thoughts on the Nike Downshifter 7

    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!



    The midsole of Nike Downshifter 7 is so designed that it adds up to shoes 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 its ability to conform to the shape of the foot.



    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 a 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 a materials getting lodged in it.


    Nike just kept the Nike Downshifter design nice and simple. The upper is made solely of mesh which provides 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 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.


    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.


    In my opinion, the Downshifter 7 are 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.


    The sole of Downshifter 7 works pretty well on a variety of surfaces. The hexagonal patterning in the outsole of the shoes provides it the traction delivering abilities. The grip provided by the outsole is perfect for activities like long distance running or sprinting.


    • Modern and sleek design
    • Great comfort
    • Lightweight
    • Low pricing


    • The different material gets caught in deep ridges on the outsole
    • Not very good shoes for wet terrains


    The Nike Downshifter 7 is a very decent overall shoe. It provides support, extreme comfort and the best thing is that it doesn't hurt your pocket even a little bit.

    Considering all these factors, one can say Nike downshifter 7 is not a bad purchase and can be purchased without any hesitation.

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 86 / 100 | Runnerlight

    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 | Soleracks

    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.


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.


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.


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.