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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 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.

    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
    $90
  • Weight
    Men: 8.2oz
    Women: 6.5oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 7mm
    Women: 7mm

    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
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Oct 2016
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Summary

We spent 9.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Most users were so impressed by the comfortable feel of the Nike Flex 2016 RN Shield.
  • A large number of users also wear this shoe to the gym.
  • A majority of the reviews mentioned how stylish and cool the shoe looks.
  • Runners generally thought that this shoe was suitably lightweight.
  • The upper adjusts to the runners’ feet very well, based on a few observations from users.
  • The water resistant upper of this version of the Nike Flex 2016 RN is geared for inclement weather running
  • According to a few reviewers, the traction capability of the outsole is efficient, even in wet conditions.
  • Some testers noted that it has an affordable price.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Most reviewers noted that they had to go at least half a size up.
  • It runs narrow, according to a significant number of users.
  • A handful of runners experienced rubbing in their heels.
  • The outsole is a rock magnet, as observed by a moderate number of users.

Bottom line

Nike consistently comes up with shoes that push the boundaries between lifestyle and sports. In the Flex 2016 RN Shield, Nike delivers a lightweight shoe that offers reliable performance with the kind of looks that are usually associated with many of its most expensive and popular shoes. This has a water-resistant upper to go along with a very comfortable ride and just enough arch support. It has already gained a huge following, especially for those who are looking for an affordable, but a seriously good-looking shoe with just enough performance on the road.

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Updates to Nike Flex 2016 RN Shield

  • Compared to the regular model of the Flex 2016 RN, the Shield version carries a water-resistant upper. The added weather protection makes this a model that can handle slight rains or when the roads are wet. This is also the first time Nike incorporates the Shield technology in this series.
  • When contrasted with the past model, although, it was the standard model, the Nike Flex 2016 RN Shield has significantly lesser overlays. In fact, the upper of this shoe is as minimal as it can get. It makes this model lighter and with a more accommodating and flexible upper.
  • Nike brings two technologies in this version as well. There is the Flywire technology, which provides most of the locked down feel and security. Without those large overlays, the Flywire cords hold the foot down.
  • In the outsole, the innovative Tri-Star design brings a lot of freedom of movement and flexibility to the equation. Nike also uses a sticky rubber in the outsole for improved traction, particularly as this model is designed for running in wet conditions.

Nike Flex 2016 RN Shield size and fit

The fit of the Nike Flex 2016 RN Shield hugs the foot like a glove. It has adequate hold in the midfoot because of the Flywire cables. There is sufficient grip on the heel while the forefoot has room enough that it does not cramp the toes. It runs a bit smaller than standard sizing.


Outsole

Nike’s Tri-Star design is used for the first time in this series. It gives the shoe superior flexibility and aids in the natural movement of the runner. There is a durable carbon rubber found in the heel the forefoot and other areas prone to wear and tear.


Midsole

An injection molded Phylon midsole runs the length of the shoe. This midsole foam is noted for its lightweight cushioning while the full-length structure helps with the movement from landing to take-off.


Upper

The minimalist upper of the Nike Flex 2016 RN Shield is covered by a breathable mesh with water-repellent coating. Nike’s signature Flywire cables are connected to the midsole and hold the foot in security. There is a plush internal bootie for more comfort and better fit. A removable insole adds a little cushioning.