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Terrain
Road

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

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.

Use
Competition

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
$80
Weight
Men: 8.2oz
Women: 6.5oz
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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 8.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

13 reasons to buy

  • Many of the reviewers loved the comfortable ride of the Flex RN 2016.
  • The price tag is very affordable.
  • It is very flexible, according to some.
  • The 2016 Flex RN runs very light, as noticed by more than a few.
  • Most of the comments noted that it is quite durable.
  • Several runners living in hot-weather areas valued its excellent breathability.
  • Its lightness is appreciated by a handful.
  • A moderate number of runners liked the color of the new Flex RN.
  • Several runners loved the colorways and stylish appeal of the shoe.
  • A handful of users had a great time wearing the shoe right out of the box.
  • Despite being very light and minimal, more than a handful of runners use it for gym workouts.
  • Many were quite surprised by the grip of this shoe, even on wet pavement.
  • There are number of color options.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A large number of the comments mentioned that it is very narrow.
  • The fit can be too tight for those with more than average foot dimensions, remarked several.
  • The outsole sucks small stones, based on the comments of some runners.
  • A significant number of users who prefer to walk had irritation in their heels because the back part of the Nike 2016 Flex RN is a little too high.

Bottom line

The Nike Flex RN 2016 is a no-nonsense trainer that is quite light, but has decent cushioning to handle daily training. It has adequate arch support, superior breathability, excellent comfort, and nice looks. For a very affordable price, runners can get a really functional shoe that looks more than its price tag.


Rankings


Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 363 ratings

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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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84 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

  • 87 / 100 by Ravatorix • Ravatorix • Level 1 expert

    Great casual and sporty shoe.

  • 84 / 100 by NEPatriotsFan83 • Jason • Level 1 expert

    They're a lot more flexible, which helps with your running and keeps you comfortable.

  • 85 / 100 by RunRepeat • Bob Logan • Level 1 expert

    For those who need a functional, simple, race-day kind of shoe with just enough cushioning for longer runs, this is a good choice.
    Neutral runners who have about average foot dimensions and who do not require too much support and protection will likely maximize the potential of this shoe.

  • 80 / 100 by The Crew • The Crew • Level 1 expert

    A nice, spacious shoe.

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Updates to Nike Flex RN 2016

The 2016 version of the Nike Flex RN uses the proprietary Flywire cords as its most significant development. As most Nike fans know, the cords are directly attached to the midsole and then looped through the laces. The cords greatly help in holding the foot down without the use of too many overlays.

With the Flywire cords available, Nike also utilizes a very light single-piece mesh for breathability, support, and security that is not restrictive. The upper also sees the removal of the stitched overlay on the toe box and replaced with a thin, welded version. It gives more room in the forefoot and enhances breathability.

The heel gets a little help through the addition of welded overlays. These welded overlays are quite pliable, so there is just enough heel support without too much stiffness.

Nike Flex RN 2016 size and fit

The fit of the Nike Flex RN 2016 continues to be snug from the heel to the forefoot. Runners should get more midfoot hold courtesy of the Flywire cables. There is just enough room for the toes to wiggle in the toe box. Runners with narrow to medium feet are built for this kind of fit. Sizing is accurate in the shoe.

Outsole

The underfoot features the unique siped Nike outsole where the Tri-star configurations are scattered throughout. It gives the 2016 Flex RN plenty of flexibility as the pattern creates numerous cuts all over the outsole. The heel and the area beneath the big toe are covered with hard carbon rubber for durability while blown rubber makes up the rest of the outsole.

Midsole

The no-fuss midsole is occupied by Nike’s patented Phylon foam for consistency in cushioning, responsiveness, and durability. As the foam covers the whole midsole, there is enhanced motion through the gait cycle.

Upper

The lightweight, engineered mesh offers exceptional breathability and a sock-like fit. Nike uses for the first time in this series the Flywire cords to help with midfoot security and locked down feel. Welded overlays also help with the support and structure. The ankle collar and tongue have decent padding. A traditional lace-up closure clinches the fit of the Nike Flex RN 2016.