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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
    $80
  • Weight
    Men: 8.8oz
    Women: 6.8oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 4mm
    Women: 4mm

    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
    Unknown
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Summary

We spent 9.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • The inner sleeve and soft cushioning give a very comfortable ride in the 2014 version of the Flex Run.
  • It is a bang for the buck shoe.
  • It is very light.
  • It is very flexible.
  • The open mesh is very breathable.
  • Some runners appreciated its ability to be a race day shoe or as a high-mileage trainer.
  • 10 trendy color options.
  • A good number of runners have used this as an all-day shoe.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Several mentioned that rubber fell off quickly in the Flex Run 2014.
  • Quite a number of comments were disappointed that the outsole attracts small stones.

Bottom line

The Nike Flex Run 2014 is a versatile trainer that can handle almost all types of distances at varying speeds. There is sufficient arch support, cushioning, and breathable coverage for runners of all levels to enjoy. The really nice looks and affordable price make it a great shoe.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

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90 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 | Runner Choice

    The women’s Flex Run shoe from Nike will appeal to a wide range of female runners. It offers a lot of comfort and is ideal for those that have suffered discomfort in their feet, ankles and/or legs with their previous shoes.

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Updates to Nike Flex Run 2014

  • Nike applies most of the changes in the upper. First important change in the upper is the new open mesh that really enhances the breathability of the shoe.
  • Another major change is the introduction of the Flywire cables that are directly connected to the midsole and the laces. A quick tug of the laces and runners can get their most comfortable fit and midfoot security with this technology. Nike uses a very unique design as the cables are clearly visible from the outside and keeps the air flowing.
  • The midfoot saddle is substantially thinner than before to give way to the Flywire cables. With the saddle and the cables, there is a really secure feel and support in the midfoot coming from the Flex Run 2014.
  • A slight makeover happens in the outsole as well. The tip of the forefoot and the crash pad are filled with small hexagonal lugs to add traction to the shoe.

Nike Flex Run 2014 size and fit

The fit of the 2014 Flex Run is very similar to the previous model with the main difference being the snugger midfoot. Fans of this line should still be able to enjoy the average fit in the heel and the forefoot. Runners with narrow to medium feet dimensions should be very comfortable in this shoe. Medium is the offered weight while sizing is spot on.


Outsole

The outsole is made of Phylite material, which Nike labels as 60% Phylon and 40% rubber and injection-molded. It allows Nike to save rubber and keep weight at a minimum. Nike covers this Phylite material with durable carbon rubber. There are hexagonal lugs that are evenly spaced for improved traction.


Midsole

Phylon, a compression-molded EVA and rubber, runs the length of the shoe for consistent cushioning and smooth transitions. The lightweight nature of the foam belies its softness and responsive feel.


Upper

The minimal upper is characterized by an open mesh that delivers exceptional breathability. A thin midfoot saddle helps the Flywire cables provide unbelievable midfoot hold. These cables directly run from the midsole and looped with the laces. The tongue and collar have decent padding. A lace-up closure fastens the shoe.