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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 8.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

9 reasons to buy

  • A couple of video reviewers praised the Nike Flight Bonafide for its good ventilation.
  • Most reviewers found the shoe super comfortable.
  • The zippered heel allows easy on and off.
  • The shoe is lightweight, according to some users, despite its substantial frame.
  • The Flyknit is flexible and accommodates those with slightly wider feet.
  • The rubber tread gives the shoe traction and durability.
  • A few fans of the Bonafide who play hoops loved its cushioning.
  • It is easily one of the most futuristic looking shoes in the market today, as exclaimed by a handful of reviewers.
  • The style is super sleek and versatile, noted a couple of happy campers.

6 reasons not to buy

  • The Nike Flight Bonafide lacks support as observed by a couple of experts.
  • A handful of users didn’t like that the zipper tab cannot be locked. They complained about the annoying sound it produces.
  • Although it took its inspiration from a basketball sneaker, the shoe isn’t recommended for playing ball according to a few reviewers.
  • The Nike Flight Bonafide is slightly expensive.
  • The lockdown wasn’t good as noted by a tester.
  • The knit material eventually stretches as noticed by some users. They recommended going a half size down.

Bottom line

While the Nike Flight Bonafide took its cues from a basketball sneaker, the sneaker is designed as a lifestyle shoe. Once worn, the shoe provides comfort through its breathable Flyknit upper and the super thick and plush insole.  The combination of Flyknit and Air cushioning makes the shoe lightweight. Potential buyers might be turned off by the lack of tech and its slightly expensive price. Moreover, the multicolor version is a love it or hate it colorway.


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Nike Flight Bonafide History

The Nike Flight Bonafide is a lifestyle silhouette inspired by the Nike Zoom Flight 95 basketball shoe. Representing the year 2017, it is part of the Five Decades of Basketball collection alongside Blazer Studio Low (1972), Air Force 1 High SL (1982), Air Foamposite Pro (1997) and Air Zoom Generation (2003). Although the collection had a Vachetta Tan theme, Nike hasn’t released the version of the Flight Bonafide in this colorway as of its launch date.

The Zoom Flight 95 was among the first Nike shoes with the Zoom Air technology. It received several nicknames such as Grasshoppers and Bug Eyes because of the bubbles found at the side. Jason Kidd wore this shoe when he was still an NBA rookie.

Nike Flight Bonafide Style

The Nike Flight Bonafide has a breathable Flyknit upper which gives lockdown. It sits atop a foam midsole featuring responsive Nike Air cushioning. The zip tab on the heel allows easier entry and exit. It is a sporty silhouette that goes well with shorts, jeans, joggers, tech fleece pants and cargo pants.

Fit & Sizing

The Nike Flight Bonafide is a men’s shoe that generally runs true to size. It is available from sizes 6 to 15. Nike uses True Fit, a platform that utilizes sizing data from other brands to help users find the Nike shoe that will fit them. The collar fits like a sock and stretches well for mobility. The Flyknit upper is a form fitting material.

Notable Features

Most reviewers said that the Nike Flight Bonafide is very comfortable. The insole is very thick, giving the wearer a plush feel. Nike’s flair for the modern shoe is very much noticeable in the soles of the Flight Bonafide. This futuristic rendition adds another element of sophistication that should get the attention of casual observers.

Another part of the shoe that stands out is the Flyknit upper. Nike’s top of the line upper technology not only gives it a very contemporary and sleek outlook, it also helps the shoe become more comfortable as it hugs the foot very well.

Additional Info

  • The Flyknit technology is Nike’s response to runners who were looking for footwear that delivers a snug fit. It’s a material that maximizes performance, and at the same time, lessens material waste. An average of 60% waste is reduced as opposed to the typical cut and sew method.
  • A zipper in the heel allows for easy on and off maneuver.
  • The ribbed outsole offers traction on a variety of surfaces.