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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 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.

Price
$225
Weight
Men: 11.8oz
Women: 9.2oz
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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 6.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Many runners appreciated the Flyknit upper unit, which provided them with excellent breathability and stretch.
  • The Flywire technology on the medial and lateral sides helps in customizing the fit.
  • The Cushlon full-length foam offers strong yet plush underfoot cushioning.
  • Many reviewers lauded the Air Max and Cushlon cushioning systems, which carried their feet responsibly and protected them from impact.
  • Though expensive in price, many runners noted that the Flyknit Air Max 2016 was a great value for their money because of the comfort received and the high quality materials.
  • Durability is high in this model because it’s been constructed well with the use of strong and reliable components.
  • The many color schemes available for this model make it visually appealing.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Most of the complaints were about its weight, which was a bit too heavy.
  • The outsole wasn’t able to handle slippery surfaces, some testers said.
  • A few noted that this model didn’t have as much support as the previous version.

Bottom line

The series that’s popular among many has just improved its roster with the Flyknit Air Max 2016. This new iteration has been designed for neutral runners and it’s a great choice for daily running and fitness trainings.


Rankings


Ratings

3.3 / 5 based on 7 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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77 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews

  • 70 / 100 by Hes Kicks • Hes Kicks • Level 3 expert

    The only upgrade we get is a slightly redesigned upper, which made the shoe very expensive.

  • 85 / 100 by Sammy Boy • Sam • Level 1 expert

    They are expensive, but they are the best in quality.

  • 83 / 100 by Shoe The Truth Dr • Shoe The Truth Dr • Level 1 expert

    It's really cushiony.

  • 82 / 100 by Rod 2575 • Rod 2575 • Level 1 expert

    They just really shine in person.

  • 80 / 100 by Ephiphany • Ephiphany • Level 1 expert

    The upper is very constructive and supportive.

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Updates to Nike Flyknit Air Max 2016

  • At first, the changes done in this 2016 version of the Flyknit Air Max aren’t that apparent. It the outsole definitely looks similar to the 2015 one. But the outsole Waffle pattern on this one is lighter and more spread out. Such a design distributes the weight of the wearer more uniformly for a well-balanced ride.
  • The Air Max tech in the sole unit has been upgraded to deliver even better flexibility than the previous versions. The prominent flex grooves are now closer to each other, therefore allowing the wearer to achieve a more natural freedom of movement in the forefoot area.
  • The Cushlion mid-sole tech adds a richer cushioning that’s springy. This unit also provides protection from landing impact, making each stride and strike less tasking.
  • The Flyknit upper unit is a versatile material that is capable of following the natural contours of the foot. It’s capable of stretching and adapting to the movements of the foot, bringing a sock-like wearing experience.

Nike Flyknit Air Max 2016 size and fit

The Nike Flyknit Air Max 2016 is true to its size. It comes in a variety of sizes, so anyone should be able to choose the right one for their personal preferences. Medium-sized heels, mid-foot and forefoot areas are accommodated well in this model. Worthy of note is that the Flyknit material stretches and responds to the shape of the foot.


Outsole

The Waffle pattern of the outsole unit was crafted to distribute weight more evenly. It helps the platform become more balanced when the shoe is taken for a spin. This design is also responsible for providing traction over the surfaces.

Flex grooves on the forefoot area of this running shoe affords the runner more freedom of motion. It’s been aligned to the Air Max system to still deliver cushioning during the toe-off phase.


Midsole

The Air Max tech runs the entire length of the Nike Flyknit Air Max 2016. This air cushioning system has a tubular construction, which means that it can guide the foot to a steady and surer transition from the heel to the toe.

The Cushlon foam above the air cushioning system is the one responsible for the springiness to every step, as well as protection from impact forces. It’s made from high quality components and it doesn’t easily break down.


Upper

The Flyknit material on the upper is made of polyester yarn. Aside from being very comfortable for the foot, it’s also durable and stretchable. It has a single-layer construction, allowing exceptional breathability and support for the entire contour of the foot.

Different color schemes on the upper make it unique and enjoyable to look at. These hues are visually vibrant and they evoke an abstract painting, but they assist in distinguishing the Flyknit series from the other ones from Nike.

The Dynamic Flywire system on the sides give the runner a more customized fit. Directly connected to the traditional lacing system, these cables respond to every loosening or tightening of the shoelaces and essentially affecting the snugness felt by the foot.