Facts

  • 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
    $150
  • Weight
    Men: 5.6oz
    Women: 5.6oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 8mm
    Women: 8mm

    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
    Jul 2012
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Summary

We spent 8.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

9 reasons to buy

  • The vibrant color schemes of the Nike Flyknit Racer were welcomed by many runners and shoe enthusiasts.
  • The Flyknit fabric wrapped around the foot like a sock and it didn’t cause any irritation, according to testers.
  • The breathable nature of the upper fabric received praise from those who wanted their feet to stay cool and dry when running.
  • Some users thought that the materials and the general design of this model made it adequately lightweight for racing.
  • ‘Comfortable’ was a word that many runners used to describe their experience as they wore this shoe.
  • The underfoot experience felt responsive and springy, according to a lot of those who tried it.
  • The high quality materials used in this shoe made it durable and long-lasting, runners observed.
  • There were consumers who were able to use it casually, and they didn’t have any problems with it.
  • Many wrote that it was true-to-size.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Several testers reported that a hole has appeared in the forefoot area after only a few months of use.
  • According to a runner, the underfoot platform of the Flyknit Racer wasn’t very effective when it comes to all-day use.
  • It felt a bit narrow for a few runners.

Bottom line

A lot of neutral runners had fun wearing the Nike Flyknit Racer. For them, it was able to deliver comfort, security and style. Some even noted that they actually used it daily and they didn’t feel short-changed. But some testers were not able to acclimate well to this road shoe and a few have reported some inconsistencies with the durability of its upper. Nevertheless, this shoe has become a popular one and many have come to trust it.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, 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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85 / 100 based on 13 expert reviews

  • 87 / 100 | Constantly Varied Fitness

    It is very light, breathable, and comfortable to wear around.

  • 85 / 100 | All Things Adidas

    Super comfortable and breathable.

  • 88 / 100 | Sportskeeda

    It is expensive but you cannot argue too much for the materials used are supreme. 

  • 83 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru

    Completed by an all-Flyknit upper, it is Nike's top marathon racing shoe.

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Updates to Nike Flyknit Racer

  • The Nike Flyknit Racer features a one-piece knitted upper that is highly breathable. It is stretchable to deliver an adaptive fit and it gives added support.
  • This shoe also features the waffle-skin rubber outsole with diamond pattern that is racing-specific. It offers lightweight and durable traction.

Nike Flyknit Racer size and fit

The Flyknit Racer is true to its size. It’s available in a variety of sizes that adhere to what the runners are most accustomed to. The heel, mid-foot and forefoot areas have medium measurements. The shoe comfortably accommodates those with narrow-to-medium foot dimensions.


Outsole

The outsole unit of this shoe utilizes the durable waffle-skin carbon rubbers that deliver multi-surface traction, keeping runners upright while running on both wet and dry surfaces.


Midsole

The Flyknit Racer uses the brand’s Phylon midsole that is low-profile in nature, lightweight and highly responsive. The full-length midsole foam gives enough amount of cushioning for a resilient ride.


Upper

The upper of the Nike Flyknit Racer features a one-piece knit upper that gives satisfying breathability. It is stretchable to deliver a seamless, sock-like fit. With the Dynamic Flywire, this shoe delivers comfortable fit and added support while reducing the shoe’s weight. The lightweight and low-profile tongue offers added comfort.