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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 sneaker fanatics think:

10 reasons to buy

  • Many reviewers called the Nike Flyknit Trainer ‘comfortable’ with one user likening it to wearing socks.
  • A significant number of users found the shoe lightweight. One commented that the shoes felt unbelievably light on the feet, like walking barefoot.
  • A lot of testers commented that the shoe looks amazing and would be great for leisure wear.
  • One of the many positive comments about the Flyknit Trainer is that it’s very breathable.
  • Quite a few mentioned that the shoe would be perfect for the gym.
  • According to some consumers, the shoes are suitable for any activity that does not need a stable base such as circuit style training, box jumps, accessory movements, and more.
  • Some testers were happy that the shoe came out in a variety of colorways.
  • One user noted that the shoe looks and feels very durable.
  • A satisfied buyer commended the shoe’s grip that helps him plant his foot firmly on the ground even on cold, wet, and slippery days.
  • It is very light on the foot, according to a few users.

7 reasons not to buy

  • Based on many reviews, the Nike Flyknit Trainer is not ideal for any running activity as the heel keeps slipping. One buyer stated that he needed to use really good socks to prevent this from happening.
  • Many felt that since the shoe has a low tongue design, the laces are not secure enough to keep the feet in.
  • According to several who reviewed the shoe, the shoe causes blisters on the feet when worn for running long distances.
  • Some felt that the shoe did not have enough cushioning in the sole. One person stated that his legs felt beat up after running in the Flyknit Trainer.
  • Two users said the shoe is not ideal for gym activities such as deadlifting or squatting.
  • One buyer complained that the shoe looks like any ordinary running shoe but with the paddings removed. He said the shoe felt hard on the heels.
  • One user said the Flywire in the shoe tends to snap.

Bottom line

The Nike Flyknit Trainer utilizes the innovative Flyknit technology to produce a lightweight and breathable shoe that spells comfort for the wearer. Based on many reviews, it is not ideal for use as a running shoe but would be perfect for any gym or training activity. The shoe is stylish enough to wear around town which makes it a perfect combination of performance and fashion.


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Nike Flyknit Trainer History

The Flyknit, a technology used by the Flyknit Trainer, was first introduced in February of 2012. It was a revolutionary method of making shoes using one piece of fabric and where every stitch is micro-engineered to create a form-fitting, light, and seamless upper. This technology came about from four years of research as well as 40 years of applying knowledge gained from working with runners. The aim of the Flyknit was to reduce as much weight as possible by trimming away all unnecessary parts and produce a shoe that would give the feel of a sock but with much more support.

The Flyknit technology has since been applied to various Nike running, basketball, training, soccer, and lifestyle models but the first two silhouettes to use this technology were the Flyknit Trainer and the Flyknit Racer.

The Flyknit Trainer was released in that same year, 2012, right before the London Summer Olympics but wasn’t an instant success. It was more expensive than others and the sole wasn’t as durable as it should be for a running shoe. It only achieved fame after Michael Phelps climbed the podium six times to receive his medals wearing a bright-yellow pair of the shoe.

The Flyknit Trainer originally launched in a White/Black colorway along with nine other additional colors including “Volt.” In 2013, new colorways were again released but the original stopped circulation in that same year. In 2014, Nike debuted a women’s version of the now-classic shoe.

This 2017, to celebrate its 5th anniversary, Nike brought back the Trainers by dropping a White/Black OG along with three new colorways such as the Sunset Tint, Cirrus Blue, and Pale Grey in July.  A few more colors followed including Bright Citron and Night Purple.

Nike Flyknit Trainer Style

The Nike Flyknit Trainer is a versatile shoe that combines function and fashion. With its various colorways that range from subtle and low-key to bold, there’s something in it to suit every taste and preference.

The low top Flyknit Trainer looks best when paired with shorts, jeans, and chinos. It’s a good performance shoe but works best as leisure wear.

Fit & Sizing

The Nike Flyknit Trainer is offered in men’s sizes ranging from 7.5 to 13. This low top shoe may run a bit narrow for some. Many reviewers advise going up a half size higher.

Notable Features

The most notable feature of the Flyknit Trainer is its use of the Flyknit technology, which has recently made the transition from using manufactured polyester to recycled polyester as the yarn core of its shoes. The Flyknit technology now makes use of recycled PET bottles to produce new yarn and convert these into fabric.

Aside from the breathable Flyknit uppers, Flyknit Trainers also feature Flywire Cables and elasticated ankle surround for improved comfort and support. It also utilizes its signature rubber sole unit that has an excellent grip, along with a supportive midsole.

Additional Info

  • The Nike Flyknit Trainer weighs in at around 8.4 oz.
  • The Flywire cables provide good lockdown feel in a quite minimalist upper.