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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
    $75
  • Weight
    Men: 9.3oz
    Women: 7.1oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 3mm
    Women: 3mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Men: 18mm
    Women: 18mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 15mm
    Women: 15mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Unknown
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Summary

We spent 6.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

9 reasons to buy

  • The Nike FS Lite Run 3 certainly felt lightweight for a lot of those who tried it.
  • Most reviewers appreciated the comfortable inner sleeve construction, which allowed them to wear the shoe without putting on socks first.
  • Many testers were able to use this shoe daily and they wrote that it kept them free from discomfort.
  • It had a stylish look, according to a reviewer.
  • Many testers were impressed by the general durability of this running shoe.
  • The word ‘comfortable’ was used frequently to describe the FS Lite Run 3.
  • A runner reported that the mid-sole was flexible and that it accommodated natural freedom of movement.
  • The outsole grip was reliable, noted several reviewers.
  • A lot of consumers stated that this running shoe was affordable.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Washing this shoe tended to make the upper fabrics tighter, a runner commented.
  • The sole unit wore off on a tester; they wrote that after continued use, holes have started to appear on the foam.
  • A few runners reported that it was half-a-size smaller than what they were used to.

Bottom line

The Nike FS Lite Run 3 became popular for a lot of runners. They stated that it accommodated their feet with sureness and ease. Many of them had a lot of positive things to say about the features and components of this neutral shoe. On the flip side, there were a few reviewers who didn’t enjoy it because, for them, some of its parts were inconsistent. Nevertheless, lots of consumers commended the performance of this road shoe.

Rankings

Updates to Nike FS Lite Run 3

  • Nike introduces the FS Lite Run 3 to address issues of the previous model. The company decided to put substantial changes from the ground up in this new version. What is most apparent in the change is the new honeycomb mesh that practically covers the entire shoe. This will most likely guarantee a cool and sweat-free run.
  • Another visible change that has something to do with support is the new placement and size of the Nike logo. This is now located on the medial side, near the arch, to enhance midfoot support. A new Breathe Tech system enhances midfoot fit and support as well.
  • The laces get a revamp as Nike’s way of responding to concerns of past laces that get undone midway through the run. These new laces have more texture that will surely hold up starting from the first until the last stride.
  • The outsole features anatomically-placed pods for better cushioning and durability. Nike also adds flex grooves for enhanced flexibility and better transition throughout the gait cycle.

Nike FS Lite Run 3 size and fit

The overall revamp of the 3rd version of the FS Lite Run 3 did not include the fit and sizing. They remain to be essentially the same as the last version. It has a snug heel and midfoot with ample of room in the toe box for natural splay. This kind of fit will be great for those with medium measurements and who love plenty of wiggle room for their toes. The widths are the standard D and B for the men’s and women’s, respectively. Sizing is true and is offered with choices from 7 to 15 for the men’s and 4 to 12 for the women’s.


Outsole

The undersurface uses Nike’s renowned Waffle Outsole for exceptional durability with Pressure Mapping points to help attenuate shock. Nike adds the flex grooves for flexibility while the new pods help with the cushioning duties of the midsole. The hexagonal treads offer multi-directional traction and work very well on a variety of road surfaces.


Midsole

A molded and dual-density foam deliver the right balance of cushioning and responsiveness. As always, the softer layer sits on top of the firmer foam to get the right mix. Nike’s own Phylon foam enhances the responsive features and durability of the midsole.


Upper

A no-sew upper made of mesh and welded overlays deliver exceptional breathability and snug comfort. The Breathe Tech design integrates the side panels, the midsole foam, the overlays, and the mesh for support and a glove-like fit.