We spent 6.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

11 reasons to buy

  • The 4th version of the FS Lite Run is considered by many as very comfortable.
  • A lot of those who have bought this shoe stated that it had an affordable price.
  • More than a handful of runners do their gym workouts in this shoe as well.
  • Its lightweight nature received positive remarks.
  • Some runners took the shoe for a ride right out of the box and were very satisfied with its performance.
  • Purchasers generally appreciated its design and color schemes.
  • More than a few mentioned that it runs true to size.
  • It is surprisingly durable, based on the reports of some runners.
  • There are many color options.
  • The Breathe Tech upper is as breathable as advertised.
  • Several runners use it as an everyday shoe for work or for just running errands.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A handful of reviewers had issues with the flat tongue as it caused rubbing or irritation.
  • The midfoot section of the platform was apparently too high for a user that it caused some discomfort to the underfoot.

Bottom line

Nike scores a home run in the FS Lite Run 4. This cheap shoe for running is based on the principle that back to basics works like a dream if it is done right. While it does not bring extra accessories, it works as a functional, lightweight trainer with moderate arch support and has the kind of looks that will easily generate compliments from people. It is extremely comfortable, breathable, and has an unbelievable price tag.



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  • The changes in the Nike FS Lite Run 4 is concentrated on the upper. Right away, runners will notice that the most obvious change is the removal of the midfoot and forefoot overlays. It gives the shoe a more sophisticated and clean look while support is now provided by an overlay near the ankle that stretches all the way to the back.
  • The overlay on the toe box gave way to an internal toe bumper. Besides giving the shoe a neat look, the toe box also gets more volume and height with this update. There should be a slight uptick in comfort with this update.

A more accommodating upper with generous toe box room are the biggest updates where fit goes in the 4th iteration of the Nike FS Lite Run. The heel grip and the midfoot hold are both decent. There is enough space in the forefoot to make runners with various foot types comfortable. Fans of the previous version should generally be familiar with what the latest model brings. It runs true to size.

The outsole of the FS Lite Run 4 stands out because of the unique hexagonal lugs that basically cover the entire underfoot surface. It brings excellent traction on different surfaces, while flexibility is also very good. Nike adds rubber pods in distinct areas that need it the most for durability.

A dual-layer construction of the midsole mixes cushioning, responsiveness, and impact absorption. Nike utilizes a soft foam on top of a firmer foam to get the right blend in this shoe. As both layers of foam covered the entire midsole, these also help the shoe when making the transition from landing to take-off.

The upper of the Nike FS Lite Run 4 is very simple and minimalist in nature. A very breathable mesh delivers breathable coverage and just the right amount of support. An internal heel counter locks down the rear for security. Nike also offers a removable insole for more cushioning. A traditional lace-up closure keeps the fit secured all throughout the run.

Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.