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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.


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Top 33% road running shoes
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