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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 8.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

12 reasons to buy

  • Most of the users commended about the excellent ankle support of the Nike Kwazi.
  • Few buyers shared that this pair breaks in easily.
  • A couple of reviewers said that this pair is easy to clean. They can just wipe the dirt off of the sneaker with no trouble.
  • This sneaker is available in multiple colorways.
  • Most of the reviewers described their experience with the Nike Kwazi as comfortable.
  • This pair generally runs true to size.
  • Most of the wearers shared that they enjoyed the lightness of this pair.
  • Few users revealed that this pair is very durable.
  • A couple of buyers said that this pair has a nice ground grip.
  • Available at a very reasonable price.
  • Some reviewers said that they highly recommend this pair to their peers.
  • Few shared about the versatility of this pair. Some said they can use the Nike Kwazi from city strolling to light training.

3 reasons not to buy

  • One reviewer complained that this pair is hard to put on.
  • A small number of online buyers said that the colors of the Nike Kwazi online are better than the actual shoe.
  • A handful of critics did not like the overall look of the Kwazi. They said that the market is saturated with such shape and tonal look. Few people even shared that they are not sure if buyers need another one in the market.

Bottom line

Nike introduces another shoe in its lifestyle sneaker lineup. The Nike Kwazi was released in 2016 showcasing some elements of its successful models. Nike combined the looks of the Roshe, the technology of the Huarache and the some details from the Air Yeezy 2. Although, some insinuated that the market is crammed with this kind of shape, the Nike Kwazi is able to stand out from the rest. This durable and lightweight sneaker is able to balance craftsmanship and performance. On-court look with an off-court comfort--that is the Nike Kwazi. 


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Nike Kwazi History

Nike has been in the footwear-manufacturing industry since the early 60s and was originally known as the Blue Ribbon Sports company. It started when two friends, Bowerman and Knight, were in the quest for durable running shoes. During that time, two German companies dominated the market and Nike thought the only way to compete with German giants is to introduce cheaper, but top quality, lightweight and a lot more comfortable running sneakers. 

The Swoosh partnered the with Japan’s Onitsuka Tiger Shoes and introduced Blue Ribbon Sports in the United States. Sometime in the 70s, unfortunately, the Tiger and the Blue Ribbon working relationship collapsed.  That uneventful chapter helped them give rise to another sports company and named it Nike, which was inspired by the winged Greek Goddess of Victory.  The Swoosh and their slogan “Just Do It!” became the world’s most recognized trademark.

To keep up with the tough competition among shoe manufacturers, Nike resorted to collaborations with different brands plus they are also now heavy in the lifestyle section for an all-encompassing influence in the world of shoes. This move allows the Nike reach people with various interests whilst adapting the other party’s ingenious mind and aesthetics resulting in a unique product.

Aside from collaborating with other brands, Nike also creates innovative products by fusing some essentials of its previous models. In 2016, they released the Kwazi which is another lifestyle output from the Swoosh company. It features some design cues from the Roshe, Huarache and the Air Yeezy 2. The Nike Kwazi parades a new yet a familiar overall look.

Nike Kwazi Style

The Nike Kwazi has a basketball-shoe look that is intended for off-court fashion. It features a mid-cut profile with a high tongue. The upper is made with the breathable mesh material which allows this pair to be worn all day even during the warm days. It is available in multiple colorways that gives the buyers much freedom in choosing their fancied color to match with their casual attire. This lifestyle sneaker is usually seen worn with active wear, skinny jeans or shorts with hoodies during the cold days. Some women pair this off with their dresses to add some spunk to their lassie look.

Fit & Sizing

The Nike Kwazi is available in men’s and women’s sizes in medium width. Men can choose from sizes 6 to 14 while women have sizes 5 to 11 US. This sneaker features several components to provide a very nice fit to its wearers. This mid-cut profile has a lace-up fastening system and a thick midfoot Velcro strap for a personalized lockdown fit. It also has the inner-bootie construction, which is same with the Huarache, for a more secure fit. The padded collar provides excellent cushioning while the heel pull-tab aids the wearers in putting on and off this pair with easiness.

Notable Features

The most notable feature of the Nike Kwazi is its profile that is a reminiscent of previous successful Nike models, the Roshe, Huarache and the Air Yeezy 2. This pair has the same outsole pattern and the insole cushioning of the Roshe. It also has the inner bootie construction that is the same with the Huarache. And lastly, the synthetic leather midfoot strap found on the Air Yeezy 2 can also be seen in the Nike Kwazi.

Additional Info

  • The rubber outsole is egg-crate inspired that enhances the flexibility and comfort. This pattern ensures the modern cool look and looks similar to the successful Nike Roshe.
  • The iconic Swoosh on the medial toebox has no-sew construction for a sleek and clean look. Another Swoosh can be seen embossed on the lateral heel quarter.
  • The Nike branding can be seen embossed on the heel and on the tongue.