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

10 reasons to buy

  • Most reviewers were generally appreciative of the Nike Loden’s comfortability, with several users mentioning that it felt like walking on clouds.
  • A buyer likened the shoe to the Nike Free model in terms of the comfort it brings.
  • One positive comment received from many testers is that the Loden is a stylish shoe. One buyer specifically mentioned the Particle Pink colorway as very pretty while another loved her black and pine green shoes.
  • One person remarked how well-designed and durable-looking the shoe is.
  • A handful of people revealed how happy they were that the shoe came in several colorways. At least two people owned more than a pair of the shoe in different colors.
  • Some people loved the lightweight feel of the shoe with a few mentioning how ideal it is for walking.
  • A number of those who tested the Nike Loden said that it is perfectly suitable for doing aerobics and other fitness workouts.
  • A couple of consumers wrote about how many compliments they received while wearing the shoe.
  • A very pleased customer reported that the fit and comfort of the shoe was perfect. She stated that the flexible toe box allows freedom of movement with no trauma to her big toes.
  • An individual noted the shoe’s versatility which can easily go from performance to casual wear.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of buyers were disappointed that the Nike Loden is so hard to clean. One narrated that her shoes got splashed with dirty water while walking on the road which stained the mesh. Many attempts were made to clean the shoe but the stain remained.
  • One user stated that the shoe runs large and she can’t wear her pair without socks.

Bottom line

If you want comfort and versatility, the Nike Loden might be the best shoe for you. It has retro roots coupled with contemporary good looks. It’s the perfect combination of three great characteristics—comfort, style, and performance all tied up in one neat and reasonably-priced package. 


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Nike Loden History

The Nike Air Rift was introduced in 1995 in Japan and with very little fanfare. The shoe’s inspiration came from barefoot Kenyan runners who were dominating international running competitions at the time. It was designed to be as light as possible while supporting the runner’s foot.

The Nike Loden, which in turn takes its inspiration from the Air Rift, debuted in the Spring of 2017. It was produced by reworking key elements from the iconic Nike Air Rift and then infusing them into the shoe and adding a modern style. The Loden kept its heritage racer roots with its soft foam and rubber pods and its heel strap is reminiscent of the classic shoe. It had a flexible and foot-hugging construction as well as a cushioned insole for enhanced fit and superior comfort.

The Loden release, which dropped in March, included the brightly toned Concord/Varsity Maize/White/College Orange colorway—which was a mix of a bright blue and yellow upper with an orange pull tab and Swoosh logo—along with more subdued hues like the Black/Dark Grey colorway.

The low top shoe had a pull tab at the heel and tongue for easy on and off, breathable mesh and smooth textile uppers,  and a molded rubber tread. The Loden also featured an embroidered Nike logo on its lateral side and a chunky sole.

In April, Nike issued the striking Loden Black/Atom Red/Pine Green colorway quickly followed the next day by a Satin Pack of the Loden. The Satin Pack was composed of two pastel colorways, namely, Fresh Mint and Sunset Tint. Both of the Satin colorways featured a satin material for the panel that wraps around the heel, a neoprene collar, and mesh fabric across both the tongue and toe.

A month after the Satin Pack’s release, Nike unveiled their Pinnacle Loden Pack. The Nike Pinnacle Loden is basically a premium edition of the Loden. It retained the contemporary and sleek silhouette of the original but built on it by using premium grained leather for its upper and combined it with a layered mesh. The pack contained two colorways: Mushroom/Black-Sail and Light Bone/Light Bone-Sail-Mushroom. The Black Sail and Light Bone-Sail versions were launched later.

Nike Loden Style

The Loden is designed for both comfort and performance. The shoe looks great as casual wear, perfect for going around town, doing errands, or for fashion use. But it also looks just as good and performs just as well as active wear—for the gym and other physical activities.

This street-ready shoe is best paired with shorts, workout leggings, yoga and wide-legged crop pants, and jeans.

Fit & Sizing

The Nike Loden is available in women’s medium B-width with sizes ranging from 5 to 12. Half sizes are also offered. Good mobility with adequate hold is offered by the low-top Loden.

Notable Features

The Nike Loden’s breathable and foot-hugging upper which retains its shape is perhaps its best feature. The mesh gives the shoe extra ventilation for a cool feeling. The Loden also has a tough, windproof, and lightweight midsole made of polyurethane foam and a rubber sole with molded treads that provide excellent grip. Pull tabs on the tongue and heel make it easy to put on and take off the shoe.

Additional Info

  • The Nike Loden is available at discounted prices at selected retailers.
  • The material of the shoe’s upper depends on the colorway. Either textile, leather, or synthetic leather is used.