Verdict from 68 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • Most reviewers are generally appreciative of the Nike Loden’s comfortability, with a few likening it to the Nike Free model.
  • A positive comment received from many testers is that the Loden is a stylish shoe. 
  • The color schemes are eye-catching and specifically mentioned is the particle pink and black and pine green color schemes.
  • This sneaker from Nike is well-designed and durable-looking, some have remarked.
  • A handful of people have revealed how happy they were that the shoe comes in a wide range of colorways.
  • Some people love 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 have said that it is perfectly suitable for doing aerobics and other fitness workouts.
  • A couple of consumers have written about how many compliments they received while wearing the shoe.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of buyers are disappointed that the Nike Loden is so hard to clean, especially the mesh fabric. 
  • The Nike Loden shoe gets dirty easily, two have said.

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.

Good to know

Good mobility with adequate hold is offered by the low-top Loden. It has a flexible toe box, which allows freedom of movement for the toes, but not too much as to feel loose. 

The sneaker has a hidden lacing system with a long tongue pull tab that also acts as a lace pull to keep the tongue in place. A heel tab adds an easy on and off feature to the shoe.

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 activewear—for the gym and other physical activities.

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

Some of the colorways for this model includes black/white, wolf grey, light bone, and blau concord/varsity orange.

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.

The Nike Air Rift was introduced in 1995 in Japan to 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.

  Release of the Nike Loden

The Nike Loden, which 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 has 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 has 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 features an embroidered Nike logo on its lateral side and a chunky sole.

  Satin and Pinnacle Loden Packs

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 is composed of two pastel colorways, namely, fresh mint and sunset tint. Both of the Satin colorways feature 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 the 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 contains two colorways: mushroom/black-sail and light bone/light bone-sail-mushroom. The black sail and light bone-sail versions were launched later.

  • The material of the Nike Loden shoe’s upper depends on the colorway. Either textile, leather, or synthetic leather is used.
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.