Verdict from 17 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Several people commended the Nike Mayfly Lite SE for being comfortable and having good cushioning. One person mentioned that the shoes helped with his knee pain while another stated the footwear could be worn all day.
  • A number of users praised the lightweight feel of the low-top sneakers. They said the shoes felt so light you won’t even notice you have them on.
  • Some purchasers praised the casual footwear as stylish and good-looking.
  • The Nike Mayfly Lite SE sneakers are versatile and can be used for walking, weightlifting, and other exercises, a few testers reported.
  • A handful of consumers liked how easy it was to pack the Nike shoes for traveling since they fold flat.
  • The Nike Mayfly Lite SE kicks wash and dries quickly, one customer was pleased to find.

2 reasons not to buy

  • One customer complained that the fabric uppers of the Nike Mayfly Lite SE are flimsy and offer hardly any support. People with pronation issues might have difficulty with the shoes.
  • One person reported that the nylon upper of the sneakers have no water-resistance whatsoever. If it rains, the shoes will absorb every drop of water that falls.

Bottom line

For a superior lightweight feel that does not sacrifice comfort, the Nike Mayfly Lite SE are the sneakers for you. The memory foam heel counters on the shoes combined with the dual-density Phylon midsoles provide additional cushioning that makes these stylish kicks great as everyday wear.

Since the shoes fold flat and store easily, they also make the perfect travel companions. However, contrary to its claim, these Nike sneakers are not very water-resistant at all.

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Good to know

The Nike Mayfly Lite SE is a men’s silhouette that is available in sizes ranging from 4 to 15. Half sizes are offered by the brand as well. Instead of the usual eyelets, the Mayfly Lite SE makes use of lacing loops that provide the same secure and adjustable fit as standard lace closure systems. Padding along the heels and collars provide additional cushioning for walks around the city.

Take leisurely strolls around town with the Nike Mayfly Lite SE. These sneakers are great for walks and light exercise. Wear them with joggers and jeans with turned-up bottoms. Add a cool statement tee and a jacket into the mix, and you’re good to go.

The minimalistic design of the Nike Mayfly Lite SE combined with unrelenting comfort and cushioning make these shoes distinctive from the crowd. Excellent comfort comes from several key areas in the shoes—from the zonal padding throughout the footbeds to the memory foam heel counters and the dual-density Phylon midsoles.

In 2003, Nike unveiled the Nike Mayfly, one of the lightest shoes ever created. The running shoes were named after the insect that lives all of one day, and the shoes were designed in much the same way. After taking runners to a distance of 100km, they were engineered to fall apart and be discarded.

The shoes were launched as a nod to Bill Bowerman, the late co-founder of Nike and renowned University of Oregon coach who brought the school 24 NCAA championships. The Mayfly embodied what Bill Bowerman often said shoes must be: light, comfortable, and goes the distance.

Since the shoes were engineered to be disposable, each Nike Mayfly pair came packaged with a return card so that the sneakers can be sent back to the brand for recycling through their “Grind” program which turns these footwear into running tracks and basketball court surfaces.

The Nike Mayfly became the subject of overhauls with premium and woven editions released by the brand soon after. But the Mayfly Lite SE is an iteration that revisits the silhouette’s spare and basic roots. It keeps most of the details of the original including the rip-stop nylon fabric uppers. The updates are kept to a minimum such as the added heel and collar paddings.

  • The Nike Mayfly Lite SE debuted on January 2017 in a “Legion Green” colorway.
  • The shoes feature perforations along the vamp for improved breathability.


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