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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


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.


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.


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

8 reasons to buy

  • Majority of those who left reviews reported that they appreciate the overall feel of the Nike Shox Avenue.
  • Those who have owned a pair for quite some time vouched for the durability of this model.
  • Many reviewers love that this pair appears so cool.
  • A lot of reviewers said that the Shox Avenue fits their feet so well.
  • There are multiple colorways to choose from.
  • There were purchasers who said that this model is a good workout companion.
  • The shoe is reasonably priced.
  • There were those who mentioned that the Nike Shox Avenue looks decent enough be worn at work.

1 reasons not to buy

  • Quite a few mentioned that the Nike Shox Avenue caused some discomfort even if it is of the right size.

Bottom line

Continuing the legacy of a revolutionary model, the Nike Shox Avenue provides the responsiveness and support that many fans of the original Shox have grown familiar with. The level of comfort that it provides is quite high that many don’t mind wearing them for days on end. Of course, its stylishness is a dimension that just can’t be overlooked. Truly, the amount to be spent on this model will be satisfactorily justified.



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Nike Shox Avenue History

Mechanical devices that can serve as cushioning and shock-absorbing technologies have long caught the fancy of shoe designers. Nike’s development team was intrigued by Harvard’s very unique track, which had a bouncy characteristic. Runners often have faster times and less heel impact while running on this track. This happened way back in 1984.

The first crude attempt, appropriately called the Shox Technology, used steel springs to get that evident responsiveness and hopefully lessen heel impact. While it was a really good success, it was far from what they truly wanted to achieve.

In the 90s, this steel spring was replaced by a more pliable material, with still enough durability and responsiveness. Nike also advocated the use of heel counters to stabilize and secure the heel.

The Nike Shox was officially unveiled in 2000 and was the culmination of years of research and development to improve speed and cushioning for runners. It was originally characterized by four highly responsive rubber columns that are placed directly below the heel, though there are more recent models that spread more than four columns out along the full length of the shoe.

From its running DNA, it is now more of a lifestyle shoe that still has its chops when used by runners. Dropped in early 2015, the Nike Shox Avenue is among the most recent releases that remain loyal to the original column orientation of the first Shox. For a more uniform feel, the rest of its footbed is generously padded with light materials. To complete the experience of comfort, the upper is constructed using breathable synthetic mesh and leather.

Nike Shox Avenue Style

The mesh upper of the Nike Shox Avenue has synthetic overlays that enhance not only support and durability but also aesthetic appeal. It features either a multiple color combination or a good old tonal colorway, depending on what complements the wearer’s personality and fashion sense best.

Fit & Sizing

The Nike Shox Avenue with a breathable mesh upper comes in standard width. The gentlemen can pick their best fit from sizes 6 to 14 while the women’s get theirs from sizes 5 to 11. Nike utilizes substantial overlays in this shoe for optimal hold and support for those who want to run in this shoe or for those who are always on the go.

Notable Features

Nike’s Shox Technology is the clear star in the Shox Avenue. It is a technology that took years to finally bring to top form. Looking at it, one can feel the significance and the history that eventually brought about one of the most enigmatic and highly functional cushioning and shock-absorbing technologies around.

Besides being a feature that is greatly relevant to performance, the technology is also a very catchy feature in the shoe. It brings a level of sophistication and futuristic appeal that is hard to come by. The Shox Technology allows Nike to blend performance and sophistication in this shoe.

Additional Info

  • The inside of the Nike Shox Avenue is lined with textile for maximum breathability.
  • This model has a durable rubber outsole that effectively enhances grip.
  • The pair uses the ghillie lacing system to ensure a snug and adjustable fit.
  • The Nike Shox Avenue sports the signature Swoosh on both sides of each shoe.
  • Nike covers the forefoot with Phylon for more cushioning.
  • Nike adequately uses enough foam in the footbed, ankle collar, and tongue for more comfort and cushioning.