Verdict from 100+ user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • The Nike Gravity Shox fits true to size, according to a good number of shoe users.
  • Others have mentioned that the shoes’ upper is breathable and stretchy, which adds to its overall comfort.
  • Its outsole offers superb traction and grip that would work efficiently even on wet surfaces, some video reviewers say.
  • Most reviewers find the design of the Nike Shox Gravity to be unique and exciting.  
  • Several long-time fans of the Shox range mention that this new release brought back their childhood memories.
  • Some sneaker testers say that the Shox pillars are attention-grabbing and spark interest from strangers.
  • A handful of commenters praise the US-themed colorway of the Nike Shox Gravity in the metallic gold mesh upper, and a blue heel cage with stars and red Swoosh accent as a must cop for Shox fans.
  • A commenter claim that the Nike Shox Gravity looks better on feet and in person than in the photos online.
  • This pair is lightweight, some have noted.
  • It offers adequate comfort for casual use, others say.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Most shoe users claim that they don't feel the bouncy ride effect of the Shox technology in the shoe.
  • A good number of consumers do not like its narrow fit
  • Its weak lacing system is disappointing, others have noted.
  • Some are dismayed that its heel support feels rigid.

Bottom line

The Nike Shox Gravity is an updated version of its predecessor from the 2000s. It is more lightweight and breathable with its Shox system tweaked a bit. Its unique outsole design and lacing system offer something out of the ordinary. Moreover, it provides adequate comfort ideal for casual use.

To some, the shoes’ comfort and durability aren't up to par with today's latest technologies. But if you like this style and have enough money to spare, then the Nike Shox Gravity might be for you.

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Good to know

The Nike Shox Gravity features FlyWire technology, which offers a snug and secure fit. With its mesh upper, this kick can comfortably mold to the natural shape of the foot. Also, the tongue and heel grip allow easy on and off access into the shoe.

Equipped with a unique design, the Nike Shox Gravity is a one-of-a-kind looking shoe that could add spice to any Nike shoe collection and everyday ensemble. Its streamlined upper balances out the busy midsole and outsole design, making it easy to pair with almost any casual clothes.

The Nike Shox Gravity sneaker is for those looking for edgy and standout footwear that is a result of the upgrade of the 2000s bestselling Shox design with new materials and futuristic aesthetics.

Here are some styling suggestions for the Nike Shox Gravity for men and women:

  • For Men: The Nike Shox Gravity men’s sneaker is the ultimate statement kick if you want to get noticed. The unique Shox sole is something that would make heads turn. Wearers of this sneaker should wear shorts and ankle pants to make the Nike Shox Gravity shoe stand out in one’s outfit. Wear comfy casual clothing to athletic wear when using these shoes for an everyday sporty fashion and vibe.
  • For Women: Women’s Nike Shox Gravity sneakers are perfect for women having an active lifestyle. The uniquely designed sneaker is best paired with leggings, joggers, compression or yoga pants, and relaxed-fitting shorts that are perfect for the women on the go and athletic. Sporty fashion like a body-hugging sports shirt and tanks are the best pairs to style the Nike Shox Gravity sneaker.

This kick's upper is made of a mesh material that provides breathability and flexibility. A TPU heel counter placed at the rear of the shoe provides support for the foot and structure of the shoe. FlyWire cables are integrated with the shoelaces and cinches for a lockdown fit. A lace lock is also provided to keep laces in place.

Rubber grips are placed on the shoe's heel and tongue as an aid in putting it on. Both the shoe's collar and tongue are padded for added comfort and cushioning. The most distinctive part is, of course, the multi-colored exposed midsole with pillars containing Nike's Shox technology. Lastly, this kick's heel tread is inspired by rocket engine scarification.

Conceived by Nike in 1984 but released in 2000, the Shox was a cutting-edge shoe that pushed the bar of athletic sneakers during that time. It was the first shoe to display a wholly exposed midsole with a pillar-like system, which was unprecedented in the early 2000s. The kick was marketed as footwear with a technology that provides a spring-like effect that will help athletes jump higher and more efficiently. The Nike Shox range's most recognizable shoe models were called the Shox R4, a running shoe, and Shox BB4 a basketball sneaker.

Since its debut, the Nike Shox range has been releasing different models, but its popularity has slowly died down throughout the years. Fast-forward to 2018, a fresh silhouette and style are being introduced to the Nike Shox line in the hopes of bringing back its glory days. Designed by a duo of established designers named Aaron Cooper and Greg Thompson, the Nike Shox Gravity is a nod to the original Shox model. It has a more streamlined silhouette and is available in various colorways.

According to the shoe designers, the Nike Shox Gravity borrowed the original Shox's concept of "boing" while adding and emphasizing the feeling of "flow." The designers further explained that instead of getting just a bouncy effect from the shoe, this latest iteration also aims to provide a feeling of gravity-defying flow.

  Nike Shox Gravity colorways

When the Nike Shox Gravity dropped in January 2018, it came in a beautiful balance of form and function. The first colorway that came out of the first drop is the Nike Shox Gravity “Metallic Gold.” Priced at $140 the Metallic Gold colorway has a red flywire on the side panels and a metallic gold heel cage in a predominantly white cushioned mesh upper.

An all-black Nike Shox Gravity came out for Spring 2018 with a retail price of $150. The Nike Shox Gravity “Luxe,” has an all-black mesh upper and sole with green details in the outsole branding and  Shox cushioning. The design also has a honeycomb textured heel protector with a classic elastic tie that holds the speed laces.

The classic-looking Nike Shox “Bred” is featured in an all-black mesh upper and synthetic material with silver hits in the cables, speckled midsole, and a black Swoosh in the side panel and an off-white Swoosh in the outsole. The red color is focused mostly in the Shox cushioning technology.

The US-themed Nike Shox Gravity came out in a metallic gold mesh in the upper, a blue heel counter and a visible red Swoosh on top of a white outsole. The most stunning feature of this US-themed design is the presence of five silver stars on each shoe placed at the gold heel counter.

Other notable colorways of the Nike Shox Gravity were also released that include classic varsity red, metallic silver, and team red colors among others.

  • The Nike Shox Gravity utilizes twin plates with foam cushioning, which is the main difference from the original Nike Shox’s technology.


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