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

10 reasons to buy

  • The Nike Shox NZ is available in a wide array of colorways.
  • Many users said that Nike Shox NZ provides enough arch support.
  • Many buyers described this pair as comfortable.
  • A handful of wearers revealed that the Nike Shox NZ has great ankle support.
  • Some recommended this pair for activities that require standing for long period of time.
  • The majority of the testers liked the lightness of this pair.
  • Available at a reasonable price.
  • Few users liked the thin outsole as it gives them better ground feel.
  • Several users liked the innovative design of the Shox NZ.
  • The insole of this shoe gives a feeling of plush softness, said many buyers.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some users did not like that this pair needs to be broken-in.
  • Few critics expressed disappointment about the narrow width.
  • Some testers complained that this pair is not durable enough.

Bottom line

The Nike Shox NZ is a lighter and faster alternative to the traditional Nike Shox shoe. It carries the notable Nike Shox 4-column unit under the heel for support and to absorb shock. For the sneaker enthusiasts who prefer the responsive feel of a classic running shoe, but with a lighter and a faster ride and a modern style, the Nike Shox NZ is a great option for them.



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Nike Shox NZ History

After 16 years of series of research and development, Nike was able to debut the Nike Shox in 2000. Nike Shox is a technology developed to provide stability, improve the speed and to absorb shock during running. The Shox technology is also responsible for the lightness of the shoe and heel protection, thus allowing the runner to have more efficient strides. It is composed of small hollow columns in the midsole and typically made of rubber.

Nike was able to inject the Shox technology into its several shoes. Aside from giving comfort and absorb shock during running, the recognizable column feature of the Shox technology was embraced by the street casual fashion.

Some of the Nike’s best selling shoes have adapted the Shox technology. Among the recently released, the Nike Shox NZ is the only version that uses a fitted one-piece upper with a Gilly lacing system.

Nike Shox NZ Style

The Nike Shox NZ has an upper that is made of one-piece synthetic leather for a sleek profile and has mesh on certain areas for ventilation. The Nike Shox  4-column cushioning unit under the heel gives a modern yet minimalist look to this shoe and was eventually adapted by the street fashion. Most users pair this sneaker with their favorite jeans, joggers or short and tees. Being offered in a wide array of colorways, this pair really looks great for any casual events.

Fit & Sizing

The Nike Shox NZ has the Gilly lacing system which delivers an optimum foot lockdown. The lacing system also lessens the weight on the forefoot thus making this a more comfortable pair. The Nike Shox also has the Phylon padding for lightweight cushioning. This runs true to size and offered in medium width. The Shox NZ is available in women’s sizes from 5 to 12 US and men’s sizes from 6 to 14 US.

Notable Features

The most notable feature of the Nike Shox NZ is the presence of the innovative 4-column Shox technology located under the heel. This feature further improves gait, speed and absorbs shock well.  

Another striking feature is the outsole that displays well-engineered rubber traction. It displays a perfect amount of flex with waffle pattern rubber using the BRS 1000 carbon.

Many buyers also applauded the wide colorway selection of the Shox NZ.  It is almost guaranteed that buyers will eventually find their own perfect preferred color combination.

Additional Info

  • The Nike Shox NZ upper is made of synthetic and textile materials that are constructed as fitted one-piece for a smooth profile.
  • The Gilly lacing system delivers optimum foot lockdown.
  • The forefoot has Phylon padding for lightweight cushioning.
  • The heel has the Nike Shox 4-column unit that serves as a shock absorption component.
  • It has Pebax® plate over the Shox columns which provides lateral stability and support.
  • The rubber outsole is made of BRS 1000 carbon with waffle pattern to provide comfort and optimum traction.
  • The star of the hit series “House”, Hugh Laurie has 37 pairs of Nike Shox that he wears on and off the set. It has been noted that the Nike Shox NZ is his favorite.
  • The comedian Jerry Seinfeld, a running enthusiast, is also a fan of the Nike Shox NZ.