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Road

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

Trail

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.

Competition

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.

Summary

We spent 9.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

14 reasons to buy

  • Provided by the ample cushioning and the padded collar and tongue, the Nike Shox NZ EU was critically acclaimed by most users for its supreme comfort.
  • The sneaker, with its sports-inspired design, manifests a cool and stylish image that is adored by a good number of reviewers.
  • Many users recommend the well-cushioned trainer to potential buyers who are looking for a cozy feel with an impressive look.
  • A lot of customers find the sneaker to have a very reasonable price given its longevity and high performance.
  • The visible four pillars at the heel serve their function well which diminishes foot pains and aids wearers with heel and arch support problems.
  • Some users even not only bought one pair but two or more in another colorway exclaiming their love for the footwear.
  • The Nike Shox NZ EU’s durability was outstanding with some claiming that the shoe lasts for more than a year despite heavy usage.
  • The shoe, harnessing a fantastic appearance, is versatile enough to be combined with a lot of outfit combinations.
  • Some buyers loved the available colorways of the sneaker and even stated that they were looking for that specific colorway for a long time.
  • Sporting the shoe on occasions or outdoors, users get compliments while wearing the trainers.
  • A handful of consumers stated that the Shox NZ EU’s color and the image looked the same as the pictures.
  • It was also really convenient that the sneaker comes in leather as it is easier to clean compared to other materials.
  • More than a couple of users experienced people turning their heads just to look at the sports-inspired apparel.
  • Overall, the Nike Shox NZ EU satisfied a lot of reviewers with its superb function and utmost comfort with a number exclaiming their love for the shoe.

7 reasons not to buy

  • A bulk of the negative reviews consist of an improper shoe fit that is contributed by its small size and narrow fit from the vamp to the toe box with some customers even suggesting others to purchase a larger size than their usual to obtain the comfort they are looking for.
  • Few users explained that the Nike Shox NZ EU’s rigid structure took a longer time to break in.
  • A very small number of buyers did not like the hard and inflexible structure of the sneaker.
  • The seams in the interior of the toe area as well as the tongue are stiff and even cause blisters and pain to a minute number of wearers.
  • A handful of consumers did not like the bulky and huge appearance of the Shox NZ EU.
  • The shoe embodied a heavier feel, according to a couple of users.
  • An insignificant number of reviewers stated that the sneaker's leather material is unbreathable.

Bottom line

The Nike Shox NZ EU maintained a strong following for the Nike Shox fans who are looking for another iteration of one of their most coveted models. Helping new and old users by adding arch support, the sports-inspired apparel also provides adequate comfort and cushioning attributed to the four-column Nike Shox system at the heel. Function and performance aside, the sneaker is also fashionable to be sported in a suitable number of outfit combinations with its unique and stylish silhouette.


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Nike Shox NZ EU History

According to avid shoe collector and Guinness World Record Holder Jordan Geller, the Nike Shox technology originated from a patent in 1985, a couple of years before the Nike Air became visible in their designs. The owner of 2,500 shoes also mentioned that the mid-80s layout for the responsive tech was conceptualized as an element that is inside the midsole.

Subsequent years later, an unnamed prototype model was produced including an extended hollow sole with four shock pillars sandwiched inside the folded flap. Nike, involving Bruce Kilgore, utilized its Air Skylon runner and assembled the new technology to its midsole. Though the shoe was created, it never got released to the public until several years later.

The year 2000 saw the first public display of the Nike Shox technology in the form of the Nike Shox R4 where the "R" stands for "running." A simultaneous model was created for basketball namely the Nike Shox BB4. The two were the first generation of silhouettes that were fused with the columned innovation. They were followed by other advanced designs that specifically cater different activities like the Nike Shox XT which stands for "cross-training."

The breakthrough's fame was accounted for by the basketball dunk superstar, Vince Carter. During the 2000 Olympic Games, Carter jumped over 7'2" French Center Frederic Weis and dunked the ball. It was a spectacular feat that resonated unto basketball future generations as one of the spectacular dunks of all time, thus, coining Carter as "Vinsanity." The pro was seen wearing the Nike Shox BB4 during the play which in turn pushed Nike to collaborate a shoe line for the rising dunk master.

Nike Shox NZ EU Style

The sneaker is mostly seen in gyms as its structure is adequate for workouts and cross-training sessions. Sporting the shoe with yoga pants and leggings is appropriate for women while sweatpants are for men. The impact protection and shock can also be utilized for running thus shorts, and running wear would also suffice.

Health-centered lifestyles do not only revolve around the image of the sneaker but a fashion sense as well. The trainers can be combined with pants and casual wear in everyday routines including work.

Fit & Sizing

The Shox-installed shoes have a perforated vamp overlay with a Gilly lacing system for breathability and to secure the right amount of snug. Its collar and tongue are also padded for a cozy feel when putting on. One point to be taken into consideration regarding shoe sizing is that the sneaker's leather upper tends to run narrow for some wearers, which also depends on the width of their feet.

The shoe was manufactured with a D medium width and is available for both men and women. Women's sizes range from 5 to 10 while men are from 6 to 12.

Notable Features

Aesthetically, the Nike Shox NZ's basically look the same in one glance. Diving further into its details, the Nike Shox NZ EU is constructed of a one-piece fitted synthetic leather upper as compared to the Shox NZ which has a textile and leather combination.

Additional Info

  • The sneaker utilizes Phylon for its midsole cushioning in the forefoot which is lightweight.
  • The rubber outsole of the shoe is designed in a waffle pattern for traction, and a carbon rubber is placed under the heel for abrasion resistance and support.
  • The sole consists of four Nike Shox cylinders that provides a responsive and adaptive impact protection.