Verdict from 100+ user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • Provided with ample cushioning and padded collar and tongue, the Nike Shox NZ EU has received critical acclaim from most reviewers.
  • The sneaker, with its sports-inspired design, manifests a cool and stylish image that is adored by a good number of users.
  • Many users recommend the well-cushioned trainer to potential buyers who are looking for a cozy feel with an impressive look.
  • The visible four pillars at the heel serve their function well, which alleviates foot pains and aids wearers with heel and arch support problems.
  • The Nike Shox NZ EU’s durability is so outstanding that some customers claim  that the shoe lasts for more than a year despite heavy usage.
  • Some buyers love the available colorways of the sneaker and even state that they are 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 state that the Shox NZ EU’s color and the image looks the same as the pictures.
  • It is also really convenient that the sneaker comes in leather as it is easier to clean compared to other materials, according to a couple of wearers.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A few users have explained that the Nike Shox NZ EU’s rigid structure takes a longer time to break in.
  • A handful of consumers did not like the bulky and huge appearance of the Shox NZ EU.
  • The shoe feel quite heavy, according to a couple of users.

Bottom line

The Nike Shox NZ EU maintains 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, Nike 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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Good to know

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 is available for both men’s and women’s sizes. 

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.

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.

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." 

Basically the same Nike Shox NZ that became very popular, the Shox NZ EU is a European release of practically a replica of the worldwide-released model.

  • 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.


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Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.