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

11 reasons to buy

  • Extremely comfortable is a common comment from a large number of reviewers.
  • The Nike Sock Dart is very light.
  • It is one of the most stylish shoes in the market, according to many.
  • Pertaining to its sock-like nature, it works as advertised.
  • A handful loved that it is very flexible.
  • Most buyers commented that it fits true to size.
  • It is available in multiple color variations.
  • The Sock Dart is customizable.
  • A few purchasers used it for running.
  • More than several reviewers received compliments because of this sneaker.
  • Several wearers who are up on their feet for a good amount of time, appreciated its cushioning.

4 reasons not to buy

  • More than a handful complained that the upper material is too thin.
  • The price tag was too stiff for several.
  • A few reviewers had a very hard time putting on the shoe.
  • Some users felt that it lacked the durability for a shoe of this price.

Bottom line

The Nike Sock Dart is a versatile shoe that lives up to its sock-like performance. With a very flexible upper that molds well to the foot, this shoe mixes performance and lifestyle with ease. Nike’s penchant for producing sneakers that are catchy, unique, and very comfortable are all proudly found in this shoe. It is easily one of the most sought-after sneakers from the Swoosh brand.



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Nike Sock Dart History

The idea behind the Nike Sock Dart started much earlier than its actual production. In 1984, Bill Bowerman, one of Nike’s co-founder, commissioned the HTM trio of Mark Parker, Hiroshi Fujiwara, and Tinker Hatfield to come up with a shoe that fits the description of “sock with a sole.”

From the creative minds of these three innovative individuals came the existence of the Nike Sock Racer. Two decades after the Sock Racer was released in 1984, the Nike Sock Dart came into being as a novel and technologically-advanced version of the venerable sneaker.

The Nike Sock Dart was the first shoe that successfully incorporated a full and one-piece upper made of knitted material. The Flyknit was practically unveiled to the public in this shoe. As such, this is the forerunner of the shoes that have made their mark as a sneaker with a sock-like design that molds better to the foot than any other previous material.

To keep the fit secured and personalized, a perforated plastic midfoot wrap that is also adjustable is added to the design. Nike has made adjustments with every release, but has virtually kept the basic design and construction of the original Nike Sock Dart.

Nike Sock Dart Style

The modern and sleek look is tailor-made for a sporty get up. It should be a no brainer for a casual foray with jeans, shorts, or chinos. Sneaker enthusiasts who are looking for a stylish and catchy companion should give this shoe a really good look.

Fit & Sizing

As with most sock-like upper, the Sock Dart offers a customized fit for the user. The soft mesh caters to a wide variety of foot styles. A molded midfoot strap that helps with a personalized fit, also functions as the main midfoot hold. Sizing for the men’s is from 4 to 14 while the women’s is from 5 to 12.

Notable Features

Quite simply, the very conspicuous molded plastic midfoot cage with perforations for a personalized fit stands as a very notable feature in the Sock Dart. The twofold purpose of this midfoot cage is to support and hold the shoe since it is basically a slip and forget type of footwear. For those who do their runs in this shoe, the midfoot cage is an indispensable element. It keeps the foot in place, particularly when making turns.

As a cross between a lifestyle shoe and performance wear, the plastic cage has been prominently used by Nike and other collaborators to bring their preferred styles to the fore. The latest incarnations from Nike see this plastic midfoot cage taking on the color of the entire upper for a monochromatic look.

In some instances, mostly with collaborators, the midfoot cage is often the centrepiece of their platforms. The area of the tongue just on top of the edge of this midfoot cage is now branded with the Swoosh for a more performance-oriented look.

Of course, the Nike Sock Dart would not be complete without its very flexible and sock-like upper. Since the prior version of the shoe practically brought about the Flyknit, this regular model still offers a breathable and glove-like fit for sneaker fans.

Put together, these elements give the Nike Sock Dart the essence of its now very famous silhouette. Minus the other, the shoe practically loses an essential feature that its thousands of fans have come to truly love in this shoe.

Additional Info

  • Complex called the Nike Sock Dart as the Best Sneaker in 2015.
  • Victor Cruz, a professional American football player, was one of the celebrities seen wearing this shoe.
  • A full-length Phylon cushioning runs the entire length of the midsole.
  • It has been released in different colorways and various collaborations since its inception.
  • The plastic midfoot cage acts as the main feature in keeping the foot secure and supported.
  • Moderate padding covers the ankle collar and tongue for more in-shoe comfort.
  • Nike utilizes huge vertical and horizontal flex grooves for exceptional flexibility. These grooves help allow the foot to control movement instead of the shoe controlling the foot.
  • With a slight increase in price, customers can get their preferred colors and materials with Nike’s customization program.