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

9 reasons to buy

  • A number of reviewers liked the eye-catching design of the shoe.
  • The Nike Sock Dart Breathe is very light.
  • Extremely comfortable is a common observation from a significant number of reviewers.
  • The shoe is specifically manufactured as shoes for warmer weather hence the shoe’s upper is made with the concept of maximum breathability in mind.
  • A few buyers commended the shoe’s stylish design.
  • It breaks in nicely and feels extra comfortable, according to some wearers.
  • The Nike Sock Dart Breathe comes in different colorways including bright colors for spring and summer.
  • Some noticed they often get complimented when they wear the shoe out and about.
  • A pair of shoes that can be worn for everyday use, revealed by some users.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The Nike Sock Dart Breathe runs a little bit smaller than their usual size, according to some purchasers.
  • One reviewer disclosed that the upper’s material is thinner than most socks.

Bottom line

Fancied by many because of its sock-like fit, the Nike Sock Dart Breathe is an iteration of the Sock Dart range made specifically for warmer weather. Equipped with various fun, bright summer colors and its unique look, this shoe is recommended for people who want to put an extra boost to their look and comfort level. The shoe’s equal parts sleek design and comfy feel is, in many ways, a good buy.



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Nike Sock Dart Breathe History

Following in the footsteps of the Nike Presto, Nike Sock Dart was released in 2004. The shoe is one of the first Nike designs to have a knit attribute for its uppers. The Nike Sock Dart range started when Hiroshi Fujiwara, an acclaimed designer, spotted a sample pair and commissioned the first release to be under the HTM label in 2004. With the shoe’s comfort and minimalist design it became an instant hit amongst enthusiasts.

Fast-forward to 2014, Nike decided to have a retro release along with a collaborative stint with fragment design that came in three colorways. Since then we have seen the Nike Sock Dart in an assemblage of different colors and collections.

In December 2015, Nike introduced an updated material to the range in the form of Tech Fleece. It is specifically designed to help increase warmth during winter and cold weather. Then, of course, Nike had to design a shoe that would specifically increase breathability for the warmer season hence the Nike Sock Dart Breathe was introduced just in time for summer 2017. It has since been interpreted in various fun colors perfect for the weather.

Nike Sock Dart Breathe Style

With the Nike Sock Dart Breathe’s minimalist and sleek design it could pass for an appropriate look for casual occasions during warmer days. Just make sure to choose the more monochromatic colors for this kind of gathering.

Apart from its ultimate comfort and breathable feel, the shoe’s evidently sporty look makes it perfect for everyday casual wear throughout spring and summer seasons. Pair it with your usual jeans and shirt or go laidback with shorts or joggers.

Fit & Sizing

The Nike Sock Dart Breathe comes in both men and women’s sizes. The men can choose from sizes 6.5 – 14 while the ladies can choose from sized 5 – 12. The shoe is said to run a size smaller so it is recommended to fit a pair before purchasing.

It comes in a low-cut, slip-on style with an adjustable strap to keep your feet snug and in place. The breathable textile upper is said to mimic the fit and comfort of a sock.

Notable Features

The Nike Sock Dart Breather is crafted from a breathable textile upper that comes in various colors. It features a lace less silhouette with an adjustable molded mid foot strap to keep feet snug and in place. Branding can be seen on the tongue, sides, and heel. The shoe also features a toebox guard for added stability and protection.

The insole is equipped with lightweight foam while the midsole features Phylon foam for extra cushioning. Lastly, the outsole is made of rubber for durability.

Additional Info

  • The Nike Sock Dart Breathe can be custom-made through Nike iD.
  • The shoe is not available in half sizes.
  • Nike released a collection called “#BeTrue” in support of the LGBT community.
  • The brand also had a Quickstrike release in honor of USA’s Independence Day.