Verdict from 100+ user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • Comfort seems to be a typical comment among the reviewers.
  • One tester noted that the Nike Sock Dart SE is his go-to gym shoes.
  • A great number of consumers greatly appreciates the slip on and off feature.
  • The shoe was able to accommodate the feet of one user who had extremely sore feet because of a gout flare.
  • One user described the experience of wearing the Sock Dart SE as walking on socks with heavy-duty support.
  • Several online commenters appreciate that these sneakers are very easy to clean.
  • The design of the shoe appeals to a high number of purchasers, mainly because it exudes a cool and minimalist vibe.
  • Using these sneakers on a treadmill, stationary bike, and resistance training makes this shoe more loved by several shoppers.
  • The Nike Sock Dart SE was able to meet all the expectations at a reasonable price, according to a few buyers.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A handful of commenters noted that the opening of the shoe is a bit snug.
  • A couple of testers were complaining about the adjustable straps as they are quite snug and hard to secure.
  • The material already acquired a rip after only a few months use, said a few purchasers.

Bottom line

The goal of producing footwear that fits the description "sock with a sole" is maintained with the Nike Sock Dart SE. The breathable and flexible upper makes it ideal to use during summer, and the Phylon midsole guarantees the fact that it can be worn all day.

Although it is under the category of lifestyle sneakers, users who have used these for specific activities did not have complaints and even claimed that it performed well. Offered at a reasonable price, these sneakers are worth considering for.

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Good to know

The Nike Sock Dart SE is offered for men and women. Ladies can freely choose the best suitable size for them from 5-11 while the gentlemen can have options from 4-14. Although laces are a skipped feature on these sneakers, the slip-on sock-like fit and feel of the sneakers and the midfoot straps provide a more secure and snug fit.

In summer 2017, Nike introduced the Sock Dart SE which features a new breathable knit upper, similar to the look and feel of a sock. The minimalist design of this highlights a deconstructed and Avante-garde look, which stays consistent in the futuristic style. The boldness of this sneaker creates a statement on its own, making it ideal to pair it with a simple outfit like shirt and jeans.

Backed up by its futuristic aesthetic, the Nike Sock Dart SE is also comfortable thanks to its Phylon midsole. This technology is composed of compressed, heated, cooled, and molded EVA foam pellets. It results in a low-profile, lightweight, and responsive midsole. What is unique about this is that it can be sculpted into various designs.

The idea started in 1984, when one of the founders of Nike, Bill Bowerman created a mission for the creative and HTM legends Hiroshi Fushiwara, Tinker Hatfield and Mark Parker to create a sneaker that fits the description "sock with a sole." From this, the Nike Sock Racer came into existence.

This model became responsible for the emergence of the Sock Dart, which was released in 2004, 20 years after the Racer's inception. Although both sneakers carry a minimalist and lightweight design, the Sock Dart sported a new computerized fabric called Flyknit. More so, the straps, a feature attributed to the Sock Racer, were replaced with transparent, thicker silicone straps that not only enhanced the comfort but gave it a sleeker and futuristic appeal.

The first released Sock Darts carried monochrome and toned colorways, which was intentional to let the aesthetic of the shoe, speak. More so, these sneakers did not get introduced through crazy marketing schemes. Rather, it was done ever so quietly, only in limited quantities and with just a few stores carrying. It did not become a hindrance to the sales of the sneakers. Instead, the exclusivity posed to its advantage as it became a coveted piece for sneakerheads.

  • The Nike Sock Dart SE has outsole flex grooves which inhibit natural movement.
  • A rubberized mudguard is incorporated at the front of the shoe, which not only serves as a design but protects the feet against dampness as well.


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