Facts

  • Terrain
    Terrain

    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.

  • Arch support
    Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / 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.

  • Use
    Use

    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.

  • Price
    Price
    $150
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 8.7oz
    Women: 6.5oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 10mm
    Women: 10mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Heel height
    Men: 33mm
    Women: 33mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 23mm
    Women: 23mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Jun 2017
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Summary

We spent 7.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

9 reasons to buy

  • The users commented that the Nike Zoom Fly was a fast and efficient performer.
  • The wearers liked the optimum cushioning that’s given by the shoe.
  • Most runners were very satisfied with the sock-like fit of the shoe.
  • The reviewers were happy about its lightweight nature since it apparently improved their efficiency.
  • A few users commended the high-quality construction of this shoe since it held up great to abrasion and other aberrations, even after many miles of running.
  • A runner commented that the shoe was responsive, yet plush.
  • The wearers liked the colors and the stylish look of the Nike Zoom Fly.
  • The majority were very comfortable wearing these shoes for marathon-length races.
  • A marathon-runner mentioned that after running in the Nike Zoom Fly he felt no leg fatigue or any ache whatsoever.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A wearer sent his pair back since he found the toe-box a bit too roomy.
  • A runner mentioned that little rocks had a tendency to get trapped in the outsole tread.
  • Another tester thought that the shoe was not durable enough; he reported that the sole started to wear off after only several miles of running.
  • Some individuals thought that the shoe was over-priced.

Bottom line

With its fast and efficient performance, sleek and stylish look, and plush yet responsive cushioning, the Nike Zoom Fly outperforms its many competitors in the market and certainly raises the bar of running shoes for other brands. While the Nike Zoom Fly may be a little costly, its outstanding features make it a worthwhile choice for most runners looking for a durable pair of neutral road running shoes to accompany them on tough challenges.

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Expert Reviews

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86 / 100 based on 19 expert reviews

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Updates to Nike Zoom Fly

  • The High Abrasion rubber and the Foam rubber along with the specifically shaped lugs placed at strategic locations on the outsole give an optimal combination of excellent traction, high resistance to abrasion and enhanced flexibility. These technologies, also being very durable, make sure the shoe keeps on performing very well for much longer durations of time.
  • In the midsole, the LunarIon foam and the full-length Carbon Infused Nylon plate maintain an environment of optimal cushioning and efficient responsiveness for the runner. The material is soft and it provides the needed support underfoot.
  • The Engineered Mesh with perforations at strategic locations ensures a fully ventilated environment inside the shoe for the runner. It also provides a snug and secure fit with the help of Dynamic Flywire technology.
  • The Nike Zoom Fly boasts the feature of Internal Heel Counter for keeping the user’s heel in its proper position while running. This saves the runner from uncomfortable sliding or rubbing of feet against the shoe.

Nike Zoom Fly size and fit

The Nike Zoom Fly is most suitable for neutral runners with feet that are neither too wide nor too narrow since the shoe comes in the standard medium width of D for men and B for women, respectively. The shoe has a standard running length and for most individuals, it fits true to size.

Outsole

The High Abrasion rubber placed in the heel region provides the flexibility needed for shifting between various running positions. Being durable in nature, it potentially prolongs the lifespan of the shoe.

The Foam rubber is a very lightweight material added for a good balance of excellent traction and a high energy return. The rubber is also durable.

The shoe is further improved by a system of patterns at specific locations on the outsole for optimal performance and stronger grip on wet and tricky surfaces.

Midsole

The Nike Zoom Fly utilizes the LunarIon cushioning layer. The material is soft, durable and highly responsive. While it maintains a well-cushioned environment inside the shoe, it motivates the runner to keep on running by providing a fairly good energy return, especially during the propulsion phase.

The shoe houses the full-length Carbon Infused Nylon Plate, which further enhances the responsiveness of the Nike Zoom Fly. The technology helps the runner in the propulsion phase and also ensures a smooth heel to toe transition while running.

Upper

The shoe uses the Engineered Mesh on its upper for maximum breathability and a softer feel against the skin. The mesh has specific zones for inflow and outflow of air positioned at strategic locations on the shoe for maximum efficiency and support. The material ensures instant drying and cooling of the runner’s feet while running, thereby keeping the experience healthy and full of fun.

The Dynamic Flywire technology maintains the snug fit of the shoe for the user and also offers lightweight support during longer runs.

The Nike Zoom Fly uses the Internal Heel Counter for locking down the heel in place while out on the roads, thereby preventing any wobbling of the foot inside the shoe.