Our verdict


The Zoom Span 4 from Nike is a versatile running shoe that can tackle short, mellow days on the road, walking, just as well as gym training. It's a budget trainer that offers loads of support, making it a perfect choice for all-day wear. And if you want a shoe that will allow your foot to move, the Nike Zoom Span 4 is definitely a keeper.


  • Supportive cushion
  • Flexible upper
  • Great midfoot and heel hold
  • Spacious toe box
  • Grippy both in dry&wet conditions
  • Affordable
  • Great for walking and gym training


  • Not so bouncy
  • Lace bites
  • Not for narrow feet

Who should buy the Nike Zoom Span 4

Cop the Nike Zoom Span 4 if: 

  • you are looking for a stable running shoe for slow, short runs
  • you want a daily trainer that can double for walking and gym training
  • you have medium to wide feet and want a secure fit

Nike Zoom Span 4 nike logo

Who should NOT buy it

If it's a responsive shoe that doesn't hurt the wallet, experts recommend the Nike Air Zoom Winflo 8. And if you don't mind spending a few extra bucks, go for Nike's workhorse with wings — the Nike Pegasus 38.

Nike Zoom Span 4 ride

Nike Zoom Span 4 vs. 3

The Nike Span 4 retains the midsole and outsole of the Span 3. The only updates made are isolated in the upper: 

Wider fit: The new mesh upper delivers a more relaxed and accommodating fit with its stretchy design. The Flywire cables have also been removed accompanied by flat laces.

Thinner tongue: The tongue now has less padding. 

Nike Zoom Span 4 tongue

Steady strides 

The shoe's midsole has hit the sweet spot: according to testers, their feet don't sink into the shoe, allowing stable and supported steps.

Nike Zoom Span 4 eva foam

On top of this, the outsole has a tacky bite. On both damp and dry roads, runners feel surefooted.

Could use a little more energy

Although packed with Nike's famous Zoom Air cushion, the Zoom Span 4 doesn't have that "bounce back" most runners were looking for. 

Nike Zoom Span 4 foam

Say goodbye to slips

The heel collar is padded, and the midfoot bands keep the foot locked in position; there are no reports of slips. 

Nike Zoom Span 4 ankle padding

The Nike Zoom Span 4 keeps the toes happy

The Nike Span 4 is more accommodating. Unlike its predecessor, Nike fans find the Span 4 "roomier," especially in the toe box.

Nike Zoom Span 4 toe box

The upper stretches and there's enough space up front; those with wide feet state that their toes can splay "comfortably." 

A no-no for slim feet

On the downside, those with narrow feet find the new fit too roomy. Their feet don't stay in place, and they feel tippy when cornering. 

Nike Zoom Span 4 laces

Cheap as chips

The Nike Zoom Span 4 only retails for $80, making it one of the most inexpensive options on the market. For reference, the average running shoe costs $120.

Nike Zoom Span 4 mesh upper

Flimsy tongue

"A downgrade" - This is how critics describe the Nike Zoom Span 4's new tongue. Although it saves weight, it does very little to none in protecting the foot from lace pressure. 

Nike Zoom Span 4 collar