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
Heel to toe dropMen: 10mmWomen: 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 heightMen: 39mmWomen: 39mm
Forefoot heightMen: 29mmWomen: 29mm
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
Release dateOct 2018
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89 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews
Nike has created the best underfoot construction of any shoe out there – plenty of cushioning for long distances, with just the right amount of stiffness to propel you forward. I just love this shoe.
The Vaporfly will help you hit your best times, don’t worry about who is watching you get there.
- The Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% Flyknit is a road companion that’s meant for those who have neutral pronation. When it comes to the build, this shoe isn’t different from its counterpart, the original Zoom Vaporfly 4%, save for a Flyknit upper and a one piece opening, both of which aren’t constituents of the precursor model.
- Underfoot cushioning is the responsibility of the ZoomX, a full-length foam that’s touted to be highly responsive and lightweight. A carbon fiber plate is implanted into the foam to help with durability and foot propulsion. Abrasion resistance is given by a rubber heel layer while extra energy return is the responsibility of foam rubber in the forefoot.
The Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% Flyknit is a bit smaller than the usual sizing expectations, so runners are encouraged to get half-a-size bigger than the usual or to try on the shoe first. Widthwise, the available option is D – Medium as it is a unisex shoe that follows men’s measurements.
The heel section of the outsole unit is made up of a rubber compound that is highly resistant to abrasion. It protects the contact points from wear and tear. It also provides traction through its grippy nature and its patterned surface.
The forefoot section of the platform utilizes foam rubber, which still has traction capacities. But its primary purpose is to provide additional cushioning for the underfoot through its spongy disposition.
The ZoomX is a full-length foam that’s responsible for carrying the foot throughout the running session. It has a bouncy nature that energizes each step. It’s also touted to be lightweight and durable.
A carbon fiber plate is placed inside the ZoomX, acting as a protective layer and as a propulsive medium that further boosts the forefoot lift.
The upper unit of the Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% Flyknit features the Flyknit technology, a material that evokes the texture and elasticity of a sock. It has an open construction that welcomes air into the foot-chamber.
A bootie design removes the traditional tongue unit and replaces it with a one-piece opening. Such a configuration allows the wearer to feel a smooth and non-irritating coverage.
A pull tab is placed on the back part of the collar. This fabric loop makes it easy to put on or remove this running shoe.