Facts

  • 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

    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

    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
    $250
  • Weight
    Men: 6.6oz
    Women: 6.6oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 8mm
    Women: 8mm

    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
    Men: 40mm
    Women: 40mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 32mm
    Women: 32mm
  • Width
    Men: Normal
    Women: Normal
  • Release date
    Jul 2019
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Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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93 / 100 based on 9 expert reviews

  • 96 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 5 expert

    I could very well see this shoe—despite its high cost—being a wonderful daily trainer.

  • 95 / 100 | Runner's World | | Level 3 expert

    You don't have to be a world-class marathoner to enjoy these shoes.

  • 92 / 100 | Fleet Feet | | Level 3 expert

    The Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% meets all of our expectations.

  • 87 / 100 | Seth James DeMoor | Level 3 expert

    They kind of feel like boats on the bottom of my feet... I expected a little bit more of a smooth ride.

  • 92 / 100 | kofuzi | | Level 2 expert

    [I] absolutely felt like I was flying out there in the Nike Vaporfly Next%. This shoe is absolutely fantastic.

  • 96 / 100 | Doctors of Running | | Level 1 expert

    The Nike Vaporfly Next% is a shoe for serious marathon and road racers looking for that additional edge. The additional midsole material, added outsole material, wider base, new upper, lower drop and improved stability make this shoe better in every way with almost no weight change.

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  • Many running enthusiasts might recall the earlier version of the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% because of its unique name and equally unique claim as a benefit: to improve the running economy (not speed) of the athlete. In this iteration, the ZoomX Vaporfly Next% sticks to that objective at an improved rate but without an exact value; hence, the “Next” percent in the name.
  • There are several notable updates in this shoe. First is the new material called VaporWeave that is introduced as the main component of the upper. The VaporWeave replaces the previous version’s Flymesh; it gives the Vaporfly Next% a thin yet sturdy coverage.
  • The midsole material is also leveled up a notch, in the form of the ZoomX technology. Although the same material is utilized in the shoe’s predecessor, the ZoomX Vaporfly Next% uses more of it in its midsole. With more foam, there is more energy return.
  • Lastly, the outsole also presents an update as it gets a revamped tread pattern. The materials remain the same, but with upgraded benefits in order to improve the running experience.

Like the earlier version, the ZoomX Vaporfly Next% is a unisex shoe that has a standard running shoe length, thus making it true-to-size for most runners. Those who usually go with women’s sizes are advised to get 1.5 sizes down to achieve their preferred fit. However, the shoe has an upper material that is relatively thinner compared to other running shoes. This might make it loose-fitting to some. The construction of the ZoomX Vaporfly Next% has the makings of a shoe for race day: a snug fit across the heel and midfoot and a low toe box height. The shoe is available in Medium width.

The Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% uses a combination of rubber compounds to deliver a combination of traction and responsiveness for a speedy run that is consistent as the miles log on.

At the forefoot area is a foam rubber that has a lightweight quality, allowing for easy toe-offs while retaining grip. The foam portion is thicker in this shoe compared to its predecessor, ensuring that softness of the foam provides optimum cushioning and contributes to the energy return during each stride.

Meanwhile, the heel area is composed of a high-abrasion rubber that equips the shoe with durability especially during footstrike. The material is designed to withstand the impact forces occurring during the run, thus reducing stress on the foot. Nike running shoes are known for utilizing basic rubber compounds in the outsole and focusing instead on midsole technologies. The Nike Revolution 4 is another example of this design philosophy.

The updated tread pattern of the outsole reflects the layouts made by the three athletes that inspired the creation of the shoe: Eliud Kipchoge, Mo Farah, and Geoffrey Kirui. The three elite runners were also involved in the design process of the ZoomX Vaporfly Next%. In making the outsole’s tread, lengthwise grooves were included in a way to enhance multi-surface traction in various weather conditions.

Although a returning feature from the previous version, the ZoomX midsole foam gets an update, too. In this shoe, the cushioning material is increased in quantity by 15% to facilitate better energy return. The added foam is strategically distributed in different locations: 1 mm in the heel and 4 mm in the forefoot. This technique consequently changes the drop of the shoe, which is intentionally done for a more efficient engagement between the runner and the ZoomX. It is also worth noting that the ZoomX foam prides itself as Nike’s most responsive and most cushioned foam. 

The midsole of the Vaporfly Next% also retains the full-length carbon plate that is embedded within the foam. This feature is meant to increase the stiffness of the midsole and encourage propulsion. The carbon plate is located closer to the heel in order to promote a stable platform in this area.

The most noticeable change in the ZoomX Vaporfly Next% is the introduction of the Vaporweave upper material. The Vaporweave has a thin, minimal appearance that makes it a lighter and more breathable textile compared to the Flymesh, which is what the previous shoe used. Additionally, the Vaporweave material is designed to absorb less water, thus maintaining dryness and ensuring consistent airflow throughout the run. 

Utilizing an offset-style lacing system alleviates pressure on the sensitive areas of the foot. It also aims for an improved, more locked-in fit. 

Beneath the mesh upper is a thin foam pod located on the heel area of the shoe. This element supports the Achilles, providing comfortable coverage in each step.

Compared to its predecessor, the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% features a wider toe box that gives the runner even more room for an adequate toe splay. 

The Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% takes pride in being one of, if not the only, the running shoes that claim to improve an athlete’s running economy. But what exactly is a running economy? This notion is a little confusing to the average or casual runner, as it does not necessarily take into account speed or pace. 

Although a very scientific concept, the running economy involves factors that are familiar to the typical runner, such as energy return and performance. Such aspects were highly considered by the ZoomX Vaporfly Next% in order to create a shoe that improves on the wearer’s running economy. Simply put, the running economy entails the consumption of energy throughout an activity with aerobic intensity. 

The ZoomX Vaporfly Next% aims for a higher percentage of running economy, which means the runner should expend less energy but still boost, or at least maintain, their performance.

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