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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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

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.

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.

Summary

We spent 9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

9 reasons to buy

  • The NikeCourt Flare’s Ariaprene® ankle strap, which was specifically made to behave like a second skin, decreases the rolling of the ankles and generously provides support for a majority of the users.
  • Many of the customers commended the shoe’s exceptional comfort contributed by the full mesh upper.
  • Several players experienced exceptional swiftness and agility when moving around the court as radiated by the shoe’s minimalistic structure and the herringbone pattern on the outsole.
  • Exhibiting a lower profile, the NikeCourt Flare maintains its action closer to the ground as stated by a handful of users.
  • The shoe’s XDR (extra durable rubber) outsole grants near flawless durability and great court traction, according to some purchasers.
  • The shoe’s snug fit had captured the desires of some of the customers and that the shoe is true to size.
  • More than a handful of the buyers applauded the shoe’s simple but elegant design.
  • A few of the users shared that the shoe has no break time needed.
  • A handful of the buyers praised its extreme lightweight silhouette accounted by the full mesh upper and the inclusion of the Injected Unit midsole which has a dimpled texture.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A handful of players stated that after a few hours of wearing the NikeCourt Flare, it produces heat and will leave the feet sweating and damp which was inconvenient.
  • The shoe takes time to put on which is a tedious job for some users.
  • The bottom of the feet of some users experienced pain after hours playing with the shoes on, as contributed by the lack of arch support.

Bottom line

The NikeCourt Flare’s Ariaprene® collar acts like a second skin and provides outstanding support which minimizes ankle rolling. With a full mesh upper, the shoe exhibits comfort and stability on the hard court. The Extra Durable Rubber outsole is engraved with an intensive herringbone pattern that promotes on-court activeness and agility and a faster response. Truly an advancement in tennis history, the NikeCourt Flare would surely leave a legacy in its time.


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NikeCourt Flare History

Having won 39 Grand Slam tennis titles in her professional career, Nike sure would like to share a legacy with Serena Williams in the form of a shoe. Encountering troubles with her ankles as they tend to roll, Serena worked with Nike on designing a shoe that would provide generous ankle support. Along with Nike’s Aaron Cooper, the designer responsible for the Kobe series, they created a shoe revolving around a Kung Fu master’s idea of unhindered mobility. Cooper, along with his team, conceptualized a shoe with a minimalistic silhouette but exhibits exceptional support and durability in gameplay.

In the series of tennis games in the year 2014, Serena was wearing an unpublicized customized shoe which has a visible extended collar for support. It was a tool for maintaining her number 1 ranking from the previous year, addressing her problems with ankle rolling. A year later in the month of June, the shoe was named the NikeCourt Flare and was made available for the public to purchase.

NikeCourt Flare Style

The NikeCourt Flare originally is intended for tennis players and is obviously displayed as a sporty looking shoe, but because of its incredible aesthetic appeal, it can be worn casually on an everyday basis.

With its simple silhouette and various compact colorway combinations, it can be partnered with pants with colors complementing that of the shoe’s colorway.

Fit & Sizing

The NikeCourt Flare, as envied by most males being exclusive for Serena Williams and later on regarded as a women’s shoe, is available in women’s size ranging from 5-12 with B Medium width.

Notable Features

The eye-catching element of the NikeCourt Flare is the extended neoprene collar purposed for sufficient shank support on the hard court. A conservative upper design features a breathable mesh with infused overlays for a minimalistic silhouette. It also has an Injected Unit midsole that has a dotted texture for lightweight cushioning. A pull tab is present at the heel for ease of wear. Its herringbone outsole design is made of XDR or extra durable rubber patented by Nike.

Additional Info

  • To celebrate Williams’ 23rd Grand Slam title, Nike made an Air Jordan 1 retro of the NikeCourt Flare with her signature visible on the heel. It was available in 2 colorways: the ‘banned’ (black and red) and a pink+black colorway.
  • Serena can be seen wearing the shoe at her match with Caroline Wozniacki during the 2014 U.S. Open.
  • Nike has been honoring the Black History Month for more than a decade and in February 2017, they released an exclusive NikeCourt Flare BHM.
  • Victoria Azarenka, another tennis athlete was seen wearing the NikeCourt Flares versus Serena Williams in the 2016 BNP Paribas Open Finals and even won in those shoes.