10 Best Black Nike Running Shoes in 2022

Jens Jakob Andersen
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10 Best Black Nike Running Shoes in 2022

Nike has always been recognized for its fashion-and-function combo. And its black running shoes are no different. They're straightforward yet eye-catching

These shoes will help you up your records while elevating your style. 

How we test running shoes

Choosing the right pair of black running shoes from Nike can be overwhelming. To make it a breeze, we've painstakingly assessed and selected the top ten black running shoes from Nike. 

And because we don't want any room for a biased review, we test them in our RunRepeat shoe testing facility. We even buy them with our own money to avoid brand loyalty. 

Taking it further, we also: 

  • clock up 30 to 50 miles of test runs
  • cut them open
  • measure their parts in different parameters
  • generate their Corescore based on thousands of expert and user reviews

Best black Nike running shoes overall

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38
£77
£81
£89
£90
Top pick

Corescore

86
Great!
4.3 / 5 from 2,515 users
88 / 100 from 21 experts

Pros

  • Wider than Pegasus 37
  • Very stable ride
  • Peppy toe-off
  • Hugs your feet 
  • Padded upper
  • Very durable (400-500miles)
  • Grippy even on dirt roads
  • Legit workhorse
  • Doubles as a gym shoe
  • A joy to run in

Cons

  • Runs warm
  • Above-average weight

Verdict

If there's one thing we can't take away from the Pegasus 38, it's that it's the GOAT of all workhorse shoes in our arsenal! It oozes with plushness, stability, and pop, doing it all from slow days, tempo sessions, and gym workouts even. If you want to run with fun, take the Pegasus any day!
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Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit 2
Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit 2
£92
£155
£155
Also great

Corescore

86
Great!
4.3 / 5 from 1,704 users
89 / 100 from 19 experts

Pros

  • Exceptional flywire lacing
  • Soft & cushioned ride
  • Great for heavier runners
  • Incredible grip (road)
  • Very breathable
  • Padded heel collar
  • No heel slipping
  • True to size
  • Durable 

Cons

  • Tongue rips apart
  • Lacks pop for tempo runs
  • Slippery on snow and ice

Verdict

In the Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit 2, our feet just felt locked in place! And even after rough wear testing, this daily trainer proved itself a durable shoe. It's loaded with lots of cushion that's not too soft nor too rigid, making it supportive and ideal for heavy runners. As a daily running shoe, it sticks to what it's designed to do - it's not going to make you run fast, but it does offer a smooth, easy ride.
See our full review and facts

Best road running shoes

Nike Free Run 5.0
Nike Free Run 5.0
£90
£100
Top pick

Corescore

83
Good!
4.3 / 5 from 12,358 users
86 / 100 from 1 experts

Pros

  • Insane lightness
  • Glove-like fit
  • Heel loop
  • Easy lacing system
  • Super breathable 
  • True to size
  • Comfotable as an everyday slipper
  • Extremely flexible

Cons

  • Short runs only
  • Lack of proper outsole
  • Insole not removable

Verdict

Ah, the Nike Free Run… Calling this a running shoe is a stretch, but there’s still a vestige of folks out there in the minimalist fan group that likes the slipper-like feel of Nike’s long-running “Free” lineup. The 2021 update steers back toward a less bizarre-looking shoe than we saw in 2020 but continues with the ultralight and ultra-flexible design.
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Nike Zoom Fly 4
Nike Zoom Fly 4
£135
£145
£145
Also great

Corescore

87
Great!
4.4 / 5 from 111 users
84 / 100 from 9 experts

Pros

  • Rockered toe design
  • Propulsive  
  • Breathable
  • Affordable for carbon-plated shoe
  • Sock-like fit
  • Large heel-loop
  • True to size
  • Feels like more stable Vaporfly
  • Snug and secure fit
  • Perfect for carbon newbies

Cons

  • Stiff
  • Unstable at slower speeds
  • Grippy on dry road only

Verdict

Nike took a year off from this shoe, but with its revival, Nike finally has a great training partner for its flagship race shoe, the Nike Vaporflyl Next% 2. The Zoom Fly 4 is meant to be more durable and designed for everyday speed training use compared to its lighter, more expensive sibling. Go fast often!
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Best trail running shoes

Nike Pegasus Trail 3
Nike Pegasus Trail 3
£81
£88
£92
£102
Top pick

Corescore

89
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 168 users
87 / 100 from 13 experts

Pros

  • Soft, bouncy ride
  • Very comfortable
  • True to size
  • Wide for a Nike
  • Wide loop on heel
  • Built to last
  • Reflective swoosh
  • Killer grip on dry trails

Cons

  • Not grippy in wet
  • Runs warm

Verdict

The Pegasus road series just holds a special place in our feet, we just had to see it in trail action. And voila! 50 miles later, the Nike Pegasus Trail 3 won us over with its uber plush landings! Unlike other trail shoes, it's NOT dense nor dull, it's stable and comfy and will make your run cloud-like. When faced with slick surfaces, however, it shows its limitations.
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Nike Air Max Torch 4
Nike Air Max Torch 4
Also great

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 23,534 users
87 / 100 from 8 experts

Pros

  • True to size
  • Well-cushioned
  • Snug fit
  • Durable
  • Very comfortable
  • Budget-friendly

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Stiff
  • Looks clunky and too bright
  • Not for technical terrain
  • Not breathable

Verdict

Touted as a light trail running shoe, the Nike Air Max Torch 4 sports quality features ready to beat the competition. Packed with Nike's innovative midsole components, the running shoe offers premium support and lockdown. Because it is engineered with top-notch technologies, the neutral runner does not sacrifice weight. With the Nike Air Torch 4, athletes are geared for comfort, protection, and superior grip on any type of terrain.
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Best neutral running shoes

Nike Revolution 6
Nike Revolution 6
Top pick

Corescore

77
Decent!
4.1 / 5 from 519 users
72 / 100 from 2 experts

Pros

  • Fits true to size
  • Peppy midsole
  • Budget-friendly
  • Good amount of flexibility
  • Consistent performance in any condition
  • Great as leisurewear

Cons

  • Runs narrow
  • Poor lacing
  • Lacks grip
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Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37
£88
£93
£117
£117
Also great

Corescore

89
Great!
4.4 / 5 from 21,913 users
89 / 100 from 36 experts

Pros

  • Bouncy and quick
  • Cushioned forefoot
  • Gender-specific midsole design
  • Smooth transition
  • Do-it-all trainer 
  • Zero wear after 100miles
  • Excellent grip, dry & wet
  • Affordable
  • Roomy toebox

Cons

  • Runs warm
  • Not so stable

Verdict

If we were stuck with only one running shoe that can do it all, without a second thought, we'd pick the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37. It's a workhorse, and it does its job too damn well! It can handle daily runs, long miles, and it doesn't do less in tempo sessions either. Even better, it's comfy and bouncy, generating a fun ride whatever the pace!
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Best black budget Nike running shoes

Nike Downshifter 11
Nike Downshifter 11
Top pick

Corescore

82
Good!
4.4 / 5 from 3,064 users
79 / 100 from 3 experts

Pros

  • Wider fit
  • Lightweight
  • Super durable outsole
  • Breathable
  • True to size
  • Insanely good value
  • Beginner-friendly
  • Great for every day and gym

Cons

  • Entry-level feel
  • Firm underfoot

Verdict

With plenty of flex, a vented, breathable mesh upper, and a price tag at $60, the Nike Downshifter is a serious bargain for a daily trainer.
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Nike Quest 4
Nike Quest 4
Also great

Corescore

75
Decent!
4.2 / 5 from 203 users
N/A

Pros

  • True to size
  • Wider than other Nikes
  • Breathable
  • Durable
  • Very affordable 
  • Grippy thanks to mini lugs
  • Sleek modern looks
  • Great, secure fit
  • Outstanding weight

Cons

  • Not a springy ride
  • Short runs only

Verdict

At the entry level, there’s usually not a ton to review or write about, but the Nike Quest 4 fills a niche with a trendy-looking shoe at a bargain price. If you desire that Nike swoosh and have less than $80 in your pocket there aren’t many options, but surprisingly this stylish trainer fits the bill and isn’t all that bad!
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What are the cheapest black Nike running shoes in 2022?

  1. Nike Revolution 6 - from £22
  2. Nike Renew Ride 2 - from £40
  3. Nike Flex Run 2021 - from £45
  4. Nike Run Swift 2 - from £48
  5. Nike Downshifter 11 - from £49
  6. Nike Flex Experience Run 10 - from £50
  7. Nike Quest 4 - from £52
  8. Nike Juniper Trail - from £63
  9. Nike Air Zoom Winflo 8 - from £73
  10. Nike Air Zoom Vomero 16 - from £75
  11. Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 7 - from £75
  12. Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38 FlyEase - from £77
  13. Nike React Miler 2 - from £69
  14. Nike Pegasus Trail 3 - from £81
  15. Nike Wildhorse 7 - from £83

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Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.