4 Best Nike Air Running Shoes in 2022

Jens Jakob Andersen
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4 Best Nike Air Running Shoes in 2022

If you want the workhorse versions of Nike’s speedy shoes, then look no further than the Nike Air running shoes. From Air Zoom Pegasus and Air Max Torch to Air Zoom Tempo Next% and Air Zoom Vomero, these shoes give you the same speedy feel but are more tuned in for the rigors of daily training.

Engineered to deliver more comfort, underfoot stability, and durability, the Nike Air models can definitely rack up high mileage and bring your next training runs to bolder new heights.

To help you choose the right fit that suits your needs, we’ve tested and reviewed all the Nike air running shoes available out there. Get a quick look at our best picks below.

How we test running shoes

We put all the shoes on this list through a thorough testing process, comprising the extensive feedback from RunRepeat’s staff, shoe lab technicians, and our team of runners. Our top choices include Nike air running kicks that offer genuine value, performance, and budget-friendly options.

To make the best recommendations, our methods include the following:

  • We buy all the Nike air running shoes with our own money. This is to make sure that we remain free from bias and produce only 100% honest reviews.
  • We do a battery of mechanical tests at the RunRepeat shoe testing lab. We cut all the models into pieces and examine 30+ parameters that include cushioning technology, midsole construction, upper breathability, and durability, among others.
  • Our wear-testers clock up 30-50 miles on average on each pair, and report back to us their on-road impressions.
  • We collate more comparable data from other shoe experts and regular consumers.

To get the overall scores, we use the CoreScore to calculate all the gathered data. A final rating is then given on each Nike model that ranges from 0 to 100.

Best Nike Air running shoes overall

Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next%
Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next%
£170
£201
£216
£231

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.4 / 5 from 373 users
94 / 100 from 15 experts

Pros

  • True to size
  • Extremely lightweight
  • Bouncy and responsive ride
  • Breathable
  • Carbon-plated
  • Excellent grip

Cons

  • Not made for high mileage
  • Unstable platform
  • Feels tight in the midfoot

Verdict

The Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next% is a race shoe that made us zoom through the streets! It's fast, bouncy, and light and - it's everything speed-ready. With its steep price, it's exclusively for runners who only care about beating PBs and nothing else. For a race shoe, it's surprisingly cushy. During landing, our feet felt like they were stepping on marshmallows!
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Best value Nike Air running shoes

Nike Air Zoom Vomero 16
Nike Air Zoom Vomero 16
£95
£105
£109
£110

Corescore

88
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 335 users
82 / 100 from 6 experts

Pros

  • Rocker propels forward
  • Super comfortable
  • Extremely durable
  • Snug fit
  • Amazing breathability
  • Springy ride
  • Cushioned

Cons

  • Runs a bit large
  • Too wide for narrow feet
  • Pricey
 

Verdict

The Adidas Nike Air Zoom Vomero 16 running shoe is a paradox. On one hand, it looks thick and cushy and the upper is exactly that, yet it can be a little harsh underfoot with its hard airbags. On one hand, it is fast yet it looks like it’s too thick to be fast. All of these subjective observations aside, it delivers what it set out to deliver - solid forward propulsion, support without being over-controlling, comfortable uppers and performance over style.
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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.