We like to keep everything as objective as possible. And to stay true to this, we have come up with our shoe testing lab to test each white Nike shoe on this list. Even more, we buy them with our own money to avoid brand loyalty.
These aside, we also take extra measures to ensure a bias-free selection. We do this by:
running in each shoe for at least 30 to 50 miles
cutting them open
measuring their parts based on 30+ parameters
generating their Corescore using thousands of expert and user reviews
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
The Nike Pegasus Trail 2 GTX is a trail shoe that REALLY impressed us. It kept our feet dry all throughout the wet conditions we ran! It's made for training runs so don't expect anything fast. Instead, expect a superbly bouncy and comfortable shoe that will mute out all the rocks and roots underfoot. Even better, in areas of grip and durability, this shoe will wow you!
Made for daily runs, the Nike React Phantom Run Flyknit 2 works best for us in slow short runs. It's anything but comfortable and durable. But if it's a stylish, sleek trainer you're after, this shoe fits the bill! And on pavement, this shoe just bites. Even better, it's easy to put on and off!
The Nike Flex Experience Run 10 is a budget-friendly, entry-level running shoe. Made to run and play, the shoe is a huge win for casual runners because it delivers flexibility and versatility. If you are looking for a lightweight trainer that looks good and feels comfortable, this fits the bill. But for a more athletic function, the Flex Experience Run 10 is not the right shoe for you.
While it's a budget shoe we wanted to love, the Nike Quest 3 surely missed out on flexibility, comfort, and snappiness. If anything, it's a lightweight neutral trainer that's designed for easy days out on the road. And in this regard, the shoe delivered! For its inexpensive price tag, it's surprisingly durable too.
Designed for casual runs, the Nike Renew Ride 2 features an eye-catching design and comfortable cushioning for the day-to-day routine. Runners who are constantly on the go will appreciate the perforated upper and smooth in-step feel. Since the design focuses more on comfort instead of performance, the Renew Ride 2 is more suitable for those who are running for fitness rather than for speed.
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.