Verdict from 76 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • These are excellent trainers, as what plenty of reviews about the Nike Air Pegasus Racer have stated. 
  • Based on a handful of users, these Nikes are some good, old solid shoes.
  • A certain commenter has mentioned that this pair is better than pure running athletic shoes.
  • This low-top sneaker offers enough comfort and support, as per some users. 
  • The Air Pegasus Racer looks retro yet stylish enough to wear on a daily basis. 
  • Many wearers have claimed that these are good quality running shoes. 
  • Certain customers have said that the shoes have a great value for money as they are super affordable for their quality. 

2 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of wearers have expressed that these trainers are not great for all-day wear. 
  • One user has mentioned that his feet generally hurt after a long day of using the kicks.  

Bottom line

An updated rendition of the classic Air Pegasus, Nike’s Air Pegasus Racer is the sleeker and more flexible version of the old school predecessor. This pair features an awesome new style with more comfort upgrades. The retro-inspired sneaker is also filled with sport-casual charm. 

These may not be the most comfortable shoes but they surely offer the perfect balance of old and new, and also deserves a slot in one’s regular sneaker rotation.  

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Good to know

These runners are offered in unisex sizing. The Air Pegasus Racer has quite a narrow fit so it is recommended to go a half or full size up for those with wide feet. Sizing runs small for this Pegasus. 

With a full-lace up fastening, a more adjusted and secure fit can be achieved. 

Nike revamps its classic Air Pegasus by boasting a few design updates. The overall profile of this silhouette is constructed with the combination of iconic upper mixes of ripstop, mesh, and suede which gives the old-school trainers a contemporary edge while also providing comfort and durability. Completing the sneaker’s whole look, sail accents along with the midsole, tonal laces, and Swoosh branding gives this rendition a traditional feel.  

Several crisp colorways are made available for these classics. There are the basics which are black, white, grey, navy, and blue. The newer ones are in red mahogany, dark mica, and hot lime. All the color schemes have contrasting elements in the clean white midsole and white lining peeking out over the top.

While these were the shoes that were pounded on the pavement, these classic pairs are best for casual wear. For a casual ensemble, one can go for a pair of jeans or jogger pants with tops like shirts or sweater shirts. Also, these look good with sporty outfits, too. 

Constructed with a padded collar and tongue, this version of the Air Pegasus is made more comfortable with these features. The full-length Phylon midsole unit delivers lightweight cushioning and also added comfort.  The waffle-inspired outsole with cut-outs and forefoot flex grooves enable the natural range of motion. Moreover, the outsole also provides ample durability and traction.   

In 1983, the Swoosh brand introduced the Pegasus to the sneaker world, regarded as a shoe for every runner. Like the mythical-winged stallion, the shoe’s Greek namesake it was named after, the model was designed to be half air, for agile movement and flight. Over the course of 35 years, the Pegasus has become a staple for countless athletes around the world.

The Nike Air Pegasus line is always going to be present and important, as it has continually brought revamped versions of the favorite retro runner. In line with that, Nike expanded the nascent line, creating the Racer which offers a lighter, sleeker design for the everyday runner.

The Racer now celebrates 30 years of running history. A modern runner with an old-school vibe, the Air Pegasus Racer is revamped and given upgraded features.  It now provides quickness, flexibility, and added cushion for a more comfortable stride. 

  • The Air Pegasus Racer is inspired by the 1991 Pegasus Racer. 
  • Its midsole and outsole capture the look of the Pegasus 83/30.

Author
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

daniel@runrepeat.com