Who should buy the Nike Dart 12

The 12th version of the Nike Dart is built to give you a comfortable ride on the road. This shoe is recommended for you if:

  • You are a neutral pronator and want a daily shoe that can properly support your gait
  • You want a well-cushioned shoe that remains plush and responsive throughout the day
  • You have a moderate to high arch and prefer a supportive sole unit that does not sacrifice comfort 

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Updates to the Nike Dart 12

  • Breathable upper fabrics that wrap around the foot snugly
  • A combination of stitched and fused overlays to ensure a secure and supportive fit
  • Cushioned midsole that contours the foot for guaranteed arch support
  • Durable rubber outsole with small gripping lugs for reliable traction on the asphalt

Nike Dart 12 mesh upper

Traction and protection, combined

The outsole unit of the Nike Dart 12 features a durable rubber material. It protects the rest of the sole unit from the abrasive nature of the asphalt. It also delivers traction, which is helpful in gaining more control over the ground.

Nike Dart 12 outsole

Flex grooves make the platform more flexible. It’s very helpful in terms of allowing the foot of the wearer to move more naturally as it goes through the gait cycle. The same level of flexibility can also be experienced with the Nike Revolution 4

Nike Dart 12 flex grooves

Contoured underfoot fit

A responsive foam unit delivers reliable cushioning to the foot. It makes sure to keep the runner well-supported as they tackle their running sessions. It doesn’t have a stiff or unwieldy disposition. It even follows the contours of the underfoot, essentially providing support to the arch and other areas that aren’t typically cushioned.

Nike Dart 12 midsole

The Dart 12's supportive upper construction

Breathable mesh makes up the main cover system of the Nike Dart 12. It covers the dimensions of the foot well, but it doesn’t limit its movements. It’s soft and responsive to the natural motion of the foot. It also accommodates airflow, which is helpful in maintaining ventilation for the interior foot-chamber.

Nike Dart 12 breathable mesh

A mix of stitched and fused overlays cover the mesh material. They provide integrity to the structure of the upper, while also providing a snug & secure fit. They’re connected to the lacing system, so they adapt to the tightening and loosening of the shoelaces.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 283g / Women 255g
Drop: 10mm
Arch support: Neutral
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation
Arch type: High arch

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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.