Updates to Nike Downshifter 5

  • Minor changes that should mean a significant improvement in performance is at hand in the 5th version of the Downshifter. Most noticeable in the changes is the new mesh. It is a bit thicker than the previous model with better breathability. The thickness helps with the upper durability and structure.
  • The shoe also showcases two new midfoot straps in the middle of the eyelets. These two straps greatly help with the midfoot snugness as the laces go through them. Runners should also be able to get a more personalized fit with this new feature.
  • Besides the straps, midfoot hold is increased by the addition of printed overlays. These help with the overall structure and midfoot security without the added weight. The overlays also give the shoe a more sophisticated look than before.

Size and fit

The fit is average from the heel to the forefoot. This time around the midfoot has improved snugness due to the added overlays and the midfoot straps. It should be noted that there is decent volume and room in the toe box for those slightly wider feet. Medium is the available width of the shoe. The sizing is spot on in the Downshifter 5.


The Waffle outsole is almost flat with hard-wearing BRS 1000 carbon rubber. It gives the shoe better durability. Flex grooves and a prominent cut stretching from the heel to the midfoot give the shoe flexibility and enhanced transition. A slightly segmented crash pad gives cushioning and shock-absorption.


Nike’s go to midsole, the Phylon, covers the entire midsole. It is compression molded with decent cushioning and responsiveness in a very light frame. This midsole material is also used in the Nike Downshifter 7.


A single-piece mesh that is very breathable makes up a large part of the upper. The overlays are both stitched and printed. These provide the midfoot very excellent lockdown feel and security. The tongue and collar are well-padded. Giving that added cushioning is the removable insole. A traditional lace up closure keeps the fit secure throughout the run.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 266g / Women 215g
Drop: 12mm
Arch support: Neutral
Update: Nike Downshifter 11
Collection: Nike Downshifter
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation

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