Verdict from 1 expert and +100 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • The Nike Flex Experience 4 is naturally very flexible.
  • It is very light.
  • Comfort comes in spades as observed by a large number of runners.
  • Stylistically viable for casual wear according to some reviews.
  • The Flex Experience 4 holds up well to punishment on the road based on several comments.
  • The snug and sock-like fit appealed to almost everyone who used the shoe.
  • The Nike Experience 4 handles different distances with ease.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A most common observation is how narrow the Nike Flex Experience 4 is.
  • Slight wear and tear signs began showing earlier than expected in the shoes of some runners.

Bottom line

The Nike Flex Experience 4 mixes the minimalist approach with some traditional features. It offers plenty of natural movement while support and cushioning are good enough. The ultra-flexible nature of the shoe will work best for those with sufficient support in their arches.

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Good to know

  • The 4th version of the Flex Experience from Nike gives a lot of space for the mesh material to provide exceptional comfort, breathability and security. Gone are the overlay system that’s separate from the main fabric of the upper. Now, the entire upper is a singular unit and the overall fit is affected by the lacing system.
  • The Flex Experience 4 utilizes next-to-no sewn layers, unlike the layer-heavy Flex Experience 3 that has a lot of stitched parts involved. Because most contemporary shoe designs embrace a no-sew scheme, this one makes it appealing to many runners and shoe enthusiasts. The no-sew construction also lessens foot discomfort and irritation.
  • The toe box height of this version is now higher than the one featured in the previous iteration. The toes now have more space to wiggle and spread naturally. The forefoot area basically isn’t as restrictive as before.
  • The outsole unit now has more flex grooves on the entire length of its surface. It encourages more natural flexibility and freedom of movement. The hexagonal Waffle pattern gives way to multi-directional flexibility because it means that the grooves face multiple directions.
  • The Rubber outsole pods in the critical areas of wear are thicker and more resilient this time around. They are more prominent and more durable, keeping the sole unit well-guarded from the effects of long-term use.

The Nike Flex Experience 4 runs ½ a size smaller than the standard. So, half-a-size bigger should be chosen for an adequate wearing experience. It also comes in narrow, medium, wide and extra wide widths. These differences are observed in the mid-foot and forefoot area. Those with different foot sizes and shapes have a variety of choices to optimize their comfort.

The outsole unit features the Waffle pistons, which have a hexagonal shape. These pistons, which are also present in some popular Nike road running shoes, are created to absorb the impact when landing the foot on the ground. They spring back up during lift for a more responsive performance.

Durable rubber in high-wear areas of the outsole ensure that the sole unit is protected from wear and abrasion. These sections are thicker and more durable than that of the previous version’s. Traction and flexibility are also afforded by the outsole unit.

The Injected Unitsole mid-sole component is actually a singular unit that also functions as the outsole. It’s a durable material that runs the entire length of the shoe. An even platform is formed above and it’s meant to cushion the foot well. The surface that’s exposed to the ground has the hexagonal pod design. It’s efficient, flexible and resilient against damage.

A single-layer mesh in the upper unit makes sure that the fabric maintains a non-irritating and comfortable nature in order to give great service to the runner. There’s no sewn layers in this unit, so it does away with the extra restrictive add-ons and thick overlays. This material offers breathable and responsive coverage for a relaxing all-day running experience.

Added security and fit are afforded by the bonded parts on the forefoot, midfoot and heel areas. They’re the extra layer of protection that also delivers a full & well-rounded fit. The Nike logo also assists in keeping the foot in place by acting as a foundation for the upper fabric.

How Flex Experience 4 compares

This shoe: 88
All shoes average: 82
56 95
This shoe: £70
All shoes average: £120
£40 £280
This shoe: 229g
All shoes average: 270g
100g 437g
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.