Who should buy the Nike Legend Essential

The Nike Legend Essential is a solid option if:

  • A shoe with adequate surface grip to prevent slips and falls is what you are after.
  • You prefer a shoe that offers enough shield against shock to reduce foot tensions and fatigue. 
  • A training companion for both light exercises and high-intensity training is what you prefer. 
  • You are looking for a shoe ideal for both beginners and hardcore workout enthusiasts. 

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Who should not buy the Nike Legend Essential

Flat-footed wearers may have to take the Legend Essential off their wish list as the amount of arch support it delivers might not be enough for them. The NikeSpeed Rep could be an ideal candidate. Also, those in need of a shoe that offers comfort straight out of the box may have to look elsewhere. They might be better off with the Nike Metcon 7.

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It bites various surfaces well

According to many reviewers, the outsole of the Legend Essential provides excellent traction on polished, concrete, and hardwood floors, thanks to the triangular treads that promote multi-directional grip and the rubber layer that covers the underside of the shoe. 

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Midfoot to rearfoot stability

The heel section of Legend Essential has a flat base that, according to a good number of fitness enthusiasts, helps keep their feet stable during weight training.

Nike Legend Essential Heel

The rear section rises up to the lower portion of the upper. Wearers say that this structure on either side of the midfoot enhances the foothold during side-to-side movements.

Nike Legend Essential Midfoot

Reliable against shock

The middle layer of the Legend Essential is made of foam that is light and flexible. Many are impressed with how this foam midsole of this training shoe shields their feet against shock.

Nike Legend Essential Midsole

Not rich in cushioning

Given the affordable price of this training shoe, it makes sense that the cushioning is not on an elite level. However, for some, this meant experiencing serious discomfort and foot pain. And it had nothing with the need to break these shoes in, but simply this type of cushioning does not work for everyone. 

A cozy interior

Inside this pair of shoes for workouts is a cushioned insert. This layer is made of soft foam for the foot to rest on. The Nike Legend Trainer indeed provides superb in-shoe comfort according to most owners.

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Break them in properly 

These need a few days of constant wear or a few gym sessions to get properly broken in. The upper, as well as the heel collar need some time to get to the point where they mold to your feet. Without this, people have experienced heel rubs to the point of either a) blisters or b) socks being "eaten down". Prepare high-cut socks and take it easy!

Well-ventilated and light

Making up the top of the Nike Legend Essential is an open-cell mesh. This fabric is said to be breathable, keeping the foot chamber fresh. 

This shoe is lighter by approximately 20 grams than the average weight of Nike training shoes. Several individuals even noted that its lightness could make you forget you're wearing them.

Nike Legend Essential Light and Breathable

A mix and match champ

Tons of wearers love the style of the trainer as it pairs well with both gym and casual clothing.

Nike Legend Essential Style

Protective overlays

Synthetic overlays are used on the toe box and the eyestay. They reportedly protect the areas against abrasion, preventing tears on the underlying fabric. 

Nike Legend Essential Overlays

It snugly holds the feet

A dynamic lacing system adorns the midfoot of the Legend Essential. The uneven placement of the eyelets allows for improved fit adjustments.

Nike Legend Essential Lace

The laces integrate with a saddle that wraps around the rearfoot section. When they tighten the shoestrings, wearers feel that the heel hold gets amplified. The padded collar and tongue also aid in improving the fit and preventing excessive movements.

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Nike Legend Essential vs. New Balance 517

Another product to consider, if you like the simple style of the Legend Essential, is the New Balance 517. These two trainers share many similar features like a grippy outsole and a lightweight foam midsole. However, the NB 517 has a Memory Sole insert that maximizes underfoot coverage and comfort. Meanwhile, the upper is made of mesh and synthetic overlays that help keep the foot comfortable and supported.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 10.8oz / Women 7.1oz
Update: Nike Legend Essential 3
Use: Workout / Gym / Cross-training
Width: Normal, X-Wide / Normal
Release date: Nov 2019
Collection: Nike Legend
BRAND Brand: Nike

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Nick combines 10+ years of experience in the health and fitness industry and a background in the sciences in his role as the Fitness Research Director. During his competitive powerlifting years his PRs have him sitting in the top 2% of bench presses (395 lbs), top 3% of squats (485 lbs) and top 6% of deadlifts (515 lbs) for his weight and age. His work has been featured on Bodybuilding.com, LiveStrong, Healthline, WebMD, WashingtonPost, and many more. Along the way, collaborating with industry leaders like Michael Yessis, Mark Rippetoe, Carlo Buzzichelli, Dave Tate, Ray Williams, and Joel Seedman.