Who should buy the Nike Renew Rival

The Nike Renew Rival is a neutral running shoe that’s designed for those who want to take to the roads, making use of modern design to accommodate various tastes. This shoe is ideal for you if:

  • You want a road running shoe that can support moderate to high arches
  • You are a heel-striker looking for a running shoe that can handle long distances

Nike Renew Rival medial view

Updates to the Nike Renew Rival

  • The upper unit of this road companion is made up of a breathable mesh that accommodates airflow into the foot-chamber
  • Printed overlays with stitch-reinforcements encourage a snug coverage
  • Underfoot support is provided by the Nike Renew technology, providing soft cushioning while also ensuring a steady underfoot experience

Nike Renew Rival nike logo

A flexible and protective outsole

The outsole unit of the Nike Renew Rival makes use of a ground-contact foam. This full-length material is responsible for providing traction and protection against wear and tear. There are molded pressure points that add a bit more cushioning for the underfoot.

Nike Renew Rival ground contact foam

Shallow trenches zigzag across the external pad. These grooves make the platform more flexible, thereby accommodating the natural bending capacity of the foot as it goes through the gait cycle.

Nike Renew Rival trenches

Responsive cushioning from Renew

The Nike Renew technology allows the underfoot platform to be soft and responsive, yet stable, as well. A full-length foam embodies such a configuration.

The medial midfoot section has a raised section that contours to the arch. Its purpose is to provide support for the part of the foot that’s not usually given attention.

Nike Renew Rival contoured arch

The Renew Rival's efficient upper features

A lightweight and breathable mesh serves as the exterior of the Nike Renew Rival’s upper unit. It allows air to enter the foot-chamber, thus enabling a breezy and dry running experience.

Nike Renew Rival mesh

Thin overlays are printed onto the front and instep. These add-ons serve as reinforcements, bolstering the material and staving off any early damage. They also help in securing the foot and keeping it in place.

A slip-on design facilitates quick and effortless on-and-off. A traditionally separate tongue is not present to evoke a one-piece feel.

Nike Renew Rival slip on

The interior sleeve is made of soft textile. It aims to hug the foot in an irritant-free wrap. It also allows smooth and quick entry into the interior chamber.

Semi-flat laces loop through discrete fabric eyelets. Such a design permits precise yet non-restrictive adjustment of the fit.

Nike Renew Rival shoelaces

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 283g / Women 198g
Drop: 10mm
Arch support: Neutral
Collection: Nike Renew
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation
Arch type: High arch

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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.