Who should buy the NoBull Knit Runner

The NoBull Knit Runner is a one-of-a-kind running shoe that is likely to make you happy if:

  • you want a comfortable daily trainer that easily doubles for all-day wear
  • you enjoy knit, sock-like uppers
  • you have a preference for niche brands and non-mass-market shoe models (guaranteed to get you lots of attention)

Who should NOT buy the shoe

If you want a serious running shoe to tackle daily miles, run some long distances on the weekend, or train for a marathon, you are better off with shoes like:

And if you prefer something speedier and springier, check out Saucony Endorphin Speed 2. Same price but a huge difference in performance.

A well-cushioned daily running shoe

Hundreds of reviewers admire the amply soft midsole of the NoBull Knit Runner. It's not “overly soft” but just enough to keep you nice and comfortable for everyday runs.

There is a 10-mm differential between the heel and the forefoot, meaning that more cushioning is concentrated at the back. This is considered a standard drop for daily running shoes.

Despite having a thick rubber outsole, it doesn’t make the shoe feel heavy and blocky. It actually remains rather soft, flexible, and easy on the feet.

Helps you spring forward

The more knowledgeable running shoe experts note that in the forefoot, the shoe is still stiff enough to create a nice toe-off. This design helps to roll the foot forward from the midfoot to the toes, making the transitions more effortless.

It’s a Runner that works perfectly for all-day wear

Apart from running, plenty of testers have used this NoBull shoe for all-day wear and coaching. Some go as far as describing it as “so freaking comfortable.” They mention experiencing no foot fatigue after wearing the Knit Runner for extended periods of time.

Knitty comfort around your foot

Based on the general users’ feedback, the knit material “fits nicely,” and feels like a “woven blanket,” giving a comfy, seamless, and secure feel. Some even compare it to Adidas’s Primeknit. Contributing to the comfort, there is some strategically placed internal padding around the ankle.

Runners with Morton’s toe and bunions really appreciate that the Knit Runner’s stretchy upper offers enough room to accommodate their feet.

On the downside, it’s not the most stable and supportive shoe

However, that same stretchiness of the upper became a problem for some. It doesn’t seem to provide enough structure to keep the foot securely locked in place. This led to the foot “pushing out” on the sides and “spilling over the edges.”

Some people also complained about the shoe’s narrower-than-average platform, while others weren’t happy with the lack of support in the collar part.

But the bottom line is that the above-mentioned makes the NoBull Knit Runner a no-go for:

  • wide feet
  • uneven terrain and agility work

The outsole is a nice surprise

Many testers have described the rubber outsole as “tough,” mentioning that it holds up quite well, showing no visible wear after 60 miles. That is, of course, as long as you keep on on the road, where it belongs.

The rubber treading has also been praised for its ability to grip. Some also happily note that it doesn’t even let the pebbles get stuck at the bottom of the shoes.

NoBull Knit Runner combines simplicity and uniqueness in its design

The shoe’s visual appearance has been one of the top reasons why people ended up trying the shoe in the first place. Some even confessed that they bought the shoe just for the looks alone, without trying it on.

“Simple” and “no-frills,” the shoe manages to “grab attention.”  The wearers report receiving a lot of compliments every time they wear it.

A nice bonus for many was the fact that laces also become reflective in low-light conditions.

It’s a lot to pay for a “non-performance” running shoe

For $160 with no discounts, expert runners cannot recommend the model. They say that you can get a much more reliable running shoe for less.

However, if you mostly need a shoe for shorter runs below 5K and also want it to double for your day-to-day use, the Knit Runner could work. Especially if you are hooked on its visual appeal and overall cozy feel.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 300g
Drop: 10mm
Arch support: Neutral
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Walking, All-day wear / Jogging / Treadmill

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Author
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.