Verdict from 5 experts and 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Cushy comfort: Reviewers are ecstatic about the amply soft midsole of the NoBull Knit Runner. Apart from running, they also used it for all-day wear and coaching with no foot fatigue.
  • Sock-like upper: The knit material feels like a “woven blanket,” giving a comfy, seamless, and secure feel. Some even compare it to the Primeknit on Adidas Ultraboosts.
  • Style: This is one of the top reasons why people go for this model. “Simple” and “no-frills,” it manages to “grab attention” and get its wearer lots of compliments.
  • Outsole durability: Described as “tough,” the rubber outsole holds up quite well, showing no visible wear after 60 miles.
  • Solid laces: Trick, beefy shoestrings stay tied throughout the running session. As a bonus, they become reflective in low-light conditions.
  • Accommodating: Runners with Morton’s toe and bunions appreciate that the Runner’s stretchy upper gives enough room for their needs.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Not for wide feet: The shoe has a narrower than average sole which results in the foot “spilling over the sides” of the platform.
  • Unstable: The narrow sole, combined with a lack of lateral support, makes it a no-go for uneven terrain and agility work.
  • Price: 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.

Bottom line

While the NoBull Trainer became a true hit among CrossFitters, its running counterpart is struggling with stiff competition in its segment. The NoBull Knit Runner is just not there yet to compete with premium daily trainers in its price range.

However, it does prove itself as a comfy athleisure /jogging option with a simple yet attractive design.

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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.