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10+ Best Nike Running Shoes

Best Nike Running Shoes

Nike wasn’t actually known by that name in the beginning. The original name that Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman chose was Blue Ribbon Sports. They had running shoes in mind. This was in large part because Knight ran Track at the University of Oregon and Bowerman coached Track there. The first shoe they created was a running shoe called the Waffle, because of that popular story where they made a sole out of a waffle maker. That apocryphal story is immortalized in the Steve Prefontaine biopic, Without Limits. Fast forward decades later and Nike is the biggest running sports brand the world has ever seen. They’re still making a ton of running shoes so here’s our list of the Best Nike Running Shoes currently available.

Of course, this does not encompass all of WearTesters’ Nike running shoe reviews. You can browse them all on our Nike reviews page or our Running Shoes Reviews page.

Each shoe is put into a specific category where its strength best shines. This way, you can easily go through the list without having to figure out which shoe is meant for which type of running. You can just click the category you’re most interested in and you’ll see the best Nike has to offer.

We would also like to hear your thoughts on this list and you can even share your own list in the comments below.

These are our picks:

Updated 9.28.2022

Best Neutral Cushioned Nike Running Shoes

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Nike Air Zoom Vomero 16

The Nike Air Zoom Vomero 15 never got a wide release in the US, but the Vomero 16 did. It feels like a more plush, more comfortable version of the Pegasus 38. The shoe features a ZoomX core, a very durable outsole, and a comfortable upper. If we add in the top-notch support features (beefy heel counter & wide base), we have a winner of a shoe. It’s on the more expensive side, so that’s something to consider. The 16 is only an upper change from the 15 with the main difference being that it now has a thick, padded tongue which makes it feel more luxurious and comfy. Price: $150

9/10
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Buy Men's Nike Air Zoom Vomero 16 Buy Women's Nike Air Zoom Vomero 16

Most Affordable Nike Running Shoe

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38

The Nike Pegasus 38 returns the Pegasus line to its usual position as a powerhouse running shoe. It’s a great everyday runner with an affordable $120 price tag. The forefoot Zoom Air is really bouncy and the whole setup underfoot feels good. Durability is great thanks to the thick rubber outsole and resilient React foam. If you’re a wide footer, you’ll need to try them on as they run slightly narrow. Otherwise, go true to size and enjoy one of the most solid running shoes on the market. Read the full review. Price: $120

8/10
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Buy Men's Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38 Buy Women's Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38

Best Nike Trail Running Shoe

Nike ZoomX Zegama Trail

Nike ZoomX Zegama Trail

The Nike ZoomX Zegama Trail is a max-cushioned trail shoe with a soft, comfortable upper that’s still protective. And despite the 37mm heel stack height, the heel lockdown is great with the foot sitting below the rim of the midsole foam. Both of those stability features keep your foot on top of the shoe on even the sharpest and quickest of turns. The one negative is the rubber used on the bottom has problems in wet conditions. As with previous Nike trail models, it’s best utilized in more desert-like environments. But rocks won’t poke you as the ZoomX inside the midsole cushions every step and mutes sharp rocks and roots. As long as you’re not often trail running in wet ecosystems, the ZoomX Zegama Trail is one of the most comfortable trail running or hiking shoes on the market and should be on your shortlist to check out. Price: $160

8/10
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Buy Men's Nike ZoomX Zegama Trail Buy Women's Nike ZoomX Zegama Trail

Best Nike Stability Running Shoe

Nike React Infinity Run 3

Nike React Infinity Run 3

The Nike React Infinity Run 3 is a well-rounded shoe that can be your daily workhorse. The stability comes from the heel clip that extends past the arch on both sides of the foot. It adds just enough stability to keep your foot’s excess motion from happening.

The React midsole is plush and lasts a long time. The shoe’s rocker motion is smooth. The fit accommodates just about every foot type while the heel lockdown is better than in previous versions. Plus, the Flyknit is super comfy and molds to your foot. The lacing system isn’t the best but this shoe is a good choice for solid stability and comfort. See the full review. Price: $160

8/10
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Buy Men's Nike React Infinity Run 3 Buy Women's Nike React Infinity Run 3

Best Nike Marathon Running Shoe

Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next%

Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next%

Eliud Kipchoge wore this shoe when he ran the first under 2-hour marathon in history. He did that before the Alphafly was released which made the Alphafly the most hyped running shoe ever. And you know what? It lives up to the hype. It’s the bounciest shoe available and saves your joints on the longest of runs. It’s not very stable, but if the roads you’re racing on are smooth, you’ll love it. See the full review. Price $275

9.5/10
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Buy Men's Nike Alphafly Next% Buy Women's Nike Alphafly Next%

Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2

Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2

The Vaporfly is the original super shoe and the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2 is the current version. It’s incredibly light and anchored by tons of ZoomX foam bisected with a scooped carbon fiber plate. And while the traction and support aren’t always reliable (stick to dry, paved roads) you’ll see this shoe on runners’ feet at marathons all over the world. It’s super snappy, bouncy, and just fun to run in and the entire running world knows it. Price: $250

8.5/10
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Buy Men's Nike Vaporfly Next% 2 Buy Women's Nike Vaporfly Next% 2

Best Nike 5k Running Shoe

Nike ZoomX Streakfly

Nike ZoomX Streakfly

The Nike ZoomX Streakfly is a high-performing lightweight speedy shoe with a few flaws that are easy to overlook if you’re a shoe nerd. The durability needs work, the upper is sloppy, and there’s not much support. But the ZoomX midsole, sleek design, versatility, and minuscule weight make the Streakfly a fun shoe for speedy workouts. See the full review. Price $160

9/10
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Buy Nike ZoomX Streakfly

Craziest Nike Running Shoe

Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next%

Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next%

As we mentioned above, the Nike Alphafly was the most hyped running shoe ever and delivered performance to match the hype. Why do we also call it the craziest Nike running shoe? Look at that midsole! Two visible Zoom Air pods, a visible carbon fiber plate, and the fattest stack of ZoomX foam ever. It’s a wild look that feels weird when you’re just walking. Start running and enjoy an amazing every step bounce that increases as you speed up. It’s the most unique look in the industry. See the full review. Price $275

9.5/10
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Buy Men's Nike Alphafly Next% Buy Women's Nike Alphafly Next%

Best Nike Running Shoes – Honorable Mentions

Nike ZoomX Invincible Run

Nike ZoomX Invincible Run

If you want the plushest ride you can get from a Nike running shoe, you’ve found the right shoe. Sporting a thick midsole comprised entirely of Nike’s super bouncy ZoomX foam, the Invincible Run is the ultimate suspension system for your feet. While it may be too unstable for some, there’s ample rubber on the outsole for serious durability, and the plush ankle area, tongue, and comfy Flyknit upper provide a great fit. See the full review. Price $180

9/10
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Buy Men's Nike ZoomX Invincible Run Buy Women's Nike ZoomX Invincible Run

Nike Zoom Fly 4

Nike Zoom Fly 4

The Nike Zoom Fly 4 has flaws but overall it’s worth the money. Most long-distance runners will feel an extra bounce in their stride and enjoy the large amount of React cushioning. The upper is breathable and comfortable but may fit weird on some feet. It’s a true-to-size fit but worth an in-store try-on due to the upper’s clunky fit. But if it fits well, you’re getting a versatile shoe that makes running a little more fun. Price $160

8/10
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Buy Men's Nike Zoom Fly 4 Buy Women's Nike Zoom Fly 4

Best Nike Track Spikes

Nike ZoomX Dragonfly

Nike ZoomX Dragonfly

This shoe is so popular among Track professionals that even competitive brands are letting their athletes wear blacked-out versions of the Dragonfly in important track meets. The ZoomX midsole is really, really comfortable across distances from the 800m to 5000m. It’s an incredibly lightweight versatile track spike that the best runners love to wear. Price: $150

9.5/10
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Buy Nike ZoomX Dragonfly

Nike Air Zoom Victory

Nike Air Zoom Victory

The Nike Air Zoom Victory is the Alphafly of track spikes. Incredible bounce and cushion but it’s not for everyone. In this case, the Victory’s carbon plate is too stiff for some runners as they struggle to achieve their natural running motion. But all that cushion, especially the huge articulated Zoom Air bag at the forefoot, is a real treat. Price: $180

8/10
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Buy Nike Air Zoom Victory

Best Nike Running Shoes Now on Sale

Nike Pegasus Trail 3

Nike Pegasus Trail 3

The Nike Pegasus Trail 3 is one of the more comfortable trail shoes on the market. The upper feels great on foot and stays comfortable all day. The React midsole is the best midsole on a Nike trail shoe in…well…a really long time. The only issue is traction on wet rocks and mud. On wet days keep these at home, but if you mostly trail run in dry conditions, you’ll enjoy the ride. Price: $130

7/10
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Buy Men's Nike Pegasus Trail 3 Buy Women's Nike Pegasus Trail 3

Nike Running Shoes to Avoid

Nike Zoom Prevail

Nike Zoom Prevail

The Nike Zoom Prevail looks like it would be a great budget option. Spoiler alert, it’s not. The midsole foam is a bit too firm and it’s hard to feel the Zoom Air in the forefoot. The upper is comfy in the heel but the midfoot doesn’t lock down particularly well and the forefoot is cavernous. There’s not enough good on this shoe to recommend it under any circumstances. Leave it on the shelf. Price $100

2/10
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Buy Nike Zoom Prevail

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