Nike wasn’t 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 largely 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.
Each shoe is put into a specific category where its strength best shines. This way, you can easily go through the list without figuring out which shoe is meant for which type of running. You can click the category you’re most interested in, and you’ll see the best Nike has to offer.
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These are our picks:
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- Best Neutral Cushioned Nike Running Shoe
- Best Nike Trail Running Shoe
- Best Nike Stability Running Shoe
- Best Nike Marathon Running Shoes
- Best Nike 5k Running Shoe
- Best Nike Running Shoes – Honorable Mention
- Best Nike Track Spikes
- Best Nike Running Shoes Now on Sale
- Nike Running Shoes to Avoid
Best Neutral Cushioned Nike Running Shoe
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, and more accommodating version of the Pegasus 38. The shoe features a ZoomX core, a 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
Best Nike Trail Running Shoe
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 stability features keep your foot on top of the shoe on even the sharpest and quickest 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
The Nike Ultrafly shines on softer terrain and the ZoomX midsole in combination with the subtle Flyplate makes the comfort off-road enjoyable. The general fit and finish of the shoe are great but it’s not built for super technical terrain so the price is high for what you’re getting. If you want something new and exciting from Nike and have some extra cash, this fun shoe will be right up your alley. Read the full review.
Fit: True to size, Drop: 8.5mm, Price: $160
Best Nike Stability Running Shoe
Nike InfinityRN 4
The Nike InfinityRN 4 is technically a stability shoe. However, the stability features are unobtrusive and won’t affect you if you don’t need the help. The very noticeable arch on previous Infinity Runs is also found on this version though it’s somewhat toned down. If you don’t like a lot of arch support, you should still stay away. If an ever-present arch doesn’t bug you, the InfinityRN 4 is a highly comfortable daily training shoe that’s ready for lots of miles while also packing a ton of casual appeal. Read the full review.
Fit: Go up a half size, Drop: 9mm, Price: $160
Best Nike Marathon Running Shoes
Nike Vaporfly 3
The Nike Vaporfly 3 is the most cushioned, comfortable, and stable Vaporfly to date thus making it also the best Vaporfly to date. It’s a great update. Stability, breathability, and comfort all improved while the Vaporfly line stayed bouncy, plush, and lightweight. Durability still needs work and the tongue is weirdly tall and wide but neither is a dealbreaker. The Vaporfly 3 is going to be many people’s racing shoe of choice. It puts Nike back in the upper echelon of marathon racing shoes for those (like us) who weren’t all that enthused with the Vaporfly 2 and Alphafly 2. Read the full review.
Fit: True to size, Drop: 8mm, Price: $250
Best Nike 5k Running Shoe
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 little 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
Best Nike Running Shoes – Honorable Mention
Nike Invincible 3
If you want the plushest ride you can get from a Nike running shoe, you’ve found the right shoe. The Nike Invincible 3 features a thick midsole comprised entirely of Nike’s super bouncy ZoomX foam and it functions like a suspension system for your feet. While stability is improved versus previous versions, it still might be too unstable side-to-side for some. The outsole features ample rubber for serious durability and the traction is on point even in driving rainstorms. The plush upper is solid but more streamlined and not as comfy as previous versions. Other reviewers experienced bad heel slip but our reviewers didn’t have that issue…but keep it in mind as a potential drawback of the fit. So while the upper took a step back, the midsole took a step forward and we end up with another Invincible that’s not perfect but whose squishiness will garner plenty of fans. Watch the full review.
Fit: True to size, Drop: 9mm, Price $180
Nike Pegasus 40
The Nike Pegasus 40 is a solid shoe but nothing special. It’s a lightweight and comfortable shoe that’s a solid everyday running shoe with an affordable $130 price tag. The forefoot Zoom Air isn’t very bouncy, but the setup underfoot feels good, especially if you’re a smaller, lighter runner. Durability is great thanks to the thick rubber outsole and resilient React foam. If you’re a wide footer, go for the wide version on Nike’s site. If you’re a long-time Pegasus fan, you’ll enjoy an unspectacular yet dependable running shoe that feels like what you’re used to. Read the full review.
Fit: True to size, Drop: 10mm, Price: $130
Best Nike Track Spikes
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
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
Best Nike Running Shoes Now on Sale
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 39
The Nike Pegasus 39 is a lightweight, comfortable running shoe that downgrades the cushion from the Pegasus 38 (sigh) but is still a solid everyday running shoe with an affordable $130 price tag. The forefoot Zoom Air isn’t bouncy anymore, but the whole setup underfoot feels good, especially if you’re a smaller, lighter runner. 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, but there is a wide version for sale at Nike. Most people can go true to size and enjoy an unspectacular yet dependable running shoe. Read the full review. Price:
Nike Running Shoes to Avoid
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