Okay, so, as promised I have reviewed all of my running shoes that I am currently running in. This is a non-technical review, so all the running tech geeks, I’d stop reading now, but for those who just want to know what shoe does what for me and why I love them, please read on….. FYI everyone is built differently, so what feels good for me, may not feel the same for you. I am not laying down any promises to how the shoe will feel for everyone, just how they feel for me and how I use these four shoes throughout my training week… Also this is NOT endorsed by Nike.
Nike Pegasus are my go-to running shoe. I have been running in Pegasus for 8-10 years now and have loved every update that Nike has made to the shoe. I wear Pegasus for all my easy shorter runs as well as long 2-3 hour runs. The cushioning in the Pegsus is a Zoom Air bag, which is small capsule of air that contains tiny tensile fibres that run through the airbag and provide a responsive feeling as you pull weight off the shoe. The support in the shoe is sufficient for me, as I am a neutral runner. What I love about the Nike Pegasus is that you get a well-cushioned, stable running shoe with minimal ‘bulk’. I tend to steer away from shoes that are over-cushioned and heavy as I feel like that can alter my running pattern and slow me down. Nike Peggy is a good all-round reliable running shoe and I have no doubt that I will run in this shoe forever.
NIKE ZOOM FLY
The Nike Zoom Fly is a relatively new shoe to my running shoe family. I have been wearing this shoe for about 6 months now and have fallen in love with the platform for many different reasons. The ‘Breaking 2’ shoe became well-known after many marathoners were breaking records and winning races in the 4% VaporFly. The Zoom Fly is a take down of the VaporFly but to me I don’t know how it could feel better. I love this shoe for all my tempo/speed workouts as it elevates you onto your toes and increases leg turn over. Although the ‘rocker’ bottom sole pushes you onto your toes, the cushioning in the shoe tends to minimize leg fatigue and therefore I am able to wear these for long marathon workouts/sessions. I found myself even doing my 200m repeats in the shoes, so they are super versitile and will come to every speed session I have. I would not wear these as a day-to-day running shoe though, as they are made for speed and I would recommend only running in the Zoom Fly 1-2 times per week.
NIKE FREE FLYKNIT
Nike Free always have been and always will be an essential training tool for me. Knowing the benefits of having strong feet drive me to wear these shoes on 3-4 easy runs a week. I wear the Nike Free Flyknit on 30-40 min slow runs to help increase muscle strength in my feet and fleixbility in my ankels. They encourage stability which, when wearing a heavily cusioned running shoe, is prevented. Although with minimal cushioning I am only able to wear these on my shorter runs. With the mileage I am clocking I definitely need a more cushioned shoe for longer runs, but the Nike Free Flyknit goes hand-in-hand with a cushioned shoe, such as the Nike Pegasus. I am a huge believer in working these intrinic muslces in your feet to help get stronger and prevent injury.
NIKE EPIC REACT
The Nike Epic React is a totally new shoe for me. I have only run in the shoe a few times over the last week and so here are my initial thoughts… When I first put the shoe on the softness of the sole was incredible. The react foam is soft, but so responsive and allows you almost feel like the shoe is moulded to your foot. The flyknit upper was incredibly tight when I first put the shoe on, but within 10 minutes had relaxed against my foot, so if trying the shoe on in store, allow time to get a feel for it. With the react foam being super soft, I am cautious to how my foot will respond over time as I am used to the firmness of Nike Pegasus but after a few runs in the Reacts, I have felt super supported and am definitely enjoying the responsiveness on the road. Even after an hour or so of running, the cushioning still seems 100% underfoot. It isn’t a shoe that is going to come off-road with me, but for my longer road runs around the city I will be in the Nike Epic React for sure.