11 Best Nike Men Running Shoes for 2018

11 Best Nike Men Running Shoes for 2018

For the best men’s Nike running shoes, 2018 is the year of the featherweight. Based on the votes of over 11,000 runners, we’ve determined the Nike shoes that runners rate most highly. We’ve done the same thing for other running shoe manufacturers, and just like this list, runners typically choose a mix of training, trail, uptempo, and racing shoes. The average weight of the selected models (in a men’s size 9) for everyone else comes in right around or just above 10 ounces. For Nike, the average is just 8.8 ounces. Which tells us two things: Nike knows how to build light running shoes, and runners want to weigh down their feet as little as possible. Keep reading for the full list of Nike models that are punching above their weight.

Number 11

Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4%

Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4%

The Vaporflys are without question the best Nike running shoes for men who are ambitious marathoners without budget constraints. The 4% in the model name reflects Nike’s claim that the high energy return of the advanced ZoomX foam and carbon propulsion plate in the sole will let you run 4% faster for the same amount of energy. The big surprise is that many runners have verified the claims through race performances. Four percent may not sound like much, but if you’re trying to crack the 3:00:00 barrier, 4% is the difference between your marathon pace and your half marathon pace. Imagine running a half marathon PR and then being able to immediately run the same distance at the same pace. That kind of improvement requires months or years of high-mileage weeks and strenuous workouts—or one reasonable payment to any shoe store you can find that’s able to keep the Vaporfly 4% in stock.

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Number 10

Nike LunarGlide 9

Nike LunarGlide 9

Nike’s tried and true training shoe triumvirate—the legendary Pegasus, the premium Vomero, and supportive Structure—is facing competition from some young upstarts. The LunarGlide 9 is the hip younger sibling of the Structure, but the two shoes have different profiles and may be able to coexist. The LunarGlide aims for moderate stability in a lighter and more flexible shoe. The Lunarlon sole provides a nice balance between soft cushion and a springy and responsive ride.

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Number 9

Nike Air Zoom Elite 9

Nike Air Zoom Elite 9

The Zoom Elite 9 might be the best men’s Nike running shoes for training like it’s race day. At 8.2 ounces in a men’s size 9, the Elite 9 is light enough for tempo runs and interval workouts, while the forefoot Air and Cushlon sole provide enough cushion for longer efforts. Runners are especially enthusiastic about the no-slip fit of the Flymesh upper with Flywire filaments for extra snugness.

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Number 8

Nike Air Zoom Vomero 13

Nike Air Zoom Vomero 13

The Vomero 13 has gained a stable place as the premium version of the Pegasus among the best Nike men’s running shoes. With dual Air bags in the heel and forefoot and a sole formed from both Lunarlon and Cushlon, and the same Flymesh/Flywire combination that has proved so effective in the Zoom Elite, the Vomero brings Nike’s full design arsenal to bear on its mission of providing soft cushion and luxurious comfort in a neutral daily trainer.

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Number 7

Nike Zoom Fly

Nike Zoom Fly

For the marathon and the quest for the best Nike running shoes, men’s 2018 models present a dilemma. Do you keep looking for a store that has the Vaporfly in your size? Or do you order the Zoom Fly, which is A) actually available and B) costs $100 less? The dual-density Lunarlon sole provides effective and responsive cushioning and incorporates a nylon/carbon plate based on the Vaporfly’s, while the Zoom Fly’s mesh and Flywire upper has proved to be snug, comfortable, and breathable. If you’re more interested in actually wearing a shoe than you are in shopping for it, you may want to go with the Zoom Fly.

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Number 6

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34

Yes, I was one of those guys who went out for cross country my freshman year of high school without realizing there was such a thing as “running shoes.” So trying on the Pegasus in a running shoe store came as a revelation. I didn’t realize I was wearing one of the best Nike running shoes men or women would ever wear; all I saw was the Swoosh. Over 30 years later, the Pegasus is still here, but the technology updates along the way have done nothing to diminish the versatility of Nike’s classic neutral trainer. You ran your first race in Pegasuses? Yeah, metoo.

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Number 5

Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 4

Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 4

Some people see a deer trail winding through a forest and over craggy hills and think, “This would be a great place to run.” Other people see the same deer trail and think, “This would be a great place for a 10K/20K trail race.” The Terra Kiger 4, named for Kiger Creek in southeast Oregon and the variety of wild mustang that roams the Kiger Gorge, might be the best Nike running shoe for men of the second variety. The Terra Kiger 4 is a lightweight, flexible trail shoe with a low 4 mm heel-toe offset for uptempo running, and a responsive sole with Air in the heel and a Flymesh/Flywire upper for a snug race day fit.If wilderness brings out your competitive side, or just the urge to run fast, the Terra Kiger might be just what you need.

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Number 4

Nike Free RN 2018

Nike Free RN 2018

If you’re looking for the best Nike men’s running shoes, 2018 is not just any year—it’s also the model number Nike wants you to remember. The Nike Free line has been around since the early 2000s and actually predates the natural running movement. The goal of the Free RN 2018 is to be light and flexible and provides close contact with the ground. You may not want to run like that every day, but letting your feet flex and your toes splay out a couple times a week might be refreshing.

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Number 3

Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit 2

Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit 2

The Pegasus may not be in danger of replacement any time soon, but its eventual replacement may look a lot like the LunarEpic. One thing the LunarEpic shares with the Pegasusis versatility. The LunarEpic is light enough for uptempo running thanks to a lightweight Lunarlon sole, while the Flyknit upper sheds weight and adds comfort. The result is a neutral shoe that is both flexible and moderately stable while providing a smooth, cushioned ride.

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Number 2

Nike Air Zoom Structure 21

Nike Air Zoom Structure 21

Running shoe manufacturers are slowly moving away from the traditional categories of neutral and stability shoes. Footstrike and running gait are more complicated than that. But sometimes simple solutions are the best approach to complicated problems, and some runners do well in traditional stability trainers. For those runners, the Structure 21 is the latest incarnation of Nike’s wildly successful support running shoe. The Phylon/Cushlon sole with forefoot Air bag provides more stability than the LunarGlide (and most other support shoes, in fact), while the updated mesh and Flywire upper provides a snug and comfortable fit.

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Number 1

Nike Epic React Flyknit

Nike Epic React Flyknit

When it comes to the best Nike running shoes for men, Nike isn’t content with just one innovative midsole foam at a time. What ZoomX is to marathon shoes, React is for Nike’s daily trainers. For the last several years, innovation in running shoe soles has been all about the Boost, Adidas’s space-age sole material with incredible cushion and energy return. The one drawback of Boost is its weight, and Nike’s React foam is designed to have all the cushion, durability, and responsiveness of Boost without its strength-sapping weight. The Epic React, Nike’s first running shoe built on the React platform, comes in at just 7.8 ounces in a men’s size 9, lighter than a lot of racing shoes. The premium Flyknit upper and soft sole are comparable to the comfort of the Vomero, while the Epic React is as light and responsive as the Zoom Fly marathon racer. For managing that feat, the Epic React earns its top spot on the list of Nike’s best running shoes for men.

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