12 Best Nike Comfortable Shoes 2018

12 Best Nike Comfortable Shoes 2018

Some days, you want to put on your fast shoes and go head to head against the clock, push your fitness to its limits, or give your rivals no quarter until you hit the finish line buffet. Other days, not so much. You’re in the mood for a relaxed effort, miles at recovery pace, or a run that invigorates rather than exhausts you. For those days, take your pick of the most comfortable Nike running shoes. All these models match a snug-fitting and comfortable upper to a cushioned and responsive sole unit, and runners rate them as especially comfortable, but that doesn’t mean these models are interchangeable. Each of them is just right for different kinds of running comfort. To figure out which one might be right for you, the question you have to ask yourself is: Where’s your happy place?

Number 12

Nike Free RN Flyknit 2018

Nike Free RN Flyknit 2018

Your happy place: Your jogging commute to your yoga class. Nike has developed a number of shoes that follow a particular philosophy—of running or otherwise—and the idea behind the Free RN Flyknit is that lightweight and flexible shoes that keep your feet close to the ground will let you flex and strengthen your foot musculature in new ways. So pick your philosophy. Run Zen: Nike Roshe. Run comfort: Nike Free RN Flyknit.

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Number 11

Nike Zoom Fly

Nike Zoom Fly

Your happy place: The corner of 21st Avenue East and London Road, Duluth, Minnesota. Also known as the 10 mile mark of the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon (and the 23 mile mark of Grandma’s Marathon, but that’s a project for another time). You stayed patient during the first 2 miles, no matter how easy your goal pace felt. You stayed patient through mile 7, no matter how bouncy your Zoom Flys felt. You didn’t even let yourself get carried away at mile 9, no matter how easy the energy return from the Zoom Fly’s nylon/carbon midsole plate is making your PR pace feel. But now you’ve reached mile 10, your shoes are itching to try out the higher gears, and it’s time to roll.

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Number 10

Nike LunarGlide 9

Nike LunarGlide 9

Your happy place: Craters of the Moon National Monument. Where else would you be more at home in LunarGlides? On your cross-country road trip, stop and camp for a day or two. The Lunarlon sole will provide responsive cushioning for your daily 6-mile run around the paved park loop, while the mesh upper with Flywire filaments will maintain its adaptive fit if you decide to try out the Wilderness Trail past Echo Crater. For the most comfortable Nike running shoes, 2018 might be the year to try something out of this world.

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Number 9

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34

Your happy place: Thursday, October 7. It’s easy run day after yesterday’s interval workout, with your next race coming up on Saturday. You finished your first race ever back in August feeling like you were about to die, but since then you’ve set new PRs every week, finishing closer to the front each time. The workouts and long runs the coach throws at you are starting to feel more manageable, and coach has even started remembering your name. And you’ve done it all in Pegasus 34’s, which have proven themselves to be comfortable Nike running shoes no matter what the occasion.

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Number 8

Nike Air Zoom Wildhorse 4

Nike Air Zoom Wildhorse 4

Your happy place: Inspiration Point at Grand Teton National Park, elevation 7200 feet, 450 feet above the surface of Jenny Lake spread out below you. You could have paid for a boat ride across the lake, but why do that when it’s only a 2.5-mile run over level forest trail before you hit the ascent? The lugged sole on the Wildhorse 4 is more than a match for the lakeside trail, and the rock plate will protect your feet from any surprises on the ascent. When you’re done admiring the view, you can run back around the lake, or make it a 20-miler through Cascade Canyon to the other side of the Tetons. Either way, the Wildhorse 4’s are your Nike comfort running shoes.

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Number 7

Nike Air Zoom Elite 9

Nike Air Zoom Elite 9

Your happy place: The daily loop (with spontaneous progression run). You don’t actually run this loop every day. But it’s convenient, and just the right distance: Over to the bike path, up to the bridge, down the other side to another bridge, and then back home to complete the loop. Some days you use its familiar landmarks for interval workouts, and some days you use its familiar route for recovery runs. But there’s something about your Zoom Elite 9’s that makes you feel like race day. You were only intending to do an easy run on the usual loop, but you’re feeling good and there’s an extra spring in your step, and each mile is faster than the last. By the time you come off the final bridge, you’re at tempo pace edging toward race pace, and you feel fantastic.

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Number 6

Nike Air Zoom Vomero 13

Nike Air Zoom Vomero 13

Your happy place: Weekend Tour de Drinking Fountain. There’s a long race somewhere in your future, but not so soon that you have to worry about today’s pace. Today is just about the miles, so you’re enjoying your summer weekend long run by trying to hit every park in town with a working water fountain. You’re kind of vague about the total mileage, but in your Vomero 13’s, that’s okay. With their generous Lunarlon and Cushlon midsole and dual Air units in the heel and forefoot, they’re the ultimate Nike comfort footbed running shoes.

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Number 5

Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit 2

Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit 2

Your happy place: The Stanford Dish loop. You haven’t been there yet, actually, but you have a trip to Palo Alto coming up, so as with other trips to new places, you’re looking for the one classic Palo Alto run that everyone has to do once. You’re not quite sure what the final distance will be to the trail and back, or what the surface will be like, so you need a shoe that’s ready for any distance on any surface at any speed—and so you pack your LunarEpic Low Flyknit 2’s. (And a good thing, too. The light weight and smooth ride is just right for the Dish loop’s downhills, while the Flyknit upper will keep its snug fit through the uphill sections.)

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Number 4

Nike FS Lite Run 4

Nike FS Lite Run 4

Your happy place: Your checkbook. You enjoy running, but don’t see the need to pay more for a shoe that’s just as comfortable as the more expensive models. No one from Nike’s marketing department was tasked with giving the Lite Run 4’s midsole material a futuristic name, but the dual-density sole still effectively provides responsive cushioning, and the modern mesh upper fits as precisely as it does on more expensive models.

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Number 3

Nike Air Zoom Structure 21

Nike Air Zoom Structure 21

Your happy place: Saturday. You’re building up weekly mileage, and if you can make it through your longest-ever long run today, you’ll set a new record for weekly mileage before enjoying the sweet, sweet rest of your day off. Are you going to make it the whole way? Of course you are. Because the Structure 21 is one of the most reliable stability shoes on the market. Recent updates have given it a mesh and Flywire upper for no-slip fit no matter how far you’re running. And if you’re looking for the ultimate Nike comfort footbed, women’s running shoes as well as men’s models benefit from the Structure’s combination Phylon/Cushlon midsole and forefoot Air unit.

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Number 2

Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4%

Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4%

Your happy place: The corner of Cedar Street and Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts. Also known as mile 20 of the Boston Marathon, with the Newton Hills behind you and Heartbreak Hill right in front of you. And you don’t mind at all. The lightweight cushion of ZoomX foam in your Vaporflys means that you’ve lifted a ton less by this point—literally. The 1.5 ounces you’re saving with every step adds up to nearly 2000 pounds at this point. Meanwhile the midsole carbon plate is putting more energy back into your stride with each step. You’ve been training for this moment for years. Your Vaporflys have gotten you through your 20-mile run. And, yes, you feel exactly like running a 10K race right now.

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Number 1

Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit 2

Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit 2

Your happy place: The lower stratosphere. You wanted shoes that would make you feel like walking on air. And Nike delivered. Instead of burying an Air unit inside the sole, Nike has moved its Max Air cushioning directly under your foot, replacing a traditional midsole. The Max Air cushioning is soft underfoot, while the Flyknit plus Flywire upper matches it in off-the-charts comfort. Which probably explains why runners voted it the most comfortable Nike running shoe.

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