Shoe Review: Nike Air Zoom Elite 8

nikeAirZoom04Its review time once again and this time, it’s from a company thats hard to miss locally and very much a company that will less likely please me but yet proved me wrong. Nike is synonymous brand to basketball, although their portfolio is pretty much covers all athletic footwear. I got myself their latest line of road shoes, the latest Zoom line which consist of Nike Zoom Pegasus 32 (Cushion and Plush), Nike Zoom Structure 19 (Stability), Nike Zoom Vomero 10(Trainer), Nike Zoom Odyssey (Cushion Stability).

I picked the one which is the lightest and with the lowest heel to toe offset which is the Zoom Elite 8. The look of the series is prominent on the upper flymesh and a visibly flywire support structure that grips the midfoot tightly to your feet. The flywire really gives that extra tightness and support as it was tight even without the presence of a solid heel counter.

nikeAirZoom02The flymesh on the other hand is great looking, very breathable and feels solid, not as plush but comfortable when wearing. On my run, I somehow felt the seam that was dividing the 2 colors near the side of the foot’s ball and it was really bothering be as the seams are quite pronounce, they could have just moved it near the arch but it wasn’t, so I have to deal with it. The insole was thick; yes I mean so thick that with the flywire, it somewhat made an overkill locking down all my blood, midfoot and beyond. I am a size D on width yet it’s so tight, I had to get rid of it, which I did. I don’t have any issues with the toebox since the mesh is pretty darn flexible.

nikeAirZoom01Moving on to the midsole and the outsole; At first glance sideways, it really looked so much like Newtons Shoes with a profile that looks flat and with a midfoot area rising because of the color combination of the outsole rubber. But facing the bottom, it is really different from the rest of the shoe I have worn, Its primary focus is on its forefoot pattern and with the 3 major flex slices for flexibility; outside solid line rubber for support, inside hex groove for cushion. I really love the outsole pattern which really made an impact on my run but all things nice had a bad side; which is the heel. I hate the heel; the height, the cushioning and the total feel is wrong. I can feel every crash even switching to midfoot strike. I had muscle pains in the calf area on all my long runs on this shoe and it’s just awful.

The Air Zoom however is something I am getting used to. You can feel its responsiveness when you nailed in hard upon impact and its really working. It somehow has the same sensation with a Gel platform but digs in lower on the impact which is great especially on those areas where the Zoom module is located. The midsole has that moderate cushioning all over which I love; for those who wants a more cushion midsole, there is the Nike Zoom Vomero 10 which has the Nike Lunarlon foam for further cushioning.

All in all, the Zoom line looks very neat and you can even wear it casually. Its perfectly awesome for short and middle distances. Its tight on the foot and a great shoe for avid runners.