what is nikes fastest running shoe

What Is Nike's Fastest Running Shoe?

When Was Nike Founded?

The Nike story started in 1964 when Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman created Blue Ribbon Sports with just $1200 in the bank, selling shoes from the back of a van. 

In 1972 Blue Ribbon Sports is reborn as Nike, a last minute decision after Knight's preferred choice of Dimension Six is vetoed.

How Many Nike Stores Are There?

Fast forward to 1990 and Nike opens its first retail store, Niketown, in Portland, Oregon. There are now more than 1000 stores worldwide. 

How Much Is Nike Worth?

In 2022, Nike celebrates its 50th anniversary. In October, Nike is valued at a staggering $166 billion (around £141 billion). 

Are Nike Running Shoes Good?

In no particular order, we are going to cover what we think our Nikes fastest running shoe and how to get the best out of them:

  • Nike Alphafly 2
  • Nike Vaporfly 2
  • Nike Streakfly
  • Nike Zoom Fly 5
  • Nike Tempo Next%
  • Nike Wildhorse 7
  • Nike Dragonfly

NIKE ALPHFLY NEXT% 2

BEST FOR RACE DAY

Price - £269 | Buy From Nike

nike alphafly

The Alphalfy is Nike's most expensive super shoe designed for the marathon but is equally fast at the shorter distances.

These rocket ships propel you to personal bests with a super responsive energy return. 

PROS

  • Great all round racing shoe from 5K to Marathon distance

CONS

  • Expensive, but you can pick version 1 up in the sale
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NIKE VAPORFLY NEXT% 2

BEST FOR 5K TO 10K

Price - £225 | Buy From Nike

nike vaporfly

Personally I have always thought this was best suited to 5K and 10K races but the professionals do not seem to think so, as surprising this was the most used shoe in the marathon race for both males and females at the recent World Championships in Oregon, USA.  

PROS

  • More aggressive than the Alphafly, you can really feel the spring propulsion
  • You can get them as low as £130 in the sales

CONS

  • Due to the aggressive nature, some find there calves tighten up and achilles flame up
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NIKE STREAKFLY 

LIGHTEST RACE SHOE

Price - £134 | Buy From Nike

nike streakfly

Nike's lightest racing shoe made specifically for 5K and 10K road races to rival the Adidas Adizeo Takumi Sen 8. 

The price point of £135 means it is a fantastic entry level shoe for those that have not dipped there toes into the water for a super shoe. 

However, for another £20 or £30 more you can sometimes pick up the better Alphafly or Vaporfly in the sale, which does have a carbon plate.

Due to it's responsiveness, most people seem to be using them as a training shoe for tempo and interval efforts and saving there Alphaflys or Vaporflys for race days.

PROS

  • Good price
  • Entry level race shoes

CONS

  • Limited to just 5K & 10K races
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NIKE ZOOM FLY 5

BEST FOR BEGINNERS

Price - £144 | Buy From Nike

nike zoom fly 5

It offers comfort and reliability but with a propulsive sensation that'll help you feel fast and fresh. 

A great training shoe option but equally would be a good entry shoe for racing. 

PROS

  • Superb grip
  • Comfortable

CONS

  • Expensive for a entry shoe
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    NIKE TEMPO NEXT%

    BEST ALL ROUNDER

    Price - £179 | Buy From Nike

    nike temp next%

    Billed as the training shoe to the Nike Alphafly these speedsters can double up as part of your training runs or race day shoe. 

    Supportive and responsive cushioning allow them to easily withstand double digit mileage weeks. 

    PROS

    • Keep your race day shoes for best and these for training

    CONS

    • Some durability concerns with some users experiencing popped bubbles
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    NIKE WILDHORSE 7

    BEST FOR TRAIL

    Price - £109 | Buy From Nike

    nike wildhorse 7

    The rugged build  allows you to Take on those tough and extreme trail runs. Confidently run rocky terrain with high-abrasion rubber on the outsole that adds durable traction.

    PROS

    • Super grippy making them perfect for trail and cross country running

    CONS

    • Limited uses, not great for road running
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    NIKE DRAGONFLY

    BEST FOR TRACK

    Price - £134 | Buy From Nike

    nike dragonfly

    Strictly not a running shoe, but for those that want to compete in a 5K or 10K on the track the Dragonly is Nike's fastest track spike. 

    Light and breathable with a bounce to your every step on track. 

    PROS

    • Feel great, light and comfortable

    CONS

    • Only to be used on track

    >>> Check The Latest Price From Nike

    Lastly, we cover some frequently asked questions about Nike running shoes.  

    What is ZoomX?

    ZoomX, made from blown Pebax, is Nike’s most energetic foam and used in shoes like the Vaporfly, Alphafly, and Vomero 16

    Are Nike Running Shoes True To Size?

    I have always found all my Nike running shoes to be true to size and have not needed to size up or down. 

    Where Are Nike Shoes Made?

    Almost all Nike shoes are made outside of the United States, with most made in China, Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand. 

    Who Does Nike Sponsor?

    Nike sponsors a host of endurance athletes, but is best known for sponsoring  Eliud Kipchoge, Jacob Kiplimo and Brigid Kosgei. 

    Which Nike Running Shoes Are Banned Or Illegal?

    None of the Nike running shoes are currently banned or illegal for road running races. However IAAF rules ban the use of all super shoes on the track. 

    Questions

    If you have any questions you would like to ask about Nike running shoes, please ask below in the comments.

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