Nike Zoom Strike undeniably belongs to running models that a runner barely feels on his/her feet even after a whole marathon. The real secret of its lightness lies in its single-layer mesh upper. Moreover, Nike equipped this model with the overall high portion of Air Zoom midsole and thus, the early assumption was that having these shoes for long-distance training would be a real pleasure and joy at the same time. So, where do they rank after having them tested on some 50 kilometers?
First, as for overall design, I am not a big fan of colors and I don´t need anything exceptional. But in this case, I must say I was a bit disappointed. Looking at some other models from Nike such as for instance Nike Free RN Flyknit 2018, Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33 or the well known Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 Turbo, it is a completely different story. All of these shoes play either with intensive colors that shine from far distance or offer interesting tones on the upper. Unfortunately, here, the colors are just too basic. And in case of the model that I had, which was the light-white version, they got dirty very fast. Moreover, some small scrapes on the sides of outsoles were visible very soon so that the shoes seemed to be worn for much longer than the reality was.
On the other hand, I wanted them for their lightness and yes, they definitely fulfilled what they promised. The shoe has barely 230 grams so you will have no problems on longer distances at all. A marathon or everything above 10 kilometers will be for you definitely reachable in these shoes. Support? Let´s say moderate. I do not have any imbalances so for me it was definitely enough. A more sensitive person tending to supinate might lack some support. Otherwise, they feel like feathers… And the last point, they are snug but still breathable.
What a real issue was , though, was the shoe fit. They are fairly good in length but too bad in narrowness over arches. And it goes that far that I would openly recommend to take a model two sizes higher than normal. I have almost never had such a problem before. Not even with Nike Flex Experience RN 7 that I had tried before. Overall, the shoe as for running, it is slightly below average. Nothing exceptional and also, maybe a bit surprisingly, it is still being offered for around 80 euros (85 dollars). That in my opinion is still quite expensive. Regarding the discomfort and design, I tested the Nike Zoom Strike just on 50 kilometers and it was enough. As I said, the worst part is the fit, the best part is the lightness. All in all, a shoe that can be good for someone with extremely narrow feet, otherwise, get some two sizes higher and don´t expect anything exceptional. There are tons of better models for the same price. 😉