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The 7 best Nike running shoes 2022

Nike and running shoes go together like peas and pods. We’ve picked the best options for men and women.
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Best nike running shoes 2022

Nike is the biggest sportswear brand in the world. That’s exactly why Nike running shoes are some of the best around. They’ve been perfecting their formula since 1964 and they’ve come a long way, with dozens of current models to choose from.

Back in 1972, Nike smashed into the sports footwear market with the now infamous Cortez. But these days, they have so much more choice available within their vast Air Zoom and React ranges.

We’re here to give you some straightforward advice, no matter what type of running you’re into or whether you’re looking for men’s or women’s styles today. Here we go.

Best Nike running shoes for this year

Best all-rounder: Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38
Best for short-distance running: Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit 2
Best for long-distance running: Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next% Flyknit
Best for treadmill running: Nike ZoomX Invincible Run Flyknit
Best for road running: Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2
Best for trail running: Nike Pegasus Trail 3
Best budget option: Nike Downshifter 11

Best all-rounder: Air Zoom Pegasus 38

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The latest Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38 hasn’t seen many changes from its predecessor, but that doesn’t mean that it’s any less of a shoe. This is a quality all-rounder, perfect for treadmill smashing and short to mid-length runs on the roads.

With a React midsole which includes an Air Zoom unit in the forefoot, the weight is low and the comfort level is super high. It’s responsive, adaptable and looks incredible too.

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Best for short distance running: React Infinity Run Flyknit 2

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When it comes to stability, Nike’s React Infinity Run range is the place to start. The React midsole easily offers a firm response to your 5k and 10k stomps. The rolling shape of the sole also helps to promote a smoother stride.

Available in lots of lively colourways for both men and women, this shoe is the ideal partner for those of you who’re looking to keep up on fitness in shorter bursts. Online reviews are very positive for this model, and rightly so.

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Best for long distance running: Air Zoom Alphafly Next% Flyknit

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Eliud Kipchoge. Saying that man can ‘run a bit’, would be a monumental understatement. The shoe that he prefers? It’s this one. And he literally broke the 2-hour marathon record in a pair of Air Zoom Alphafly. Two hours. MARATHON.

It has ultra comfort, with two large Air Zoom units in the forefoot and ZoomX packed into the heel. The carbon fibre plate which runs through the midsole gives ultimate support along with a breathable AtomKnit upper. It’s pricey, but it’s packed with techy goodness.

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Best for treadmill running: ZoomX Invincible Run Flyknit

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Extreme comfort here, perfect for pounding the treadmill. The Invincible Run was created by Nike to reduce injuries for all running styles, and their own commissioned studies showed positive results. They’re soft, responsive and secure.

Coming in at mid-range prices (between £100-160), this is a worthy investment for road and gym fanatics. The sleek design with padded collar and tongue to boot, can be found in a wide selection of colourways for both men and women.

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Best for road running: ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2

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If you keep out a keen eye on your runs, you’ll have seen plenty of other running gurus opting for the ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2. This model has a distinctive look which we love, and the low-profile curved shaping is sophisticated.

Packed with tech as you’d expect, it sits just below the Alphafly in tiering. The ZoomX foam midsole and carbon fibre plate is both lightweight and responsive on concrete and tarmac. It’s a speedster, fit for both men and women.

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Best for trail running: Pegasus Trail 3

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For those more inclined to head off-road, Nike offers an excellent option in the form of their Pegasus Trail 3. Based on the design fundamentals of the popular Air Zoom Pegasus 38, it adopts a more rugged soleplate and the upper is GORE-TEX for weather-proofing.

The Pegasus Trail 3 shoe manages to stay lightweight, thanks to the React midsole running throughout. Helping you to brave rockier, rough terrain with ease. Again, Nike offers a range of colour options for both female and male runners.

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Best budget option: Downshifter 11

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It’s less than £60, let’s set our stall out here. That means you can’t expect anywhere near the level of tech that other Nike models can offer. With that said, the Nike Downshifter is still an excellent option for the more casual of exercisers.

It’s lightweight, clean looking and adaptable. If you’re not a true ‘hardcore’ running enthusiast, it’s a fantastic option which can be worn comfortably as an all-day shoe too. For the price, it’s a superb option for those beginners looking to make a start on their exercise journey. Bargain.

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Quintessential grassroots journeyman. I've had more "you look like Gareth Barry" comments than I have career goals.
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