Since I like to have a healthy, injury free run I change out my running shoes every 6 months. Over the past 6 months, I have been wearing the Air Pegasus 28 (which I also wrote a review about) and the Nike Free Run 2 (which I reviewed as well) but their shoe lives were up and it was time for a change.
I finally had the opportunity to test out the Nike Vomero +6 on a run this afternoon. My favorite running shoe was the Nike Vomero 5 so I wanted to feel out the differences in the updated model. The difference: none that I could feel. I felt the same reliability, response and cushion that I had loved so much in the Vomero +5′s. This is great!
Overall my attitude on the Vomero+ 6 is the same as the 5′s although I think the colors that Nike is offering now are much more attractive. Here is my take on the specs:
Size: Fits true to size. I have to go a half size up in other running shoes.
Width: Runs wide. The toe box is roomy, cushioned and comfortable. Although I have a narrow foot, I have always preferred a wide toe box.
Comfort: Extremely comfortable. I could wear these all day.
Durability: I expect these to hold up just as the Vomero 5′s did.
Support: Neutral. Since these shoes are so gushy and soft inside, there is a lot of room for error if you’re not a seasoned runner.
Overall Grade: A. These are soon to become my favorite running shoes for both the asphalt and the beach. The comfort, control and cushion that I have come to expect from the Nike Vomero Running shoes.
Have you tried out the Nike Vomero+ 6 running shoes? If so, how did they rate?
Today I am going to review the Nike Free Run+ 2 shoe that launched in the Spring of 2011. I have always been big fan of Nike running shoes because of their fit and durability and the Nike Free Run+ 2 is no exception. Here is how the shoe stacks up against the other Nike competitors.
I have primarily been running with the Nike Vomero’s or Nike Air Pegasus 28 so the Nike Free Run+ 2 is a huge contrast. The shoes that I have been running with are super plush and cushioned while the Nike Free Run is fairly stiff in the shank and neutral. As much as the Nike Free brags about the flexibility and freedom of movement, I actually tend to disagree when it comes to this particular model. And by the way, the Nike Free Run+ 2 is MUCH different than the Nike Free 3.0. I was expecting a bit more flexibility like the 3.0 would have.
As I have said in my other shoe reviews, I am a former professional ballet dancer so my foot sensitivity and awareness is high. Here is how I rate the shoe in the following categories;
Size: Fits true to size.
Width: Runs slightly wide, stretches with more wear due to the “slip-on” component.
Comfort: Medium. I wouldn’t want to wear these shoes for a long period of time.
Durability: So far no problems.
Support: Neutral. The shoe insert has an arch support which almost feels stiff like an orthotic (one that was not custom made) while the external and bottom of the shoe is flexible.
Overall Grade: B- While this is a solid shoe with a great design, I could take it or leave it. These shoes make running harder on my body especially asphalt running. My personal preference requires more cushion in a running shoe like the Nike Vomero offers. I will say that they are a great Nike Free entry level shoe if you are worried about the barefoot feel being too forgiving in the Nike Free 3.0 version.
Have you tried the Nike Free Run+ 2 shoes? If so, what was your experience?
Okay, I will admit it. I am a bit of a Nike shoe whore…Every season I replace both my running shoes and training shoes with Nike’s latest and greatest (or in some cases not so great).
I had actually been using the same running shoes for about 9 months and was quite content with them, the Nike Vomero 5. Being an educated San Diego personal trainer I know that you should replace your shoes about every 6 months so unfortunately it was time to move on. Instead of going with the same shoe in the newer, updated version (Nike Vomero 6 just came out) I decided to switch up my running shoe.
I ordered the Nike Air Pegasus 28 and in the loudest, brightest colors that they came in. (Apparently I chose Florida Gators colors without knowing…)When my order arrived I was excited to see that these shoes did in fact look exactly as they are pictured on the Nike website. (Sometimes a shoe will arrive and you wonder how and why it looks completely different on the website.) Upon trying them on for the first time I thought that maybe they were a bit too small. Like the Vomero’s my big toe pushed the front of the shoe. Only a trial run would decide whether these shoes were the perfect fit or if they would be a victim of Nike’s 30 day return policy.
To my surprise my big toe tapping the toe of the shoe did not hinder or make my run painful in any way! The leather (?) or fabric on the top, sides and front of the shoe is very supple and soft. My toe hits the top of the Vomero’s too, but a half-size bigger is too loose for my taste. (Being a ballet dancer, I like a shoe that forms to or is one with my foot.) On the contrary, if you like a shoe that fits your foot more compact, DO NOT go with the Nike Lunar Glide 2…this shoe will bruise your toenails because of the plastic toe cap and narrowness of the toe box.
During my 3 mile jog both uphill and downhill I might add, the Nike Air Pegasus 28 felt perfect. Since I have a tendency to slightly over-pronate I felt that this shoe gave me the stability that I needed while not over correcting my natural running movement pattern. All in all it turns out that I like these much better than the Vomero’s.
Give the Nike Air Pegasus 28 try, I highly recommend them whether you are going for a run on the street or the sand!