Fall Shoe Guide
22 Shoes Tested and Reviewed
Our team of testers put these 22 shoes through their paces – running everything from short, hard repeats and 5K races in the lighter models designed for faster performance to three-hour long runs in those designed for providing a soft, plush ride for the long haul
NIKE ZOOMFLY Unisex 248 g (8.7 oz.); Drop ratio: 10 mm; $200
The Zoomf Fly was introduced along with the VaporFly 4% and the Pegasus 34 at Breaking2, Nike’s bold sub-two-hour marathon attempt in May at the F1 rack in Monza, Italy. While this model lacks some of the cutting-edge technologies of the Vaporf ly 4% (including the ZoomX midsole foam and carbon spring plate – both of which contribute to that shoe improving running economy by its namesake), the ZoomFly does benefit from its big sibling’s progressive design ideas, including a more aggressive drop, lots of cushioning and a plastic version of the spring plate.
The ZoomFly is still one fast shoe. Its Lunarlon midsole is a tried and true material used on many of Nike’s quickest trainers and racing f lats. The stack height also embraces Nike’s new approach to shoe design. Our testers loved this accessible yet forward-thinking shoe, and it’s bound to be a hit for both training and a goal marathon, even if most of us have to settle with sub-three or four.