Strengths: The fit aroung the foot as a result of the last and the wide forefoot is perfect. the level of stability is good the responsiveness and transition through to the forefoot is perfect, the cushioning for heel strike could not be better.
Weaknesses: None at all forr me
Overall: Whether it is the last, the wider forefoot, the softer lateral crash pads or the dull colouring I cannot tell you. I love these shoes and I have just ordered another pair. I hope they do not change this shoe at all. Some argue that all Nike shoes are mere fashion accessories that are over priced. Some laugh at you unless you are wearing Asics etc. But in all the serious runners shoes I had issues with achilles and posterior tibial tendonitis. I have a nuetral foot, I weigh 83kg (started running at 92kg in April 06) and within two runs my ankles changed totally and are now pain free. Although many have analysed my gait and then sold me mizunos and Asics shoes they never cut it for me. I have a slight heel pronation going on and these shoes seem to correct that for me and this has stopped the achilles whipping across my ankle with each strike.
With these shoes I have been able to ramp up my mileage and drop my pace. since April I now run 20+ mpw and my pace has dropped from 9.30 to 8.45 mpm and it will drop further.
I write this as I am sure there are many beginners who have been troubled by these common injuries and are wondering whether the right shoe can make a difference. For me the answer was - a resounding YES
Strengths: A flexible shoe that gives a smooth ride for those of you who need some support.
Weaknesses: The heel to toe transition is clumpy and they make a resounding slap. They do not help a mid or forefoot runner as they are deep in the heel
Overall: Overall I like this shoe although it has a number of weaknesses. It is hot to run in, clumpy and although is quite light it does feel heavey. The cushioning and flexibility is nice for short and faster runs but with a midfoot strike the heel tabs and alignement of the heel with a deep cup lead to Achilles problems.
For the money I expected more strengths and less weaknesses.
Strengths: A soft full length well cushioned shoe for the heavier runner who is desperate to lose a little weight and do better for him or herself, but is prone to jarring injuries. High arched and forfoot strikers will really appreciate the soft ride too.
Weaknesses: Narrow fit and soft sockliner crush pads can lead to some foot numbness. There is some question that the soft heel may lead to over extension of the Achilles tendon and lead to a tendonitis. Although the flexible sole can lessen leverage on the tendon, this is helpful for some forms of Tendonitis.
Overall: This shoe is so comfortable you will jump for joy in the shop. It feels as if you are riding on springs and makes every other shoe feel as if they are just a cart leaf spring, ie hard and jarring like and old Landorver series three. Running on the road does not diminish the pure pleasure that these shoes can give.
This is a High mileage, long life shoe that brings comfort and spring back to road running. Heartily recommended
Strengths: Well cuhioned ride and a great fit across the fore foot
Weaknesses: The heel cup is too small and after 3 miles only the outside of my left heel was bleeding and raw.
Overall: So after only 3 miles this £95 oair of shoes is forcing me to rest for a week. Not quite what I expected from them. I think the problem is that the heel cushion is soft and a narrow heel sinks into it so the outside of the heel starts to rub against the stitching or a folded up insole.