Nike Air Base E £54.99


Posted: 17 June 2000

Weight 356g
Evaluation Nike puts the Base E forward as a lightweight stability shoe, but it’s actually just a slightly cheaper alternative to the midweight £60 Air Span Triax, for runners who prefer a chunkier feel.
With rearfoot Air cushioning, a modest medial post and a basic upper, it’s a straightforward comfortable shoe – particularly for beginners who have been advised to find a little added stability. Anyone with real stability problems should go elsewhere, though, and find a shoe with a genuine midfoot shank (not just a rubber one) and a longer medial post.
How do you choose between the Base E and the Span? Lighter, faster runners would probably prefer the lower feel and better responsiveness of the Span (it’s also fractionally more stable). Comfort- oriented runners and those looking for a slightly roomier fit should try the Base E (or the excellent Air Structure Triax, at £70).
In short Think of the Base E as a straightforward entry-level shoe. It’s fine for neutral runners and mild overpronators, and it has an easy, cushioned feel.
Try it on if you liked New Balance 714 (£55); Puma Complete Pryde (£60); Adidas Response Control (£60)

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