Nike puts the Base E forward as a lightweight stability shoe, but its 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, its 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 (its 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
the Base E as a straightforward entry-level shoe. Its 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)