Nike Air Durham £79.99


Posted: 16 June 2000

This model may still be available on clearance. But we've reviewed a newer version since we published this.

Weight 410g
Evaluation Good news for Nike-lovers with serious stability problems. After four years without a real motion control shoe, Nike has introduced the Durham into the UK, a shoe that has been a US favourite for a year. There’s absolutely nothing fancy about it, as befits a shoe in Nike’s core Bowerman range; it’s simply designed to provide maximum stability with ample cushioning. (It also has a chunky waffle outsole for good grip on a range of surfaces.)
Here are the stability ingredients: a straight combination last; a second-density medial post, which wraps round the rear of the foot; a plastic footbridge, which reinforces the medial post; an external heel counter, which cups the heel; and a tough support overlay on the upper that is integrated into the lacing system. The Durham also has a polyurethane midsole to suit heavier runners, which is bolstered with rear- and forefoot Air cushioning units.
How does it ride? Extraordinarily softly, if our sample was anything to go by. Shipping delays meant that we didn’t get a chance to do a full test with a range of samples, though, so your best bet is to try the shoe in a shop and see if the cushioning suits your weight.
In short The Air Durham is a plush, back-to-basics shoe for moderate to severe overpronators. Just check to see that the cushioning isn’t too soft, especially if you’re a heavy runner.
Try it on if you liked Mizuno Wave Foundation (£80); Asics Gel MC+ (£75); Brooks Beast (£85)

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