This model may still be available on clearance. But we've reviewed a newer version since we published this.
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. Theres absolutely nothing fancy about it, as befits a shoe in Nikes core Bowerman range; its 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 didnt 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.
The Air Durham is a plush, back-to-basics shoe for moderate to severe overpronators. Just check to see that the cushioning isnt too soft, especially if youre a heavy runner.
Try it on if you liked
Mizuno Wave Foundation (£80); Asics Gel MC+ (£75)
; Brooks Beast (£85)