As is the way with Nikes core Bowerman running range, changes to the Durham this year are minimal. It still has a heavy, full-length polyurethane midsole which makes it particularly well suited to weighty runners looking for maximum durability but the medial post has been extended two-thirds of the way down the shoe, for better stability. And it still has a relatively high heel, which some runners like because it helps to ease strain on the calves.
As before, a second density of midsole foam cradles the rearfoot on the lateral (outside) edge of the shoe, and a plastic external heel counter extends all the way around the heel. The upper has been changed slightly for better support, but its still very soft. That might be a problem for severe overpronators, who need all the support they can get.
One final note: the Durhams midsole is not over-soft, as we had initially wondered last year. As we suspected, the problem seems to have been limited to our pre-production samples.
The Air Durham is one of the few polyurethane shoes on the
market, so its a natural big-guy choice. It has a decent midsole and good stability features, but its probably not a shoe for the most severe
overpronators because its upper is relatively soft.
Try it on if you liked
Nike Air Durham (£80); Nike Air Max (£120)
; Mizuno Wave Foundation (£80)