It's been a long wait, but Nike has finally delivered the shoe that many runners have been crying out for: a stable, road-going version of the Air Pegasus
. Until now only the Trail Pegasus
boasted a second midsole density, but that changes with the Perseus.
Like the Pegasus, the Perseus has a single, full-length Air unit for a relatively light, well-cushioned ride. But the addition of a medial post – albeit a small one – and a polyurethane midfoot shank broadens the appeal of the shoe substantially. The Perseus has enough midsole cushioning and stability to make it suitable for a wide range of buyers. Beginners and high-mileage runners alike won't be disappointed. It's also light enough to make it a decent marathon shoe for runners who need added stability.
The added stability isn't at the expense of the Pegasus's cushioned feel, or its smooth ride. The Perseus manages to combine cushioning, stability, smoothness and a surprisingly light feel to great effect. Weartesters who had never been able to try the Pegasus loved the Perseus.
The Perseus is one of those shoes where everything seems to come together brilliantly well. It's smooth, plush and stable, but also fun to wear. And to top it all it offers great value: it should keep other great shoes like the Asics Gel-1090
and the Reebok Premier Road
on their toes.
Try it on if you liked
Nike Air Pegasus and Trail Pegasus £60; Asics Gel-1090 £65; Reebok Premier Road £55