When the Presto was first introduced more than a year ago, it was a natural partner to the Air Kukini, another sock-like shoe. The Kukini was discontinued, but Nike combined the best of both shoes into a new one, the Presto Faze. This version of the Presto has exchanged the conventional laces on its stretch sock upper for stabilising straps, borrowed from the Kukini.
The other big change is in the rearfoot, which, like so many shoes, now has a large centre-of-pressure design (a concave area of the outsole) which makes it more stable than the original Presto. Even though it has a single-density midsole, theres more foam on the medial side, which also contributes to its stability. Theres also better cushioning in the heel than the first version. Our efficient wear testers were amazed by its functional rearfoot stability and light, cushy ride. If youre a triathlete who liked the pull-on Kukini, in particular, youll want to try the lighter, more wearable Presto Faze.
This is the best example of marrying the comfort of a sock-like, stretch upper with the functionality of a performance trainer. Many will certainly be drawn to the Presto Faze for its unique look, but if you question whether you can safely run in it or not, the answer is definitely yes.
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Nike Air Kukini (£70, discontinued); Nike Air Presto (£70); Saucony GRID Azura (£70)