The Teocalli is the kind of shoe that should appeal to trail runners or adventure racers who want a flexible and grippy shoe with a decent amount of cushioning and a rugged upper. The upper combines a new, lighter Gore-Tex laminate (called XCR) with suede, leather and rubber for durability and protection. The chunky midsole, with Air cushioning, isn't as flexible as that of some trail shoes, so there's support there for mild overpronators - though not enough for those looking for real stability. Nike has given plenty of thought to the Teocalli's outsole grip. It's made from a softer rubber than Nike's road outsoles. That improves grip on wet rock, while the aggressive lugs cut through deep mud. Allied to that are 11 rubber spikes on each shoe to provide extra traction when conditions really demand it. Down sides are few: one weartester did comment that the heel counter seemed to come up rather high on the Achilles, and the shoe is also a little heavy.
If you're a neutral runner who spends most of your time on wet trails, or you're an adventure racer after a grippy, cushioned and waterproof shoe, the Teocalli shows promise.
Try it on if you liked Nike Air Terra Tupu (£60)
; New Balance 904 (£70)
; North Face Coyote Ridge II (£60)