Evaluation It’s just over a year since Nike introduced Shox, its first major cushioning alternative to Air, to the UK. And, with the D, we’ve arrived at the third version of the Shox running shoe.
The Ds are a steady evolution of the previous models. On the technical side this means that Nike has added a medial post – lacking from the first two models – above the four rearfoot elastomer pillars, to aid stability. It’s still not a shoe for severe overpronators, but that added support is a bonus for mild to moderate overpronators.
At over 360g, the Shox D is by no means a lightweight, but it is lighter than the previous models. Having said that, it isn’t only for big runners. In fact, lighter weartesters were pleasantly surprised by the ride of the D. On foot-strike the Shox compress, and then return to their original shape through the gait cycle. This makes for a good balance between springy and soft. This ‘plush’ feel continues with the Phylon and Max Air forefoot cushioning. And – given the shoe’s clumpy look – faster, smooth running is surprisingly easy.
On a purely visual level, the main difference between the Shox D and R4 is the removal of the zipped shroud over the laces. The shoe now looks far more runner – rather than street – oriented.
In short The Shox D surprised weartesters who thought it would be more show than go. The cushioning is durable, although doubts remain about the rearfoot outsole, which in previous models wore out rapidly. And if you strike on the mid- or rearfoot you might find that you’ll get a limited benefit from the Shox cushioning.
Try it on if you liked Nike Shox R4 (£119.99); Nike Air Max (£119.99); Adidas A3 (£99.99)