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For many athletes, one thing comes to mind whenever Nike Air Zoom Running shoes are mentioned - pure speed. Like other lines from Nike, Zoom sneakers were created based on a technology that is tried and proven to legally enhance performance. This running shoe comes in several different models, all of which are refined to provide a high ratio of comfort in every step while helping athletes to go faster and faster.

History

It was out of a need to take their Air Cushioning Technology (which had revolutionized the way athletic footwear was made in the 1980s) to the next level which resulted in the Zoom Air technology being created by Nike. After much tinkering in the lab, the first Nike Air Zoom Running shoe was launched in 1995 and, right away, it was obvious that the brand was onto something. The Zoom line quickly gained traction as a result and became a big hit on the courts, on the track, and in the streets.

Design

Zoom Air is considered an improvement on Nike’s original Air Cushioning system. As such, its design is all about air distribution throughout the midsole of each shoe for advanced cushioning and comfort, as well as the use of lightweight materials to reduce energy use by athletes. Foam, rubber and mesh feature prominently in many Nike Air Zoom Running shoes as a result. They usually have a low profile, which allow the feet to get closer to the ground while the Zoom Air units in the midsole allow for improved shock absorbance and quicker response. Nike’s Flywire technology is also in full effect, helping to provide support to the shoe’s frame. On the outside, the sneaker is all about simplicity, with each model in the line having sleek lines and a trimmed, streamlined look.

Today

20 years after the first Nike Air Zoom Running shoes were released, the line has remained one of the most popular among athletes. In fact, the technology has continuously been tweaked, resulting in several Zoom offspring, including the Zoom Elite, Zoom Vomero, Zoom Pegasus and Zoom Structure. The shoe has also been made to different athlete’s specifications to match their body type and enhance their speed. Examples of this include the Lebron James line and the Kobe Bryant signature Zoom series.

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