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Recently Nike released the Nike Downshifter 7 running shoe, the next chapter in what has been a constant presence on the market despite any hype around it. To begin with the Downshifter was designed as an inexpensive product that would provide the basic features of a Nike running shoe. The Downshifter changed its looks significantly with almost each new edition and this time is no different. The brand managed to keep the price low, even with this edition that features some essential new upgrades.

This was my pair from this series and I was pleasantly surprised. I went with the red and black pair, the one that stand out to me the most. Out of the box I noticed how lightweight and stylish they are for a shoe in this price range. They did seem a bit rigid at first but it took less than a day to break them in.


The Nike Downshifter 7 running shoes feature a mesh material upper with synthetic overlays. This is the first time Nike makes a seamless upper for a shoe in this series and the effects can be felt immediately. They feel very comfortable out of the box, without much time needed to get them accustomed. Before getting these I read some reviews saying that they run small and narrow but that was not the case for me. If you have slightly wide feet you can go with the wide version if you don't want to take risks. The upper mesh is quite flexible and it will be easier than any previous versions to fit in these.  This edition has a plus of breathability and it molds nicely on foot. Even the side overlays are perforated to enhance air circulation while adding lateral support. They felt great in the gym as far as the comfort goes and they offered good support on light cross training exercises. While they are nowhere near the performance of a pair of Metcons in the gym I'll still wear them for light training. I took them for a short five miles run and I wore them for hours during the day and they stayed just as comfortable.

Sole Unit

The sole unit of the Nike Downshifter 7 is made of a removable EVA insole, a Phylon midsole and rubber outsole. It’s a combination of technologies that keeps the price low while it offers good support in a variety of activities. For running it delivers moderate support for neutral pronators to underpronators. Being a underpronator myself, I found them to be quite supportive on my short runs. The Phylon midsole works great in the forefoot but, for long runs the heel support is not that great for me. They do feel good after long hours of standing and walking around, however.

Bottom Line

The Nike Downshifter 7 is a basic running shoe that is quite versatile, being great in day-to-day activities. Many have been buying these for work, especially the all black or white versions. The reviews have been quite impressive and considering how lightweight and comfortable they are, I am not surprised. I will certainly stick with wearing these for light exercises and casual wear, where I think I get the best out of them. The retail price is $60 and they are available both for men and women in a large array of colors.

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