We got our pair in a size 11.5 at first but it did not fit like most Nikes. They run small both in size and width. We went a half size up and they felt much better. The pair of Nike Shox NZ we got features synthetic leather upper reinforced with overlays made of the same material on the toebox and on the sides. Traditionally all shoes in this line feature some kind of leather material thought the upper side, the exception being the Nike Shox Avenue that has some mesh added. The side overlays remind us of the support cages modern sneakers feature nowadays, being pretty much all that’s left from the solid upper materials in their upper construction.
What I noticed while doing this Nike Shox review is that this sneaker is constructed does not allow for much breathability, making it hard to run in these for too long. The solid upper was, however a big plus when walking around or tried these for light cross-training in the gym. It felt that the more we wore them the more comfortable they felt.
Nike Shox runners feature a unique combination of Phylon foam in the front and the signature four-column heel supported by a Pebax dispersion plate. The midsole is made of cushioning columns of polyurethane foam and paired with TPU heel counters that are ultra supportive. The shoe makes use of highly resilient foam, which is integrated into the injection-molded columns to ensure reduced rate of impact loading. The heel columns not only provide cushioning with every stride but they also ad a nice bounce back effect much needed on long runs or walks. The toebox is apparently wide but that is only because the Pebax plate is somewhat narrow. It sits on Phylon foam, adding even more cushion. This whole construction of a hard plate on top of the cushioning system makes it a great shoe for those with back problems or those looking for added support for their knees and ankles. After wearing these all day we felt much of these benefits. The outsole is made of carbon rubber that looks somewhat thin compared to the midsole components. Not much after wearing these outside they showed some sign of wear but overall the whole sole looks pretty durable.
To conclude this Nike Shox review this is a great shoe for every day wear and light cross-training but not so much for running. They are quite heavy compared to modern running shoes and you can get heated up in these quite fast. If you don’t have a wide foot they provide excellent arch support throughout the day, making them great for those standing up long hours at work. As we mentioned above, the looks on this shoe will make you stand out, there are no other shoes close to this design. Nike has made several versions of them but they all stayed pretty true to the original silhouette. The original price of $125 is a good value for what you pay but most of the time you can find some colorways on sale at $80-$90 which makes them a great deal.