Outside of fashion-conscious college students, Nike doesn’t have a whole lot of devotees. That hasn’t stopped them from dominating the sales charts for years, but it’s hard to find someone who swears by Nike, especially in the running crowd. You get the occasional marathoner rocking Nike Frees, but that’s sort of a freak (and hardcore) occurrence.
This is something Nike has really been working to change, now more than ever, since the minimalist craze is fading. Last year’s Structure 18 caught many by surprise (myself included) by how supportive and versatile it was. All of a sudden, the company that was never in consideration for a lot of runners was suddenly competing for their attention against stalwart favorites Brooks and Asics.
The Vomero 10 continues that innovation and the improvement of the entire brand. Like the new Structures and Odyssey, it features a single-knit upper, meaning the only seam is in the heel. The drawback to this design is that it gets a little warm inside. My first run had the skin under my left forefoot a bit tender, but I’ve also been feeling that in my Asics, so my belief is that it’s a result of upping my mileage as I train for my half-marathon. That knit is actually double-layered, in order to hold the foot better and have the Flywire wrap around the midfoot.
In terms of stability, it felt similar to my Asics Noosa Tri 9, which I chalk up to the medial outsole being full-contact. That also gives it a much smoother transition through the gait, as well. Full-contact is a construction method already adopted by Brooks, Saucony, New Balance, and Adidas, although Asics has yet to switch over.
Cushioning is where the Vomero really stands out. It uses a combination of Nike’s successful Lunarlon foam and Zoom Air inserts in the forefoot and heel. Zoom Air is my preferred cushioning. It’s light and it seems to be the most responsive versus gel (Asics, Brooks kinda) and EVA foam (basically everyone), although Saucony’s PowerGrid is a strong contender in that area, as well. Since there are Zoom Air units in the heel and forefoot, it doesn’t really matter what kind of strike you have. The Lunarlon surrounding it only adds to the comfort and subtracts from the weight. Compare this shoe to equivalents, such-as the brick-like Brooks Glycerin and too-squishy Asics Nimbus.
Overall: I was surprised I liked this as much as I did, given my slight overpronation.
Score: Pretty Great
Nike.com users: 4.4/5
Road Runner: 4.5/5
Running Warehouse users: 3/4 positive reviews