Review: Nike Run Swift

This week is all about budget running models, so we’re here with one from Nike. These are the types of shoes you’d be more likely to find in a store like Kohl’s than Dick’s Sporting Goods. However, given that some people only have a certain budget to work with (or their kids’ feet are growing too fast to invest in pricier models), we wanted to look at less expensive options.

The Run Swift utilizes Cushlon ST foam for its midsole, which is shared by the Winflo and even Pegasus. Cushlon is pretty much your standard EVA foam, but has a little rubber in it for bounce and responsiveness. This model is a step above the Downshifter and a step below the Winflo, and definitely feels like it. It’s not as soft or breathable as the Winflo, but leagues better than the Downshifter. Surprisingly, despite the single pieces of outsole that run the length of the shoe, it’s actually more flexible than the segmented Downshifter. It’s also a little softer than that model, with a little more bounce in the heel, especially. The forefoot cushion isn’t really that good, though. It felt relatively dead. If you’re looking for arch support, this shoe isn’t it. The medial side is nearly as flat as the toe area. However, there is some stability, on account of the uninterrupted medial outsole piece.

Photo courtesy of Nike
Despite the single-piece bits of rubber that cover the outsole, the Run Swift is surprisingly flexible.

The good news about the forefoot is that it IS roomy, so combined with the low arch, flat-footed people may find this shoe pretty comfy. The upper is less flexible than something on the Pegasus and Winflo and isn’t as perforated. This means it runs a little warm and those who are prone to blisters might not care for it.

Photo courtesy of Nike
Cushlon ST foam and Flywire lacing are both staples of more expensive Nike models.

The Nike Run Swift is basically a Pegasus where they took out the Zoom Air and made it a bit warmer. It’s not a bad shoe, per se, but it lacks durability and comes up a little short in comfort. The best uses would be on the track (as a shoe for warm-ups before the heavy duty work in spikes) or light gym work, or even as a casual recovery shoe. Several Adidas models beat its $70 price tag, while being better overall. If this retailed for $10 or $20 cheaper, this would be a pretty decent shoe.

Score: 5/10

Nike Men’s Run Swift
Nike Women’s Run Swift


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