Coming off of the highly performance-oriented Pegasus 34, the 35 had a lot to live up to, from collectors, to casual runners, to serious athletes. Luckily, the shoe manages to serve all of them well.
One of the first things you’ll notice is that the shoe is firmer in the heel and a tad softer up front. That makes it very responsive and bouncy and really great for transitioning through your gait. In fact, it’s just slightly firmer than the new React foam. One peculiarity is that the heel feels a little lowered, as if cupped in a bed. That’s not really a bad thing, just something we noticed. Another of our reviewers found the shoe bouncy and “super comfortable” and said she loved the arch placement. She was particularly impressed by its versatility and found the design to also be well-suited to dance.
The design of the shoe, and especially the outsole, means it’s not bad for pronators. There is a nice amount of support, but not outright stability. This is aided by the upper, which has fantastic lock-in, but without suffocating your feet, since the lacing has been moved back slightly to let your toes breathe. This also helps heel grip, although for faster runs, you might want to use the last row to really tighten yourself in.
The Nike Pegasus 35 has added $10 to its pricetag, but lost weight and really dialed itself in, while maintaining broad appeal. It arrives with a lot of hype and that’s OK: it’s warranted.