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A fantastic alternative to the ultra soft cushion shoes on the market. A durable, high mileage running shoe for the serious runner. Nike's traditional range of running shoes has a solid new flagship cushion shoe to deliver a brilliant everyday training shoe

  • Positive
  • Very plush upper - especially the collar.
  • Hardwearing, durable everyday trainer.
  • Solid and supportive for a cushion shoe.
  • Negative
  • The tongue is thin and moves around
  • Limited availability
  • What we thought
  • Technical info
  • Runner reviews (0)

First impressions

A trusted favourite returns with a big facelift and massively improved. The Nike Air Zoom Vomero 15 is back with updated cushioning and a tough outsole for traction. Its look is inspired by the Vomero 5, combining a classic design with the innovation you want for a daily high mileage trainer. 

Midsole

The midsole has some clever engineering and is the big update to the shoe to take it away from the super soft shoes in the Nike range and make it a stand alone product that that delivers tradtionional feeling firm yet plush cushioning system. 

A large Zoom Air bag in the forefoot delivers a great, springy toe off and is a big improvement on the full length air bag in previous version what created a slappy heel to toe transition. A Zoom X core foam is very soft and plush, wrapped in a SR-02 (firmer foam) carrier foam around the outside of the shoe to deliver stability and guideance from heel to toe. 

The midsole is built with a rocker profile, with a curved heel and a large toe spring, used on many Nike shoes including the Nike React Infinity 2 with the distinctive heel fin for asthetics. 

Longest run in the shoes was 18 miles, with no issues at all - in fact the slightly firm ride offers imporved support later in the run when your legs are tired. At pace, the shoe is fine, but there are obviously better shoes, although this is a very good 3 hour + marathon shoe for example. 

Upper

Compared to many shoes on the market - the Nike Vomero 15 is plush and incredibly comfortable. There is a solid external heel counter wrapped with plush foam holds the heel firmly in place with no heel slippage. Limited overlays deliver a smooth fit that is suitable for many foot types and the lacing as a lot of adjustabilty across the top of the foot. 

A great upper is massively let down by a pretty terrible tongue that is very very thin and goes against the plush natrure of the rest of the shoe. The thin tip to the tongue really is a let down as its folds over easily and is hard to straighen once creased. 

Sole

A full coverage of rubber on the outsole is durable and while the lugs are not deep there is plenty grip and more than enough to handle some off road running. There is no compromise on durabily over weight on this shoe, it is built to last and be obvioulsy hard wearing. 

Conclusion

A Nike Pegasus alternative with added plushness in the upper and a more solid heel counter. The ride is cushioned and slightly oversized, but firmer than many shoes out there - in a world where most shoes are going softer and softer, there are lots of runners out there looking for this type of shoe.

The older Vomeros were softer but Nike is transitioning runners to alterative shoes for this ride, and thank goodness they went old school here. I really enjoyed the firm cushioning, which worked well at speed but created guidance over longer distances. Although great, the Pegasus 37 might offer better value however.

Technical info

  • Mesh Upper - For breathable, lightweight support.
  • Dynamic Fit Technology - Combines wider Flywire cables with soft foam to create adaptive support.
  • Padded Heel Pods And Collar - Supplies soft support.
  • Notched Padded Tongue - Protects against lace pressure.
  • ZoomX Midsole - Manufactured from Pebax, it's Nike's lightest, most responsive foam yet; it helps to decrease energy loss and increase stamina.
  • Full-Length Zoom Air Unit - Placed under the forefoot and heel to enhance responsiveness.
  • Heel Clip- Helps handle the rigors of each run.
  • Durable Foam Outsole - Adds another dimension of durable softness to your stride.
  • Flex Grooves - Promote natural foot flexion for an easy, unhindered ride.
  • Foam Crash Rail On The Lateral Side - Acts as a cushioning device at contact for a smooth transition.
  • Durable Rubber Heel - To enhance durability in this high-wear zone.
  • Bevelled Heel - Promotes a smooth transition from heel-strike to mid-stance.

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