The sneakers are durable, supportive, and easy to clean. The latest iteration of the Zoom Fly comes with a tweaked upper for an improved fit and better moisture control. There’s a thicker, softer sockliner and a new arch-band lacing system that helps create a snug fit around the midfoot. The upper also utilizes a new transparent material from Nike, which doesn’t absorb water—that means these shoes won’t soak up rain and weigh you down. In the midsole, you’ll ride on a generous, full-length wedge of springy React foam and a carbon fiber plate for increased energy return.
But head to your next fitness class, and check out everyone’s feet; there’s a good chance you’ll see a vast array of different kinds of footwear. Most people wear running shoes to, say Barry’s, and you’ll find a few people in Metcons, and some people (confession: This is me sometimes) randomly and thoughtlessly in basketball shoes that have no business on a treadmill. And the reason for that is the market void that Nike’s trying to fill: We don’t really have a shoe specifically designed for the interval training that we get in group fitness classes.
Nike’s latest cushioning system debuted on the Joyride Run in 2019. The shoe uses four pods filled with TPE beads that compress to absorb shocks. The pouches are wrapped in SR02, a super-soft foam (normally too soft to use in shoes) that helps smooth the gaps between the pouches. Although unique, Nike’s not the first to develop a beads-in-pouches system—Puma created a similar platform in 2017—and we found the Joyride delivers unremarkable performance for a steep price. It’s not included here. Now, according to the Times, the high-tech shoes may actually give runners more of an advantage than it was initially thought.
But increasingly, the variability that comes with group fitness is its own specific brand of training, and, truth be told, that’s long demanded a shoe better than a basic running shoe. Come January, Nike’s Air Zoom SuperReps will be those group-fitness-specific shoes, and Barry’s just might be a bit more fun. With Nike trainers for men, women and kids, we’ve got your footwear needs covered. Don’t forget to look out for reduced Nike deals too, but snap them up quickly before they run out! We’ve got amazing discounts across a number of footwear styles so you’re sure to find a pair you love.
But Nike’s unique challenge was building an all-around shoe that can deliver in a variety of situations, and support and cushioning are critical in group fitness — especially for beginners. Reality is, if you’re an awesome fitness type, you can crush a skater lunge in any shoe (or no shoes at all). But if you’re new to fitness, you just want to survive the skater lunge, landing with balance and security — and without feeling like you could fall at any moment. To save time, the shoe has elastic straps that make it easy to put on with one hand. They’re easy to clean, thanks to the laceless upper made of synthetic polyurethane-coated material. The coated toe box protects against spills.