Phil Knight’s footwear giant has been making the world’s most recognizable sneakers – from the Air Force 1 to Jordans and, most recently, the Nike Metcons – for 55 years now and shows no signs of slowing down.
So chances are you’ve been considering investing in a pair of men’s Nike shoes for some time now. But it’s hard to know where to start, especially since your workout will be completely different from someone else’s.
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For example, if the majority of your workouts include weightlifting with fairly light cardio work, a pair of Nike Metcons – like the ones we’ve listed below – are ideal. In fact, they’ve been designed and tested for over 9,000 hours by some of the fittest athletes in the world.
Elsewhere, if you’re more of a mid to long-distance runner, you’ll know you need a more responsive shoe designed to propel you forward. Below we’ve got some of our favorites – headlined by Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% – for all the races you’re looking to conquer, from road to trail to track.
To help you make an easier decision, we’ve put 11 of our favorite men’s Nike sneakers below. All you have to do is select your size.
(Related: 6 of the best shoes for CrossFit training)
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The latest iteration of Nike’s line of training and lifting products, the Metcon 5 has been subjected to 9,000 hours of testing by four-time Fittest Man on Earth Mat Fraser and CrossFit Games athlete Lauren Fisher. They are built to withstand absolutely anything hard, functional training can get you going, from rope climbs to squats and sled sprints to plyometrics. So it’s no surprise that many like-minded athletes call it the “perfect shoe”.
Nike Zoom Pegasus 36
Nike’s Pegasus collection is synonymous with helping runners – from beginners to the world’s best – break personal bests time and time again. The shoes provide a smooth, responsive ride with new traction technology to keep you on your feet as you run. The best part? You can use Nike’s customization service to really personalize them, with options like booties, toggles or laces and waffle or trail outsoles. Choose your own color to make them unique.
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Trail
Prefer to run on the trails? No drama. Nike’s Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Trail Trainers are designed with that in mind – dual Zoom Air units help with underfoot cushioning and “lugs” on the outsole help during uphill efforts. Seriously efficient and seriously comfortable.
If you’ve seen guys do squats, deadlifts, and snatches wearing a pair of lifters, you probably know that they provide a significant boost to your training. Nike’s Flywire technology gives you support during your session and a dynamic webbing and TPU plating lock you in place for a more secure lift. Also available in all-black colorways if you fancy something a little fiercer.
Nike Epic React Flyknit 2
Seriously light and very smooth – Nike’s React design has quickly become a fan favorite and for good reason. It’s soft, yet incredibly durable and molds to the contours of your foot with a minimal, supportive design. A must for fans of comfort and style.
Nike Free RN Flyknit 3.0
Suitable for races of 5 km and less, the Nike Free RN Flyknit 3.0 are currently 30% off on Nike.com. Designed to mimic barefoot training, Nike’s “flex groove” technology and modified midsole will make your workout more comfortable than ever.
Nike Air Vapor Max Flyknit 3
Nike’s Vapormax soles are as stylish as they are functional. The VaporMax Flyknits are perfect for trail running with a breathable upper to keep you cool. Conveniently, they also watch business when you’re not exercising.
Remember that a good pair of Nike shoes technically must be functional. Sometimes a timeless classic is enough and these Nike Air Force 1 ’07 are just that.
If there is a shoe designed for any type of training, that must be it. From CrossFit to short runs and weightlifting to strongman, Nike Free X Metcon 2 will last through it all.
Nike Blazer Low by you
Available for full customization, these white sneakers will go with almost any outfit, from the office to home.
Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT%
With a lighter design and faster feel, Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% is the next generation running shoe. A lightweight carbon fiber plate in the shoe helps propel you forward while a water-resistant VaporWeave keeps your feet dry during any run.
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