Nike Downshifter 7 Running Shoe Review


– Comfort and lightweight construction
– Minimalist design making it an apt choice for many activities
– Available with distinct color schemes to pick from


– Narrow width of the shoe
– Lacks good traction especially on wet surfaces

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This neutral shoe is an apt companion for your road running that includes major updates in its design from its previous iteration. The tapered and elongated toe box, better support offering and extended breathable textile overlay in the upper unit are few prominent updates in this model. Several flex grooves are incorporated to the entire length of the rubber outsole unit, delivering improved grip and traction.



The single-layer high-quality open mesh material used in the upper unit promotes breathability and offers sufficient coverage. Also, perforations are seen in the synthetic overlay, maintaining the feet to stay cool all times. Padded tongue and collar augment to the comfort and fit delivered by the shoe. The moderate plushness delivered by the fabric lining prevents the shoe from accidental exits while running sessions.



The outsole unit is constructed using durable rubber that runs to the full-length of the shoe which protect the rest of the sole unit against wear and tear damages and abrasion. Increased flex grooves are introduced in the outsole unit than its predecessor to deliver enhanced flexibility. It also permits the user to enjoy comfortable heel to toe transition.



The Nike Downshifter 7 is a great choice of neutral road running companion that comes at a budget-friendly price. The outsole unit offers moderate traction and enhances the natural movement of the foot. It includes minimalistic designs and classic feel that makes it usable for many activities.