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Mens Nike Air Zoom Vomero 12

Mens Nike Air Zoom Vomero 12
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There will be days when your legs feel a little numb; days for shoes like the Vomero which cushion every stride and, thanks to its looks, make you feel pretty damn good. Great for runners in need of a bit of support but still want to have a spring in their stride.

Mens Nike Air Zoom Vomero 12

There will be days when your legs feel a little numb; days for shoes like the Vomero which cushion every stride and, thanks to its looks, make you feel pretty damn good. Great for runners in need of a bit of support but still want to have a spring in their stride.
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Our verdict

A shoe that crams in technology but without adding the weight. A good looking, good performing shoe for most over pronators but neutral runners will also like these shoes. Great for daily mileage.

  • Positive
  • Cushioning
  • Technology
  • Weight
  • Negative
  • Toe box a little tight for some
  • Price

First impressions

The Nike Zoom Air construction will be familiar to most of us so it goes without saying, this lives up to the Swoosh dream of providing comfort and performance. No, this isn’t a racing shoe – the Vomero is all about training, but at a comfortable pace thanks to the responsive nature of the technolgy employed. Look to the Saucony Triumph or Hoka Clifton for similar cushioning

Like a five star hotel, these are plush, but in a understated manner. Cushioning is magnificent but not at the expense of lightness, flexibility, nor indeed support. But unlike a five-star hotel, they do tempt you for a bit of everyday action. Looking at them quickly they’re a shoe to feel comfortable in for those steady days on the road or light trail.

So let’s see how they fare.


The Vomero has undergone some serious work and now employs Nike’s Lunarlon technology through its core to provide what it describes as lightweight, sport specific cushioning. And yes it does. This is a soft, responsive shoe that is built for shock absorption. So if you’re the type of runner who feels like their legs are getting crushed on a run, give these responsive, cushioned shoes some thought.

The outsole is also brand new with a different pattern and updated rubber compound. It’s been redesigned for better flexibility and durability. 


The Vomero redesign continues with a move from the  Flycable technology to a combination of that and a Flywire weave for a snug fit around the foot. Testers say it doesn’t rub as the earlier Vomero models could do for some runners. The mesh upper is great for keeping your feet cool but does suggest you should steer clear of really nasty mud and challenging off-road conditions. These are supreme on the road, but don’t like to venture anywhere else! Working from a 10mm heel to toe drop, they are easy to get on with in terms of fit and out of the box performance. 

A comfort fit collar also provides nice cushioning around your ankle and the Flywire cables integrate with the laces for a snug fit. 


It’s difficult to fault such a good looking, good performing shoe. The cushioning is great as is the stability – a good shoe for most pronators. But all that extra technology doesn’t mean there’s loads of extra weight to deal with. Far from it, this is a nice shoe that while is mostly for bog standard outings chatting with your mates, could deal with a fast mile or three on the road if you feel the need to open up.

How has the Vomero been for you. Let us know. 

Technical info


Zoom Air located in the heel and forefoot consists of low-profile pressurized air pockets that flex on contact for responsive cushioning, updated for a more plush underfoot feel.

Lunar core foam provides a soft and cushioned, yet responsive ride.

Cushlon carrier foam envelops softer lunar foam to deliver plush, resilient cushioning along with a smooth heel to toe transfer.


Dura-DS rubber in the forefoot provides multi-surface traction as well as cushioned impact protection.

BRS 1000 carbon rubber provides durable traction.

Deep Anatomical Flex Grooves offer flexibility and mobility for a smooth ride.

Rubber Crash Rail on the lateral side acts as a cushioning device for smoother transitions and enhanced flexibility.


Engineered mesh is updated and now features a triple layer knit design for a ventilated, supportive fit.

Dynamic Flywire doubled up around the midfoot provides added support and an unmatched fit while reducing the shoe's overall weight.

3/4 length internal bootie provides a comfortable, irritant-free wrap.

Comfort Fit Collar provides a plush sensation with a secure heel lockdown.

Molded sockliner sits underfoot and provides additional cushioning and comfort.

Rating of 1_0
A review by brync
April 27, 2017
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Vomero 12

Loved last two versions of this shoe but this one...
To me the balance of the shoe has changed to a more heel striking set up. I suffered heel pain in both feet and terrible blisters which I've never had previously. They had to go. Changed to Hoka Clifton 3 and they are a revelation, light and cushioned. Sorry Nike you've lost a customer!

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Shoe details

Gender Mens
Year 2017
Season Spring/Summer
Current model
Release date 2017
MSRP $140.00
Weight 10.6oz. / 300g
Heal Drop 10mm


Shoe Type
Light Trail
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