Best Nike Walking Shoes for Men & Women – 2019 Edition

This article reviews the best Nike walking shoes for men and women. 

Are There Really Best Nike Shoes for Walking?

The Nike brand covers a wide range of sportswear and in my world that's a world of all things shoes, Nike are famous for their running and baseball shoes.

But with street cred and celebrity desire driven markets of today, you cannot deny that walking is the activity Nike shoes do more miles every day more than any other activity. 

I present to you the best Nike walking shoes - for all the power walkers, regular walkers for exercise, casual walkers, workers, commuters & city walkers who are our readers.

Last Reviewed on 16 January 2019 - Content Rewritten for 2019 & All New Reviews

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by Jennifer & Curtis

The Best Nike Walking Shoes in 2019 Are:

Nike Air Force 1, Nike Monarch IV, Nike Revolution 4 FlyEase, Nike Air Max 270, Nike Epic React FlyKnit, Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35, Nike Tanjun, Nike Commuter. The Nike Adept gets a special mention.

Nike model ranges have designs for both men and women but the features are the same so the reveiws apply equally to both sexes. Most models have kids versions too, so you can model them in your own image should you please. Mini-me!

If you are a little bewildered at what all the buzz words mean - Lunar, React, Zoom, FlyKnit etc, then please skip down to the info section underneath the reviews by clicking the blue button below.

In the table that follows, you will see the shoes that are reviewed and you can jump directly to the individual reviews by the links in the table. So, without further delay, let's get on with them.


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Best Nike Walking Shoes in 2019

Air Force 1
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Nike Monarch IV

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Nike Men's Free Rn CMTR 2017
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The very latest technology is the Nike Adapt which is featured below the main reviews.


Nike Air Force 1

Air Force 1
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92
Overall

Pros

  • It's A Legend
  • Classic Design
  • Durable
  • Multi-Purpose Shoe
  • Very Comfortable
  • Casual & Walking

Cons

  • Availability Sporadic
  • Width Fittings Not Available but Wears a Little Wide

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Nike Monarch IV

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89
Overall

Pros

  • More Spacious Fit
  • Classic trainer Design
  • Multi-Purpose
  • Good for Exercise & Walking
  • Wider Width Fittings
  • Good Support for Nike

Cons

  • Looks Dated
  • Not for Power Walking
  • Limited Color Options

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Nike Revolution 4

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93
Overall

Pros

  • Flexible Knit Upper
  • Lightweight Shoe
  • Cushioned and comfortable
  • Good Traction
  • Modern Design

Cons

  • Limited Color Styles
  • No Wide Fittings
  • Add 1/2 Size

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Nike Air Max 270

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85
Overall

Pros

  • Weird Styling Stands Out
  • You Can SEE the Air
  • Flexi Knit Uppers
  • Top Quality
  • Great Shock Absorbance
  • Lightweight
  • Quite Well Cushioned

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Add 1/2 size 

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Nike Air Zoom Vomero 13

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98
Overall

Pros

  • Great Cushioning
  • Great Support
  • Made for High Arches
  • Outside Magazine Award Winner
  • Holistic Support System

Cons

  • Not many Colors
  • Not Mad About the Collar Design

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Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35

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97
Overall

Pros

  • 5 Star Shoe
  • Cushioned & Comfortable
  • Full Length Air
  • Part Bootie Liner for Comfort
  • Great Lacing System
  • Great for Any Walking Exercise

Cons

  • Why Don't Nike Cater For Wider Fittings In More Designs?
  • Not particularly durable

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Nike Tanjun

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89
Overall

Pros

  • Great Looks
  • Multi-Use
  • Lightweight
  • Good Cushioning from Foam Midsole
  • Flexible Textile Uppers
  • Breathable & Good Shock Absorbance

Cons

  • Not Durable
  • Very Simple

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Nike Free Runner Commuter

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82
Overall

Pros

  • Excellent Design for Minimalist Shoe
  • Good Cushioning
  • Lightweight
  • Made to Mimic Walking Barefoot
  • You'll Look The Part Though You Might Not Feel It

Cons

  • Good for Minimalists
  • Not Much Cushion
  • Not Much Comfort
  • Not Much of Anything But That's The Idea

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Nike Adapt

I am surprised the branding doesn’t include the word ‘Nano’ as the latest buzzword or is that already old. Time passes by seemingly so much quicker as I get older and it’s hard to keep up with the pace.

I do remember Back to the Future II though and the futuristic shoe featured in that film which was the inspiration for the Nike Adapt.

Tinker Hatfield heads up the Innovation Labs at Nike, charged with perpetual innovation. Designer of the Air Max and a former architect from Oregon, Tinker has been tinkering again to incorporate lacing and your smartphone.

There is an app for everything nowadays and your smartphone can now control your shoes.

No word of a lie - Nike have developed a shoe that loosens or tighten laces all controlled by your smartphone. The shoe is called the Nike Adapt.

We all know our feet expand as we progress through our exercise, well now you can whip out your smartphone and loosen off those laces a bit instead of pausing to put your foot on a tree stump and do it manually.

It works via a little motor in the sole that reels in the fly-wires connected to the laces to pre-configured settings for the perfect fit!

Nike have come up with some excellent technology to move sport forward. There is no denying that. But this seems to me to be somewhat over the top.

But hey, street cred is a big thing so grab your latest pair here.

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How Did Nike Get Started?

Nike Inc. started off as Blue Ribbon Sports, a collaboration between a track athlete, Phil Knight and his coach Bill Bowerman back in 1964.

Originally acting as distributor for a Japanese shoemaker, selling shoes out of the back of their cars at sport events, believe it or not. Now they are the most famous and valuable sports brand in the world.

Nike Fly

What is this fly?

Is it a device to keep the flies away? Some device to make you go faster - fly if you will?         Maybe shoes that can make you walk on water like a fishing fly?

No. It refers to fly-wires.

What are fly-wires? They are thin pieces of elastic (like mini cables) that are integrated in the sides of the uppers either side of the lacing area. The laces are looped through these and so slightly tensioning these mini-cables which in turn pull the fabric or mesh material closer to your foot for a better fit.

As your foot expands during exercise the elastic mini-cables give a little allowing the mesh or knit to expand and reduce pressure from the laces which are loosened in the process.

That’s the idea anyway.

Nike Air

Nike brought true revolution to the world of sports and, courtesy of celebrity marketing, the streets of hip hop with the introduction of Nike Air.

It was a simple idea brough to Nike by Marion F. Rudy who was an aeronautical engineer whose idea was basically to fill a plastic bag with air which would compress and spring back on pressure. Stick it in a shoe and it should enhance the cushioning properties of the sole.

So they did. And IT did - improve cushioning that is.

Marketing it as improving performance, which is debatable and pushing out the branding expertise of the brand by using celebrities to make the malleable and naive believe they needed Nike more than sliced bread, though perhaps not more than weed!

Anyway, Nike Air was born and hidden away in the first model to feature it the Nike Tailwind. Interestingly the Tailwind was apparently made on the sly in the factory of the Japanese company the founders were distributing and offering design ideas to. The company found out, sued and the resulting case ended with both manufacturers marketing the same shoe.

Being expert at branding, Nike expanded the original rather small pod in the Tailwind and decided it would be a good idea to let people see the wonders of walking on Air, exposing the transparent air bag and enlarging it in the Air Force 1. So successful it was that they gradually exposed more and more of it in ensuing models.

Then came Nike Air Max which was basically a new name for putting even more Air into their shoes from heel to tip. And then Air Max 2 which was just a upgrade to the pressure of gas used in a slightly more resilient bag.

And there you have it - how the Nike Air is indispensable to athletes everywhere.

Or is it all just a marketing ploy and pile of hot Air? I’ll leave you to decide.

Phylon Foam

First there was EVA and then came son of EVA or Phylon.

Phylon is a lightweight, springy foam material used in the midsole and sometimes the outsole of shoes to provide cushioning and controlled sponginess. It is in fact EVA which has been pelleted, heated up and cooled into shape - a process which slightly enhances its behaviour to provide an excellent shock-absorbing and cushioned bed for your foot to press into and launch off of.

Lunarlon Foam  

Just as we hope to teach our children everything we know so they can add to that knowledge and end up better than us, so Nike continued to improve their foam arsenal looking to improve Phylon.

They wanted to produce an even better material that would help put a spring in the step of marathon runners and basketball players.

Inspired by the image of astronauts on the moon who sort of float as they walk, they came across a composite material of EVA and Nitrile Rubber that seemed to fit the bill. With a lot of testing the sticky molasses like material was stabilized enough to make it usable.

It was springy (from the rubber) and cushioned (from the foam) and following their source of inspiration, called it Lunarlon.

Originally Lunarlon foam was used inside a conventional foam housing as it is not durable enough on its own. Over time it has been improved upon with the latest version used in the Lunarglide 9 shoe.

React Foam

The next iteration of foam is called React.

What do walkers, sportsmen and athletes want from their shoes, more particularly their soles?

They want a lightweight shoe that provides lots of cushioning to absorb impact and reduce shocks on their body structure, they want a spring to the shoe to make it responsive and put energy back into their stride and they want them to be durable.

That is a pretty tough set of requirements since typically a material that is cushiony on compression does not suddenly push back and become springy. Durable materials are typically not soft ones either.

Enter React. A do everything foam from Nike that is super lightweight, has excellent cushioning properties like Lunarlon and even better springy response - 13% better Nike’s marketing tells us.

Not only that but it lasts longer than Lunarlon and is the longest lasting foam to come out of Nike’s laboratory.

ZoomX Air Technology

Zoom foam has been around for about 20 years but many things can be repurposed.

ZoomX Air is the marriage of Zoom Foam with Nike Air technology - or marketing if you prefer.

The pods containing the air are compartmentalized with fibre that compresses as your weight squashes down and these fibres then spring back to provide more response.

That is basically it. Does it work?

You’d have to be at the edge of your sport to know but for a walker or your average runner, there is little to say whether it works or not.

And really no one cares because the main thing is who endorses the product and wears it to show it off.  We all know that is the most important thing right? It certainly is a factor in the price tag.

If you disagree then I’ll show quite a few billion dollars worth of reasons that you might be mistaken.

Should You Knit or Mesh?

What is the difference between knit and mesh apart from the look?

I guess this depends on the tightness of the knit, the materials used and the stitching.

I know for a fact that Cole Haan, for instance, employs special stitching in their knit shoes to improve fit and affect stability in the shoe. I am sure Nike do something similar.

Apart from this, the mesh comes with a different smoother look and is generally the more sporty looking model.

Knit and mesh shoes are certainly more flexible so making cause less rubbing than more rigid materials like leather can cause. But if you are cross-training or using in sports like basketball, what sideways stability do these materials provide?

Not much I’d wager.

But for walkers, this can be a good option. For a start the materials are lightweight - who wants a couple of bricks on your feet as you walk?

Then they are substantially more breathable as they are porous - I’d rather have nice dry feet than hot sweaty ones that eventually blister.

And they are more flexible - which is fine since we are not doing the Salsa, turning from left to right and back again as we walk and so do not need quite so much lateral stability.

We do need stability in the sole - to help keep out gait on line and there is a marginal benefit from leather uppers in preference to knit or mesh because it keeps the foot better positioned through our stride.

Best Nike Walking Shoes for Men & Women – 2019 Edition
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