Heel-Toe Offset: 8mm
Weight: 9.6 oz. Men’s size 9
The Nike React Infinity Run is Nike’s newest addition to their React foam running shoe line. The shoe is similar to its predecessor the Nike Epic React but with an emphasis of support and reducing running injury.
The shoe features a flyknit upper, Nikes signature react foam midsole, a mostly rubber outsole, and a hard plastic heel cup support at the back of the shoe.With 30mm-22mm heel to toe drop the shoe is relatively thick compared to others to provide additional support. The shoe is fairly moderate in weight coming in at 9.6 ounces for a men’s size 9 US. At $160 the shoe is a little more on the pricey side as far as trainers go but there are plenty of sites including the Nike site and many others for a discount on the older colorways.
After running around 50 miles in the shoe there are many things that I liked about them but also some areas that I believe the shoe could improve on.
One thing that really impressed me was the Nike React foam itself. I had always seen plenty of people wearing Nike Epic Reacts and always wondered what all the hype was about and after walking around and running in the React Infinity Run Flyknits I finally understand. The foam feels very light on your feet while also feeling very supportive and comfy. I also really enjoyed the ride that the shoes gave me with its more aggressive traction on the bottom with nearly the whole outsole decked in rubber. As a runner with a rather aggressive footstrike that traction helped a lot and I noticed very minimal slipping in that regard.
An area that the shoe seemed to fall short was the upper. although the upper included the light and breathable flyknit material, the upper felt very flimsy and there would be an occasional foot slip within the shoe. Another problem that I encountered with the shoe were the laces in combination with the flyknit. The way the laces sat on the flyknit when tied even the slightest tightness caused discomfort to me personally with there only being a thin layer of flyknit between the laces and my foot.
With the goal of the shoes by Nike to reduce injury i believe that it could help some athletes but not all. In my personal experience wearing the shoe it had a very comfortable ride and I could definitely feel the supportive features of the shoe but eventually after running in the shoes I did start to feel my shins act up and that does not necessarily mean it was the shoe’s fault as there are plenty of other factors that could have contributed to that but overall I believe just like any other shoe focused on support it will reduce injury more than shoes that don’t.
Aside from a few issues with the upper of the shoe I would still recommend this shoe as a solid supportive trainer due to its comfortable react midsole and the solid ride that running in the shoe provides.