Nike Air Zoom Tempo NEXT%: A True Runner Crossover Shoe


The Nike Air Zoom Tempo NEXT% is out and is rocking Chicago! This shoe is the perfect combination of support for training and bounce for race day. For the first time, Nike has produced a true crossover shoe for runners.

These kicks can be sported on a weekday tempo training run, weekend long run, AND on race day. The Nike team has created a shoe that supports training while optimizing performance and Midwest runners are loving it.

In the past runners have had to preserve their race day shoe, wearing it for specific training sessions and only enough to break it in. This can lead to race day anxiety when you lace up a pair of kicks that aren’t your BBF’s. Nike has addressed this with the Nike Air Zoom Tempo NEXT%.

These shoes have been designed to be worn for all types of runs, allowing runners to transition the familiarity and comfort we gain with our everyday training shoes to race day.

“Leveraging learnings from the Nike Vaporfly series, the Nike Air Zoom Tempo NEXT% has shown to increase running economy when compared to the Nike Pegasus Turbo, Nike’s previous fastest training shoe. Featuring a firmer ride with a more propulsive sensation, the Nike Air Zoom Tempo NEXT% is designed –as the name implies –for tempo runs. Because of the higher mileage and the more rigorous daily use that a trainer endures, every element of the shoe had to be carefully assessed. While the Nike Air Zoom Tempo NEXT% features many of the same innovations as the Nike Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT%, they have been specially tuned for training.” -Nike Press Release

The shoes have the infamous composite plate, which provides a flexible but firm support for runners. This is the first time Nike has incorporated the plate into a training shoe and, in so doing, decided to soften it up a bit. Runners will find this shoe more flexible than the Vaporfly series, but more supportive than the Pegasus.

Additionally, Nike has incorporated their standard foam in the forefoot and midfoot to capitalize on energy output. This provides the bounce you don’t generally get from other footwear brands. This bounce is the reason so many runners, myself included, turn to Nike for speed.

The Nike Air Zoom Tempo NEXT% has a unique addition of Nike Air Zoom pods which are placed in the Tempo’s forefoot to offer responsive cushioning and further propulsion. Between the Zoom pods, the foam, and the composite plate, runners will truly benefit from these kicks.

They will be released for Nike members on September 24th and for the full marketplace on October 1st on and in your local running store.

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Mandi has been running for over 25 years and has participated in the Chicago, Detroit, and Boston Marathons. Mandi regularly competes in regional events and enjoys being a part of several running groups including CARA and the Badgerland Striders. She is a co-host on the Ten Junk Miles podcast and looks forward to hosting the Chicago Athlete Podcast. An RRCA certified coach and Les Mills certified instructor, Mandi is also a coach with Chicago Athlete Coaching. Mandi is a local government attorney by weekday and race warrior by weekend.


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