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The Differences Between the Nike Zoom Shoes

July 27, 2019 by  
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Four shoes from the Nike Zoom family.
Clockwise from top left: Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT%, Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36, Nike Zoom Fly 3, Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2.

The shoes of Nike’s 2019 Air Zoom family:

The Zoom family from Nike is made up of running shoes featuring innovative tech features that Nike’s developed over the years. But with so many Swoosh running shoes, it can be difficult to spot the differences and figure out which Zoom shoe is best for you (especially if they feature similar colors, like the neon green pictured above). To help you out, we’ve created a chart showing which tech features each shoe has along with descriptions of those tech features. No matter which Zoom shoe you end up buying, you’re sure to stand out from the pack in these light and bright running shoes.

Nike Zoom Shoes Tech Feature Chart

Zoom Air

Zoom Air debuted with Nike more than 20 years ago. Nike Zoom Air units come in different sizes, but in running shoes, the Zoom Air units are most commonly seen as either a full-length unit that goes along the entirety of the sole or two smaller units placed beneath the heel and beneath the toes. These units are filled with air and stretched fibers that contract when pressure is applied and bounce back when pressure is removed. So with every stride you take, you experience dynamic energy return.


A foam midsole to ensure smooth, cushioned comfort perfect for daily runs.


Originally, this foam cushioning debuted in Nike’s
basketball shoes in 2017. Less than a year later, Nike figured out how to best
incorporate it into running shoes. With this new technology, runners no longer need
to decide between either a soft cushion to absorb energy or a firm cushion to
provide energy return. They can have it all. React cushioning is lightweight
and has significant energy return and durability to last long distances.

Zoom X Foam

Originally designed to assist runners trying to break the two-hour marathon time, Zoom X Foam is the lightest, softest, and most responsive midsole cushioning from Nike. It gives you comfortable cushion without adding weight and bulk to your shoe.

Full-Length Carbon Plate

Encased in the React cushioning, this plate adds a layer of firmness to the shoes, adding a snappy response that propels you forward during your run.

Flywire Cables

The exposed Flywire cables on some of the Zoom shoes provide a secure feel by allowing for a tight, but flexible fit. These cables stretch all the way to the sole, though you only see a bit on the top. So even though they may look insignificant, they provide substantial support without adding much extra weight.


The Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% has many unique features, but maybe the most significant is the new Vaporweave material used on the upper. It absorbs less liquid than engineered mesh to keep your feet dry during your entire run.

Engineered Mesh

Engineered mesh is more flexible and more durable compared to regular mesh. It’s often used as the upper for many of Nike’s performance running shoes to provide breathability while remaining snug on your feet.

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