For those who prize pillow over road feel, it doesn’t get any better than the Nike Vomero 7, now with a Dynamic Fit upper and lighter weight.
The Zoom Vomero 7 keeps comfort cranked up to an 11 for distance runners who are all about long-haul pavement pounding. Our testers found plushness in every direction in this shoe. On the upper, the heel collar wraps you in comfort, the tongue is nicely padded, and the forefoot gives you plenty of room to spread out. Your heel feels locked in place, but even the heel cup is nice and soft.
But the upper isn’t just about plushness. The Vomero keeps your foot anchored in place thanks to the Dynamic Fit system, which wraps around the midfoot. We found this to be one of the best systems out there for customizing midfoot fit. The bands of material mold to your foot shape as you tighten the laces and can flex to adjust with changes in your foot during a run.
Of course the main attraction of the Vomero series is the cushioning in the midsole. As expected, testers found gobs of cushioning in the heel, making ground impact as soft as can be when heel striking. The forefoot Zoom Air unit also keeps things cushy up front. The experience of midfoot strikers wasn’t quite as plush - when you land in between the rearfoot and forefoot Zoom Air pockets, the Cushlon foam midsole is your main cushioning source.
Whichever way you land, don’t expect a ton of responsiveness on toe-off. Though testers found the latest Vomero to be firmed up a smidge over the prior version, this shoe is still happily disconnected from the ground underneath. That should come as good news for runners who love a luxurious ride.
Dynamic fit is not a marketing gimmick - this is a real innovation that helps you customize the entire midfoot fit.
To me, the Vomero 7 feels firmed up a bit compared to the prior version. That said, it’s still a highly cushioned ride.
I found the Vomero a little on the dull side when midfoot striking, but it’s a very soft and pleasant landing for heel strikers.