Nike Air Pegasus 31 Review

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Sensory score Pegasus 31

Color: Hyper Cobalt/Black-Volt

Intended use: On all surfaces except trail. Works for recovery runs, long distance.

Surfaces tested on: Road, synthetic track 21° C/70° F

Upper: Engineered mesh, internal sleeve.

Midsole: Compression molded Cushlon (EVA) foam, Zoom Air bag in heel.

Outsole: Carbon rubber.

Weight: 323 gms/11.39 Oz for a half pair of US11.

The Nike Air Pegasus 31 is redesigned ground up with all new parts, and the results are pleasing. The shoe blends a cushioned ride, unbroken heel-to-toe transition and superlative upper fit to deliver an excellent neutral running package. All without any increase in price or weight. We strongly recommend this shoe if you're in the market for a pair of cushioned ride which could do it all.

Asics Nimbus 16, Asics Cumulus 16, Brooks Ghost 6/7, Brooks Glycerin 12, Adidas Supernova Glide Boost  


With a lot of neutral running competence crowding the market in different mesh and foam avatars, Nike decided it was time to conjure a new form of the long running Pegasus. It was impeccable timing too; the Pegasus had been around for three decades, and what better way to usher in the 31st with a sparkling, brand new version of the franchise? The Pegasus so far had been the footwear equivalent of a grand dame who still held sway in running circles, but was getting long in the tooth. So enter the next generation Nike Air Pegasus 31.

(Update, August 12th, 2015: The Pegasus 32 review is here)

Distinctly standing out in the new Pegasus is its striking upper design. Stare at it a few more seconds, and there’s an overwhelming sense of deja-vu, that feeling of having seen something similar before. And your hunch would have been right. If aesthetics look similar to the 2014 Nike Free 5.0 and Zoom Vomero 9, that’s because all these models were drawn by the hand of Mark Miner, the Nike designer (he’s since left the brand) who worked on them. The diamond shaped cut-outs have an uncanny resemblance to that of the Nike Free 5.0, and the mesh overlaid heel counter look near identical to the Zoom Vomero 9. So, yes the design commonality isn’t just a coincidence.

In Air Pegasus 31’s case, updates go more than just skin deep, with wide sweeping and radical changes everywhere. Where do we begin? Nike says that the new Pegasus is a ’speed demon’, so let’s probe that hyperbole as a starting point. Surely, the design looks fast, but is the shoe? The barometer by which the ‘fastness’ of a running shoe is measured takes into account the compression of its sole unit, the heel to toe drop and how the upper fits. Or in simplified terms, stack the shoe against a traditional racing flat and see how close it comes.


The Air Pegasus 31 gets a brand new, low profile sole unit. Zoom Air in the heel too.


Reworked outsole design. Expansive coverage of rubber

At heart of the new Pegasus 31 update is a brand new, lower profile midsole which sits at a 10 mm heel-to-toe offset, and lower than the outgoing Pegasus 30. It uses a Zoom Air bag under the heel, same as last year, no change there. The midsole is Nike’s responsive Cushlon foam with a very clean profile, sans the deep side grooves seen on the Pegasus 30. We slipped into a pair, and went for a run. Within the first few kilometres, it became clear that the ride on the Pegasus 31 was different.

It is common knowledge that a high degree of midsole deformation or compression leads to a heightened feel of cushioning, but sacrifices on speed. The reverse holds true too, which means that a shoe is deemed faster if midsole deformation is minimized. The premise being that firmer shoes have better ‘touch and go’ necessary for building up tempo, and hence you’ll never see a true racing flat featuring sink-in cushioning.

All speed running shoes which mean business look and feel the part, with a firmer midsole being an inseparable part of their poker faced personality. So with that background, we took the Air Pegasus 30 and 31 to task on the track, and captured multiple freeze frames to show how the two midsole deformations compared.

Wear-tester was a heel striking neutral runner, 78 kgs / 179 lbs, running a 8.46 min mile. A heel foot strike was important as that would show the complete cycle for weight transfer across midsole length.

Nike Air Pegasus 30 midsole deformation freeze frame.

Nike Air Pegasus 31 midsole deformation freeze frame.

Body weight loading captured for Pegasus 30 and 31. The Pegasus 30 is so squishy!

As you can see from the freeze frames above (click above to expand), Pegasus 30’s rear foot just gets crushed (top frame) under each impact, and it behaves the same on medial side too (not in frame). The 2014 Air Pegasus 31 (lower frame) on the other hand, shows little deformation as the foot transfers weight from heel to toe. The deep side grooves from Pegasus 30 are eliminated, which helps limit compression. The crash pad in the new shoe is also redesigned and moves towards a greater level of integration with the outsole, resulting in less deformation.

There’s another thing at play here – due to lower heel height, most of the heel cushioning sensation comes from the Zoom Air bag instead of the foam, which wasn’t the case in Pegasus 30. The result is a more snappier, responsive ride instead of the relative plushness experienced in the Pegasus 30.

The Pegasus 31 forefoot also saw near zero external deformation, and during our runs, the forefoot felt lower to the ground. If the sidewall thickness is anything to go by, then the shoe should indeed sit lower than the Pegasus 30 in the front.

We also saw tell tale signs that the new Pegasus 31 midsole is compression molded, instead of being injection molded like the Pegasus 30. Compression molded midsoles tend to be usually denser than the injected variety. This, in theory should result in increased firmness and more resilience. But we can’t say for sure if this is the case because we don’t have durometer (hardness) gauges on hand.

The Pegasus 31, while not as plush as the Pegasus 30, has more than enough cushioning in the heel. The ride sits right in the median between soft and firm, and Nike’s description of its shoe as ‘responsive’ is apt. That is exactly how the new Pegasus feels like.


Anatomy of heel Zoom Air. The bag is ‘drop-stitched’ with thin fibers keeping the top and bottom walls together.


Cellulose board (cardboard) piece over the heel Zoom Air bag. This is from Vomero 8, but the Pegasus uses an identical set-up.


Cross section of rear-foot with Zoom Air Bag. A perfect pair of $130 Vomero 8 was sacrificed for this educational picture.

This might also be a good time to talk about Zoom Air, and how it differs from regular Nike Air bags. Zoom Air is a pressurized urethane chamber, but it is drop-stitched inside. That kind of construction is very common in the outdoor industry – thin strands of fiber keep the top and bottom layers from bulging outwards. Sounds familiar? Your favorite camping mattress is kind of a gigantic Zoom Air bag. Or an inflatable SUP board.

Benefits of this construction include excellent shape retention and effective cushioning from a lower volume of compressed material. We won’t leave anything to your imagination, though. We cut up the 2013 Zoom Vomero 8 to show you the innards of a Zoom Air midsole – the heel Zoom unit is very similar to what has been used in the Pegasus 31. And like the Vomero 8 and 9, the Air Pegasus 31 uses a cardboard piece over heel Zoom Air, adding stability in that area.


Prominent toe-spring of the Pegasus 31. You still have to work hard to push-off.

Visually, the toe spring is quite pronounced in the Air Pegasus 31, and before wearing the shoe, we thought that would result in quicker forefoot roll-offs. But no, the forefoot is quite pliable, and flexes and flattens during forefoot weight transfer.

So toe-offs happen in good old fashion, with the big toe propelling the push-offs. There is no Zoom Air bag in the forefoot, hence no stiffness either. But slightly less bendable than the Pegasus 30 due to one missing exposed forefoot flex groove.


The much talked about ‘Crash rail’, a twin strip of rubber divided by a flex groove.

Nike calls out the inclusion of new ‘crash rails’ which claim to improve stability. The crash rail is a near continuous twin strip of rubber which starts at the heel at ends just short of the toe. The two rubber ‘rails’ are separated by a deep flex groove, the idea being that the flex groove will splay during weight loading, providing an increased outsole surface area.

Does it work? Frankly, we could not feel any additional stability, considering that even the older Pegasus 30 featured something similar, the only difference being that the flex groove was not an unbroken line.


The lateral midsole/outsole has a prominent flare to ease up landings.


Heel crash pad is not so ‘decoupled’, and integrates with rest of the rubbery outsole.


Forefoot has lot of rubber and grip, but loses one flex groove when compared to Pegasus 30.

Regardless, stability is not an issue in the Pegasus 31, in much part helped by the lowered midsole, a wider under-arch base and a prominent midsole flare in the heel which helps guide foot strike. The shoe will do well for forefoot strikers too; there is ample padding underfoot, with protection and grip coming from the generous cladding of outsole rubber.

We do like the new outsole pattern – more unbroken swathes of rubber instead of ribs on the Pegasus 30. Long term durability on these is good. (Updated Dec 29, 2014).


Outsole rubber is recycled Nike Regrind. Or is ‘enviromentally preferred’ the politically correct term?

And if it interests you, Nike uses its recycled ‘Regrind’ rubber on the outsole. The small specks embedded in the rubber are dead giveaways.

Upper design: Construction and fit


Three cheers for the inner sleeve. Tongue slide is a thing of the past.


Another shot of the inner sleeve. We like to overdo it at times.


Engineered mesh, a now familiar sight. The toebox is very shallow, with upper bearing down on the foot there.


Collar is a step below the Pegasus 30 padding, but still grips well. Lining material is top notch.

The upper fit is really, really good on the Pegasus 31. Highlight is the newly inducted inner sleeve, which fits around mid-foot and finally says sayonara to tongue slide. Two layers of mesh are used; the top being an engineered flat mesh, and lining is a thin foam padded mesh which forms the inner sleeve. An obvious downside to this change is decreased ventilation in the forefoot. The Pegasus 30 was more breathable, but only relatively, and the Pegasus 31 performed well in 25 C/77 F weather with a relative humidity of 50%

The heel area carries over the same plush lining used in the Pegasus 30. The two lining fabrics are joined together by an edge to edge zig-zag seam instead of overlapping each other. This gives the Pegasus 31 interior a near seamless fit and feel, with no irritation at all.

Keeping in line with changes on the sole, the Pegasus 31 upper loses a lot of its plushness. Absence of the bouncy spacer mesh (of the Pegasus 30) results in a comparatively spartan feel around the foot, and even the collar area loses a lot of foam. The internal padding around the ankles is reduced when compared to the Pegasus 30, though it still feels comfortable due to the luxurious mesh lining and does a good job at preventing any heel slippage.


Fused layers form most of the overlays.


Toe bumper is now internal, and stretches the mesh from underneath.

The synthetic on the Pegasus 31 are fused overlays, delivering an overall structural outcome which has much in common with Pegasus 30. That said, the toe box of the Pegasus 31 is completely cleaned up, with no overlays on the tip of the shoe.

Support comes from underneath instead, with an invisible toe puff material fuse-stretching the mesh taut over it. Gives the shoe a streamlined aesthetic in the front, and gives credence to the ‘speed demon’ moniker, at least visually.


Airy windows. Lots of them.They look similar to the 2014 Nike Free 5.0, yes?


A close look at one of the mid-foot windows. Mesh is see-through and breathable.


This is getting used a lot these days. Mesh fused over – mesh?

Midfoot is similar to what was seen in the 2014 Nike Free 5.0. (same designer, remember?) The synthetic panels with a lot of diamond shaped see-thru windows and spanned by breathable micro mesh. The lime green peeks through the windows and provides for a muted color contrast.

Rear foot is near identical to Nike Zoom Vomero 9; mesh is fused over another layer, revealing perforations in different shapes and a few reflective bits on the heel counter.


There’s plenty of forefoot space with room for foot splay without being baggy, but runners upgrading from the Pegasus 30 will find that the little toe (fifth metatarsal) is hemmed in slightly by the fused synthetic; the Pegasus 30 had mesh on both sides so forefoot fit was comparatively relaxed. You’ll also notice the Pegasus 31’s toe bumper to be much shallower, with the upper straining against the big toe.

But if you’re slipping into a pair of Pegasus 31 for the first time, chances are you won’t notice a thing and find the forefoot room to your liking. We’d also like to call out that the Pegasus 31 fits true to size for the average, sock clad foot.


You can go sock-less in the Pegasus 31. Interior fit feels awesome.

How is to wear the Pegasus 31 without any socks? It is comfortable, fits well except in the forefoot where the area feels baggy with the materials bunching out. But if you can live with that, the Pegasus 31 is a good fit for your birthday shoes.

Nike’s marketing also points at use of a new last, but we were hard pressed to tell the difference in light of all the structural changes happening on the upper. If the last marking on the Pegasus 31 sockliner is anything to go by, it seems that the last is the same as the one used in Pegasus 30. Except that the heel is lowered by 2 mm – and a corresponding increase in toe spring up front. We could be wrong, but details on the sockliner seems to support our theory. The Pegasus 30 sockliner says ‘QMR-2’ and the Pegasus 31 says ‘QMR-2/MR-10’.

We interpret this cryptic language as, ‘ The Pegasus 31 has the same Men’s Running (MR) last as the Pegasus 30, except that it has a 10 mm drop. We wonder what last the upcoming Zoom Elite 7 would use? The QMR-2/MR-8? Just a guess, but let’s see when the Zoom Elite 7 debuts in August. (see below)

Update, August 10th: We were wrong, the Elite 7 sockliner is the same as Pegasus 31. Read our detailed Zoom Elite 7 Review


Sockliner name change. Everything else, same old.


While on topic, the sockliner nomenclature has changed. ‘Fitsole’ no longer appears on the insole top cloth, and is replaced by a bold ‘Running’ text going across, and captioned with sub-texts calling out ‘neutral ride’ and ‘responsive’. The name change aside, there is little difference between the material make-up of the Pegasus 30 and 31 sockliner. Single layer of memory foam-eque EVA sits beneath the fabric, and not very thick. It could have been a figment of our imagination, but we thought that the Pegasus 31 insole was slightly softer than the 30. But for all we know, it could be manufacturing inconsistency instead of intended design goal.

Beneath the left sockliner, there is no cavity for Nike Plus anymore. This will be the norm for all Nike running shoes going forward, as newer iPhones and iPods feature digital accelerometers without a need for an in-shoe transmitter or footpod.

Arch support is a lesser thing in the Pegasus 31 compared to the 30. The under arch midsole flare seen in the Pegasus 30 is now trimmed off, so there’s decreased support underneath.



Nike has been stingy with Pegasus 31 reflectivity.

Are there any faults in the Pegasus 31? We couldn’t find any. Ok, if we had to nitpick, it would be reduced night time visibility. The Pegasus 30 had massive reflective mid-foot panels, but the Pegasus 31 limits reflectivity only to the heel area. A couple of diamond shaped underlays on either side of the heel, that’s all. Nike’s Air Pegasus 31 description says, ‘reflectivity under the saddle’. Isn’t saddle supposed to be somewhere in the middle? There aren’t any shiny bits there, we can assure you. The tiny pieces on the heel is all there’s to it.


So what do we think of the new Pegasus? The Nike Air Pegasus 31 is a neutral running shoe of high caliber, and ticks all the boxes on overall ride experience. It comes across as very balanced, taking things like a cushioned ride, smooth transition, great upper fit and stitching all of them up perfectly well together. We’re also happy to note that Nike hasn’t taken up the price for this one – at $100, it is good value.


(Disclaimer: Solereview paid full US retail price for the shoe reviewed)

Update, August 12th, 2015: The Air Zoom Pegasus 32 review is here.

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Skp June 25, 2014 - 12:17 pm

Can i use the pegasus 31 for regular use like going college…etc?

solereview June 25, 2014 - 4:22 pm

Absolutely. They’re extremely comfortable for that purpose.

cwood24 June 25, 2014 - 8:33 pm

This is a very good review, your details in every review are fantastic, love this site. I really wanna try these out, I have run in the Zoom Structure 18 with the stability rail and I appreciated this new feature.

solereview June 25, 2014 - 8:41 pm

Thanks for the kind words, and we’re happy you like our little website :)
Nice to hear your feedback about the Structure 18, and we look forward to reviewing it when it launches in October.
And the Pegasus 31, it is one lovely piece of running equipment! You should give them a try.

dobblou June 27, 2014 - 1:33 pm

For cushioning, would you pick Pegasus over Adidas Glide 6 Boost or Energy Boost 2?

solereview June 27, 2014 - 4:17 pm

Yes. The Pegasus 31 is softer than the other two.

jusjoo June 27, 2014 - 8:15 pm

How about the adidas pure boost? Those are like running on clouds

solereview June 27, 2014 - 8:27 pm

Haven’t run in them yet, so can’t comment from a wear-test perspective.

They do look super cushy and we’ll do a detailed review in August along with the Primeknit Boost.

ruchi June 28, 2014 - 9:18 pm

which one is better??…nike pegasus 31 or nike free??

solereview June 28, 2014 - 9:35 pm

Depends on what your needs are. These are two very different shoes.The Pegasus 31 is much more cushioned than the Free. On the other hand, Free is more flexible than the Pegasus, with lesser weight. And within Free, there’s the Free Flyknit, Free 3.0 and 4.0 Flyknit and the Nike Free 5.0.

ruchi June 28, 2014 - 9:47 pm

I actually want shoes for walking purpose…so which one would u advice between pegasus 31 and free?? and is adidas better or nike??

solereview June 28, 2014 - 9:53 pm

The Pegasus 31 will work better for walking.

Pincher July 26, 2014 - 1:38 pm

Which is better for walking, Air Pegasus 31 or Vomero 9? Looking for a comfortable cushioned sneaker for walking around Disney World..

solereview July 26, 2014 - 4:06 pm

We’d pick the Peg 31.

Pincher July 27, 2014 - 5:53 am

Thank you!!
Peg 31 it is

ruchi June 28, 2014 - 10:02 pm

thank u so much for ur help solereview..

solereview June 28, 2014 - 10:22 pm

You’re welcome! :)

Emily June 29, 2014 - 8:57 pm

Im really enjoying the cushioning in the Pegasus 30 and am a bit worried about the harder surface of the 31s. Are they still going to be protective for the joints and comfortable on the foot? is the difference in cushioning really noticeable?

solereview June 29, 2014 - 9:26 pm

Even with the changes, Pegasus 31 is still a very well cushioned shoe, so you should be ok. Give it a try at your local store to see whether it feels cushioned enough for your needs.

Otherwise, you could get a new pair of Pegasus 30 at a great price now that it is an old model. Let us know how it turned out for you!

Kevin Mathew June 30, 2014 - 12:49 am

I loved my Flyknit Lunar 1s and the Lunarglide 4 previous to them, I guess you could say I am a Nike Fanboy because I range from tolerate to hate the other brands I have tried in between them (ASICS Gel Kayano 18 + Saucony Kinvara 4).

Could you shed some insight on the difference in feel between Flyknit Lunar 2 and the Pegasus 31?

solereview June 30, 2014 - 1:36 am

We need some time to answer this – we’ll have to throw the Lunar 2 and Pegasus into a comparative wear-test rotation. A few days should do it.

Kevin Mathew July 3, 2014 - 12:38 am

I ended up purchasing the Lunar 2s after trying both. The pegasus is much more responsive but I am not a light runner and prefer the extra cushion and bounce of the Lunars.

solereview July 3, 2014 - 12:47 am

Nice! The Lunar 2 is a well put together shoe, can’t go wrong with that.

it would be great to hear about your ownership experience on the Flyknit Lunar 2 review page after you’ve got more than a few miles on them.

WhattoPick July 17, 2014 - 8:11 am

i’m a size 13 with a high arch and supinator…would the Flykit Lunar 2’s work for me, despite the Lunar platform being for Support (i.e. overpronator)…or would the more nuetral Pegasus still be the way to go? I like the idea of the Flyknit is all….

solereview July 17, 2014 - 8:27 am

Just try them (Pegasus+Flyknit) on and see how they feel – or if you can wait a couple of more months for the Flyknit Lunarglide to hit the market.

We’re assuming that you’re a big runner (size 13 foot is a clue!) so would suggest a shoe which feels stable when you wear them. In that sense, Lunarglide 6 is not bad.

teezus June 30, 2014 - 8:22 am

Love the thorough review guys. i went to a running store and they did an analysis and said I’m a heel striker and with a neutral gait. They recommended the Brooks Ghost but I’m a big Nike fan. I also have bit of flat feet (mild arch). Would you recommend this shoe and does it have enough stability for flat feet & overpronating? Thank you!

solereview June 30, 2014 - 8:41 am

Thanks for the comment! If you’re neutral and heel striking, the Pegasus should work, even with a low arch.
Or you can wait for our Nike Lunarglide 6 review end of this week and take a call then. That has cushioning +motion control. And the forefoot is much softer than the outgoing one, almost putting it in Pegasus territory.

solereview July 4, 2014 - 8:00 pm

Update: The Lunarglide 6 review is online now.

debs June 30, 2014 - 9:46 am

I loved the bowerman series of Pegasus. not a fan of the 30 because it has less cushioning so my knees ache after a long run, but after trying a bunch of other brands, I reluctantly returned to Pegasus as the best option for my narrow size 10 feet and heel striking running style that I’m not going to change. I didn’t feel 30 was as good as Pegasus used to be, but what to do after trying lots of other shoes. I have run in the brooks glycerin, which I really like the cushioning and the drop (i don’t want zero drop shoes or shoes that change the running style that has kept me injury free for 20 years), but the problem with glycerin is the weight – add a little sweat, and feel like blocks on my feet. how do these compare to glycerin, and sounds like the point of these is to move even Pegasus more toward the zero drop shoe?

solereview June 30, 2014 - 9:57 am

Hi Debs, the Pegasus 31 is far from a zero drop shoe, it still comes with a 10-12 mm heel drop. So there’s plenty of cushioning to go around, with a stack of foam, Zoom Air, and around 10 mm of footbed and EVA liner between your foot and running surface.

May we ask which version of the Glycerin you are referring to? 10, 11, 12?

debs June 30, 2014 - 12:30 pm

11 on the Glycerin.

debs June 30, 2014 - 12:30 pm

also, how is it 10-12 drop v. a set measurement? I’m confused.

solereview June 30, 2014 - 7:20 pm

10 mm is manufacturer specified under ideal circumstances, but in reality variances might occur. Things like change in foam expansion/contraction ratios, minor alignment difference of air bags, and outsole flare might affect that set measurement.

solereview July 8, 2014 - 6:29 pm

Saw this page on the New Balance website, and recalled your comment. Scroll down to the ‘Features’ (under ‘Detail’) section, NB clarifies on quoted Heel drop for the Fresh Foam 980 and how it might vary: Gecko_and_Neon Orange

sami July 2, 2014 - 6:21 am

can I use them to run 15 km

solereview July 2, 2014 - 7:20 am


john July 2, 2014 - 6:30 am

who is the best for long distance Adidas Energy Boost 2.0 or Nike Air Pegasus 31

solereview July 2, 2014 - 7:20 am

We’d prefer Energy Boost 2 over Pegasus 31.

Daniel Miller July 4, 2014 - 1:10 pm

12 years ago, I finally found a running shoe I could use. At that time, it was the Nike Volmero. However, about 4 years ago, they changed the shoe with cushioning diminishing dramatically.
I switched over to the Pegasus 29 and 30 a few years ago. They were great.
I bought the Pegasus 31 directly from Nike. It did not have the cushioning of the 30. It was as clear as day when I put them on. Like the newer Volmero lines, the Pegasus 31 is dead on the bounce, has a harsher feel on contact, and I did not notice any improvement in running time. But that could be because I was dealing with pain.
My point is: Volmero and Pegasus were originally designed for the neutral runner: the need for a flexible shoe with plenty of cushioning. Now both the Volmero and Pegasus would better serve a runner that needs stability and cushioning. They are not really neutral running shoes.
The interesting thing is that I posted this (or at least tried to) on the Nike but they refused to post my review of the shoe.
I think I hit a nerve. But I am a long time NIke buyer.
Needless to say, I now have 5 pairs of brand new Pegasus 30s in my closet. What am I going to do when those run out.
It does not seem Nike will revert back based upon what they have done to the Volmero shoe.
However, great review on the Pegasus 31. You hit the mark about less cushioning and more stability. That is the problem for some of us who used to love this line of shoe.
Any input would be appreciated.

solereview July 4, 2014 - 4:28 pm

You’re right, it is unlikely that Nike will revert the Pegasus back to what it was once. Not sure about what Nike will do with the Vomero, though we can check with our friends in the industry and see what the Vomero 10 will look like. The Vomero ride has been unchanged for the last three years and hopefully next year should bring some changes. There is a chance It might go the Pegasus-Elite-Structure way, with a low profile sole. That would be a dampener.

Good call buying 5 pairs of Pegasus 30, if it worked so well for you. When you run out of them, we’re sure there will be shoes in the market (not necessarily Nike) which can replace that in some way. When the day comes for you to buy a new pair, please drop a comment here and we’ll try our best to help!

Daniel Miller July 20, 2014 - 12:34 am

Let me ask you a question if you do not mind: Why is it you gave the Pegasus 31 a 9.4 but the Pegasus 30 a 8.8 in the area of cushioning? I cannot wrap my head around it after reading both your reviews. It seems obvious that the 30–with all its characteristics–is a more cushioned shoe and would have warranted a higher number than the Pegasus 31.

solereview July 20, 2014 - 1:18 am

Great question, and glad somebody noticed and asked! Happy to answer this for you.

Our ratings is based on the sum of weight averages based on different attributes and sub-attributes, unlike a simple ratings system with a regular, arithmetical average.

When we rate cushioning, we do so on four parameters which gauges the ‘quality’ of cushioning, and not just how it feels:

a) Responsiveness: The quality of feedback from the midsole+outsole layer.

b) Stability: Whether or not the cushioning impacts stability – for example, a midsole too soft might lead to undesired foot inversion, which can potentially cause injuries.

c) Spread of cushioning: Whether the cushioning feel is localized in one area or delivers a better spread.

d) Quality of sockliner+strobel material

All the above mentioned attributes contribute to weighted averages which will decide the total ‘cushioning’ score. For example, we will give more weight to stability and spread, followed by responsiveness and sockliner quality.

In this case, the Pegasus 31 scored higher on a)-c) relative to the Pegasus 30, hence the difference in score!

Here’s a behind-the-scenes picture of how our ratings system looks like. This was posted a few months ago, and has been improved upon vastly, with attributes just described included. We’ll try and create a separate section on solereview describing our rating process.

Qian Wang July 5, 2014 - 4:31 am

It’s a shame that Nike doesn’t have any more “ultra plush” shoes available. You might want to look into the Asics Nimbus 16/15, similar cushioning to the Pegasus 30, in my opinion actually a bit softer. If you REALLY want some more pairs of Pegasus’s, check out Nordstrom, they’re got a black and white colorway for half off at $50. I think they’re still avalible online, if not, check your local store. Meanwhile, Nike should have some online at $80.

solereview July 5, 2014 - 4:37 am

Second that, the Nimbus is a very plush shoe, more so than the Pegasus 30 – as you have pointed out.

Daniel Miller July 20, 2014 - 12:29 am

I tried the Asics Nimbus 15. It convinced me, after running in the Pegasus 31, that Nike still has it. The Pegasus 30 is the most cushioned, the 31 next, and then the Nimbus 15–in my opinion. Actually, the Nimbus 15 felt like I had bricks on.
Working with the pair of Pegasus 31’s I have, I noticed they are fine if I change my style of running.

If I start landing on my heal, I feel the cushion handling the impact that I need. However, over the past few years, to avoid the only problem I ever have, shin splints, I trained myself to land midfoot. Running midfoot in the Pegasus 31 is dramatically less cushioned than the 30’s. However, if you change your running and strike the heal, it becomes a pretty darn good shoe.
I appreciate your input on the Asics Nimbus 15. At least for me, they were a big thumbs down.

solereview July 20, 2014 - 1:38 am

Happy to know that the Peg 31 worked out for you, and about your successful gait transition, which is a difficult thing to do!

Yes, the Nimbus is plushly cushioned, but very heavy. Sorry to have missed calling that out earlier, though our review covers that point.

Qian Wang July 22, 2014 - 10:29 pm

I’m sorry that the Nimbus didn’t work out for you… they work amazingly for me. It might be because the cushioning feels a bit different than that of the Pegasus, at first when I tried the Nimbus, they didn’t really feel as cushioned as the Pegasus 30. However, the more I ran in them, the more cushy they became, I dunno if it’s just me adapting the the type of cushion and noticing it more or if the shoe just had to be broken in. However, as solereview said, it might just be the weight issue, as the Nimbus is a very heavy shoe, much heavier then the Pegasus 30/31 as well as being much less flexible.

Paolo Di Langio July 11, 2014 - 1:03 am

Considering to buy the Pegasus 31. I mainly workout in the gym and don´t run that much. Is the Pegasus suitable for daily workouts in the gym?

solereview July 11, 2014 - 1:21 am

The Pegasus 31 is too soft for gym workouts (we’re assuming weight training) and offer less stability during exercises like leg lunges, medium weight dead-lifts and any exercise which involves standing with weights.

Recommend cross training shoes from Nike or Under-Armour instead. Look for firm midsoles with broader yet flexible forefoot. The upper should be snug too.

Riley July 11, 2014 - 8:57 am

i’m currently trying to decide between the lunarglide 6 and pegasus 31, but if you could recommend a better nike shoe i would appreciate it. i have high arches and a forefoot strike, and run mostly on roads and gravel trails. i want something light but with enough cushion to go longer distances. i’ve been running in the flyknit lunar 2’s since february & absolutely love them, i had no arch problems like i experienced in the past with other brands, and the cushioning was perfect for high-speed workouts on an all-weather track surface. they need to be replaced and i’d like some advice on what my best bet would be.

solereview July 11, 2014 - 9:20 am

Generally speaking, the Pegasus 31 could be your shoe, but if the Flyknit Lunar 2 is working so well, why change it? It is still in the market, and newer colors are available.

Mwol July 13, 2014 - 11:21 am

Is the Pegasus 31, a relatively minimalist shoe or does it have full on cushioning system, which makes it a more conventional shoe?

solereview July 13, 2014 - 4:05 pm

Conventional shoe with full-on cushioning.

Robt July 13, 2014 - 12:35 pm

Great site ! Just discovered it a couple of days ago.

Will you do reviews of Mizuno in the future ? Not a big Mizuno fan, but a “shoe freak” and love to read about all brands.

solereview July 13, 2014 - 4:05 pm

Thanks for visiting!

Yes, the Mizuno deluge will begin in October :)

solereview November 1, 2014 - 6:47 am

We remember you asking about Mizunos – we kicked off with the Wave Rider 18 yesterday!

Robt November 1, 2014 - 1:29 pm

Thanks for the email notification and great review of the WR18.


Ksircy July 16, 2014 - 6:56 am

Great review!
I am a heel-striker and I usually land on the back lateral side. I noticed on these shoes there is a bevel on the lateral portion of the back heel. Would these shoes help me to achieve a better stride or would you recommend something else?

solereview July 16, 2014 - 7:29 am


The Pegasus 31 should work for you. The heel bevel is just there to ease foot-strike transition – it will have negligible influence on your stride, that’s something you must consciously work on. (From a body movement perspective)

Ksircy July 16, 2014 - 7:43 am

As far as being a heel-striker is concerned, would you recommend the Pegasus 31 or a shoe like the Asics Cumulus?

solereview July 16, 2014 - 8:39 am

Both work well for that purpose, depends on what you seek. Compared to the Pegasus, Cumulus has a softer heel strike due to the ‘breakaway’ crash pad+Gel units, and its forefoot is slightly more padded due to use of softer blown rubber underneath. The upper is plusher too.

Give the shoes a try at your neighborhood store, and see what suits you better based off your personal preferences!

Ksircy July 16, 2014 - 11:53 am

I actually tried on both last weekend and both felt great. This will be a tough choice.
Overall, would the Cumulus offer more cushioning? Would the Pegasus have any advantages over the Cumulus?

solereview July 16, 2014 - 6:39 pm

The Cumulus is more cushioned overall, but gives less feedback. On the other hand, Pegasus 31 is more responsive/snappy, especially in the heel area.

willgeegee July 21, 2014 - 12:24 pm

hello! i’ve just been told to switch from a nike structure 16 to a more neutral shoe as i’ve either learned to run better in the last year or i had the wrong shoe all along. either way, i’ve got regular feet, and hit my stride 99% straight. i’m now looking for a new shoe to train for a marathon. i’m not looking for speed, just the best ride to help me get through the 26 miles. thanks for your extensive reviews – but please could you tell me if i’d be better off with the pegasus 31 or the lunarglide 6 do you think? thanks!

solereview July 22, 2014 - 6:31 am

Hi there! Thank you for commenting.

In your ‘shoes’, we would prefer the Pegasus 31. But you know what? The Nike Zoom Elite 7 will release in August and we’re probably fast tracking that review to be online in the next 10 days. We haven’t worn the Zoom Elite 7 yet, but first looks basis we think that is a lighter and speedier version of the Pegasus!

Jim July 25, 2014 - 1:19 pm

Hi! I absolutely love your website and your detailed articles. I’m also a big fan of how you reply to almost every comment, this has made the comment section of your articles almost equally informative as your articles in some cases. I am new to this and I wanted a pair of shoes which I could use everyday as well as for running. For some reason, I’ve always been a Nike fanboy, though I don’t mind using Adidas either. The other companies (Brooks, Saucony etc) do not have presence in India and thus are out of my choice list.
I absolutely love how the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 31 sounds on paper, particularly the fact that this shoe has been in development for over three decades. Anyway, I was wondering if these would be a good option for my needs? I am moving to Denmark in a month for higher education and wanted to buy a pair that would come to use in every aspect of my life there.
Thank You :)

solereview July 26, 2014 - 2:53 am

Hi there! Thank you for visiting us and for the comment :)

The Pegasus 31 is a good shoe, but you mentioned you’re going to Denmark – which among things it’s known for, has unpredictable weather with rain and breeze thrown in.

If you’re looking to buy one pair of shoes, it might make more sense to buy something which is water-resistant and a little toasty. Pegasus has none of these properties.

If you want to buy Nike and can wait for two months, the upcoming winter or ‘Shield’ pack is perfect for you. These usually drop in September in time for the darker months. From what we know, the Flyknit Lunarglide with a H2O Repel upper is part of the collection. We suggest that you buy that shoe when it releases in Denmark.

We took the liberty of spending some time on some of the popular shopping websites in India, and the only water resistant shoes they sell are ones from Salomon and Merrell. Those are good shoes, but will seriously cramp your style.

Looking good is important too, especially if its one shoe to do it all. Hope this helps!

PS: On a related note, it is funny that Merrell sells there but not Saucony – they are owned by one company globally.

Jim August 18, 2014 - 8:55 am

Thank you for that particularly insightful reply. You are right about my requirement of a water resistant shoe, and I hadn’t considered that fact yet.

Since your post, I’ve been searching high and low for the Nike Shield shoes all over Delhi, but have been unsuccessful. I got great deals on Pegasus 31 and the likes though.

Finding Nike Shield shoes thus, in September and in Denmark, is unlikely if not very expensive.

You mentioned something about you finding Merrells and Salomons here. Could you point me in the right direction? Or can you suggest any other shoes (preferably by Nike)?

Thanks a lot!!

Eric July 26, 2014 - 11:55 pm

Hey guys. Im an overweight beginner runner that is looking for suggestions as for what shoes to buy if I plan to run 3 times a week around 5k-8k a day. The last pair that I loved was the lunarglide 3s and I know the lunar glide 6 have came out abd as such have read ur review on that shoe as well. Im wondering whether the pegasus oe lunar glide 6 would be a good choice for me or are there any suggestions that you could give me.

solereview July 27, 2014 - 2:51 am

Try the LG6 and the Brooks Transcend. Two very different shoes, but good ones at that.

DJ July 27, 2014 - 3:12 am


My name is DJ from india and i am over weighted person and i would like to start running, is peg31 shoes suits to me?

Please reply us.

Best Regards,

solereview July 27, 2014 - 5:07 am

Hi DJ – you could try the following shoes and see which one feels better shaped off your shoe size.

a) Nike Pegasus 31

b) Asics Gel Nimbus 15

Good luck with your running!

Robert July 27, 2014 - 6:39 am

I have medium to high arches and tend to land on the outer forefoot area so I really need a really cushioned forefoot area (I guess I am a supinator). I am 6′ 235 and run a little over 20 miles per week. I have used the Triumph before but durability is an issue. Read your review on the Pegasus so thinking I might give it a try. Any thoughts on how it might suit me? Thanks Robert

solereview July 27, 2014 - 7:18 am

Hard to say with certainty whether these will match your needs 100%, but at face value, seems like a good fit.

In many cases, conventional brand-advocated science (so and so arch type = buy this model) doesn’t work, given the variables of anatomy and gait.

Try the Brooks Transcend too, that shoe has a wide and very well cushioned forefoot. Downside is outsole durability when compared to the Peg.

Pri July 29, 2014 - 4:43 am

Hi, I am looking for shoes for practicing indoor sports especially fitness classes that involve high intensity plyo moves and high impacts. I follow the Les Mills Body attack, Body step and GRIT classes. I need shoes that provide stability, good shock absorption and dynamics. Additionally looking for good grip on the inner and outer arch so that the foot doesn’t move whiie in motion. Do you think the Nike Air Pegasus 31 is recommended for what I am looking? Thanking you

solereview July 29, 2014 - 5:03 am

What is the surface you’re training on? (Example: Hardwood, Urethane, or Gym mat floor?)

Regardless, the Pegasus isn’t suitable for those activities.

Pri July 29, 2014 - 5:04 am

Essentially hardwood but once a week also on gym mat

solereview July 29, 2014 - 5:30 am

Without recommending a specific shoe, we can give you a general guideline:

a) Avoid footwear with high and/or very soft midsoles. This compromises your lateral stability (side to side movement). A lower profile shoe is better suited for these workouts.

b) Forefoot stability and grip is important. Look for a shoe which has a wide forefoot, with sufficient rubber coverage beneath.

c) Forefoot cushioning and flexibility: See if the shoe feels padded enough, and also there should be minimal overlays over your forefoot.

d) Marking / non-marking rubber: Some gyms and studios are fussy about ‘marking’ shoes, ones which leave black skid marks. In that case, look for a shoe with non-marking out-soles. Otherwise regular rubber will do just fine.

For the arch support, you need to try the shoe on to find out. Brands like Asics and Under-Armour sells a lot of women’s training shoe models, you could give those shops a try.

Some people also do well in non-Flyknit Nike Free’s, but the arch area could be less than ideal.

Pri July 29, 2014 - 5:55 am

Thank s for this insightful information. My current work out shoes are Nike’s Flyknit but as you rightly pointed out the only reason why I am looking to change is the arch area comfort. I tried Asics gel shoes (latest released model can’t recollect the model) but they were strictly OK in comparison to the Flyknit… I have ordered the Air pegasus zoom 31W, lets see how that works.

solereview July 29, 2014 - 6:08 am

You’re welcome.

Let us know how it goes with the Pegasus. If you feel the under-arch support is inadequate, then try putting an after-market insole inside (Spenco, Sofsoles, Scholl).

But if you happen to face any issues with the Pegasus during your workouts, it is better to stop using them instead of risking potential injuries.

By the way, under-arch support of the Free can be improved by inserting in-expensive foam Arch cookies available at running shops or online.

Todd July 29, 2014 - 3:22 pm

I absolutely love this website and have hands down the best reviews on the web! I will be going to Disney World in September and will be doing a lot of walking for the 10 days I am there. Since it will be quite hot and being on my feet/walking all day I am looking for a comfortable breathable shoe so my feet don’t killed after a couple of days. Last time I went I used the Nike Flex 2012 RN and they worked out OK, could have used a bit more cushioning. I was thinking that the Peg 31 would work out well. Any thoughts?

solereview July 29, 2014 - 4:27 pm

Thank you for the comment, and happy to hear you like our labor of love :)

The Pegasus 31 is way more comfortable than the Flex Run. In fact, the shoe has become one of our favorite walking shoes, with socks or without it!

michael August 1, 2014 - 3:29 am

hi. thx for the review, thats help a lot.
which one of nike zoom series that have a forefoot zoom?

solereview August 1, 2014 - 4:58 am

The Zoom Elite 7 has one…. our review coming up in 10 days time.

Nikos August 1, 2014 - 9:46 am

Hi, I would like to ask if the toe box of is comfort enough (big).

I used to run with Nike flyknit lunar 1 and I would like to test something with more cushion features that’s why I am interested in pegasus 31

solereview August 1, 2014 - 4:39 pm

Yes, for a regular width, the toe box is roomy enough, allowing the foot to splay.

If that isn’t enough, it helps to know that wide and extra wide options are available in the Pegasus 31.

Mick August 2, 2014 - 6:12 am

Brilliant un biased review of running shoes. My go to site before I buy!
Now looking for a neutral shoe for mid to high mileage. Cushioned wider foot area needed,Due to a toe injury which affects the ball of my foot.I am looking at the Pegasus 31, or Nimbus 16. Any other suggestions? I am a heel striker,70kg thanks

solereview August 2, 2014 - 7:35 am

Hi, thank you for stopping by!

Wide and cushioned forefoot? That would be the Nimbus 16 – from what we’ve got our hands on so far.

Just try them on in the store and get a sense of how the upper goes around the affected (injured) area.

Bonnieballoo August 2, 2014 - 1:47 pm

Years ago I had a magic pair of Pegasus Air. Despite having had other brands since then I cannot find a pair of running shoes that feel part of me in the way the Pegasus Air did. I’m not imagining it as I still wear them for walking the dog and when I put my proper running shoes on the difference is really noticeable. Is the 31 anything like the Pegasus Air (if anyone can remember them)

solereview August 2, 2014 - 4:16 pm

What vintage is your Pegasus? Any chance you could reply with uploading a picture of the shoe, any photo will do.

Upload button is bottom left of this comment box.

Bonnie Balloo August 3, 2014 - 2:43 am

Pic attached. Think was about 10 years ago.

Bonnie Balloo August 3, 2014 - 3:19 am

Forgot to mention. Current shoes are asics cummulus gel 13 and feel TOO soft and wide

solereview August 3, 2014 - 5:37 am

Thank you for the picture!

The new Pegasus 31 is nothing like the 2004 Pegasus you have. The new shoe is way softer, and the upper feels much more minimal in comparison. One of our readers suggested the Brooks Defyance, you might just want to give that shoe a shot.

Bonnie Balloo August 3, 2014 - 9:50 am

Thanks. Will hunt down a pair

Teresa August 2, 2014 - 7:36 pm

Every year I go to the LRS and try on the new shoes which is both fun and frustrating. I always go back to the Air Pegasus. I’ve had 25 and 27 and loved them. I bought the 30’s and my toes went numb with each run so the store ordered them in a wider size and it worked great. I’m a size 8. Today I tried on the 31’s and was very disappointed. The size 8 was a horrible fit. I went up to a 9 and I could feel the seam where the mesh and the “windows” meet. The heel was not comfortable either. The heel cup was different with the new insole as well. I feel if the company is going to redesign a shoe, they should call it another name and leave the original alone. I don’t know what to do now. Any suggestions? I have a high arch and high instep.

solereview August 3, 2014 - 12:04 am

Have you given the Saucony Ride 7 a try yet?

Teresa August 3, 2014 - 1:23 pm

I haven’t tried Saucony yet. I tried the Nike Vomero and there was just something about the feel of the insole on my forefoot that wasn’t right. I will look into the Saucony Ride 7 next. Thanks.

solereview August 3, 2014 - 5:05 pm

The Vomero insole? You must have felt the Air bag underfoot.

Teresa August 3, 2014 - 7:50 pm

It kind of felt like it was rolling. That’s the best way I can describe it. Would that be the Air Bag? Is that good or bad?

solereview August 3, 2014 - 8:28 pm

The Air bag makes the forefoot stiffer, and could have contributed to what you describe as roll. Bad or good depends on what a runner wants from a shoe. Some people like the stiff forefoot.

Teresa September 29, 2014 - 4:29 pm

Update: I tried on shoes again and ordered the Air Pegasus in a wide shoe. My first 3 runs, toes went numb again. I laced them differently and the next run caused blisters. I took them back to the store, tried on shoes again. I had it narrowed down to the Ride 7 (1/2 size bigger though) and the Brooks Glycerin 12. The Glycerins felt more “natural”. I hated the price difference and really hope they will work. I read your review on the Glycerins and it’s actually disappointing. I’m almost frustrated enough to stop running.

solereview September 30, 2014 - 4:53 am

So did you end up buying the Ride 7?

Teresa October 6, 2014 - 9:51 am

I bought the Glycerins. I’ve only put 5 miles on them so far. They felt good. The test will be with longer runs.

solereview October 8, 2014 - 7:36 am

Good on you, hope they work out for you. We see that you’ve been having bit of a struggle finding the right shoes.

Lauren December 2, 2014 - 11:33 am

How would you compare the cushioning of the Glycerin 12 and the Pegasus 31? After wearing out and loving Air Pegasus 27s and then disappointment with the New Balance 880v3, the Glycerin 12 (in wide) from my LRS make me forget that I’m wearing shoes. I’m very tempted to order wide Pegasus 31s from NikeID after reading this review and the comments re: NikeID cushioning on the Pegasus 31, however.

solereview December 2, 2014 - 9:52 pm

We found Pegasus 31 to be softer than Glycerin 12, and overall more comfortable.

Teresa May 2, 2015 - 8:17 pm

It’s been awhile but I thought I would update. I ended up taking the Glycerin 12s back to my LRS as well. I can’t remember now why they didn’t work. I’m still in my Pegasus 30’s. I keep changing the insoles and the shoe is holding up really well for the mileage on them.

solereview May 2, 2015 - 8:23 pm

Thank you for the feedback. The Pegasus 30 is still very popular; going by our comments section, a lot of runners want something similar to the Peg 30.

solereview December 6, 2014 - 6:33 am

The Pegasus’s cushioning is softer than Glycerin 12, especially in the heel. It also runs wider in forefoot fit than the G-12, even in its standard width.

Lauren December 7, 2014 - 12:45 pm

Thank you so much!

solereview December 7, 2014 - 7:02 am

The Pegasus’s cushioning is softer than Glycerin 12, especially in the heel. It also runs wider in forefoot fit than the G-12, even in its standard width.

Jeff August 3, 2014 - 7:53 pm

Thanks for the great review! Would this shoe work for both tempo speed runs and long distance runs? Also what kind of surfaces do you think the shoe works well on?

solereview August 3, 2014 - 8:30 pm

Thanks for the comment!

We’d choose the newly released Zoom Elite 7 better suited for Tempo runs – that shoe has a firmer sole. Our review will be up later this week.

The Pegasus works best on roads, and fares well on synthetic tracks too.

SanderVR August 5, 2014 - 5:12 am

First of all, great job on another great review!
I was considering the Pegasus 31 for my next shoe.
I’m looking for a rather versatile shoe to use in the gym for all purposes aswell as on the road/in the park for running (usually about 5 miles but perhaps i’ll be doing a 10 miles run soon).
Would this be a good shoe for me or are there others you can recommend?
Also worth mentioning is that runningshoes often give me a bit of pain on the outside of my feet. Especially new shoes and on long distances. So i’m looking for something comfortable in that area.
Thx in advance for your feedback!

solereview August 5, 2014 - 7:13 am

Thank you for the comment!

Do you do weight training in the gym? And when you say outside of the feet, where exactly is the pain?

sandervr August 5, 2014 - 12:54 pm

Jep, weight training indeed, and occasionally running on the treadmill. The pain is on the outside (from little toe to heel) , more on the bottom than the top of the foot and more in the middle so not fully to the toe and heel. English is not my native language so sorry for the difficult explanation :)

solereview August 5, 2014 - 6:19 pm

Thanks – the Pegasus is too spongy for weight training. You need something a little more firmer and planted, perhaps the Saucony Ride 7?

And this pain – does it go away once you’ve taken the running shoes off?

Dan August 5, 2014 - 7:38 pm

I have had this issue with pervious Nike shoes (stock version of the shoe being different in feel than the customized ID version). I ran in the stock Pegasus 31. I bought two different pairs one at a time and tried them out. They both were not as cushioned as the pervious generation. Sent them back to Nike for refund.
However, when I bought my third pair, I bought it as a Nike ID where it is built to the color specifications you choose.
This pair that is Nike ID feels different. It is much more cushioned. Much more enjoyable to run in.
I had the same problem with a Pegasus 29 when it first came out. The stock pairs were not working for me. But when I bought the ID customized version, it seemed like such a better shoe.
Is it just me or maybe there is a difference.
Have you ever come across this issue? Could this be a quality control issue?

solereview August 5, 2014 - 8:30 pm

The Pegasus 31 ID has an option of a ‘cushioned’ or ‘responsive’ sockliner. Did you check that option while customizing?

Dan August 5, 2014 - 8:37 pm

Yes, each time I select cushioned. However, I always take my insoles out and put in all my shoes a Dr. Sholl’s Active Series replacement insole.
Do you think the sockliner would make that big of a difference? What exactly is a sockliner?

solereview August 5, 2014 - 9:47 pm

Sockliner is the same as insole. However, it is possible that your choice of ‘cushioning’ option on Nike ID also leads to a difference in how the foam midsoles are molded. Just an assumption.

Dan August 5, 2014 - 10:35 pm

Could be.
I wish you could get a pair of custom ID Pegasus to see if you notice a difference. I bet you would. It would be also interesting to know why if that was the case. I just know subjectively the custom ID has more of the attributes that I like in the Pegasus 30. I know you could do a better job that me teasing out the difference between the stock Pegasus 31 and the customized version.
But you assumption might be it.

solereview August 6, 2014 - 3:44 am

Actually, we can reach out to our contacts in Nike and ask them directly. We’ll send an email, let’s see what comes back.

solereview August 22, 2014 - 4:01 pm

This is what came back from Nike, from a person who used to work for Nike ID:

“I can’t speak for that exact shoe as I didn’t work on it but this was a customization option that was established when I was there, and what we did at that time was inject the midsole with a different density of foam to match the desired result.

Hope this clears things for you, and the reason behind the difference in the Pegasus cushioning.

Dan August 23, 2014 - 7:05 pm

First of all, SoleReview is awesome. Thank you for reaching out and actually receiving a response. You did not have to go through with this contact. But you did, which speaks volumes to what you do.
I think your contact reveals the truth: when you pay more for NikeID, you get more of a custom shoe–mine is more cushioned than the stock version. In addition, as your review points out, the stock version does not have much reflectors on it. However, when you customize your shoe, you can put more reflectors on it. I did and mine glows in the dark like the previous version (Pegasus 30).
I think we can conclude that the Pegasus 31 ID customized is not the same shoe as the stock version of the Pegasus 31. So, if other readers who prefer the previous generation feel of the Pegasus, you should opt to have it customized. The pro for doing so is more cushioning and the ability to glow in the dark if you run at night. The con is your going to pay about 35 dollars more for this shoe.
In fact, I would state that anyone who runs at night should customize this shoe. The fact that Nike has put so little reflection on the stock version of the Pegasus 31 should have all of us up at arms–criminal neglect.

solereview August 23, 2014 - 9:51 pm

Thank you! Was lucky to get a response, those guys are always so caught up in their work. But appreciate your question in the first place, because the process of answering it increased our own knowledge. Actually most comments do, as we read and respond to queries or observations posted on solereview. Helps us become better shoe reviewers with each day of responding to comments. For example, we did not know how Nike ID worked to affect cushioning levels. Always thought it was just a upper and color deal.

Agree that customization makes the shoe much better, and the $35 is a steep, yet justifiable price to pay for molding the shoe in shape of your own specific needs.

We always wonder why Nike is so stingy with reflectivity from time to time. If anything, those guys are the ones who need it the most. Their office is in Portland, where you’re more likely to encounter rain, snow and darkness than days of sunshine.

Talk about irony.

luca August 8, 2014 - 3:44 pm

great review ! still I’m not sure about Pegasus 31 vs Nimbus 15 in terms of cushioning and transition. Being using vomero for years but when i compared Pegasus 31 with Vomero 9, no doubt Pegasus was the best by far. can you tell me if the Zoom Air is different in Pegasus 31 and vomero 9 ?
also nimbus 16 just came out, do you reckon it might be really better than pegasus 31 or nimbus 15 ? Asics says they put more gel in the nimbus 16 than 15, but from the picture it does not seem like that

thanks again

solereview August 8, 2014 - 3:59 pm

Thanks! The Pegasus feels more responsive in cushioning than the Nimbus 15, which happens to be heavier and softer. When compared the Vomero 9, the Pegasus has only one heel Zoom Air Bag while the Vomero has both heel and forefoot Air bags.

We’ll be able to answer your question on the Nimbus 16 once we review it later this month. Please see our ‘upcoming reviews’ section for tentative dates.

luca August 9, 2014 - 7:09 am

Thanks for the prompt reply. btw, just read your review for the Energy Boost 2 and really wondering your opinion in terms of cushioning, responsivness and transition amongst PG31 , nimbus 15 and Energy boost 2 (agree with you the plastic midfoot cage is worst than horrible..)
Last thing, when you are going to review Nimbus 16 could you show the Gel cushioning units in heel and forefoot comparing with the nimbus 15 (similar great work you did in the Vomero 9 review with the pictures of the Zoom air bags) ??

solereview August 9, 2014 - 7:29 am

Happy to help!

The cushioning of Energy Boost 2 is superior to the Pegasus and the Nimbus 15 in its well rounded character, but we found the midfoot tight.

We’ll be reviewing the Nimbus 16, but unfortunately we won’t be cutting it open since we have only one pair – which we need for long term tests.

muraxz August 10, 2014 - 12:36 pm

Thank you for detailed reviews. My peg28 is old enough now. I decided to buy pegasus 30 or 31 without hesitation before checking out tests here and before going to stores. I have seen in the stores Pegasus 30 was too soft and both 30 and 31 have not given the feeling of cushioning, comfort, flexibility, support balance of the pegasus series i used to. I think Nike is not following the right strategy making radical changes on Pegasus, they should have made separatemodel instead of this. Pegasus series was my favourite but was, i think not anymore. I tried Lunarlon and lunar peg series too and did not find comfortable. I have regular arch and prefer the shoes with supportive and not softer than needed mid area and flexible forefoot, and have enough cushioning like elder pegasus 28 . I can get asics gt2000, kayano 19, kayano 20,nimbus 15, almost any adidas and reebok sold in this season. Any suggestions?

solereview August 11, 2014 - 8:07 am

Thank you for the comment, and for the compliment! :)

It seems that the GT 2000-2 could be one of the shoes you can look at. How about the 2013 Brooks Ghost 6 (not 7), do you think you can get them where you live?

muraxz September 7, 2014 - 4:34 pm

I live in Turkey and unfortunately i could not see Brooks in any trustable store. I liked Kayano 20 but i could found only red one and did not get them because of colour. Than i decided to give a chance to pegasus 31. After wearing for some weeks my opinions did not change so much. Some days ago, i have seen pegasus 28 in another store which is the product of 2014 and bought a pair. Next weekend, i will buy some more pairs of pegasus 28 because i do not know how long it will be produced.

solereview September 7, 2014 - 5:31 pm

Good call to consider buying a few more pairs of the Pegasus 28, considering your preference.

Unlikely that Nike will be making these anymore.

Ania August 12, 2014 - 3:22 am

Thank you for that website and these reviews. I consider to buy Nike pegasus 31 (or maybe 30 ) or Nike Lunarglide 6. I also think about Adidas energy boost or adidas supernova glide 6. I’m a woman and I run about 10 km 4times a week, mainly on hard surface. I have nike lunarglide 4 and I really love it – very comfortable for me. I’ve never try adidas running shoes, and I’m not sure if they are worth of risk to buy… (sorry for my english, is not very good) I hope you can help me.

solereview August 12, 2014 - 3:43 am

HI Ania, thank you for the comment.

If Lunarglide 4 is working for you well, why not stick to the similar Lunarglide 5? Should be available for much less as it is last year’s model. If you want to know about other models, the Lunarglide 6 is firmer than LG4 and 5, while the Pegasus is much softer in comparison.

The Adidas Glide and Energy Boost are also very different from the LG4, both in cushioning behavior and upper fit.

Ania August 12, 2014 - 3:56 am

thanks for fast answer. I want to try something new, I mean a new model, not to run always in the same. I read that is good to change the shoes you’re running in. thanks why I think about adidas.

How firmness and softness affect running ?

solereview August 12, 2014 - 4:08 am

It does not affect running so much (unless you are a pro or competing) – but it tends to become more a matter of personal preference. Changing a shoe (which you like) comes with a risk – you might either like it or not like it.

But if you want to try Adidas, the Supernova Glide Boost and the Supernova Sequence Boost are shoes you can look at.

trainer10k August 12, 2014 - 10:09 am

Wow, very detailed reviews; haven’t found anything this nice anywhere else. Keep up the good work, I just got the bug to run a 10K, and started training seriously about a month ago! Need a lot of help in deciding what shoe to get. I’m a nike fan, so would you suggest pegasus 31, lunar glide 6, or the elite 7? They’re probably all very different, but seem to be the newest. I want something light on my feet, but stable with good padding to train in. I try to run a 10K every other day as training and try to improve my times. Thanks.

solereview August 13, 2014 - 6:57 am

Hey, thanks for the compliment! :)

Here’s some information for you to base your decision on:

Cushioning: Pegasus is the softest, followed by the Lunarglide and finally the Elite, which is the firmest of the lot,

Weight: Zoom Elite 7 is the lightest, with the LG6 coming in a close second. The Pegasus is 12% heavier than the ZE7 and 9% than LG6

Stability: Highest on the LG6, followed by the ZE7 and Pegasus.

The Lunarglide 6 sits somewhere between the Pegasus and Elite 7 on weight, stability and padding.

guest August 15, 2014 - 5:24 am

so which one do you suggest to do not having injuries and last long ?

solereview August 15, 2014 - 6:11 am

Out of these two? We’d pick the Elite.

Scott Jeffreys August 12, 2014 - 10:09 pm

Great shoes. Wow. I’m a new runner but I bought these on advice from another website because they are better for heavier runners. I have no loyalty to any brand at all but I slightly underpronate so these seemed like a good option. Absolutely perfect for me and how I run. My only negative is how the insole wears out. The letters inside the shoe started rubbing off only a week after I purchased them. Not a big deal but FYI Nike. I’m not that overweight…

solereview August 13, 2014 - 6:51 am

The letters on top are affixed using transfer prints – the easiest type to peel off!

Robt August 13, 2014 - 6:08 pm

Can anyone comment on the durability of the Pegasus @ 75-100 miles plus ?

Tried a pair on in the store today, felt real nice. Heel seemed a little soft for me, personally. I am curious if the Pegasus maintains its cushioning/support.

solereview August 13, 2014 - 8:56 pm

We’re been wearing them off and on since June, and it still rides like new. If you wait for a month, we’ll be able to give you a post 100+ feedback.

The heel has a massive Zoom air bag, so the cushioning should not change unless it loses air.

Tom August 16, 2014 - 3:50 pm

Hi, I own a pair of Nike Zoom Air Milers which are quite old now and looking to get a new pair, I have had various pairs since I got my Milers but I keep going back to them as they are so comfortable. They are really done now and looking to try to replicate the feel with another pair. I am a reasonably big guy and primarily using for longer walks rather than runs so I am looking for comfort rather than response/speed. I love the cushioning of my Milers as my feet really sink into them and its like walking on pillows and really are the comfiest trainers I’ve ever had and as such have been looking at Nike Zoom trainers however the Milers have a full rear Zoom cushion exposed at all sides all round the heel and not sure what trainers will come close to these, I am looking at Pegasus 30 and 31 and Vomero, what would you recommend? Ideally I just want a new pair of Milers but Nike haven’t made for some time!

solereview August 16, 2014 - 4:09 pm

The Milers are amazing, we had a pair lying around till a few months ago. The caged Zoom Air bag in the rear-foot is a tough act to follow. but out of the options you’ve laid out, the Pegasus 31 comes closest to the shoe.

Tom August 16, 2014 - 4:12 pm


solereview August 16, 2014 - 6:36 pm

You’re welcome!

The Pegasus 31 is the best bet out of the lot, since Nike has stopped making caged Zoom shoes. Try them out at your store, there are a few differences between the two, ones which we’re sure you’ll notice instantly:

a) The Pegasus runs softer in the heel compared to the Miler, and lacks the stable, planted feel of the latter.

b) The Pegasus is softer and more flexible in the forefoot.

c) Upper of the Pegasus has a smoother feel compared to the Miler, and the heel fit is more relaxed, as it lacks the hard heel counter and (more) padded collar.

d) Heel to toe transition is way better on the Pegasus when pitched against the Miler.

e) We think the Pegasus will be less durable (25%, if you want a number) compared to the Miler’s outsole.

Your question brought up so many memories, thanks! We had the Kenya Flag colorway in the Zoom Miler, was quite a looker too.

Raul August 17, 2014 - 8:21 pm

Can you do a review over the hoka one one Clifton I would really like to get this shoe but don’t no if it’s for long distance running becuase I’m in cross country and I’m looking for some new shoes please

solereview August 17, 2014 - 8:26 pm

We’ll do a review but it’ll take some time. Because we can’t review only the Clifton in isolation, but also the Conquest and the Rapa Nui. But thanks for the suggestion, it is definitely on our minds.

Raul August 18, 2014 - 6:03 am

Thank you! Love this website so helpful

solereview August 18, 2014 - 6:29 am

You’re welcome, hope we can get to doing those Hokas soon :)

solereview November 10, 2014 - 5:02 am

The Clifton review is online now! Between the Pegasus and Clifton, we’d choose the Hoka!

Jer August 18, 2014 - 2:37 pm

My Air Icarus have been great for me, but now ready to replace…trying
others in the store is confusing because nothing feels as good as the
Icarus (though maybe not fair due to well worn v new & not broken
in) Didn’t like the Air Pegasus 30. But so far I’m liking the new
Brooks Adrenaline 14 and Asics Gel Nimbus 15. Any suggestions re:
duplicating the Air Icarus experience ? Thanks

solereview August 18, 2014 - 9:32 pm

The Air Icarus had a ride similar to the Vomero 3-5, and hard to replicate that feel. The Nimbus 15 is the closest, though much heavier.

jerwine August 19, 2014 - 8:34 am

Thanks very much! very interesting (and right on the money) you know your craft extremely well… I wore out my Vomero 5 Bowermans and other Bowermans before buying the Air Icarus. I’m much more of a long walker than a runner these days, so I love cushioned but supportive rides. Would the Adrenaline 14’s be good for that since lighter than the Nimbus or should I possibly be looking elsewhere ?

solereview August 19, 2014 - 8:45 am

You’re welcome! The Adrenaline is a fine shoe, as long as you can live with the slightly firm feel on the arch side of the shoe.

Dave August 19, 2014 - 3:26 am

Hi, love this site, easily the most comprehensive reviews on the net. I wouldn’t classify myself as a regular runner, I mainly run as a complement to my cycling (blasphemy to you?) but I do run once a week on average, 12-14km/h for anywhere between 60-150mins and run a half marathon distance once a month. Since I’ve been running my shoe history has been 3 generations of Gel Kayano, 1 Kinetic (think they rebranded it as Kinsei) and lately a Glycerine 11, was thinking of making these my next pair given your Glycerine 12 review but would value your opinion. I’m a pretty neutral runner but always run with knee strapping and sorbothane insoles, and have not bought into the minimalist movement, I like my cushioning but performance too.

solereview August 19, 2014 - 3:44 am

Thank you for the compliment!

Going by your history, it would seem that you value cushioning, but don’t like the shoes very soft. That crosses the Pegasus off the list. Despite parts of negative opinion in the Glycerin 12 review (which was mostly about the lack of information), the shoe isn’t bad at all – as a standalone product. If you try the Glycerin 12 and like how the shoe feels, you could go for it.

We loved the Transcend too, which to us came across as a beefed up Glycerin. Transcend comes with a chunky insole, so you might not need a Sorbothane.

Grumpy Runner August 19, 2014 - 6:05 am

I was torn between a pair of Nike Pegasus 31 and the new Adidas Response (I have other boost shoes and Pegasus 29s and 30s) and wore the super comfy 29s to get me round the London Marathon in one piece (just about) – In the end I bought both pairs (thinking I would take one back) but so far have only worn the Response Boost they are so light to wear although the materials used seem slightly cheaper and look like they may wear quickly they were only £80 compared with the normal £120 energy boost price. As far as the Pegasus are concerned it’s almost like they are another shoe compared with the big old comfy slippers of the past.

solereview August 19, 2014 - 6:26 am

The Response Boost, we should wrap up that review later this month or early Sep. Agree, the Pegasus has changed vastly over the years.

Some dude August 26, 2014 - 12:48 am

You wrote, The Pegasus 31, while not as plush as the Pegasus 31 up there!

solereview August 26, 2014 - 1:00 am

Thanks for the spot, fixed it!

Adrenalina August 26, 2014 - 1:24 pm

Hi there, what an awesome site, congrats!
I still havn’t figured out the ideal user of this Nike air Pegasus 31: thin or fat, fast or slow; for long distances or not.

I’m rather thin (66kg – 147lb), medium tall (179cm – nearly 6′); I run 3/4 times per week around 45-50km (30 miles). My pace for long runs on training (with little effort, not at maxium) is around 5’15” per km (around 8 min 30 sec per mile). I’m preparing for a half-marathon in october (target time: 1hour and 48 min) and my “final” aim is a complete marathon, ideally within 4 hours.
So i need a running shoe suitable for long distance training / races. I don’t care too much about performance, my priority is to avoid injuries as much as possible.

With the information provided, do you think the Air Pegasus 31 could be the right choice?

Thanks in advance

solereview August 27, 2014 - 9:19 pm

Hi, thank you for writing in!

Since shoes work differently for people, we avoid generalizations. A shoe ideal for one person might not be the same for another. What we try to do here is to offer a frame of reference, calling out the shoe’s behavior during runs.

The Pegasus is very comfortable with an overall easy going nature, but you can consider the Zoom Elite 7 too – firmer and stabler in the heel. We see both shoes as suitable for the purpose you’ve described.

Adrenalina August 28, 2014 - 6:46 am

thanks for the answer! I forgot to mention that I tend to a MILD over-pronation with my right foot/leg – whereas i’m perfectly neutral with my left foot/leg. Considering that it’s asymmetric and its soft “degree” (i.e. absolutely not a severe over-prontation), should it affect the shoes’ choice (and if so, how)?
Last time I went to a specialised shop they told me I should target neutral shoes (a3) not anti-pronation shoes (a4), however with a little control. Do u agree and which shoes are these?

solereview August 29, 2014 - 6:39 am

Regarding your question about shoe choice vs pronation, there’s no straight answer.

At times,shoes with pronation control features don’t behave as advertised. Runners react to footwear in different ways and the best way to find the right shoe is to base things on history – if a particular shoe worked for you well in the past, do look for similar attributes which made that shoe suitable. This could mean a particular firmness of midsole, presence (or absence) of medial post, and upper fit, among other things.

Both the Elite and Pegasus are neutral.

Grumpy Runner August 30, 2014 - 1:20 am

Fantastic reviews, without doubt the best around – Thank you, just bought a pair of Pegasus 31 and about to give them a run – Slightly off topic – I wore Pegasus 29 for marathon last year (comfy and big toe box) to get round in comfort (not to race way over four hours) and have put them away in their box to use for my next marathon – Is this wise? I have done total of around 70 miles in them but intended to put them away until the next marathon and maybe then the one after this as I know they won’t chew up my feet – or will they decompose and lose any properties of bounce in the foam as they get older? Also, (strange question I know) would a shoe get more wear or damage from running a marathon or four lots of 10k on different days

solereview August 30, 2014 - 2:03 am

Thank you for reading our reviews!

a) The Pegasus 29 foam won’t decompose or lose its cushioning properties since it has a EVA midsole. But it will be wise to go for a run in them at least once a month, that will keep the problem of potential hydrolysis(of the polyurethane adhesive) at bay.

b) Great question, and we have a theoretical, non-evidence based answer. Weather conditions and running pace being equal in both cases, using the shoes for a marathon vs 4 x 10k should result in faster wear and tear. Reason? Continuous movement over a longer period of time will generate heat from friction, which will make rubber softer, hence lowering durability.

Grumpy Runner August 30, 2014 - 3:52 am

Thanks for the reply very interesting – I hadn’t heard of hydrolysis (of the polyurethane adhesive) before and wonder if this would be a potential problem if shoes are left in the warehouse for too long unsold or is it only a problem once they are worn?

solereview August 30, 2014 - 5:16 am

Polyurethane degradation due to Hydrolysis is found mostly in midsole foams – thankfully foams these days are EVA based. But since the Polyurethane is used in all footwear adhesives, we think there is a small risk of the same process occurring there. We had a EVA foam based shoe, not much use but one day the sole just came off.

It doesn’t matter whether it is kept in a warehouse or in drawer, the risk is the same. We think any longer than three years of non-use storage, and the shoe is living on borrowed time.

Sam Gurling August 31, 2014 - 11:49 am

Hi great review, I have been researching running shoes for a long time now and I just can’t decide whether to get the nike pegasus 31s or the adidas response boost. I race a lot doing anything up to around 10K and I do triathlons, I am a speed runner, not a distance runner as I do many races. I run 3/4 times a week. Please help to justify my decision I don’t know whether to get the $30 more expensive boosts or stick with the cheaper pegasus’. I usually run in nike frees but I started to get blisters because there wasn’t enough support please help me thanks.

solereview September 1, 2014 - 1:11 am

We’ll be able to reply in a couple of days when the Adidas Response Boost gets into our weartest rotation. We’ll update this comment box, so please watch this space.

Sam Gurling August 31, 2014 - 11:56 am

Can someone please tell me how to delete this profile picture this is not right or me

solereview September 1, 2014 - 1:10 am

Just click on the profile picture and then select ‘edit profile’. Then you’ll see options on how to change it.

aimaim September 1, 2014 - 12:02 am

I have just found your site and read a review. Very informative and useful!
Though I have a question, I’m now running in Flyknit Lunar 1 (average distance is 10 K )and loving them so much especially the fit. Now I need a new shoes which could take me to 21K and I’m hesitating between Flyknit Lunar 2 and Peg 31. Lately I feel that the Lunar foam is too soft and may not provide enough stability for longer distance,which I’m planning to go on a half marathon. What’d you suggest been tween those two models? Thank you.

solereview September 1, 2014 - 1:07 am

The Pegasus 31 is a still soft shoe, how about the Zoom Elite 7 which is much firmer? Suggest you try the Pegasus and Elite together and then take a decision.

aimaim September 1, 2014 - 1:21 am


Gareth September 1, 2014 - 5:58 am

Great review very detailed which is why you have loads of comments below.

Question is… you have related the landing to a heel strike but I am a fore foot/mid foot runner, and would like your conclusion of the level of impact in the mid-foot area where there is less cushioning?

I am currently sporting Nike Free 3.0 v5 which are a “barefoot” show which are great, done half marathon in them, but now moving up to the Full Marathon and I am tempted by a new Nike Free or the Peg 31. I am a netrual runner 8-8.30mm but able to run a 6mm when required.

Thank you

solereview September 2, 2014 - 5:39 am

Thank you for the comment, Gareth.

Forefoot might not have Zoom Air, but is still very well cushioned. Also, the outsole continues unbroken from heel to toe, so transition is gentle too, regardless of where you land.

Gareth September 3, 2014 - 4:22 am

Thank you for this reply – this is the type of site people need and once found tell everyone about. Great review and can ask a question or two and get a reply. Top work.

I have a set of Free FlyKnit 3.0 being delivered tomorrow and Pegasus next week to compare and contrast. I think with running the longer distance the cushioning will prove more benefical but the truth is in the pudding and everyone has their own favourite pudding.

Thank you and ill come back and comment on here and the Free Flyknit review how I find them both after putting some milage upon them.

solereview September 4, 2014 - 1:18 am

Appreciate the kind words.

True about the whole pudding business, and that’s why we try to be as objective as possible. No shoe works the same for everyone. A model might be bliss for one, and medieval torture for another, with some in-betweens.

Look forward to reading your feedback on both the shoes.

Singletrackroadie September 1, 2014 - 10:56 pm

What a true gem of a website. Every now and then you stumble upon a website that delivers far and beyond what would normally expect at first. The depths of your reviews are mind blowing and yet you explain the information so that it is digestible to the average Joe on the street.
I whole heartily agree on your views regarding the Vomero’s, as I seem to have fallen out of love with them. Each new version seems to deviate what it was originally intended for. I have run countless marathons and a couple of Comrades marathons (89km) in Vomero’s, but the Vomero 8 was the last straw. I purchased a pair of Pegasus Trail shoes for a 50km Mountain race and was very impressed with the Pegasus as it was basically a road version with a more trail friendly sole. I am keen on testing the new Pegasus 31 after this review as it seems to tick all my boxes. It is cushioned, but still stable. The inner sleeve tongue is certainly a big
plus, as the Vomero 8 tongue drove me insane, due to slippage!
I do however have a simple question. The Adidas Boost technology seems very interesting. What would you recommend in the Adidas Boost range that is a similar type of shoe to the Pegasus? Love to give it a try at my local running shop and would be good to know which shoe I should try off hand. Never got on with the Asics (Nimbus etc), but any other shoe suggestions welcome (Saucony, Brooks etc.).

Keep up the great work.

solereview September 2, 2014 - 5:46 am

Hi, appreciate the kind words, and we think it awesome that you’ve run not one, but couple of Comrades!

The past few Vomero’s were disappointing examples, but it appears some remedy is close at hand with the Nike Vomero 10 – due to be released around Spring next year. Hopefully it turns out to be a plusher version of the Pegasus, which by the way happens to a great balance of cushioning, stability, fit and retail price.

If you’re exploring the Boost line, the closest in price (and positioning) would be the Adidas Response Boost. We’re currently scheduled to post a review by next weekend, and will be happy to include a small comparison vs. the Pegasus.

Singletrackroadie September 1, 2014 - 11:08 pm

Forgot to ask if you will ever review New Balance running shoes in the future?

solereview September 2, 2014 - 5:49 am


Starting with the 980, 890 V4, 1080 V4, 1260 V4 and 880 V4. We have some catching up to do.

lis September 3, 2014 - 11:23 am

Will these shoes be damaging to the feet or uncomfortable just to wear as a casual/walking shoe since they are designed for running and not casual/walking?

solereview September 3, 2014 - 6:14 pm

Not at all. The outsole has an uninterrupted coverage of rubber from heel to toe, so ideal for walking too. The cushioning is also comfortable at walking speeds.

M September 4, 2014 - 4:47 am

When taking about durability, do you think these or the Adidas energy boost will last longer? And besides your ratings, which one would you prefer overall?

solereview September 5, 2014 - 6:56 am

The Energy Boost will outlive the Pegasus as far as retaining its cushioning property is concerned. Outsole durability will be similar across both, and we’d prefer the Energy Boost 2 ESM over the Pegasus 31 due to its responsive and more consistent cushioning behavior.

Jay Denson September 5, 2014 - 2:54 pm

So I have a gripe that wasn’t discussed in this article. I’m training for the NYC marathon and although I love the feel of the shoe, there is one flaw. The Air Zoom Pegasus 31 doesn’t come equipped with the Nike GPS pod that’s compatible with the GPS watch. This saddens me because I really wanted to use my watch for the marathon and like previous models, it was easy to pop the pod in the sole without the worry of my cellphone dying during long runs. Nike dropped the ball on this.

solereview September 5, 2014 - 6:34 pm

Yes, Nike has dropped the Nike+ cavity on all 2014 models. The reason for this is that more and more wearables now feature a built in system without the need for a separate transmitter.

However, you can buy of those pods which attach to the laces. Costs just a few bucks and it’s easy to take off and on regardless which shoe you’re running in.

William September 7, 2014 - 1:04 am

this or lunarglide 6

solereview September 7, 2014 - 1:19 am

Can’t say without knowing what exactly you’re looking for in a shoe.

Alli September 7, 2014 - 8:13 am

I’m both a long distance runner and a sprinter and are looking for a pair of shoes that’ll fit all of my needs for both running types. I can’t decide between the Pegasus 31 or Lunarglide 6. Is there any way I might get some opinions?

solereview September 7, 2014 - 8:24 am

Between the two shoes, we’d choose Lunarglide 6. Firmer and snugger than the Pegasus, which in our opinion, makes it work better for faster runs.

William September 7, 2014 - 10:30 am

i own the lunarglide 3 and pegasus 29 and so far i didn’t like the lunarglides feel. I felt like the pegasus (worn pegasus from the 26th one) it feels like i can sprint faster. You also mentioned Nike said this pegasus is more of a speed demon? Anyway I’m just curious if i should give the lunarglide 6 another chance since it looks better(dunno if the painted foam is an issue) If ill train for track runs on the road and track which shoe may be better? My lunarglide 3 feels like it cant absorb much impact but its light and unresponsive. Hope the lunarglide 6 has got better. Thanks for the help!!

William September 7, 2014 - 9:44 pm

hi solereview it would be really awesome if u reply soon cause its kinda urgent for me to decide between those shoes. Much appreciated! :D

solereview September 7, 2014 - 9:58 pm

If you felt that the Pegasus 29 (which has the same sole as 30) works better for you to sprint, then the Pegasus 31 should do well too. That said, our preference of shoe would be the Zoom Elite 7, because firmer shoes just feel better when going fast. But that is purely based on what we think, and might not hold water for you. Since the Lunarglide 6 has a firmer feel and snugger midfoot (than the Pegasus), we would choose it to do our fast interval runs. The Pegasus is something we’ll choose to do our recovery runs in, because it is much softer and comfortable.

It’s been a few years since the Lunarglide 3, and our memories of it are bit vague. That said, we think the LG6 runs slightly more cushioned than the LG3.

William September 7, 2014 - 10:39 pm

gee thanks truly appreciate you guys putting time in making these awesome indepth reviews and responding to comments. Keep up the good work!:D

Chris October 5, 2014 - 12:49 am

I am looking for a shoe with a soft heel (like nike free 5.0 2014) but with added dynamic support sole (don’t like nike free sole).. Will pegasus 31 suit me? What about lunar launch or lunal eclipse 4?

solereview October 5, 2014 - 1:35 am

How about the Lunarglide 6? The Lunarlaunch does not have dynamic support.

Chris October 5, 2014 - 1:44 am

I had the lunarglide 5 and I was really satisfied!! I purchased the lunarglide 6, but returned it after 1 day. Very wide on the front, and no stability on the back :(. Looking something similar to lunarglide 5 but with soft heel.

solereview October 5, 2014 - 1:46 am

Then the Lunareclipse 4 is an obvious choice!

Chris October 5, 2014 - 1:49 am

You prefer them from lunarlaunch and pegasus 31?

A lunarglide 6 -flyknit model (snug fit) – will be perfect… but I dont know if will ever exist

solereview October 5, 2014 - 2:31 am

Because you wanted a model with Nike’s dynamic support midsole -the Pegasus or the Launch doesn’t have it.

The Flyknit Lunarglide has been dropped, as far as we know.

Chris October 5, 2014 - 2:57 am

Thanks for your reply/advise. I need something similar to lunarglide 5. Not necessary dynamic support midsole but close one with soft heel

solereview October 5, 2014 - 3:33 am

Soft heel? That would be the Lunarlaunch by a great margin over other models.

Chris October 5, 2014 - 3:54 am

thanks again! lunarlaunch upper material, midsole are the same as lunarglide 6? what about wide?

solereview October 5, 2014 - 4:23 am

This review will answer all your questions! :)

Chris October 5, 2014 - 4:47 am

Thank you! I am between pegasus 31 and lunarlaunch.., which is closer to lunarglide 5 heel and midsole?

solereview October 5, 2014 - 8:47 am

Lunarlaunch is closer.

Chris October 6, 2014 - 12:38 am

thank you!! last days after 10k running the ball of my foot becomes painful. is this caused by the midsole of nike free 5.0? should I go for a more cushioning shoe? like pegasus?

solereview October 8, 2014 - 7:35 am

It is possible that the high forefoot flexibility of the Free is causing your foot to work more, and hence resulting in soreness. Yes, it might be a good idea to switch to a shoe with a thicker forefoot.

Chris October 8, 2014 - 8:06 am

The kg and my body (1.85/90kg) plays any role this? Should I go for a more structured, cushioned shoes? Lunarglide? Pegasus? I had the LG5 in the past

solereview October 9, 2014 - 5:15 pm

If you’ve run in the LG5’s, the Lunarglide 6 could work for you.

ShoelessInSeattle September 8, 2014 - 1:49 pm

Great Reviews! As a Zoom Elite 6 wearer I’m a bit disappointed with Zoom Elite 7. It’s a great shoe but doesn’t work as an every day trainer or feel as durable as the 6s. Do you think the Pegasus 31 with its forefoot cushioning could serve as a replacement? If not any other shoes you might suggest?

solereview September 9, 2014 - 7:13 am

Yes, the Pegasus 31 could work, and perhaps the Saucony Ride 7 too.

Shirley Cunningham September 15, 2014 - 1:05 pm

I have had the 27 and 30 and I need a new pair. I suffer from shin splints so I have insoles in when running I also have high arches. Debating about trying another runner as my toes rub together and blister and I dont know if a dif runner would help. I would really appreciate your input.

solereview September 16, 2014 - 8:12 pm

The Pegasus 31 will serve you well if you’ve been running in the 30’s. If you have blisters, two things might help – choose a shoe with a roomy and breathable forefoot based on your foot shape, and use of an anti-blister foot powder (talc) which you can use between your toes. The socks should be comfortable, and not cause the front to bunch together.

Ling Esh September 17, 2014 - 8:17 am

I’ve read almost all your reviews and they are just so detailed!Thank God I bumped into this site! I’m 133lb,5 foot 10,and a neutral runner with normal arch .I’ve been running in the Nike Free 3.0 v4 and Nike Air Pegasus 29 for awhile and I love them both . Now I’ve decided to get a new pair-either the Air Pegasus 31 or the Free 5.0(2014) , but I’m having a hard time choosing!I run 20-25 miles per week . Can I get a clearer answer for my decision?I just want to confirm and make sure I don’t waste my cash on the wrong shoe.Thanks!!

solereview September 17, 2014 - 3:49 pm

Thanks! Between the 2014 Free 5.0 and Pegasus, the latter is softer and completely niggle free. So the Pegasus would be our choice.

Is Nike Lunar Launch available in your location? It is a curious combination of the Nike Free last (fit) and soft Lunarlon, which places it in between the Free 3.0 V4 and Pegasus 29.

Ling Esh September 17, 2014 - 9:06 pm

I’m afraid no .I’ve never heard about Lunar Launch.Anyway,thanks for giving me your thoughts!Really appreciate them!I’m heading towards the store now to get my Pegasus 31!

John September 17, 2014 - 4:17 pm

Great review of the Pegasus 31. I have small feet and struggle to fit mens sizes available in stores, have recently taken to buying womens shoes for smaller sizes and also just discovered that largest size in youth versions fits me perfectly. Are there any differences in the way womens and in particular the youth versions are made that would affect me and the length of time shoes should last. My weight is 62kg.

solereview September 17, 2014 - 6:07 pm

Nike has not called out that they’ve used Women and Kid’s specific lasts, so in all likelihood they are following one type of last. This would translate into similar fit across, except for the size. We can’t be 100% sure of that, but our best guess with the available information.

No effect on durability regardless of the gender.

Chris n. September 18, 2014 - 7:30 pm

In your opinion, do you think the Pegasus 31 are more cushioned than the 30? I have been running in the lunarglide 5s but have seen the Pegasus 30 on sale for cheap because of the release of the 31. I felt the 30 is way more cushioned than the lunarglides and I like it a lot. But am wondering if the 31 are just as cushioned or even more.

solereview September 18, 2014 - 7:33 pm

The Pegasus 30 is softer than the 31, and as you correctly pointed out, much more so than the Lunarglide. If you’re getting a good deal, it’s worth buying a previous generation Pegasus.

JustTruth23 September 19, 2014 - 6:52 pm

On your sensory scorecard, when something is more towards 1/2 +, that means it runs small and you should get a half size bigger?

solereview September 19, 2014 - 10:02 pm

It actually means the other way around. If the green is closer to 1/2+, then it means the shoe runs larger.

But thank you for asking the question, since this means we need to re-evaluate how that information is presented. Coming to think of it from your point of view, that row could be confusing.

We’ll make some tweaks starting from the next review so that sizing score is clearer. And if you have any suggestions for improving that, please feel free to do so.

JustTruth23 September 20, 2014 - 5:22 am

I could have seen it either way. But, like you said, that does lead to confusion.

Hm..I just spent some time looking at the scale to try to help. You could switch sides with ‘deep’ and ‘high’..To keep everything being larger on one side. But, then you’ll have to change too many dots on previous scorecards. Ha. And, it still would leave it indefinite. The best bet would be to simply change the word “true” to ‘small’. This way you also have the option of showing that something runs small. (Cause now you dont. Its just true or large.) ..And, dont have to move dots.

I tried to figure it out based on what you said in the review on size. But, in the review you said it ran true to size. And, on the scale it was towards large.

solereview September 20, 2014 - 7:14 am

Thank you – this is helpful, constructive feedback. How about removing the ‘true’ bit and have 1/2 size – and 1/2 size+ on both ends. You’re right about the scorecard not telling people whether a shoe runs small.

When we say (in the review) that the shoe runs true to size, this might also mean that while the shoe has some space up ahead, but it does not warrant going 1/2 size up, and you’re better off with buying your regular size. When the green marker moves towards the extreme end of the scale, only then we’ll call the shoe as half a size larger.

The scorecards are generally structured with ‘desirables’ on right and non-desirables on left, with some neutral rows thrown in – where neither side is good or bad. We’d like to leave it that way.

JustTruth23 September 23, 2014 - 5:16 pm

The only thing I worry about with the + / -, is that with running shoes the suggestion to buy a half size bigger or smaller tends to be given; and I dont know if some will look at that as they should buy a half size bigger or smaller. Rather than the shoe runs bigger or smaller. But, your idea has a nicer ring that large/small.

solereview September 23, 2014 - 6:06 pm

Thanks. Think we can combine both these thoughts together. Just look at the Skechers Gorun Ride 3 review later today/tomorrow to see if the changes make sense.

David Tello September 21, 2014 - 3:40 pm

Hi, Do you think this shoes will fit my profile? I’m pronator middle arc around 200lbs. Thanks!

solereview September 21, 2014 - 4:29 pm

What shoes have worked for you in the past?

David Tello September 22, 2014 - 1:06 pm

The pegasus 30 worked perfectly, but now they worned out after 400miles, I am willing to change or chose between Lunarglide 6, Pegasus 31, and the Vomero 9; what I really like about the 30’s is that they are wide and confortable, and as I said before I’m a bit overprenator and need very good cushioning because of my weight. Thank you in advance.

solereview September 24, 2014 - 6:56 am

If the Pegasus 30 worked for you, the Pegasus 31 should do the job too. Just know that the forefoot isn’t as wide and the shoe isn’t overall as cushy as the 30, so those are a few areas you’ll feel different about. Give them a try and see what you think of the fit and feel.

David Tello September 24, 2014 - 2:55 pm

Thanks a lot! Regards!

Vasile Lucian BUJOR ( Vasi ) September 22, 2014 - 1:56 pm


I own a pair of Nike Air Trail Pegasus+ ( launched in 2008 I guess ). Size 46 ( european ).

Works like charm, just a bit big for my size – Usually wear 45 at regular shoes.

What would be the current equivalent and what size? I understood that for instance, if in the past someone used size 46 wearing nike, current generation Pegasus is too big.

This is a picture of them with some modifications to extend their life until a find a new pair.

solereview September 24, 2014 - 6:50 am

Thanks for sharing the picture, some nice DIY there!

Honestly, we don’t have an answer to your question since we don’t know what last (fit) was used in the Trail Pegasus III. But heel to toe sizing does not have change over the years, that is a set measurement. So you wore a 45, then the Pegasus 31 should be good at 45. Why don’t you try them on at the local store?

Vasile Lucian BUJOR ( Vasi ) October 10, 2014 - 12:49 pm

Thank you for you appreciations. I hope that other people learned from my DIY and apply the knowloedge to extend their shoes life.

In Romania we don’t have the new shoes in stores, only on-line but not trustworthy cause of the counterfait.

In Romania are almost twice the money and considering our buying power, It’s like 700 dolars for you so,it’s expensive.

solereview October 10, 2014 - 8:38 pm

Understand your challenges around buying new shoes, hope you get something soon!

Jonshon September 27, 2014 - 1:52 am

Would you please make reviews about Puma running shoes ?

solereview September 27, 2014 - 4:56 am

Sure, but will take us some time, maybe around November-December.

Emmanuel September 29, 2014 - 5:31 am

Hi guys,

I have just bought the Nike Vomero 9, after being dauting between the Vomero 9 to the Pegasus 31.
I saw that its score of the Vomero was 7.6 when the Pegasus 9.4. How those scores have such a big gap?

Those shoes came out almost the same time, and one shoe is much worse then the other.

I should be upset now that I have bought the Vomero 9 instead of the pegasus 31? I am not sure that I can give the shoes back to the store…

solereview October 1, 2014 - 7:32 am

Don’t be upset – our review ratings are weighted in their calculation, and the Vomero scores lower because of deduction in variable elements. The Vomero is functionally a good shoe, and if they suit your running needs, then you have nothing to worry about!

Slavka September 29, 2014 - 2:43 pm

I’m a long distance runner … Currently training for Marathon … Running in Vomero 8 (which I’m very happy with) but willing to change trainers !!! Can not decide if to go for Vomero 9 of Pegasus 31 !!!

solereview September 30, 2014 - 4:53 am

If you’re happy with the Vomero 8, the 9 should be your choice. Just that the Vomero 9 is slightly warmer than the 8 because of the change in its mesh.

AUTOPILOT DTC FDP September 30, 2014 - 4:11 am

Awesome review, I can’t believe the level of depth and details, wow.

Actually, I just purchased those this weekend and had a first 10K run this morning. I confirm what you wrote: narrow front (I should have taken half size above), these are clearly the 1st nike I buy that are not true to size.
Also, I wanted to ask you: “Not recommended for low arch or flat footed runners.” I have almost flat fleet but felt confortable in them. Why aren’t they recommended for low arch runners??

solereview September 30, 2014 - 4:51 am

That is why we have stopped generalizing as far as classification of foot type to shoes is concerned. All our recent reviews don’t have this callout – we have realized (your comment proves it) that these categorizations don’t work.

The bottomline is, shoes work in different ways for runners.

Jay October 2, 2014 - 7:00 pm

What shoe did you train in before the peg 31?

AUTOPILOT DTC FDP October 5, 2014 - 11:51 pm

for 1hour + runs I use my asics cumulus
but actually for the past few months, I mostly used (don’t mock me :D ) my nike free TR xilla.
I have low arch feets and these are the most comfy shoes I ever run with. Also, I added a small gel pad on the heel cause it has almost no cushion there.

Now I’m getting used to the Pegasus, have some blisters but that was expected during break in…

Jay October 2, 2014 - 4:13 pm

Great review. Looking for a shoe with semi-soft feel, but still a responsive shoe. Considering the Nike Lunarglide 6 and the Nike Pegasus 31. As a mild mild over pronator, I know it would be better to get the Lunarglide. But I think I’d be able to handle the Nike Pegasus without hurting myself also. So I know that they both have pretty soft rides, but which one is more responsive than the other? I’m currently leaning towards the Pegasus because I know it has the zoom air unit in the heel which supposedly makes it more responsive, while the Lunarglide has nothing. Which do you think would be a better pick for me?

solereview October 2, 2014 - 7:09 pm

Based on what you’ve described, the Pegasus seems the shoe you should go for. You’re right in assuming that a heel Zoom bag makes the shoe rear-foot more responsive.

Jay October 6, 2014 - 4:50 pm

Quick question, how responsive did you find the Lunarglide 6 to be? How bout compared to the Pegasus 31?

solereview October 6, 2014 - 6:08 pm

Responsiveness is average on LG6, the Pegasus is better.

Heath October 9, 2014 - 4:06 pm

I tried on both the Pegasus 31 and the LunarGlide 6 today. Pegasus felt the best. The LunarGlide 6 was too supportive and I prefer neutral cushioning. However, the FlyKnit Lunar 2 was very close to the same feeling of the Pegasus 31 with juuuust a little wider heel at the sole it seemed, which may help prevent ankle roll-overs a bit more. Still going with the Pegasus 31 though.

solereview October 9, 2014 - 4:31 pm

Good call. The Pegasus has a lot going for it.

Fe Danos October 4, 2014 - 3:58 am

Is Nike air Pegasus 31 are the same with nike zoom Pegasus 31??

solereview October 4, 2014 - 5:25 am

Yes. These two names point to the same shoe.

Tifosian October 11, 2014 - 8:52 pm

Thanks for the detailed review…

I am slightly torn between the Brooks 6 And the Pegasus 31. The Brooks has better cushioning near the foot area..while the Pegasus has more cushion/bounce under the Heel area.

Which would would u prefer when pitted against each other in terms of stability & durability ?

solereview October 11, 2014 - 11:54 pm

Stability – Brooks Ghost 6 is better.
Outsole durability – Pegasus 31 rates higher.

Tifosian October 13, 2014 - 5:02 pm


francis October 14, 2014 - 11:37 pm

How is Ghost 6 more stable? Ghost’s stability score is 7, compared to Pegasus’ 9.5?

solereview October 15, 2014 - 12:05 am

The Ghost 6 was the first shoe review to feature our multi-point ratings system. Our ratings systems have evolved since then, and we have chosen not to retrospectively apply that to prior reviews.

francis October 15, 2014 - 12:23 am

Thanks. Been looking to replace my Pegasus 28, I’ve tried the Ghost 6 and Pegasus 31, leaning towards the Pegasus because of the better outsole. Waiting for Ride 7 to arrive at our shores to give it a try first before I buy. Also looking forward to you Mizuno Wave Rider 18 review. I have the 16 (gym shoes) and liked it much better than the 17. The 18 seems to look like the 16 with a u4ic midsole.

solereview October 15, 2014 - 12:28 am

Yes, the Ride 7 is a great shoe, we thought highly of it.

Don’t have history with the Wave Rider 16 and 17, but the new 18 rides firm. Yes, you’re right, it comes with a U4IC midsole, and immediate cushioning comes from the insole which has a buttery smooth top cloth.

Our Wave Rider 18 review will be up next week.

Tifosian October 16, 2014 - 8:37 am

Could you plz throw some light..on why Pegasus cannot be used for Flat Foot or Low Arch runners

solereview October 16, 2014 - 10:28 pm

Great question.

The truth is, the Pegasus CAN be used for flat foot or low arched runners. Previously, we said that as that was recommended by the brands. As we put on more miles in other shoes, we realized that generalization did not work – shoes behave in various ways based on running style/gait and foot anatomy.

As a result, we had stopped using that description in the past dozen reviews or so. Now that you’ve called it out, we have deleted that from all our reviews.

In hindsight, we think it was a mistake to generally classify a shoe based on its compatibility with arch types. Apologies if this caused any confusion!

Tifosian October 17, 2014 - 1:19 pm

Thanks for your Quick & Detailed Response !

solereview November 1, 2014 - 6:46 am

We remember you asked about the Mizuno review – we published it online late yesterday!

Erik October 17, 2014 - 9:32 am

Great review! I have a current shoe crisis. I’m running the NYC marathon in 2 weeks (my first) and still haven’t found a shoe that works for me.

I am a heavy runner (215 lbs) and have wide, slightly flat, very high volume feet that don’t fit into your average running shoe. My 3 top shoes for distances up to half marathons, in order of preference are Brooks Pure Cadence2 (with insole removed for added volume), Altra The One 2 (insole removed), and at a distant 3rd place the Brooks Ravenna 5 (in EE). I’ve done 2 18 mile runs for training, one in the cadence, one in ravenna 5. At the ends of both i wanted to saw my feet off just to not feel the pain anymore. the ravenna 5 held up better than the cadence (as i’d expect) but there are two problems with them. 1. i think that training run blew out my pair, they don’t feel the same since and 2. they’ve never been great to begin with. I’ve felt a slight pain on the outside of my right heel after higher intensity runs in them.

I just received a pair of 4E Pegs and the initial fit is outstanding, I will be taking them for a 12-15 mi run tomorrow as part of my tapering. I’ve never been overly concerned with pronation control, as long as a shoe isn’t particularly wobbly, but obviously this will be the least stable shoe i’ve ever run longer distances in. Assuming a successful run this weekend, Do you think these shoes will be able to stand up to my weight over 26.2 miles? or is it safer to get a new pair of the imperfect Ravenna 5 (the devil you know)

solereview October 17, 2014 - 7:23 pm

What you have there is quite a predicament, considering that NYC is barely 10 days away.

Based on the information you’ve laid out, it would be wise to let go of the Cadence and Ravenna if you’ve experienced pain in them during training runs.

Now, don’t know for sure how the Pegasus will respond during your training run, but if at the end of 15 miles they feel ok, then there’s a good chance they will see you through the full 26.2.

Don’t want to compound your crisis, but just asking – have you tried a pair of Saucony Ride 7’s in wide yet?

Erik October 20, 2014 - 7:56 am

I had tried the Ride 6’s in wide (as well as the Guide 7) and they were both too small. Maybe if i had taken the insole out they would fit, but since i’m looking for marathon level cushioning I thought that’d defeat the purpose.

I had a decent 13 mi run in the Pegasus, but it was an entirely different experience than i was used to. The springyness combined with a higher heel-toe drop was a very new feeling. I’ll use them over the next two weeks of taper runs and hopefully get used to them. If not, I think i just have to go with the pure cadence2 and hope the adrenaline of the day overcomes the soreness from the lesser amount of cushion

solereview October 21, 2014 - 1:50 am

Good luck with NYC! Hope the Pegasus works out for you.

Hunter October 22, 2014 - 9:24 am

Curiously, how is the Pegasus 31 stack up with the Ride 7 from Saucny?

solereview October 25, 2014 - 6:37 am

From what perspective do you want us to summarize? (cushioning, fit,stability, etc)

Finch October 25, 2014 - 9:10 am

I’m wondering why they would put a piece of cardboard on top of the air unit — won’t that break down over time, especially if it gets wet?

solereview October 26, 2014 - 5:40 am

Great question. The cardboard is actually densely bonded cellulose, similar to what’s found in most dress shoes, and also performance outdoor shoes. Not come across material failure in trekking/hiking boots, despite moisture getting in all the time.

Not sure what’s going to happen with water creeping into the Pegasus but given the material’s history, they’re pretty hardy for what they are.

Rhody runner October 25, 2014 - 12:11 pm

Great reviews! I love the website! I am rotating between peg 30 and vomero 8. I did my first run yesterday in the peg31 and my legs and feet were a little sore. I am hoping it was just because I am not used to them! I really don’t want to search for a new shoe. Do the 31’s “soften” a little?

solereview October 26, 2014 - 7:39 am

Thanks! Not exactly sure why your legs were sore, maybe it is a matter of time. The ride quality does not change – at least in short term use of 40-50 miles. The foam might start losing its compression only after a few hundred miles at the very least.

solereview October 27, 2014 - 6:48 pm

The Pegasus 31 has a more durable outsole.

Tifosian October 27, 2014 - 7:22 pm

Are there any differences between the Pegasus 31 Flash & (Regular)Non Flash Version..apart from the Cosmetic Look ?

solereview October 27, 2014 - 9:17 pm

The Flash version upper has more night time reflectivity, and comes with a water resistant upper – which makes the shoe run a bit warmer. Rest everything is the same.

Johnny October 30, 2014 - 4:00 pm

Just purchased the Pegasus 31 Flash and they are smaller than the Pegasus 30 is this normal?

solereview October 30, 2014 - 4:19 pm

Haven’t tested the Flash version yet, but it is possible that the non-stretch, water resistant upper eats into the upper space. And overall, even the Pegasus 31 runs slightly snugger than version 30 – we’ve called out the details in this review.

Johnny October 30, 2014 - 8:04 pm

Just went for a walk in them they did stretch and get more looser which is good. What Nike Shoes to you recommend for long distance walks? Thanks in advance.

solereview October 31, 2014 - 12:09 am

The Pegasus is good, and if you want something more long lasting and supportive, then try the full leather Air Monarch IV. Real leather upper and full length air bag makes the shoe great for long walks. It has a firm ride so try before you buy – they also need to be broken in.

Johhny October 31, 2014 - 9:42 pm

Ok thanks for the info.

Kate November 3, 2014 - 5:53 pm

I like to run and play indoor soccer however I’ve been suffering from pretty bad shin splints and I have an average to higher arc (Pretty rare for people with shin splints) and I was looking at the Pegasus 31 to see if it would help the shin splints. Do you think these would help or would there be a different shoe out there that would be better?

solereview November 3, 2014 - 5:57 pm

It’s really hard to say whether these will be foolproof. But generally, softer shoes should be given a miss when facing splints, so would recommend something more stable/firmer.

Shoes like the Structure 18 (not 17!), Saucony Guide.

Kate November 3, 2014 - 6:02 pm

I looked into those but those are mostly for pronated feet and I actually tend to have supinated feet, where most of my weight is on the outside of my feet but yet I still have interior shin splints. It’s the weirdest thing but I’m getting desperate in finding new shoes because I haven’t been able to run for the past 3 weeks.

solereview November 3, 2014 - 6:18 pm

Don’t think too much of a brand’s definition of pronation control shoes. In fact many shoes supposed to be neutral exhibit motion control behavior, and vice versa.

Running (and injuries) is a such a complex topic due to variables involved, it’s hard to single out a shoe which will work 100%. In such circumstances, it is best to look back and see which shoes kept you going injury free and then choose an equivalent.

You mentioned participating in soccer, so there’s a possibility it might have contributed to splints. However, we’ll recommend to see a physio, if you haven’t done so already.

Kevin November 3, 2014 - 7:46 pm

Hi, I’m a big guy weighing at 210 Lbs, right now my option is either Nike Pegasus 31 or Lunarglide 6, which one will provide better ride for me, I do mostly 5 – 10K

solereview November 5, 2014 - 7:30 am

We’d say the Lunarglide 6, because it feels stabler than the Pegasus – something which comes in handy once you load a lot of weight on them.

That said, your choice is best made after trying them for yourself, and see what suits you. The Pegasus is more of a comfort shoe, with a relatively relaxed upper and softer midsole.

Eduardo November 5, 2014 - 8:59 am

Hi, I’m currently running with a pair of Pegasus 30, they are great and very comfortable. Now I need to buy a new pair, and I’m wondering if the less cushioning of the Pegasus 31 will affect me, since I have a high arch, and sometimes suffers from a little pain in the heel. My weight is 168 lb, and my height 5′ 11”. It will be Ok to buy the new 31, or should I look for another pair of 30? what about other brand’s models with good cushioning? thanks for any help.

solereview November 5, 2014 - 11:44 pm

Your individual preferences are your own, so can’t say for sure whether you’ll like the 31. It is a different shoe, in ways we’ve called out in our review. We’ve laid out some of the other shoes available which have good levels of cushioning. This is in alphabetical order:

Adidas Energy Boost 2 ESM or Techfit
Adidas Supernova Glide Boost 6
Asics Gel Nimbus 15 (2013 version)
Asics Gel Kayano 21
Brooks Transcend
Hoka One One Clifton (most cushioned of the lot)
Saucony Ride 7

Nishith December 7, 2014 - 7:34 am

Wonderful review and thanks for taking the time answering questions.

I am looking for a shoe for daily wear and I need forefeet cushioning. I don’t pronate in my opinion but have pain in forefoot bone area. I used to wear Reebok Runtone till date and it was comfortable for me to relieve the pain somehow!

Now that my runtone got stolen from Agra Taj Mahal (one of the 7 wonders of the world), I am looking for a replacement.

Would Nike Air Pegasus 83 iD Men’s Shoe be a good option (since I can customize it and get it in leather). Or, would you recommend something else?

Please guide.


solereview December 7, 2014 - 5:41 pm

Hi – the Pegasus 83 is a retro (lifestyle) sneaker, so not the best choice of running shoes in modern times!

The Pegasus 31 has decent forefoot cushioning, so it should work for you.

solereview December 15, 2014 - 4:53 am

Hi – the Pegasus 83 is a retro (lifestyle) sneaker, so not the best choice of running shoes in modern times!

The Pegasus 31 has decent forefoot cushioning, so it should work for you.

Gast November 7, 2014 - 7:36 am

Hi, I just bought a pair of them, but to me as heel runner they didn’t felt comfortable for the first time. Even my last shoes weren’t real joggingshoes they felt better with my heel. Is that normal?. And another question: Which fit better to me: Adidas Energie Boost 2.0 or the Nikes? I might like the styrofoam of them, could I? Right now I’m jogging up to 10km, 4 times a week and want to use them also at school at competition.

solereview November 7, 2014 - 7:44 am

It also depends on your running form too, as not all experiences are the same. So it is perfectly normal – unless the heel feels abnormally flat and depressed. That could mean a Zoom Air bag puncture.

The Adidas Energy Boost will feel more cushioned than the Pegasus, and you could also try the Hoka Clifton.

Gast November 7, 2014 - 7:48 am

I just saw the Nike Lunaracer 3+ are they better for me (because I’m quite lightweight)

solereview November 7, 2014 - 7:59 am

Yes, the LR 3+’s are good shoes – very lightweight with enough cushioning. The upper forefoot runs very snug though, so try before buying.

Max November 8, 2014 - 12:09 am

Well I can run and walk in Peg 30 without any pain however I bought Peg 31 and I had nothing but pain in my heel and calf muscles it has no comfort. The 31’s look good but are terrible imo. Overrated shoe I went and bought another pair of Peg 30’s Nike have ruined this brand.

Meh November 12, 2014 - 2:52 am

Hi, I am a high school student and I run mostly for school or to keep fit. I have a Pegasus 28 that I’ve not upgraded in a while and I was thinking of upgrading to a 31. What I like most about the Pegasus 28 is the bouncy feel to it, and I’m curious to know if 31 retains this feature. Thanks in advance!

solereview November 13, 2014 - 5:48 am


While the Pegasus 31 is a good shoe, the heel section feels different from Pegasus 28 during landings.

The Zoom Air bag is still in the Pegasus 31 so there’s responsive cushioning. But it lacks the separate crash pad (from Peg 28), which robs it of some ‘depth’ or bounce when you land.

Why don’t you try them on at the nearest store? You’ll be the best judge of it.

Meh November 14, 2014 - 4:28 am

Hi again, I tried it on today and decided to buy it because it fit really snugly and was really comfortable. Indeed the heel felt different but I think with a few runs I’ll probably get used to it. Thanks for the advice!

solereview November 14, 2014 - 5:55 am

Happy to hear that, great runs!

Michael LeBlanc November 16, 2014 - 8:25 pm

I’m a sprinter looking for a training flat. Maximal runs are almost always done in spikes, and lifting is always done in Olympic lifting shoes, so those needs are eliminated.

That said, the shoe has to be suitable for near-maximal sprint efforts, tempo runs, and lots of plyometrics. I was a pretty big fan of the Pegasus through 29, and then took some detours (Free 4.0’s, Lunar Glide).

I have pancake flat feet, but no history of foot issues. I enjoyed the spike-like quality of the Free’s, but they just didn’t offer enough when it came to plyometrics.

Would the Pegasus 31’s be a suitable shoe for me? I’ve tried them on, they’re comfortable, but am wondering if there’s any other direction I should be looking in. The only caveat is that I have to stay in the Nike world.

Your reviews are awesome.

solereview November 17, 2014 - 8:36 am

The Pegasus 31 works better than last year’s 30 on track, but that comparison is relative. Once you throw in a proper pair of spikes or even distance running (road) shoes into the equation, the Pegasus 31 feels sluggish – both from a ride (too soft) and grip (on track) perspective.

We would suggest either the Nike Zoom Streak 5 or Lunaracer 3. The Streak has a relaxed forefoot fit, with some amount of cushioning. Grip isn’t as good as the lighter Streak LT 2, but it does alright on track, given its low profile.The Streak LT2 is a lighter version of Streak 5, with some differences.

The Lunaracer would score on Plyo workouts if you’re seeking a higher level of cushioning in a very lightweight package. Though that need is subjective; someone might want less midsole padding for better ground feedback.

The Lunaracer 3 also fits very snug in the upper, which feels useful during sprint training. Grip is neither better or worse than the Streak 5.

Suggest you try both these shoes on and be the best judge of what might potentially work for you.

We can’t offer an opinion on the Lunaspider R5 since we haven’t tried them on. It looks very promising, though.

Ram November 16, 2014 - 11:13 pm

Hi SoleReview,

your reviews are very good and especially i love your reply’s.

I have a small question, regarding choosing between Pegasus 31 and lunar glider 6 for daily morning walk, occasional jogging (2 or 3 times in a month for 3kms distance ) and for daily use. Also one more thing is i’m going to use it for long period, so which one of these two shoes is long lasting.

things i’m looking for

1. Comfort ( more cushion )

2. Long lasting

3. Value for money

If there is any Nike shoe with less price tag which is good for daily morning walk and daily use, please let me know.

solereview November 17, 2014 - 8:42 am

Thank you for the comment!

We’d choose the Pegasus 31 over LG6 for the needs you’ve described. There are shoes like the Zoom Winflo and Dual Fusion Run 3, but there isn’t so much of a price difference.

So it would make sense to buy the Pegasus, which also happens to be one of the few shoes which you can wear barefoot comfortably.

Jai November 18, 2014 - 9:17 am

I have been suffering from plantar fasciitis from last 3 months. Yesterday I bought pegasus 31.

I use this shoes for daily morning walk (4 km daily) with occasional jogging and also for office (8 hours seating work).

Is it a right choice, or would you suggest me something else.

I had thought about asics nimbus 16 which I liked very much, but that looks more sporty because of its fluorescent color. I wanted the shoes for jogging along with office purpose.


solereview November 19, 2014 - 5:00 pm

Hi Jai – the Pegasus should do ok if you’re not overloading your PF. Otherwise, we would have chosen the more firmer Nimbus 16, as the Pegasus partially allows the midfoot to flex, something we do not see going well with an inflamed PF.

Trust you have visited a Podiatrist or GP for professional/qualified medical advice.

Jai October 16, 2015 - 3:20 am

It has been an year now and today I can say PF has gone.

Not sure if it is because of shoes or an year time has healed it.

Today I thought to come back and share my experience. For initial few months I didn’t find any difference. It was unbearable pain the moment I step down from bed. But from last one month I feel the pain has been reduced and probably can say has gone. It took me an year. So I am not sure if the shoe has any role in healing. But I MUST say pegasus 31 is nice lightweight shoe and gave full comfort while walking and jogging in my bad days.

solereview October 16, 2015 - 4:22 am

Jai, glad to hear about your recovery, and thank you for coming back and sharing your feedback! Much appreciated.

dzany0ne November 21, 2014 - 1:22 am


I’ve read your review of the nike pegasus 30 and 31 multiple times. I’m currently using my good old reliable pegasus and absolutely happy with it. What would say make the the 31s better than the 30s? When I look for shoes, I usually look for good cushioning especially in the heel portion, and ample forefoot room since I tend to have blisters with narrower shoes. Would you recommend the 31s based on those two things? Thanks and more power

solereview November 21, 2014 - 1:30 am

Thank you for the comment!

The Pegasus 31’s heel cushioning feels less softer (around 30%, to put a number) than the 30, and forefoot is slightly more snugger due to the inner sleeve. It might be safe to go with a wide (2E) Pegasus 31 if you’re looking for ample forefoot room.

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Sean November 23, 2014 - 6:23 pm


I am looking to purchase a pair of new running shoes. I am trying to decide whether to him the Pegasus 31 or the LG6. Right now I have Pegasus 29s and I like more cushion over responsiveness. It would be great if you could point me in the right direction. Also, if you think that neither of those shoes are suitable could you give me a couple more ideas.



solereview November 24, 2014 - 6:08 am

If you like cushioning (softer ride), then Pegasus will score over LG6.

The Hoka Clifton is also highly recommended, amazing cushioning. Also consider the Brooks Transcend and Kayano 21 (yes, we know, but we felt the Asics works as a cushioned neutral shoe too)

Chris November 25, 2014 - 10:19 pm

I love your reviews since they’re so in-depth and analytical to the core. Now I’m caught in a predicament. My Air Pegasus 30 is probably my most reliable shoe, but it’s just not that great anymore since I feel like I’m sinking into it rather than pushing off. The cushioning is great for those long runs, but I’m looking for a long-lasting trainer.

I have the Air Pegasus 31 in mind, but the Saucony Ride 7 is also on the same level of interest for me. Please help

I have a forefoot strike, and I’m looking for responsiveness with sufficient cushioning and something that will last a long time. Thanks SoleReview!

solereview November 25, 2014 - 10:47 pm

Hey, we do what we can, happy to hear you’re into our reviews!

Both Ride 7 and Pegasus 31 are great shoes, and we’d personally pick the Saucony. However, given your requirements, the Pegasus 31 is the shoe for you. A few reasons why:

a) The outsole durability is hard to beat, and will pip Saucony any given day.
b) It is nicely cushioned, and Zoom air bags gives it some responsive character.

Brandon November 25, 2014 - 10:58 pm

Would it be a bad choice for me to transition from the lunarglide 5 to the pegasus 31?

solereview November 26, 2014 - 2:59 am

That would depend on what you’re looking for in a shoe!

Ken November 26, 2014 - 6:13 pm

LunarGlider 6, Structure 18, or Pegasus 31 for Track & Field/Sprinting? I weigh 143 lbs/65 kgs and I was wondering which you would recommend and why?

solereview November 28, 2014 - 1:00 am

Actually none of them are great for track. But within those choices, the Structure 18 will feel better than the rest due to its firm ride, and slightly responsive forefoot.

The Brilliant Green November 28, 2014 - 7:28 am

Hi, great blog guys!
Sometimes though I do not understand your shoe “demographic”.
I mean, Mr Ken asked you to pick a shoe between p31/s18/lg6 for track and you suggested s18.
Aren’t these shoes in different category (stability vs neutral)? How is it possible to compare them, and suggest one over the other not knowing his pronation?

Just a question, not meant to be accusatory :)

solereview November 28, 2014 - 7:55 am

Great question.

For track use, a runner will forefoot strike, with fast touch and gos. In that scenario, what will only matter is the quality of forefoot ride and upper fit. The Structure 18 will pip over Peg and LG because of firm and responsive front. If the OP had asked for alternatives, we would have suggested a better shoe.

Track use has a completely different dynamic than that of road, and most ‘pronation control’ features mean little during maximal workouts.

Nick November 29, 2014 - 4:29 am

Hi guys, great site! I was thinking about getting these shoes, based on your review. I’ve got fairly flat, wide feet though and you say they should be avoided in people with low arches. I have a forefoot/mid foot strike and under pronate. I’d be using them for everyday & long runs. I currently alternate between Asics Gel Excel 33-2 & Mizuno Wave Rider 17, both are good but I’m still searching for my perfect shoe. Could that be the Pegasus 31 or would you recommend something else? Thanks in advance :)

solereview December 1, 2014 - 3:44 am

Perhaps the new Structure 18 could be your thing – considering that you are currently running in the Wave Riders. To add, the Structure has Zoom Air in forefoot, which means your foot-strike type can take greater advantage of that.

Give both a try at your LRS (Peg/Structure) and see what feels best.

Nick December 1, 2014 - 5:13 am

Thanks for the advice guys. Being a supinator I’ve always been advised to go with a neutral shoe so I’ll look forward to giving the Structure 18 a go!

solereview December 1, 2014 - 5:33 am

The Structure rides firm, so under pronation shouldn’t be a problem. Ironically, the Pegasus seems to have more laterally biased cushioning (heel) than the S-18!

Patricia Brown November 30, 2014 - 10:49 am

I’ve never been a big fan of Nike shoes but after many months of searching for a shoe that would fit the bill for recovery and long runs your review finally convinced me to try them. I had tried an earlier model a couple of years ago but they were too squishy. Picked a pair of these up the other day and fell for them immediately. Easy to love, very comfortable and friendly. They don’t mess with my gait, provide ample cushioning while maintaining ground feel and promote my mid foot/forefoot strike. Thanks for your review which guided me this direction and convinced me that the wholesale changes they made to this version were worth a try. Very happy camper.

solereview December 1, 2014 - 5:35 am

Glad to hear that, and also the fact that they fit well around your bunions (based off your comment on the Rider 18 review). Thanks for the feedback!

Alex December 1, 2014 - 5:09 pm

Hey guys, excellent review but I can’t decide between these or the lunar glide 6s. I’m running about 50 miles a week, usually with a long run and a tempo or two, so which shoe would you recommend? I have a medium arch and need neutral-minimal support. Thanks

solereview December 2, 2014 - 5:31 am

We’d lean towards the Pegasus, and partly because it will be more durable (outsole) in the long run, given your weekly mileage.

Alex December 2, 2014 - 5:20 pm

great, thanks!

Enzo December 2, 2014 - 7:16 am

I’ve just got the Pegasus 31, which I bought before seeing this review, and thanks God the review was awesome, you justified my choice. All this time, I’ve been running with Nike, but the other day I was thinking about changing into Brooks or Saucony, but still end up with Nike again, but no regret at all. At the first time I use these pair, I immediately clicked with them, they felt firm, not to squishy, but so comfy. Happy!

solereview December 2, 2014 - 7:36 am

Great to hear that, and thank you for sharing your feedback!

R9 December 2, 2014 - 9:05 am

Hi..first I want to congratulate you, this is an awesome page; second, english isn’t my spoken language, sorry for my future mistakes jajaja…

I wanted to ask you if the Pegasus 31 are good for me..I’ve just bought them at $86 from footlocker..
I have flat feet, very flat feet, I also land on my forefoot while jogging/running, I usually run 5-6 kms. twice a week on a track made of these like tartan blocks or something, I run in a pair of air max 2010 and they are awful, the sole feels really stiff, I thought because of the visible air they would be like running in clouds, but I was wrong, I don’t really know a lot in running shoes..I have a pair os Nike5 Lunar Gato for indoor soccer, and they feel way better than the air max…jajajaja
I was thinking on getting the structure 18 but at the end I went for the Pegasus 31 because of your review..
Was it a good option or should I buy a different shoes next time?…


solereview December 6, 2014 - 6:29 am

Hi, thank you for the comment!

Can’t say for sure whether the Pegasus 31 will suit your needs. Sometimes the shoe works for flat footed runners, and sometimes it doesn’t. But there is one thing we believe in- if your body/foot undergoes regular physical conditioning (exercises/stretch), then most shoes will work regardless.

But as a general rule, it is better to stick to stability shoes like the Structure 18, Saucony Guide, New Balance 860/1260 etc. Those shoes have the support needed for flat feet.

You’re right, the Air Max 2010 is a very average shoe.

R9 December 6, 2014 - 8:06 am

thanks!…it’s really nice that you take the time to answer to everybody..I’ll get the structure 18 later…
again thanks…and great reviews… (Y)

Heath Teoh December 13, 2014 - 7:45 pm

I used to wear the PU midsole generation of Pegasus, in the early 90s. Since its change to a cushlon midsole, I have avoided it for fear of it not having enough support – too squishy.

PEGASUS 31: Cellulose board (cardboard) piece over the heel Zoom Air bag. Does this equate to a “Combination last? If it is, it might have enough stability for me to revisit them. I have run consistently for the past 40 years so generally, my running muscles have been kept in good condition.

solereview December 14, 2014 - 5:15 pm

Compared to PU midsoles of old, the new Pegasus is definitely squishy. Not sure how they will suit you though.

No, this is different from combination lasting. The board is there to keep the Air bag from puffing out – the lasting is still strobel based.

MichelleEliza December 3, 2014 - 4:41 pm

I’ve read the reviews and I couldn’t make my mind up and ordered both the Lunar Glide 6 and the Pegasus 31. Tried them both on and liked the fit and feel of the Pegasus. I am an over pronator though and worried that in the long run they may not be the right choice. In the past I have worn the Lunar Glide 5 and were happy with them. I do a lot of both walking and running about 3-4 miles 3x a week. Any advise? Go with what is more comfy now, or look more to what type of runner I am?

solereview December 6, 2014 - 6:57 am

If you have had a good experience with Lunarglides, then the LG6 is more likely to work out. But it differs from LG5 in the sense that it is firmer and more ‘neutral’, as it lacks the prominent outwards bias of the LG5.

Frankly, if regular conditioning(of Achilles, PF, upper and lower leg) is part of your regime, then it matters less what shoe you wear. Anything comfortable and stable will do.

Karen December 5, 2014 - 8:46 am

Hi! Love your reviews!! Question? I’ve been running in the Pegasus 30’s for over a year and have loved them but recently have started having pain on my heel [back of my heel where the Achilles inserts]. Want to move into the 31’s but am concerned the lower heel drop might be a problem. I’m a neutral runner but slightly pronate on my right food [but not left, which is the heel I have the pain in]. I was always a Saucony, Ride girl until they dropped all the heel heights to 8mm. Should I give the 31’s a try or do you feel they will exacerbate my pain? Thx!

solereview December 7, 2014 - 6:34 am

Really hard to say with heel pain, and won’t hazard a guess.

At the same time, a lower heel to drop should not be so much of a problem. After all, a shoe dropping from 10 mm to 8mm is very, very small. That’s the thickness of a quarter spread from heel to forefoot. Then there’s this issue of loaded (with weight) vs unloaded heel drops.

Santosh December 6, 2014 - 7:30 am

My Left foot has a Normal arch and Right foot has High arch. I feel pain in the Shin bone and also in the Metatarsal bones after the run. I used to run around 4 to 5 kms daily earlier but because of the pain, have reduced to around 2 kms. The pain goes away after a day or two. For those two days I can’t run. Will Pegasus 31 will be good for me? Will it help in eliminating the pain to a certain extent. Please do suggest your recommendation.

solereview December 6, 2014 - 7:35 am

What shoes do you wear currently, and what surface do you run on?

Santosh December 6, 2014 - 8:02 am

I run on roads and stone walkways in the parks .Shoes I use are normal Nike sports shoes. Since I started experiencing pain because of which I wasn’t able to run. I have been doing a bit of reading on pronation, etc. Recently I started looking in to different shoes. Hoping proper shoe will rectify the problem and I will be able to run just like before.

solereview December 7, 2014 - 7:12 am

Metatarsal pain and shin pains might not always be due to shoes. For example, pressure from the uneven stone walking paths could be transmitting through the shoe, and running on road cambers (curve on either side of road), tends to put unnatural stress on muscular systems.

Try to find a flat running surface, and see if the injuries reduce, before spending any money on shoes. Pegasus, by the way, is a good shoe.

Santosh December 7, 2014 - 7:51 am

Thanks! for your suggestion. I will try few lower leg and ankle strengthening exercises too. Two years back used to run 4 to 5 KMs alternate days on the roads without pain. And also had run 10 KMs race which used to be the side event alongside Marathon races. Had visited Doctor too which hasn’t been of help. Advice was to stop running which I don’t want to. In the past two years, kind of stopped running almost, just used to go for long walks with intermittent few 100 meters run. Very recently have again started running, 1 to 2 KMs alternate day. But the very next day, the pains are back. Since past 3 days, I couldn’t go for exercise and run because of the pain in the shin bones and upper part of ankle. Hopefully, they will be gone soon with few additional exercises. Honestly, finding a flat surface is quite difficult. A stadium which has track is 30 KMs away which is difficult for me to go as I need to be in office too. The only option I see is Roads for me. Have been gathering as much information as possible to get rid of these pains because I like to run. Let’s see what happens. Wanted to be a part of running Half Marathon which seems to be a distant dream, given the current situation. My current goal is just to be able to run without any pains. Thanks! for your time. Appreciate it.

solereview December 7, 2014 - 5:19 pm

With running injuries, it is important to eliminate the variables first. It might be just be worthwhile to go to that track on a weekend and see whether the pain returns. That should be done after a few days of rest post your regular road workout so that you start on a blank slate. Just do your regular pace and distance on the track so that a like-to-like comparison can be made.

In running, physical conditioning is the single most important aspect of staying injury free. That, and building mileage gradually over good running form. Like someone once said, playing sports doesn’t keep you in shape, rather you need to be in shape to play sports.

The right thing would be to focus on all muscle groups engaged in running instead of just lower leg and ankle, since there’s a high degree of inter-dependency – no part works in isolation.

Suggest hitting the gym to weight train Quads/Hams/Glutes/calves/shins/lower back along with stretch exercises for the said muscle groups and also for Achilles and Plantar Fascia.

If you’re in good shape, you can wear any shoe you want to, including the Pegasus 31. They are a relatively small part of the overall equation.

Santosh December 7, 2014 - 7:07 pm

Thank you. Will surely act on your tips. And will also let you know how the body responds. It could take some time though but will surely let you know. Thanks! again.

solereview December 7, 2014 - 7:28 pm

You’re welcome. Would look forward to hearing your experience in the near future.

Heath Teoh December 13, 2014 - 7:31 pm

Buy a cheap roadbike (not mountain bilke), Attach it to a bike trainer (www.kinetic), and supplement running with biking. But half inner sole with rigid arch support inside your bike shoes.

Jess December 8, 2014 - 10:46 am

Hi! I have been happy with my Brooks pure flows bc/ I like the feel of the road with some cushioning but have been experiencing beginnings of plantar Fascitis in my right arch to heel. I am a neutral runner with mild supination and strike mid foot. I like a lightweight shoe with a roomy toe box due to wide-ish feet. Currently running ~ 25 mi/wk. It was suggested I try the Pegasus 31 with green super feet (high arch support) inserts. My question is will the shoe perform as intended with the replacement inserts should the ones it comes with not provide adequate arch support? Or, do you recommend another shoe? Thank you!!!

solereview December 16, 2014 - 7:47 am

Hi Jess,

Sorry for the late response, since your question was posted over a week ago.

The answer to your question would depend on what the difference in thickness between Pegasus 31’s insole and Super green feet is. If it is much thicker, than it will eat into the toe-box space, which is at a premium on Pegasus 31.

If you’re ok with a firm ride, then the Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 is another option. The toebox is roomy and higher, and might be better suited to accommodate an after-market insole.

A tip for PF-safe shoes – make sure the shoe bends in the front, and not under the midfoot.

Dean December 9, 2014 - 3:14 am

Hi, I have read the reviews here and they are excellent and allow you to make informed choices when narrowing down which trainers are the most suitable. I currently wear Adidas Boston boost 5 but have found that over longer distances that I am getting some soreness in the ankle. I am a neutral/midfoot striker but I think I slightly over pronate when running over 12-15K. I have some Asics that I used to wear but I found them quite heavy I was looking at the Pegasus 31 or the Zoom Elite 7 but would like to stay as lightweight as possible with a bit more support. Is there much difference between the Nikes or would you suggest looking at something else? Thanks

solereview December 15, 2014 - 9:14 am

Hi Dean, sorry it took so long to reply!

The Pegasus and Elite are two very different shoes. The Elite feels more supportive because of its firmer ride and snugger upper, while Pegasus 31 is a soft roader. Elite is around 10% lighter than Pegasus.

Considering the circumstances, we think the Elite 7 to be a better choice between the two. Also, wouldn’t hurt to consider the Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2, that’s another neutral shoe with lots of stability.

Dean December 16, 2014 - 11:03 pm

Thanks for the reply, unfortunately in the UAE we cant get Mizunos and I am not keen buying off the internet without trying the fit. Will look at the Elite 7 then. Thanks for the help and keep up the good work.

Melody December 11, 2014 - 3:03 pm

Do you recommend these shoes for someone who has a high arch and runs over 25 miles a week up and down hill on the road?
Thank you !

Rhi December 11, 2014 - 3:30 pm

These have almost no arch, so if you need arch support these won’t do it for you. I have flat feet and these are perfect for my foot.

Melody December 11, 2014 - 3:43 pm

Thank you! Yes I need something with support my I have high arches so it’s hard to find a good running shoe for my feet as well as for my long distance road running!

solereview December 15, 2014 - 12:23 am

Actually it works both ways. A soft shoe like Pegasus can also help splay the arch and smoothen the weight loading process.

solereview December 15, 2014 - 12:20 am

The Pegasus does suit that profile. But would be helpful to know what shoes you’ve been wearing, and which one of them has worked for you so far.

Heath Teoh December 13, 2014 - 7:40 pm

Has there been a review on Nike Equalon 4? I bought two pairs of the yellow swoosh Equalon 4 (penultimate model before it was discontinued). Equalon and Structure were my staple Nike shoes, until the “dynamic stability” generation of shoes came along in 2009. Now, the Equalon feels too stable, too unresponsive, compared to shoes on a dynamic stability platform.

solereview December 14, 2014 - 5:49 pm

No, we never reviewed one, though we have run in them some years ago.

You also have to take into account the improvements in midsole foam formulation (Lunarlon vs regular EVA), so the dynamic support platform is a sum of parts.

degraw December 27, 2014 - 6:15 pm

I would kill babies for a cache of deadstock 14 wide Equalon 4s.

Should have stocked up when I had the chance.

solereview December 27, 2014 - 8:15 pm

Talk is that there’s a new shoe called the Odessey, which will replace the Lunareclipse. So let’s see.

degraw December 27, 2014 - 8:39 pm

Thanks for the info. I could never get the heel cup of the lunareclipse to work for me, so I’m intrigued.

Patricia Brown December 14, 2014 - 9:40 am

I’ve been wearing these for two weeks now and given them a fair chance. I had a fairly heavy training week followed by a light one. I kept thinking I was just tired because I had such a hard time picking up the pace in these shoes. I felt like I was running in sand. I bought them to complement my Sayonaras and use them for longer runs. But quite frankly these shoes wear me out making a long run easy seem hard. My calves that get a little beat up when I run in the Sayonaras too much felt way better but I started getting issues in other areas due to how much effort it takes me to run in them. I put on a pair of my old Ravenna 5’s just for kicks and they felt super light with a smooth easy transition that felt much quicker. Ironically, when I weighed them they weighed exactly the same. I went back and read your review an noticed that most of it spoke to the quality of the engineering and materials and fit but very little as to how they actually felt on a run. Perhaps it’s a difference in the runner. You mentioned your wear tester is 175lb running at a 8:45 pace. I’m 110lb running 7-8:30 pace depending on the workout. For the record my coach loves these shoes for daily training. He’s a fast ex-pro 800m runner but with a build more like your wear tester. Maybe these are great for certain builds but for me they are way too clunky.

solereview December 14, 2014 - 4:44 pm

Absolutely agree with the gist of your comment.

For pacework, firmer shoes work way better, and that is the reason why we prefer to run in a Zoom Streak over a Pegasus when speed is a priority. Or an Adios Boost over Energy Boost.

Patricia Brown December 14, 2014 - 6:21 pm

Yes, but I’m also saying that for someone my size these may not even work for the easy runs.

solereview December 14, 2014 - 7:22 pm

Understood, but with some many variables involved, it is difficult to generalize. It did not work for you, but it very well might for someone else with similar bodyweight/footstrike/surface but different individual preferences.

Back in the day (during our corporate life), we would conduct wear-test sessions with over two dozen shoes at a time. Same age group, playing surface similar body weight and same sport. The funny thing is that we rarely got universal agreement on a product.

And that is why our reviews stay away from assuming a general position – as much as we can.

Will December 19, 2014 - 5:16 pm

Hello. I appreciate the article and your responses to all the comments. I’m 47, 190 lbs, 6’4″ and I’ve been doing interval training in Vivobarefoot Ultras. I sprint 20 seconds, walk 10 seconds, repeat, etc. I’ve had some problems with stress fractures in my metatarsals so I’m looking for something with more cushion. I of course land on my forefoot when sprinting, but I may also use these for walking which will have more heel activity. I don’t know much about shoes so I thought I’d just go with Pegasus 31, but perhaps you have a better recommendation for me. BTW, I don’t think I pronate, I may slightly under pronate, but I’m not sure.

Will December 23, 2014 - 9:26 am

I just read your review of New Balance Fresh Foam 980 and wonder if they may be a good choice. Soft in the heel for walking, firm in the forefoot for sprinting, not a big heel to toe drop to get in the way of sprinting, and available in 4E to give me plenty of toe splay, which I am use to in my Vivobarefoot Ultra.

solereview December 24, 2014 - 6:40 am

We’re not completely sold on the FF 980’s ride except for the well proportioned upper fit. Our new favorite is the Fresh Foam Zante (review later this week), but as of now, it does not seem to be widely available.

Also thought about the nicely cushioned, 4mm drop Nike Lunarlaunch, but stopped short of suggesting it because of its relatively snug upper. But if you can find them in a nearby store, give them a try just to see how they feel.

solereview December 25, 2014 - 6:03 am

On second thoughts (ref our comment below), the 980 might just do it for you. Coming from a Vivo BF, it will feel very cushioned – though note that most of it is supplied by the insole, while the midsole itself is firm. The flipside is, once the insole starts losing its softness, the overall cushioning of 980 will drop too.

We were testing the FF Zante this morning alongside the 980, and remembered your comment.

Will December 25, 2014 - 6:48 am

Thanks for your reply. I already ordered the Pegasus 31 from the Nike website, so I guess I’ll give that a try. I would have ordered a wide, but it was only available on in my size in regular or extra wide. So I ordered regular hoping it has enough room for toe splay. Thank you for the great job you are doing.

solereview December 25, 2014 - 7:01 am

Hope they work out for you just fine! Love to hear your feedback once you’ve got a few miles on them.

Wish you happy holidays!

Will January 15, 2015 - 2:57 pm

I’m sending the Pegasus back. I think I could sprint in them, but they were uncomfortable otherwise. It may have been a sizing problem. My left foot is smaller and I could feel the edge of the arch support under my heal in an uncomfortable way. Maybe I’ll try the 980’s you mentioned.

solereview January 18, 2015 - 5:34 pm

Appreciate the feedback, Will. Sorry to hear that the Pegs didn’t work the way you thought they would.

solereview December 24, 2014 - 6:38 am

Hi Will,

given the requirements (soft and roomy forefoot), the Pegasus might meet your needs. We also recommend the Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 because of its spacious upper and good forefoot grip (nice for intervals), although they run slightly firm.

ChrisD December 21, 2014 - 5:42 pm

Would the peg 31 or structure 18 be more cushioned/softer in the forefoot of the shoe and which one has more flexibility? Runners world shows the structure having more flex but with past expierences, my structure 17’s were really stiff compared to my peg 30’s and I find it hard to believe. And what are the pros and cons of a stiff vs flexable shoe? Sorry for so many questions but you seem so smart in all of your reviews and I trust you know your stuff.

solereview December 24, 2014 - 6:44 am

The Pegasus 31 is unquestionably more cushioned and flexible in the forefoot when compared to Structure 18. The latter has a stiff and firm forefoot because of its Zoom Air bag placed there.

Flexibility is a subjective element, some people like it, some don’t. But if one had to generalize, then a stiff forefoot is helpful during faster paced runs – quick touch and go’s. But on slower runs, a flexible forefoot makes toe-off’s/transitions less work.

The other school of thought is that maximal flexibility help strengthen foot muscles (Nike Free, minimal shoes etc).

Kurt Baumgartner December 27, 2014 - 2:46 pm

Hey Guys… great site, love your reviews! Since you rate both the Hoka Cliffton and Pegs high I’m wondering which one you would choose head to head? I love my Nikes… started in Vomero 5’s, went to the 6, and then switched to Peg 29’s when they ruined the Vomero. I tried Hoka Bondi 2’s and while I loved the cushioning they felt like they zapped energy from legs (plus the upper was nowhere near what Nike offers). I tried on the Cliffton and 31’s and liked both but I couldn’t help think about the energy zap I experienced with the Bondi 2’s. I am 6’1, 215 pounds and run 20 miles per week… I have osteoarthritis in both knees and wear superfeet orange for PF. If you were me, which shoe would you grab?

solereview December 28, 2014 - 5:57 am

Would pick the Pegasus. The extra soft Clifton comes at the cost of stability, which might not bode well for OA.

Also knowing that you’ve been wearing the 29’s, which makes for a somewhat easier transition to 31, though the latter runs firmer. Add to that the super narrow fit of the Clifton, which might not accommodate Superfeets too well.

Kurt Baumgartner December 28, 2014 - 7:50 am

Thanks for the reply! I already ordered and received a pair of 31’s, just haven’t ran in them yet because I still have a few miles left on my 29’s. Now I feel better about keeping them though. The other thing I like about my Pegs is durability… I always get at least 450 miles out of them. And you have to give Nike props for keeping the Pegs at the $100 price point. My only gripe is the same one you posted… lack of reflectivity.

solereview December 28, 2014 - 8:10 am

Yes, they’re currently good value for money, but hope Nike doesn’t get any ideas! The Pegasus are durable, true for 31 too.

Venkat December 28, 2014 - 11:19 pm

hi, I’ve been running for past six months, started with Nike 5.0 and they’ve been serving me well. Have done 3 Half marathon with Nike 5.0. Recently started training for my first full marathon and picked Nike flyknit Lunar 2, thinking cushion shoe will be good for long runs. Not very happy with Lunar 2 and wondering if Pegs 31 would be good for marathon running. Please help.

solereview December 29, 2014 - 3:07 am

If the Free 5.0’s are working for you, why change them? If you want something more cushioned, better to buy something which is slightly more firmer and responsive.

Like the adidas Supernova Glide 6 (or 7) Boost, or adidas adios Boost 2 (firmer and narrower than Glide Boost)

Venkat December 29, 2014 - 5:30 am

Thanks for the quick response. Since I never ran 26.2 miles before, was not sure if free 5.0 is good or not. Will try adidas in store and take a call. thanks again.

solereview December 29, 2014 - 6:42 am

You’re welcome! Would look forward to your thoughts once you’ve made your purchase.

Bill December 29, 2014 - 2:47 am

I have a question about the zoom air in the heel, The 31 has a piece of cardboard over it but does the Peg 30 have the same? Also what does the cardboard do exactly. thanks

solereview December 29, 2014 - 3:05 am

Yes, same on the Peg 30 too. There is no explanation from Nike, but our guess is that the cardboard spreads the load evenly over the air bag, instead of being localized in the center, and preventing ‘sink’.

Bill December 29, 2014 - 4:53 am

ok thank you, I have a peg 30 and a peg 31. I prefer the peg 30 as the peg 31 squashes my little toe an seem tighter fit. But my main issue is that my heel is very sore after being in the 31’s where the peg 30 is perfect. Not sure if anyone else has a similar problem.

solereview December 29, 2014 - 5:17 am

Yes, agree, the Pegasus 30 has a roomier toe-box.

Not sure about the soreness. Maybe because the Peg 31 is less cushioned than 30?

Bill December 29, 2014 - 5:43 am

Yeah must be well I like the peg 29 and 30 better than the 31 and im sure the peg 32 will be like the 31 so ill buy older stock of the Pegasus for now. thanks for the answers!

solereview December 29, 2014 - 6:41 am

Sounds like a good plan!

Will Fout December 29, 2014 - 7:30 pm

If the Pegasus 31 have a cushion rating of 9.4 how are they more responsive then the Pegasus 30 with a cushion rating of 8.8? I also thought you said the 31s are less cushioned.

solereview December 30, 2014 - 7:10 am

Because our ratings work differently than what you’ve been might used to. Cushioning scores are calculated not just by how ‘soft’ a shoe feels, but on the overall quality of cushioning. For our cushioning rating, we include – a) Responsiveness b) Foam compression or density feel c) sockliner and insole d) stability of cushioning e) Smoothness/consistency.

Likewise for stability, fit etc, where many other factors determine each attribute’s score.

The Pegasus 30 was softer, but scored lower on other attributes compared to Pegasus 31. Even the Hoka Clifton scored lower (in our background calculations) than the Pegasus 31, though it was the softest of all.

That said, we’ve answered a lot of similar questions on our scoring, and we realized it was causing confusion. To simplify things, we now just display one total score in our recent reviews using the same method.

solereview December 30, 2014 - 3:22 am

Hi – the Pegasus is perfect for the use you’ve described. You can use them for 6 miles a week, walk the town around in them. In our opinion, you don’t need to look at anything else in Nike.

Etneri January 2, 2015 - 9:14 am

The two shoes I am considering are the Nike Air Pegasus 31 and the Asics Gel Nimbus 16… Which would you recommend for someone looking for a cushioned shoe for someone who might do 15-25 miles a week and does a decent amount of speed work? Thanks.

solereview January 3, 2015 - 12:18 am

The Pegasus 31 is better suited, though you could try something like the adidas Energy Boost too.

Sha January 2, 2015 - 11:56 pm

Hello, please could you tell me the current most cushioned shoe to buy? I’d like the least impact on my knees please. Thanks a lot, S

solereview January 3, 2015 - 12:17 am

That would be the Hoka Clifton.

(Note from moderator: Please do not double post the same question across reviews. Thanks.)

visionaer January 3, 2015 - 1:44 am

Hey, at first thank you for the great reviews. Maybe you have an advise for me?! I run a Nike Vomero Zoom 5, tried to replace with the Mizuno Wave Rider 16, but it was hurting my knees, so i switched back to my old Vomero. Is the Pegasus something that could replace my Vomeros or have you another tip for my? Thanks, Chris

solereview January 3, 2015 - 3:56 am

You could try the Pegasus 31, which while soft, is not close to Vomero 5. If you wait for 3-4 months, then the improved Vomero 10 will hit the market. Our Vomero 9 review has the pictures of the new Vomero.

DocRusty252 January 7, 2015 - 1:10 pm

i just gpair of pegaus 31, they feel great, i have a neutral/low arch according and wide foot…i used these at the office and to do everything outdoor things such as running with my dog and playing in the park. I went from nike air max 2014(bubble popped) to nike airmax supreme 3(material wouldn’t streatch). These shoes have been great but sometimes i noticed a pinch inside my heal once i’m seting down on my desk once i come back from a walk.. is that normal?

solereview January 8, 2015 - 2:23 am

Not normal, no. Is the inside of heel damaged, or is the shoe too tight?

docrusty252 January 8, 2015 - 9:06 am

no these are brand new, they feel great and i loosend up the laces, mabye its because my foot is getting used to it? i will take it back to finish line and trade for another pair? i really like how they feel when i walk on them

solereview January 17, 2015 - 5:34 am

You should trade them up at FL.

dearlyloved January 8, 2015 - 11:19 am

I just started running last year right before turning 42. The local running store matched me up with a pair of Nike Pegasus 29’s. I was skeptical because I am not a Nike fan. I have wide feet and Nike always seemed to run small. They measured my feet, did the gait analysis, asked questions, etc. I took the 29’s home and those shoes were a perfect match. I trained for and ran my half marathon in them. Loved every step and ended up putting 600 miles on them. I needed to replace them recently and had to go with the Pegasus 31. I knew from reviews that there were differences that might make it a worse fit for me. I tried on three other brands of shoes, running around in them a bit, but still felt most at home in the Peg 31’s. They came home with me, but I can’t say that I love them. I run for enjoyment, not speed, so I REALLY miss the pillowy, cushioned feel. Also, the toe box is not comfy. I had red marks on the tops of my feet on the bone that extends from the big toe to my ankle. I researched how to create more space online and ended up using parallel lacing. That helped. They finally started to feel better after I had put about 30 miles on them. Toes still feel a bit crammed and running just doesn’t feel as enjoyable in them. Sadly, I am happy to have put more miles on after each run because that means I’m closer to wearing them out and hopefully finding ones that feel better. I’ll be running my first full marathon in September and hope to find a shoe that works better for me. Is there any shoe on the market that is closer to those wonderful Peg 29’s that I started out with?

dearlyloved January 8, 2015 - 11:20 am

Oh, and I am running around 25 miles a week.

docrusty252 January 8, 2015 - 1:15 pm

i have wide feet as well.. and i hav been gettng a little pinch inside my heal after walks.. i’ll try that parralle lacing.. thanks! sure do love the feeling of these p31’s

solereview January 8, 2015 - 2:52 pm


dearlyloved January 20, 2015 - 10:08 am

Thanks. I’ll have to check around for some 30’s. It’d be great if they were similar. Today I took the liners out for a short run and they felt even better. Is it okay to run without the liner? I’m not sure why they feel okay on some runs, but horrible on others. Some of my socks are tighter than others. Maybe certain socks make them work better for me. I think I’ll have to start making note of the socks I wear in my training journal. Then I can see if there is a correlation between socks and the way the shoes feel for me.

solereview January 21, 2015 - 6:40 am

Sockliners provide general protection from internal seams, and offer a smooth layer of cushioning underneath. If the seams don’t bother, then running in shoe sans insoles is ok, but depends on how you like the resulting upper fit.

Yes, socks do make a difference based on their thickness. Mostly affects upper fit, and in some cases, position of the foot inside the shoe.

dearlyloved January 27, 2015 - 5:52 pm

Got a pair of 30’s today. Very similar to the 29’s I loved. I was totally ready to jump ship to another brand, but the 30’s worked best. I have a hundred miles on my 31’s and I won’t miss them when I finish them off. I had to put the liner back inside because it made my Achilles tendon a little sore running without it. The 30’s will eventually be too hard to find so I am still on the lookout for a shoe that I can move forward with.

solereview January 27, 2015 - 6:02 pm

Glad to hear that, thought the 30’s would work for you. And they did!

solereview January 8, 2015 - 2:51 pm

Actually yes, you could buy a pair of Pegasus 30’s, they should be still available aplenty. It comes with the same 29 midsole and spacious-than-Peg-31 toe box.

Momof3inTexas January 10, 2015 - 8:38 pm

I am long overdue for a good pair of shoes for my outdoor fitness bootcamp that I do 3-4 days a week. I need a shoe that holds up well for the type of workouts we do (I don’t do any long distance running)…..our workouts are outdoors on pavement so our shoes can take a beating with all the burpees, mountain climbers, bear crawls, squats, sprints, weighted lunges, etc. Stability is also important because of squats, lunges, single leg dead lifts, etc. I also need enough support for lateral movement. The local running store suggested the Nike Zoom Pegasus 31, the Brooks Ghost 7 and the New Balance 890v4. Which do you suggest would be the best for my needs?

solereview January 18, 2015 - 6:48 am

Sorry we took some time to get to your question.

Haven’t tried the 890 yet, so can’t say. Between the Pegasus and Ghost, we’d choose the Brooks only because that shoe has a leather toe bumper upfront and is more stable laterally than Pegasus 31. It is likely that you’ll scrape the toe tip of the shoe during Burpees, MC and Bear crawls, so the Pegasus 31 won’t do – it has a mesh toe cap.

On the other hand, check the wear and tear on your existing shoe. If the upper toe area isn’t worn, then even the Pegasus is worth considering, as the forefoot is more flexible.

Karen January 13, 2015 - 9:57 am

I was a Pegasus 30 fan but have been running in the 31’s since the 30’s will be phased out. I really like the shoe but do miss the more cushy feel of the 30’s. If I run longer than 6+ miles in them I can really feel it in my ankles which is new for me. I’ve been reading a lot about the Saucony Triumph ISO’s. I’ve read your reviews and now am not certain it would be any better? Although in the store they do feel very soft. It is considerably more expensive so just curious your thoughts?

solereview January 18, 2015 - 7:20 am

If you liked the Pegasus 30, we won’t recommend the Triumph ISO. What you can do is grab another pair of Pegasus 30 online – there’s plenty available – and then wait up for Vomero 10, which will release around April-May.

Karan January 19, 2015 - 12:11 pm

Which pair of running shoes would you suggest out of pegasus 30/31,Vomero 8/9,response boost,adidas duramo for a 250 lbs 6 fingered man considering only width option available in my country is D(M).Please compare all of them with durability point of view.Any suggestions other than the listed ones?

solereview January 19, 2015 - 5:09 pm

Would suggest the Pegasus 30 for a combination of forefoot space and durability. The Skechers GoRun 3 has more forefoot space than you’ll ever need, but the outsole durability isn’t great at all.

RunnerGuy January 20, 2015 - 8:54 am

I have used Nike lunar series for a long time and i feel really comfortable running in these. Now I am planning to buy Pegasus31 but i do not know about my foot orientation . Please tell me if these would be a good buy.

solereview January 20, 2015 - 5:30 pm

What specific Nike Lunar model did you run in?

Aron January 20, 2015 - 9:20 am

Thanks for the awesome review. I have a question, that if I plan to run this year 30km/week, is this going to hold for like septermber? ( I am 172cm and 65kg runner)

Thanks for the help.

solereview January 20, 2015 - 5:34 pm

The Pegasus outsole is pretty durable, and coupled with your light body weight, they should do borderline ok for 900 clicks. At the very least, it should very well hold up till July.

Variables would be weather (warmer roads will impact rubber durability) and the way you footstrike.

srhas January 21, 2015 - 3:33 am

These reviews have been invaluable with helping me choose a 2nd pair to compliment my Glide Boost 6 (which I absolutely love) – training for a half marathon.

The complimentary pair I’m looking for will be for 1 speed and threshold session during the week (maybe treadmill) and actually for race day.

I’ve just purchased a pair of Response Boost for this particular job. Having not worn them yet, I’m wondering whether these Nike Pegasus 31’s would be a more suitable shoe for what I’m looking for – hoping you’d be able to advise?

(btw – is the Nike Pegasus 31 the same as the Nike Air Pegasus 31?!)

Thank you so much!!

solereview January 21, 2015 - 8:55 pm

Our experience (and preference) has been that firmer shoes help pace, while easy runs and training is accomplished by more cushioned shoes. The Pegasus 31(yes, same as Air Pegasus) will feel sluggish, even when compared to Glide Boost.

In the hierarchy of adidas and Nike, this is how we would see it. Of course, this is to be treated as a generalization:

* adidas Energy Boost 2 – training
* adidas Supernova Glide 6 – training
* adidas Response Boost – training
* adidas adios Boost 2, Boston Boost, Takumi sen Boost – Raceday

* Nike Vomero 9, Pegasus 31, Lunarglide 6, Lunar Launch, Flyknit Lunar – Training
* Nike Elite 7, Free 4.0/3.0 Flyknit, Free 5.0 – training/raceday
* Nike Zoom Streak 5, Streak LT, Lunaracer 3, Flyknit Racer – raceday

srhas January 22, 2015 - 1:38 am

That’s amazing, thank you – although it’s now put a cat amongst the pigeons as I was anticipating the Pegasus 31 to be more suitable for raceday than the response/Glide. And definitely not to feel sluggish!

Perhaps time for a rethink – I’ve tested the Response on a treadmill and am expecting delivery of P31 today. I’ll report back

Thanks again

Alok Rajput January 22, 2015 - 10:14 pm

waiting for your reply man. BTW i prefer less cushioned shoe, as they let the foot response to the terrain (comaratively). thanks

solereview January 23, 2015 - 2:26 am

You’re welcome, look forward to hearing your experience!

Jack January 24, 2015 - 1:34 pm

First of all, thanks for the review and for answering all these questions. As a lightweight neutral midfoot striker, would the Pegasus 30 or 31 suit me better? I enjoy flexibility and ride smoothness in a shoe.

solereview January 27, 2015 - 6:03 pm

Both will work fine, but we’re more inclined towards the 31 when it comes to early stage forefoot striking.

CheekyJiwi January 24, 2015 - 4:37 pm

Hey, cheers for the review. Just wondering if I could get some advice on my next pair of trainers. I currently run with either Nike Air Max+ 2013, which I have trained and ran a marathon in and loved, and the free run 5.0s. I have a neutral running stance, looking to get back to a mileage of about 20-30 miles a week. I was wandering what you might recommend having narrowed my search to the Pegasus 31, Ghost 7, Adidas energy boost 2.0 (probs esm) and saucing ride 7. Only criticism with my AM which the frees don’t have, it that they are quite heavy and I would prefer a lighter ride, and potentially quicker as well. Which of those 4 might suite me best do you think??

solereview January 27, 2015 - 6:04 pm

We’re thinking the Energy Boost ESM, but the upper’s rather tight – something you need to wear to know whether you like them or not. Next option would be the Peg 31.

Tim NL January 27, 2015 - 4:10 pm

Thanks for your reviews and clear insights of shoes, I love the site! I am looking for some advice though. I have been running on and off for some months now and use the Nike flyknit lunar 2. When I bought them I absolutely loved the fit and weight and still do for most of the time. I run about 15-20 km a week, 1.65 m, 76 kg, neutral heel landing with slight supination, normal arches. But unfortunatelly I often have some achilles tendinitis after running and it holds me back. I thought I might need to switch to a shoe with a bit more support, but with the same/better fit/weight as my current shoes. I like Nike, so would the Pegasus 31 suit my needs or do you have a better suggestion? Thanks in advance.

solereview February 2, 2015 - 3:04 am

The Pegasus 31 doesn’t have loads of support, something like a Zoom Elite is better is that sense.

That said, our opinion is that AT is generally an overuse injury and the choice of footwear isn’t so of a factor. Would highly recommend a visit to a PT for professional diagnosis and care.

Heel area of the Flyknit Lunar 2 is pretty hard, so there’s a slight chance that is causing some Achilles discomfort too. In that case, shoes like Pegasus and Lunar Launch might help.

TriniRunner January 27, 2015 - 9:07 pm

Hi, superb review… I’m been considering the Peg 31, but I read somewhere that it’s not the best shoe for heavier runners. I’m 6’1″, 210lbs and a 1:34 half marathoner. I usually run 20-30 miles a week but ramp up to between 40-50 miles when I’m training for races. I do most of my midweek runs on a track, but do my weekend long run on the road. Do you think the Peg 31 would be good for me? Thanks…

solereview February 2, 2015 - 4:19 am

What shoes have worked for you before? If you can name a few shoes you’ve run in and liked, maybe we can help.

TriniRunner February 2, 2015 - 4:40 pm

Hi, thanks for the quick reply…. I started running 3 years ago and have been using Nike Vomeros. I’m thinking of switching to the Peg.

solereview February 2, 2015 - 6:06 pm

Switching to Pegs should not be an issue. However, know that there is a brand new Vomero to be released in a couple of months.

TriniRunner February 2, 2015 - 9:24 pm

Great… Thanks a lot!

throwback January 28, 2015 - 1:14 pm

how do the 31’s compare to Pegasus 29’s? I like the 29’s but find them to be a bit lacking in foot support.

solereview February 2, 2015 - 4:20 am

The 31’s run firmer than the 29 (and 30), but the heel is still not very supportive, has a lateral bias to it.

Jamie Moore February 1, 2015 - 4:29 am

I am really torn between the Pegasus 31 and the Saucony Ride 7.

The Ride 7 feel like a big shoe in the upper part of the shoe. Even when looking down at my feet they look huge. The under the feet feel is almost heaven. So soft and feels at is forms with my feet.

The Pegasus have a slight mellow speed bump feel under my arch on my right foot. Im thinking that my arch is too high for this shoe. But the upper part of this shoe feels great hugging my feet. I would love to find some insole that would work for the Pegasus to help better support my arch on my right foot. The left foot fits like a dream.

Most of the arch problem with some shoes occur with my right foot for some reason. I was told I have high arches and that some of the shoes that I have work are not supporting them correctly.

Any advice on some insoles that I can try with the Pegasus to help my arch on my right foot?

solereview February 2, 2015 - 7:20 am

Not sure about aftermarket insoles, but can offer our two cents on the use of Ride 7 insole inside Pegasus 31.

Ride 7’s insole has a higher arch area raise/material, so it fills under arch better than the stock Pegasus insole. However, since the dimensions are different, using the Ride 7 insole tends to make the Pegasus 31’s toe-box shallower than it is.

There are these things called foam ‘arch cookies’ which you can slide under the insole arch and fill that area up. That is the other option.

Jamie Moore February 2, 2015 - 7:33 am

Thanks for the advice on the “arch cookies”.

I went to a local shoe dealer yesterday after work and asked to see the Ride 7 and Pegasus. I took the insole out of the Ride 7 and slipped them in the Pegasus, HUGE difference.

I do agree that the shoe became a little tighter. So I might half size it up and or look for those “arch cookies”. Or do you think the insole will wear down and the shoe will loosen up?

I think the with the Ride 7 insoles in the Pegasus is almost a perfect shoe!

solereview February 2, 2015 - 7:42 am

The Ride 7’s insole is injection molded EVA (unlike Nike’s Ortholite), so think it will pancake out after 100 miles or so.

Would be worth buying a foam arch cookie for a few bucks and then try half a size larger at a store. You’ll get a clearer sense of where things are headed.

Jamie Moore February 2, 2015 - 12:26 pm

So, I have been looking on the internet for these foam “arch cookies” with no success.

Can you point me to where I may locate these and what would you recommend for me to get that Saucony Ride 7 arch feel from the insoles of that shoe for the Pegasus 31?

Thank you for all the help you have and are providing.

solereview February 2, 2015 - 3:22 pm

Arch cookies are usually found in specialty running stores. Online, there are places like this which sell them:

You can also try aftermarket insoles with built in arch support, like Sorbothanes, Sofsoles or superfeet green, but then we have no idea how they match up with the Pegasus 31.

Jimmy February 2, 2015 - 5:05 am

Hey im a 6 foot 2 inch 170 lbs guy and im quite new in running. Im planning to run 5-10 miles per session and twice a week . Are these good shoes for me?

solereview February 2, 2015 - 5:12 am

Yes, these should do ok.

Angela February 2, 2015 - 2:04 pm

I go to the gym everyday and I just need shoes that are durable and comfortable. I’ve been working out in Roshe Runs but am now debating between pegasus 31 or the lunarglide 6. Which would you recommend for more cushion and arch support

solereview February 2, 2015 - 6:07 pm

The Pegasus sounds like your type of shoe. In an alternate scenario, go for the LG6 if you need more stability.

alanjay February 3, 2015 - 5:54 pm

How would you compare the Adidas Glide Boost 7 to the Pegasus 31?

solereview February 5, 2015 - 7:44 pm

Firmer ride, snugger forefoot but more breathable upper, lesser outsole durability and more supportive than the Pegasus 31.

phl0w February 4, 2015 - 3:10 am

Thank you for this detailed review. You asked for a quick feedback, and here goes:
I’ve ran about 50km in the Pegs 31 so far, and really prefer them to my 29. The heel cushioning is not as soft, the inner sleeve is a snugger fit, and the shallow, yet wide toe box is a real upgrade, at least for my feet. I have a higher than average dorsum, and the 31 seems to have an overall lower profile than the 29, which caused a slight pressure on my dorsum after lacing them. But it was only a matter of adjusting the laces a bit, and leaving out one row of loops.

TBH, I was uncertain about adopting to the new model, but your review made me take the plunge on a pair in a clearance sale.
I use them now for my long distance runs, and got a pair of Vivobarefoot Evo Pure for my speed runs – most comfortable shoe I ever had!

solereview February 5, 2015 - 8:28 pm

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the Peg 31. Great to know they worked out, given the Free vs. Peg decision making process you were in earlier!

Some runners don’t like the shallow toe box, but then it depends on individual foot anatomy.

Rob February 4, 2015 - 10:51 am

How are these shoes for someone recovering from plantar fasciitis? been dealing with it for a while and layed off running. Previously I had the Nike Free 3.0 but wanted something a bit more supportive when I get back on my feet again (no pun intended)

solereview February 5, 2015 - 8:29 pm

These should do ok, and better than a Vomero 9 or Structure 18. Generally speaking, Plantar Fascia friendly shoes are those which flex in the forefoot while maintaining a supportive midfoot, and the Pegasus conforms to that.

Alex February 4, 2015 - 9:11 pm

Hello, solereview! I’m a beginner at running, which I do as a fun way to complement my gym training. My focus is to improve my physic and appearance, I do not intend to run any marathon or get competitive about running… My question is, I got a pretty good deal at a Nike Flyknit Free 4.0, however I can buy a Pegasus 31 for the same price. Would the Free 4.0 be too minimalist for a beginner runner, or is it possible to “grow on it”? I’m a neutral runner, currently using a Asics Gel-Speedstar 6, but I’ve liked a simple NB M750 more to run, even if it’s a simpler and way less cushioned shoe. Will I be able to run safely with a Flyknit Free 4.0 or should I go for the more stable and cushioned Pegasus 31? Thank you!

phl0w February 5, 2015 - 2:20 pm

Hi there, I asked the same question some two weeks ago in the comments of the 4.0 Flyknit’s review (, and solereview was of great help, as usual.
I highly suggest not to get shoes with a low drop as your only runners. In he end I got the Peg31, AND a pair of zero drop minimals (Evo Pure), which for now I swap in once a week for my speed run (30mins at 85%HRM). Rest of my runs is done in the Pegs until my calves have gotten used to the added impact. In the long run I plan on doing all my runs in minimals except for long distance (10+ miles).

OTOH: If you’ve been walking barefoot a lot in your life, and stayed clear of heavily cushioned shoes, your calves’ muscles mightn’t be as shortened as most people’s, and a moderate minimal shoe like the Flyknit 4.0 (6mm) should be fine. I started running extensively in Frees 5.0, and had no problems at all.

Hope my limited experience helps.

solereview February 6, 2015 - 12:25 am

Our answer would be similar to phl0w’s comment below – if you’re planning to rotate the Free alongside the Speedstar and gradually increase mileage, then go for the Free by all means.

alexandra February 8, 2015 - 6:20 am

Is the zoom pegasus 31 the same thing as air pegasus 31?

solereview February 8, 2015 - 7:26 am


alexandra February 7, 2015 - 9:14 am

Im a beginner at running, and im wondering if I should get the roshe run, free 4.0 , or pegasus 31. Since the sole part of my foot is very high, i want a shoe that will fully support my foot and leave no soreness or aches. I am also wondering if I should get the vomero 8.
Which one should i get?

solereview February 8, 2015 - 2:25 am

Hi Alexandra, out of the three, you should get the Pegasus 31. It is well cushioned, and likely to meet your needs. Also recommend to regularly condition/strengthen your lower body for injury free runs.

Jordana Lewis February 14, 2015 - 6:27 pm

Hey guys, great review. My question: Is the Pegasus 31 suitable for a new runner with low arches? I know in your review you mentioned that it might not be, but I’m also looking for stability. If not, are the Lunar glides 6 a better choice for low arches? Thanks a bunch.

solereview February 15, 2015 - 4:59 am

With running shoes, it’s always hard to say. The Pegasus might very well work, but you want to play safe, then Lunarglide is the shoe.

Jordana Lewis February 15, 2015 - 6:12 am

Thank you for your reply. In the same vein, would you recommend the Nike Stability 18 or the Lunarglides? Thanks again for your awesomeness and patience.

solereview February 15, 2015 - 6:58 am

The Structure 18 is rather stiff, so we’d lean towards the LG6. It balances cushioning and stability well.

Jordana Lewis February 15, 2015 - 8:54 am

Thanks a bunch. I’ll go check it out. Keep up the good work.

Grim February 15, 2015 - 12:29 pm

Hi, would you recommend getting a Size up in these? im a UK 10


solereview February 15, 2015 - 4:50 pm

The toe box is a bit squashy, so if that bothers you, then a half up is in order.

Nathan February 15, 2015 - 7:11 pm

Hello! I’ve been shopping around for a pair of athletic shoes recently, and I have to say, this website and your guys’ reviews have been an AWESOME resource! Keep up the good work!

Anyways, I’m looking for a good, durable all-purpose shoe for working out at the gym. I usually lift 3-4 days per week, but I also run outdoors or on the treadmill once or twice a week (2-3 miles), or otherwise do some form of cardio (elliptical, stationary bike, etc.).

Do you think the Air Pegasus 31 or the Lunarglide 6 would be suitable for me? If so, which one would you recommend? I’m also open to other suggestions.


solereview February 17, 2015 - 2:29 am

Hey Nathan, thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment! Hope you get more to see more of what you like (on solereview) in the future!

We see that your requirement is for a shoe which will see more of Gym workouts and less of running. In that case, why don’t you go for a cross training specific shoe? We don’t have experience with reviewing XT shoes, but looking at Nike’s current assortment, models like the Metcon 1, Lunar TR1 and Free Trainer 3.0 / 5.0 appear as suitable candidates.

In gym workouts (including lifting), a lot of the weight is on the forefoot, so you need something with a stable front base as well as a protective toe-bumper.

If you want to choose out of Pegasus and Lunarglide, we’d recommend the Pegasus 31.

Hope this helps!

Nathan February 20, 2015 - 7:28 am

Thanks for that explanation! As suggested, I ended up looking into Nike’s training collection–specifically, the Nike Free Trainer 3.0. I think this should be a good fit for me (pun intended).

solereview February 21, 2015 - 4:47 am

Did you buy them – the Trainers? Would love to hear your feedback.

Nathan February 22, 2015 - 7:26 am

I did buy them! And I have to say, it definitely pays to do a little bit of research before buying shoes. I use to be one of those people who just used one pair of “sneakers” for everything, from running on roads to trials to treadmill and lifting in the gym.

However, the Free Trainer 3.0s are MUCH better for lifting purposes than generic shoes I’ve used in the past. Not only are they very light-weight, but the new hexagonal grooves on the bottom really do let you shift your weight in all directions as though you were barefoot. I also really like the fact that the heel-to-toe drop is minimal (4 mm, I think?), as this let me better “plant” my feet when doing squats or deadlifts (it that makes any sense, lol). Lastly, compared to traditional running/all-purpose shoes, the soles of these shoes feel a lot firmer and have a lot less “give” when lifting weights, so you don’t feel like you’re bouncing up and down. All in all, I guess you can say I’m pretty happy with these shoes!

My only complaint with them (and most new Nike Frees, in general) is the new tongue. I feel like all these newer shoes have this super-thin, lightweight tongue that just doesn’t come across as very durable. I imagine the reasoning behind it is to reduce weight and enhance the minimalistic feel of these shoes, but I honestly would rather take the extra few grams of weight in the tongue to ensure better durability + comfort.

Thanks again, and hope you guys keep the great reviews coming! Reading this website has become somewhat of a hobby for me now :)

solereview February 22, 2015 - 7:39 am

Appreciate the detailed feedback! Great to hear that the Free 3.0 is a better fit for your needs. Shoes for lifting are, like you said, better with a more planted base.

Squats, deadlifts, lunges, extensions, weighted calf raises and presses are what keep us in shape, so totally get that!

About the tongue – we also feel that Nike could do with some redesign, but we all know that regardless of external feedback, Nike will go ahead and do their own thing :)

Thank you for being a regular, we’ll keep ’em coming!

solereview February 17, 2015 - 5:56 pm

Also look at the Under Armour Speedform Gemini if you want to stick to a running shoe. Firm and stable forefoot, plus an upper you can use barefoot.

Kenneth February 15, 2015 - 11:56 pm

Hi, I have been running in Pegasus 28’s for some years now, but can’t find them anywhere now. Would you recommend the Peg 31’s or what should I look for?

solereview February 17, 2015 - 2:33 am

The Pegasus 29 and 30 is much softer than 28, so perhaps the way for you could be the Brooks Ghost 7. The Pegasus 31 also runs slightly squishy as compared to Pegasus 28.

Grim February 18, 2015 - 2:47 am

Hello, im torn between buying these and the Adidas Glide Boost Six. Currently running about 15-20 Miles p/week. Looking for a good overall shoe with Comfort and Stability in mind, can you advise?
Many Thanks

solereview February 18, 2015 - 3:14 am

We’d choose the Supernova Glide Boost 6 or 7 for a blend of stability and cushioning. Just make sure to try them out first, adidas fit always runs a bit snug.

Jordan February 18, 2015 - 9:18 pm

Would this be a good shoe for someone who is walking 20km a day while on vacation for sightseeing purposes? I’ll just be walking on street roads, nothing off-road. I won’t be running either. Or is there any other shoe that you would recommend for this purpose?

solereview February 18, 2015 - 10:25 pm

Yes, will be good for that. You could also try the Brooks Transcend, but the fit’s rather shallow so try before you buy.

ekin agsarli February 20, 2015 - 3:47 am

Hello, my height is 177 cm and weight is 73kg. I’m training for a half marathon in early April – my longest distance so far. I’m shooting for 1:40 timeframe. I have two pairs for training: pegasus 31 and kayano 20. I feel very comfortable with pegasus in 15km-10km-7km trainings but when I use kayano, after the runs – regardless of distance, I feel singular tendon pains in my inner calf muscle, slightly above my heel. Is this a proof of neutral runner type or do you have any clues regarding this? Btw, I think pegasus 31 is really worth the price and it is good looking…

solereview February 21, 2015 - 4:42 am

Hi there – as far as the issue with Kayano is concerned, really hard to say what’s at play here. Won’t hazard a guess either.

If the Pegasus 31 is working for you for 15k runs, it will be a good idea to stick to it!

Karl February 20, 2015 - 2:36 pm


I am looking to buy either Nike Free 5.0, Lunarglide 6 or Pegasus 31. I often find shoes to be to narrow in the toe box so which one of these has the widest/most room in the toe box/forefoot?


solereview February 21, 2015 - 4:40 am

Out of the three, Pegasus has the widest forefoot, but shallow right at the tip compared to LG6.

mminor February 20, 2015 - 4:10 pm

I wear a 7.5 in mizuno wave rider 17. 7 or 7.5 in the peg 31’s?

solereview February 21, 2015 - 4:39 am

Can’t say, because we haven’t worn the WR 17. Comparing the WR18, we’d buy a 7.5 (same size) in Pegasus.

Alan 48 February 22, 2015 - 7:48 am

I’ve done several half marathons wearing Nike Vomero 4 ,which have been extremely comfortable but are now falling to bits and haven’t helped with my ‘segamoiditis ‘.
Do you think the Pegasus 31 would be a good alternative to the Vomero ?
P S – love this site , it’s so informative and helpful .

solereview February 24, 2015 - 6:01 am

If you wait up for a month, the new Vomero 10 will be out soon. Looks very promising, going by the pictures. Pegasus is a good option, but if you’re in a hurry and crave the forefoot Zoom Air unit, the Vomero 9 could fill in.

Alan48 February 24, 2015 - 6:34 am

Thanks for the speedy response – I’m not really in a hurry , so I’ll wait a bit. Presumeably you’ll be doing your review of the Vomero 10 soon?
Thanks again for your help.

solereview February 24, 2015 - 6:50 am

Yes, our review will be up as soon as possible. Vomero 10 has already started hitting retailer warehouses, but having a hard time trying to buy it before its retail debut.

2 nd marathon shoe dilemna February 23, 2015 - 11:31 am

hi i ve done nantes marathon last year training with nike pegaus 29 and wearing nike icarius on day of marathon because i felt they were the most comfortable with good cushion sole i m a heavy runner 92 kg you see and am doing london marathon this year but ran into problems buying shoes now for my second marathon . i bought a a pair of asics and was disappointed then bought a pair of new nike vomero 9 and find very uncomfortable after 5 miles or so now i m considering buying they new nike pegasus 31 but cant afford to make any more mistakes . the technical page of the new nike pegasus talks of a drop of 10 mm ?? what should i buy ///help ??? i would love to buy another pair of nike icarius but they dont exist anymore

solereview March 1, 2015 - 12:58 am

What specifically did you not like in the Vomero? We haven’t tried the Icarus, so don’t have a reference for its ride and fit quality. As far as cushioning goes, the Nike Pegasus 31 does well. Soft ride overall, with a bit of responsiveness under heel.

Our all round favorite is the adidas Supernova Glide 6 (or 7) Boost, that shoe balances cushioning and support well.

And if you can live with a snug fitting upper, the new Under Armour Speedform Gemini is impressive on many levels.

JV February 23, 2015 - 9:31 pm

Hi I’m a beginner runner, new to track and field. I need a shoe for running everyday in track practice and P.E. As of right now, I am running in Champion C9’s and I have come to the realization that I need new shoes. My current shoes are worn out and lack the support I need. I also have shin splints. I was thinking about getting the Pegasus 31 but I’m not so sure since I’m new to the running world. In track, we run about like 1+ miles total everyday. Should I get the Pegasus 31 or would you recommend another shoe?

solereview March 1, 2015 - 1:09 am

You need something light in track practice, and a shoe which will allow an easier transition to zero heel drop raceday spikes.

Within Nike, shoes like the Zoom Streak 5, Streak LT fit the description. If you need more cushioning, then models like the Lunaracer 3 (very tight upper) could be considered. There’s some good word about the new Lunar Tempo, but we haven’t tested them yet.

Sash April 21, 2015 - 12:13 pm

The Tempo’s upper is as tight as the one of the Lunaracer 3, too tight for my taste. You can upsize but then the whole shoe becomes quite a bit loose…

solereview April 23, 2015 - 7:51 am

Thanks for the feedback!

Legless Runner February 25, 2015 - 3:53 am

“runners upgrading from the Pegasus 30 will find that the little toe (fifth metatarsal) is hemmed in slightly by the fused synthetic;”

I noticed this seam line with the upper right away when putting on the shoe, it feels like an elastic band pressing in. even going up a half size didn’t help. Does this issue go away after breaking in the shoe a bit or is it always there? Does it cause any irritation?

I liked that nike improved tongue from the 30’s(can feel the seams) but I don’t understand how they didn’t notice this new issue when designing the 31s.

solereview March 1, 2015 - 2:08 am

We’ve got quite a few miles on the Pegasus 31 since this review, and the toe box does not irritate. It was a matter of breaking in for us.

Steviepco March 2, 2015 - 2:22 am

I was fortunate enough to buy a pair of Pegasus 28s at Ross for pretty cheap. I love them and went on to buy a pair of Nike dual fusions without doing any research and was definitely not a fan. If I enjoy the 28s think the 31 would be the next logical purchase? I’m open to other brands but just don’t know too much about what would be comparable. Thanks for the help!

solereview March 4, 2015 - 5:08 pm

Ross is awesome. Some of the deals you get there are crazy, and we’d say part of the pleasure is in the treasure hunt!

It’s been a while we ran in the Pegasus 28, but from what we recollect the new Pegasus 31 runs a bit softer in the heel and has a shallow toe box. You’ll miss the layered ride quality of the 28, as the Pegasus 31 has a single density heel midsole area compared to the separate crash pad of the 28.

Jenn March 4, 2015 - 2:42 pm

I was just curious, do you believe there is any structural difference between the Pegasus 31 and the Pegasus 31 Flash? I’m in the market for my 3rd pair of Pegasus’s after you directed me toward the show with my weird foot strike (thank you). I love the shoe, but I felt my first pair had more cushion than my second pair so I’m skeptical. Just curious if the Flash should have any differences because it seems they are on sale in some places. My shins would greatly appreciate any info you may have!

solereview March 4, 2015 - 5:12 pm

We haven’t run in the Flash version, but there should be no structural difference in the midsole/outsole. The upper should run slightly snug, which is usually the norm for water resistant versions.

Midsole cushioning should only differ if you’ve placed your order online through Nike ID and requested modifications.

purveshgbc . March 5, 2015 - 5:54 am

Hi, I have high heels and while running long distances I suffer with shin splints. Also while running I tend to get pain in my right ankle due to lactic acid build. Please recommend a running shoes which could eradicate these problems.

Thanks in advance.

solereview March 5, 2015 - 8:00 am

Hi, we’ll be forthright in our view here – improvement of physical conditioning/strengthening and running form along with proper nutrition/hydration should help in your case.

A particular running shoe model will not eradicate these issues. Footwear is only a small part of the equation.

Recommend consulting a physio/sports medicine professional.

purveshgbc . March 9, 2015 - 4:25 am

Thanks a ton. appreciated!!

Jonny March 11, 2015 - 10:27 am

A friend of mine says the Saucony, New balance, Mizuno and Asics are the best running shoes. Nike is just a fashion brand and doesn’t hold up. I just bought the Nike Pegasus 31. Do you agree/disagree? Your review seems to favor the Pegasus 31 outside of arch support. Thanks!

solereview March 11, 2015 - 4:52 pm

All brands make an assortment of great and mediocre shoes, and what works (or not) for a runner depends on individual preferences. Nike is no exception, making both average and excellent shoes. We felt the Pegasus to be a great neutral shoe.

james March 12, 2015 - 9:07 pm

how are these shoes for over pronation?

solereview March 15, 2015 - 7:49 am

Doesn’t control foot roll as well as Lunarglide or Structure 18.

greg king March 16, 2015 - 12:12 am

i happened upon your site this week and i’ve learned so much already. thanks a lot.

i’m thinking of switching to the pegasus 31 from the asics cumulus line i’ve worn for years simply because, quite shallowly, i’m not happy with the colourway of the cumulus 16. i want to be sure that the transition is smart. they are comparable shoes as far as running style and foot shape/strike go, yes? i’ve been loyal to asics, but the pegasus look better and are cheaper than the cumulus. what do you think? good move or no?

solereview March 20, 2015 - 3:13 am

Thank you for the comment!

The Cumulus 16 and Pegasus are in the same ‘neutral’ category, but are two different shoes. The Pegasus has a shallower toe box, softer ride with a slightly lateral bias and lighter.

Will you like the Pegasus? Hard to say – the best way is to give them a initial fit trial at the local running store and see how they feel.

Sunny March 23, 2015 - 5:08 am

First of all, Thanks a lot for such detailed reviews!
I am looking for a a good durable shoe from nike which could be used on regular 3 mile daily runs and also be used to run a marathon (or max. 2) on a yearly basis (where it would give aid to speed as well). I have limited knowledge about the various models that I should check for.

Am I srictly in need for shoes with arch support? I have an arch that is around 1.25 inch wide. My shoe size is 10 & Weight 70Kgs.

Can you please suggest a model that is best suited?

Further, I would love if a model is priced at max. around 130$.

Sunny March 23, 2015 - 5:12 am

I am inclined to buy Pegasus 31. Is it best suited for the above mentioned purpose??

solereview March 24, 2015 - 7:56 am

Hi Sunny,

Thank you for writing in! A shoe which feels cushioned/supportive enough and has a good fit will do for the most part – other than that, focus on strengthening/conditioning your body to withstand the abuse of running, combined with proper running form and nutrition.

The Nike Pegasus 31 is extremely durable from an outsole perspective and would seem to suit your needs. Whether you like the level of support, cushioning and upper fit – that’s hard to say. You’ll find out after extended usage, and will gradually shape your preference in shoes.

Kala March 25, 2015 - 4:06 am

I’m a slow runner,77 kg x 194 cm.
I’m a overpronator and I’m stopped for pain under the feet plant.
Now I want to restart,and I want to change my shoes.
I run on a pair of Lunarglide 6,I would switch to the Structure 18 or a Pegasus 31,because I think 77kg are too much for LG6.
I was thinking also about the kayano 21,are these better?
Sorry for my English!
Thank you

solereview March 26, 2015 - 8:43 pm

What are the shoes you’re presently wearing, and what is it you like/don’t like about them?

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David Gubbins March 25, 2015 - 5:27 pm

I’m currently running about 3 miles 3-4 times per week, mostly road/footpath running. At the moment I’m running in Nike Downshifter 6 but I feel they’re slowing me down as they’re quite bulky. Was wondering would these shoes be suitable for this type of running?

Also, are they true to size? Thanks!

solereview March 26, 2015 - 11:38 pm

The Pegasus should be ok based on your requirements. Sizing runs true, but the toe box is shallow, so recommend that you fit try before buying.

Leo Mansueto March 28, 2015 - 11:12 am

Hi, I’ve just switched to Pegasus 31 from Adidas Response 21 (and after years of Adidas Response). My first impressions in terms of support and cushioning are quite good also if I feel like they have a lower heel than Response’s one and that makes me feel like I have to change a bit my running style. I had a 4 months stop last summer because of a sudden plantar fasciitis and I decided to change shoes (and switched to Pegasus) because I still feel a slight ache under the right heel and arch foot when I run at a slower speed. I recently had the chance to give a 10k trial to the brand new adidas ultraboost but also if they fit amazingly I started to feel pain at the same old foot plantar after few minutes. Do you think I did a good choice buying a pair of Pegasus or I had to go for a more cushioned shoe? I’m an average 4’45″/K neutral runner, 68 kg x 168 cm… Congratulations for your site, you do a really great job!

solereview April 1, 2015 - 7:19 am

With PF, its is always very hard to say what will work and what will not.

A general thumb of rules states that the shoe should not be prone to flexing in midfoot/heel and instead bend only in the front. The Pegasus 31 matches that description.

Leo Mansueto April 1, 2015 - 10:02 am

Thanks a lot for your explanation. Flexing in midfoot/heel: so, this is probably why I’ve felt my foot plant aching while running with Adidas Ultraboost. I’ve heard encouraging news about Noene anti-shock 1mm undersoles. Would they work? I’ll probably buy a pair of them to put under my Pegasus insoles to get some kind of additional protection and relief for my feet and knees.

solereview April 1, 2015 - 3:49 pm

Sorry, have not tested the aftermarket insoles you mentioned, so can’t offer an opinion!

Caity April 6, 2015 - 3:26 pm

I tried both Pegasus 31 and Energy Boost 2 ESM and really liked both. I run occasionally, but I hike and walk a lot. Which one would you recommend for walking and training in the gym?

solereview April 10, 2015 - 8:52 pm

The Pegasus 31 for sure. Far better for multi purpose use.

Andrew April 9, 2015 - 5:15 am

Dear Solereview,

I have read your review of Pagasus 31 and Lunarglide 6 and would like to know which would be better for walking. I walk everyday from 4km to 10km with an average speed of 6.5 to 7.5km/h. The surface is 60% to 80% tacmac and 20% to 40% gravel and grass, depends of the rout that I choose.

My current shoes are Lunarglide 3 and 5 and I find them very comfortable except for the very tight front of Lunarglide 5 which sometimes cause me blisters on my thumb after 7km of very fast walking. I also tried some other Nike models in the past like Lunareclipse, Free, Structure Triax and didn’t like any of them, Lunarglide had by far the best shape and fit for my foot.

I didn’t try the Pegasus 31 and Lunarglide 6 yet but will go to try them soon and what if I’m going to like the Lunarglide more? I guess it’s the shoe to go for then even though from reading your review Pegasus 31 seems to be better suited for walking than Lunarglide 6?

Are there any other shoes that you would recommend me for walking?

I apologize for my English, thank you!

solereview April 12, 2015 - 6:09 am

Hi Andrew,

We would recommend the Pegasus 31 over the Lunarglide. The Pegasus has a smoother ride because of the outsole design – the ‘crash rails’ extend from heel to forefoot and then helps activities such as walking.

The New Balance 1080 V5 is also another shoe you could try and see how they feel.

Andrew April 13, 2015 - 2:51 am

Thank you for the reply. I have one more question, how would the

Adidas Supernova Sequence 7 be for walking compared to Lunarglide 6 and Pesgasus 31. Thanks!

solereview April 13, 2015 - 3:02 am

The Sequence Boost fits narrower than the Pegasus, similar to the LG6. As far as cushioning is concerned, midsole is firmer than both Pegasus and LG.

We would rate the Pegasus to be most suited for walking, followed by Sequence and finally LG.

Andrew May 30, 2015 - 10:09 pm

After trying all three at home on my yard I have to say I like Sequence 7 the most. Nike shoes are too squishy not firm enaugh for my heels. Pegasus 31 may feels softer more cushioned than Sequence 7 and yet Sequence 7 feels better for me because it’s more protective from hard heel strikes because of it’s firmer sole. After 15/30min of walking and running Adidas feels more cusioned and protective than Pegasus 31. Pegasus 31 gets harder and less comfortable the longer your walk and run and it’s cusioning already has wrinkles and feels harder after only few tryouts while Adidas still feelsand looks the same. I also like the support of Sequence 7, Pegasus 31 don’t feel supportive enaugh for me, even whan just walking, especially on grass and if I make quick turns. Sequence is actually even more stable that LG and yet more cusioned and protective, it just feels great for me. Even though you guys said Pegasus 31 may be the best for walking Sequence 7 are a lot better for me and feel more natural for walking that just shows how everything differs from person to person, As you said before to me, “Go with what fits and feels best” instead of judding shoes by their features. Looks like that I will switch from Nike brand to Adidas because they feel better and more protective for my feet. I will also try Glide 7 as you guys recommended, because I would like to see how much more cushioned they are and if they are stable enaugh compared to Sequence. I would like to thank you guys one more time for all your help, thanks! ;)

solereview June 4, 2015 - 8:21 am

You’re very welcome, and happy to hear your positive feedback on the Sequence 7. Shoes work so differently based on what aspect of it appeals to the person using it!

solereview June 5, 2015 - 5:53 am

You’re very welcome, and happy to hear your positive feedback on the Sequence 7. Shoes work so differently based on what aspect of it appeals to the person using it!

solereview June 5, 2015 - 6:53 am

You’re very welcome, and happy to hear your positive feedback on the Sequence 7. Shoes work so differently based on what aspect of it appeals to the person using it!

Andrew April 22, 2015 - 6:52 am

Thank you for all the replys.

Now that I have tried both Lunarglide 6 and Pegasus 31 I’m a bit confused. After reading comments and review Pegasus is supposed to be a wider shoe that Lunarglide 6 but npt from my experience, it’s actually more narrow and runs smaller than Lunarglide 6 and also than my Lunarglide 3 and 5. I wear EU 43 with Lunarglide shoes but Pegasus was too tight in the forefoot and the whole shoe appeared to be smaller, while 44 was a bit too bit for me, little larger than Lunarglide 6 in 43, really a shame because the cushioning of Pagasus 31 is amazing compared to Lunarglide 6 and I also prefer the look of Pegasus 31. I will try Structure 18 for comparison, maybe they are something between Lunarglide 6 and Pegasus 31 but judding from your review they are the worse of this three shoes.

I have normal heels so the support of Structure might not be a problem for me like for some people but I’m also a bit of pronator so I guess I need a bit of stability but judding from the testing in the shop Lunarglide 6 didn’t feel much more stable than than Pegasus 31 so pegasus has to have some kind of stability I guess.

solereview April 28, 2015 - 4:04 am

Based on our review, the Pegasus has a shallower tip than the Lunarglide so that gives the feeling of a snugger forefoot and smaller size – though it depends on how an individual’s foot is shaped and matched to the Pegasus silhouette.

As far as the side to side fit is concerned, we feel that the Pegasus 31 is more roomy. However, loosening or skipping first couple of rows of the LG6 Flywire cables tend to open up forefoot room. Under those circumstances, the LG6 might actually turn out to be more spacious than the Pegasus 31.

The Structure 18 is a different shoe altogether when compared to the Lunarglide and Pegasus, much firmer with a different upper fit quality.

The Lunarglide 6 is definitely more stable than the Pegasus, and that assessment only comes after a few runs in both :)

Andrew April 28, 2015 - 2:45 pm

Today I tried the Pegaus 31 again but in a different store and different colour. This time 43 was very similar Lunarglide 6 but a bit more roomy in forefood and 44 was too big for me as it should be, so wierd. 43 was the right size this time, it felt very similar to my Lunarglide 3 and 5. I really don’t know why was the model in the other store so much smaller because both stores have original stuff and they were both men models just different colour, the one I tried today were in the colour that you guys reviewed, while the one I tried the first time were Style: 652925-009.

I also tried Structure 18 and didn’t like them, the support in the sole is too hard and I had a feeling like my foot is underpronating because of it, is that maybe because I’m a overpronator and my foot was actually neutral with Structure 18, is that a good thing, bcause I didn’t like the feeling and the whole shoe felt lose no mather what I tried with the laces.

I steel have a feeling like Lunarglide are the best out of this for me, I really like the stronger cushioning of Pegasus 31 but Lunarglide feels stabler. Maybe I would change my opinion after walking with all three of them for few days of weeks, it’s really hard to juddge just from few steps in a store.

I also tried Adidas Sequence 7 and they felt the most similar to Lunarglide and I really liked the Forefoot Cushioning.

I really don’t know which shoe to buy now after trying all of them.


Andrew April 28, 2015 - 7:16 pm

Some more info about me.

I’m 6ft 1in tall and weight only 146 lbs. I’m a overpronator, have a medium arch (maybe low but not flat), not sure if I strike with the heel or midfoof, maybe something in between if that’s even possible? I walk 100-150km per month and my average pace is between 7min 40sec and 8min 50sec.


solereview May 1, 2015 - 3:14 am

Got it!

solereview May 1, 2015 - 3:14 am

It is possible that the other pair had either its Flywire system cinched tight, or could have been a smaller width.

You seem to like something out of all three, and in such case, it helps to decide what you deem more important. That means you have to partially let go of #2 and #3 priority, and choose the shoe which has the thing which you love most!

From your post, we can see three factors emerging: Cushioning (Pegasus), forefoot cushioning (Sequence) and Stability (LG). Now filter what you require most out of the three and take the call.

Andrew May 7, 2015 - 5:06 am

Thank you for your reply.

As it seems the model you guys reviewed is a wide model which I tried the last time but it’s available only in one colour which is a shame because it fits me better than the standard model. The wide model feels very similar to Lunarglide while standard feels almost one number smaller.

Heel Cushionin is more important to me than forefoot cushioning but it’s even better if the shoe is overall well cushioned. I have problems with my sole, they start to hurt really fast if the shoe is too hard, especially the heels. My 1 year old Lunarglide 5 are already too hard, my heels starts to hurt already after 4km of walking so Pegasus may be better for my heels because of more cushioning but I’m afraid that they are not stable enaugh beause I’m overpronating quite strong.

Structure 18 are overpronating shoes but they are probably too hard for my sensitive foot. Are there any other shoes that are as Cushioned as Pegasus and have more stability or do you think that I will be just fine with Pegasus 31.

What about Vomero shoes, are they even for overpronating, I did read on a site that they are for underpronating, light supination?

On my last few walks I was looking how I strike with my foot and as it looks I’m a strong heel striker when I walk, while I’m a mild heel striker almost a mid foot striker when running but I’m walking more than 90% of the time.

I will probably grab a pair of Pegasus 31 and see how things will be after a few walks, I really like the stronger cushioning compared to Lunarglide 6 but the sole of my Lunarglide 5 or the newer 6 just feel better more right for my foot and my walking style than Pegasus 31.

What I dislike with Lunarglide shoes is how much harder gets the Lunarlon after just few months. My Lunarglide 5 were already way harder only after 6 months and I’m only walking, now after a year they are already too hard for me. Ok I walk from 120-160km per months but still this shoes are way too expensive for such a poor durability, I would have to switch them every year. I hope that Pegasus are more durable otherwise I will have to switch to some other brand, maybe Adidas with their Sequence 7, they are supposed to be very durable.

solereview May 7, 2015 - 6:43 am

You could try the Supernova Glide 7 Boost, which is cushioned, yet combines elements of support too, like the firmer midsole rim. The Vomero 10 is a neutral shoe, well cushioned but does not end up creating a lateral lean/bias. You could try both and see which feels more comfortable. Go with what fits and feels best, instead of basing your decision on ‘pronation’ control features.

If you want long term durability/cushioning retention of the midsole material, the Sequence 7 and Glide 7 will fare better than the Pegasus 31, Vomero 10 and Lunarglide. There are quite a few examples of positive long term usage feedback from our readers.

Craig April 13, 2015 - 12:15 pm

Hey guys, I am currently in the market for 2 new pairs of Nikes. I was wearing Dual Fusions before for everyday use and for walking (3-6 miles 4 days a week). I am wanting to get a pair of shoes for walking and a pair for everyday use now. I have very high arches and that typically can limit my activity if I do not have proper support. I was thinking Dual Fusion Run 3 for day to day and Pegasus 31 for exercise.
Would you have any other recommendations for either? Thanks in advance for helping all of us out. I appreciate the time you guys put into these reviews and replies.

solereview April 16, 2015 - 7:44 pm

Hi Craig, your rotation plan sounds right – the Pegasus is good for running/exercise. The under arch area of the Pegasus isn’t as pronounced as DF, so that’s something for you to try (at the store) and decide whether it will work.

Dr. G April 14, 2015 - 6:29 am

Dear Solereview,
The previous pair of Nike’s I used were the Nike Air Zoom Structure 15 (the best shoe ever).
However, Nike Air Zoom Structure 16 and 17 changed and were not as good. Now i’m seeking a new pair of Nike Running Shoes and would like your help. I am in the Army and I do alot of running on pavement, I am flat footed and run on my forefoot, I’m 6’4, 250lbs, and I would like a lightweight shoe that gives me cushion to reduce pain from impact.

solereview April 16, 2015 - 10:03 pm

The Structure 15 ran firmer than the 16 and 17, so would be worthwhile to fit try shoes such as the Nike Zoom Structure 18 and Saucony Guide 8. If you need softer cushioning, then please consider the Asics GT 2000 3.

M.L. April 18, 2015 - 2:15 pm

Dear Solereview.
I have been wearing Pegasus shoes for the past few years, and recently bought a pair of 31s on line after my old 29s wore out. I had been wearing the 29s for over a year, much longer than I would usually keep a pair of running shoes, but I had only averaging 15 miles or less per week and hadn’t felt the need for new ones earlier.

The first thing I noticed was that the 31s felt very snug–so much so that I had to wear the thinnest socks I own and lace the shoes very loosely in order to feel at ease. Also, the shoe was longer than I expected. I always get either a size 9.5 in the women’s model if it’s available, or size 8 in the men’s model, and usually find them pretty much equivalent except for the way the heel fits.My last pair of 29s were a men’s 8. This time the length of the women’s 9.5 is just a bit more than I want. On the bright side, the color (teal) is great!

The biggest issue I have with the 31s is that after about 2 miles or so into my runs, my lower legs (right above the inside ankle) have started to develop an uncomfortable tightness. Actually, my left leg seems to have adjusted to the new shoe (I don’t feel any tightness today), but my right side is still feeling tight several hours after my 4-mile run.

I am assuming that the changes in the 31 model are the reason for my new tightness issue, so I am looking to buy a new shoe before I progress to a full-blown injury. I have tried lots of shoes over the years, and remember having liked the Saucony ride in the past. I wonder if that might be a good choice? Any suggestions would be welcome.

solereview April 23, 2015 - 12:49 am

Thank you for the feedback. Not sure what might be causing the tightness, and can’t guarantee that another new shoe with solve it.

In such cases, buying a shoe which balances cushioning and support seems the right thing to do. The Saucony Ride 7 is a good alternative, as is the UnderArmour Speedform Gemini.

mike April 18, 2015 - 2:41 pm

I have been running in Pegs for years and love the 31s. However I need to find a new shoe the fits and performs very similar to the 31 but that is not manufactured by a company willing to sponsor drug cheat Justin Gatlin – any ideas?

solereview April 23, 2015 - 12:58 am

Worth giving the adidas Supernova Glide Boost a try, along with Saucony Ride 7 or UA Speedform Gemini. Different from the Pegasus in fit and feel, but good in their own way.

Winston April 19, 2015 - 9:36 am

Hi, I was wondering whether I should buy the Air Pegasus 31 or the Air Zoom Elite 7.
I’m a high school runner (5’11” and 155 lb.) and run about thirty miles a week at about 6:00 to 6:30 mile pace.
I also work in a couple higher tempo workouts every week.

Thanks in advance

Evelyn Macki April 19, 2015 - 12:54 pm

I think you should try to Pegasus on, not sure what terrain you are on but the Pegasus have little support. You feel like you are running barefoot and they are hard on the knees shins and everything. I miss he feel of my old Pegasus :(

solereview April 23, 2015 - 12:59 am

We’d pick the Zoom Elite 7. Firmer ride is always better for Tempo/speed.

purveshgbc . April 21, 2015 - 4:55 am

Hi, Which shoes you would recommend for a person with following physical condition?
male or female?
How tall are you?
6 ft. 1. in.
How much do you weigh? 174 lbs.
What type of shoe are you looking for-Road Running
What is your level of running experience- intermediate
How much do you run in a typical week*- 10-20 miles 20-30 miles
Have you been injured in the last 12 months -Not at all
How high is your arch? High heels
What are your motion mechanics? – Overpronator
How does your foot strike the ground? – Midfoot Strike

Thanks for your expert advice.

solereview April 21, 2015 - 6:00 am

Which brands do you have access to?

purveshgbc . April 22, 2015 - 10:29 pm

Sorry for the delay in reply.

Brands like: Nike, Adidas, Asics, Puma, Reebok, Sketchers.


solereview April 28, 2015 - 4:47 am

Try these shoes and see how they feel: Nike Lunarglide 6, Nike Pegasus 31, Flyknit Lunar 3, adidas Supernova Glide Boost, Asics Nimbus 16, Asics Cumulus 16, Puma Ignite and Skechers GoRun Ride 4. We don’t have any testing experience with Reebok.

If you let us know what characteristics you are looking for (ex: cushioning, level of stability, shoe weight etc), we can narrow this list down further for you.

Hope this helps.

purveshgbc . April 30, 2015 - 4:29 am

Thanks Solereview you guys are awesome.

The characteristics i am looking for are. light weight shoes, i suffer from shin splints so I think a shoes with good cushioning would be helpful and as I am a pronator it would be good if the shoes has stability features.

I don’t know how much you will be able to help, but still I will ask.
While running at higher speed my right leg does not land as comfortably as compared to my left leg. I have not suffered any injury in the past that has caused this thing.

Thanks a ton

solereview May 1, 2015 - 7:02 am

In that case, you can try the Nike Lunarglide 6 and the adidas Supernova Glide 6 Boost. The Glide does not have motion control features, but the ride is cushioned but supportive enough.

Won’t be able to comment on your running form, you should consult a running coach or physio.

hasell April 26, 2015 - 3:16 pm

Hi solereview, thanks for review, I love it. Can I get suggestion? I want buy this pegasus 31 but is it confy for use it just for everyday use, not always for running but for just walking? Thanks

solereview April 28, 2015 - 4:45 am

Yes, absolutely. The Pegasus also does very well as a walking shoe, thanks to its outsole design and level of cushioning. Try the new Vomero 10 too.

Jen April 28, 2015 - 8:22 pm

Hello…I am training for the Avon 39 Walk in NYC in October…26 miles on Saturday, 13 on Sunday. I seem to have a moderate arch, am 5’4, average build. I’ve tried on the Pegasus 31, and find it comfortable, but am wondering if you have other recommendations? Thank you!

solereview May 1, 2015 - 3:17 am

Hello Jen,

the adidas Supernova Glide Boost 6/7, the Nike Zoom Vomero 10, the Asics Gel Nimbus 17, New Balance 1080 V5 are shoes you should give a try. Hopefully, this will give you an informed (and broader) perspective, even if you end up going back and buy the Pegasus.

David Hoey April 30, 2015 - 9:15 am

Hey guys! I’m training for my first marathon and running with the Energy Boost 2.0 esm’s at the moment and find them fantastic but they are perhaps a little bit too firm towards the end of 25-35km training runs.

I was considering cycling in the Pegasus 31’s in for +25km and recovery runs and keep the EB2’s for shorter runs and tempo work? I wondering if the Pegasus 31’s more “squishy” cushioning might be easier on the legs after 30km or am I showing my inexperience!?!

You guys really are a one-stop-shop for shoe reviews and the service you provide here is invaluable. Really appreciate it. Thanks!

solereview May 1, 2015 - 7:25 am

Don’t believe that the Pegasus 31 will offer any advantage over the Energy Boost ESM in your situation. Also do not recommend the EB2 for tempo runs if you have the luxury of choice; a shoe like adios or Boston Boost does the trick better.

If it is deeper cushioning you’re after, it is worth giving a shoe like Hoka Clifton a shot.

David Hoey May 1, 2015 - 4:24 pm

That’s a really big help. Thanks a lot!

Chaunci Dailey April 30, 2015 - 6:28 pm

Hello chiming in on the topic, seems like there is a great support group here. I started running last year and lost 30lbs. I’m 230lbs and I currently run in the Nike Wildhorse which is labeled as a trail shoe. Although I run on pavement the shoes are so light with good cushioning but wear fast due to the soft heel rubber compound. I also suffer from shin splint in my left leg. I think I supinate because I wear the outer edge of the heels and forefoot. I only run a mile everyday as I only have time to run at work. I need a Nike shoe that has impact protection and easy on my shins. As an added bonus maybe a shoe that helps with my supination. Thanks…

solereview May 1, 2015 - 8:01 am

Thank you for the question, and for sharing detailed pictures!

We think you should give the Nike Zoom Vomero 10 or Nike Pegasus 31 a try, and see where that leads you.

Ingrid April 30, 2015 - 11:50 pm

Hi guys,
I’m not a runner, my exercise consists in long brisk walks. I have some issues with the ball of my feet ( metatarsalgia) and I need shoes that are very cushioned in order to avoid the pain ( not only for my walks, but also for everyday wear). I am also slightly overweight. Could you recommend a light very well cushioned model of Nike shoes? Maybe two, one breathable for the summer and one warmer for the cold season? Thank you so much.

solereview May 1, 2015 - 8:00 am

You could try the Nike Vomero 10, and the Pegasus 31. Buy one of these for summers, and in winters, Nike always releases a ‘flash’ or ‘shield’ version which is warmer.

You could buy the winter shoe then – if you need them right now, ‘Flash’ editions of the Pegasus 31 (from Holiday last year) should still be available at a discount.

Sven May 3, 2015 - 8:11 pm

Hi guys,
I’m just starting up running after a long break and I need help finding new running shoes. I need something with heel support and that is light weight. I got shin splints and pain in the middle of my feet from my old shoes. I have supination and I’ll also be running on the pavement. Would the Pegasus 31 be a good choice for me or are there other shoes that I should try? Really appreciate it. Thanks!

solereview May 3, 2015 - 8:19 pm

You could try the Pegasus 31 and Saucony Ride 7, and see how they feel. Both have molded heel counters for grip around that area, and work well on pavements.

Will Traves May 4, 2015 - 1:30 am

Hi guys,
I have recently started running and am really excited. The shoe i currently use is the Nike Free 5.0 2014 but i don’t know what it is but i don’t like it as a running shoe. occasionally when i run i get an itching sensation in my shin and calf (sorry for lack of technical terms) i believe i have quite an arched foot. I like to run on salt way (gravel type material), grass and pavement. I would ideally like something that is quite different to my current shoe in terms of support and cushioning. as i said i am pretty new to all this and haven’t tried many shoes so couldn’t say what it is i feel the 5.0 is lacking. i am 16 and weigh 67KG if that helps.
though nike shoes do look the best (in my opinion) i am looking for the shoe that will help me run the most so any brand would be ok.
Thanks in advance

solereview May 4, 2015 - 1:53 am

Thank you for the detailed comment, Will. You could try the Nike Pegasus 31, Zoom Vomero 10 and Flyknit Lunar 3 at the store and see how they fit and feel.

Brandon May 5, 2015 - 2:19 pm

Do you think the Pegasus 32 will feature the same Flymesh that the Vomero 10 and Structure 18 have? I personally feel like the Flymesh isn’t tight enough and isn’t elastic enough to offer the comfort of a knitted upper such as Flyknit or Primeknit. Even the Boost techfit uppers are far more comfortable.

solereview May 7, 2015 - 2:34 am

It seems to have a very similar upper to the 31, except for those cords snaking up the sides. In our opinion, the Flymesh does only two things well -ventilation and weight reduction.

Megan Jane Bursey May 5, 2015 - 9:20 pm

I’m looking for a pair of shoes that I can wear in the gym and outdoors with casual wear. The kind of gymming I do is mainly resistance training with some LISS (low intensity steady state) either on a treadmill or along the river path. I want something that can handle both indoors and outdoors. Can you please give me a few suggestions? Thank you

solereview May 7, 2015 - 2:28 am

Hi Megan, you could fit try the Pegasus 31, UnderArmour Speedform Gemini, Saucony Ride 7, adidas Supernova Glide 7 Boost and see how they feel.

All these are great neutral shoes which can meet your needs.

Ian May 7, 2015 - 10:56 am

Some others who have seen the shoe seem to refute this and say they have seen the shoe in hand and it indeed does have the engineered mesh like the v10 and s18

David Byrne May 9, 2015 - 2:19 am

Hi guys I started running in January and bought myself a pair of karimore D30 running shoes as I have a flat foot, I have a couple of half marathons coming up and have wore my soles out, I would like to upgrade and am not fussed on price i just want a good shoe, can you recommend a good running shoe for a flat foot?

solereview May 9, 2015 - 5:08 am

Hi David, we haven’t tested the Karimore D30, so have no idea of the shoe’s character. We assume that you are looking for a shoe with a stable ride, so here are some models which we think you should try:

adidas Supernova Sequence 7, Saucony Hurricane ISO, Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15, Mizuno Wave Inspire 11, Nike Zoom Structure 18 and the New Balance 1260 V4.

Morgan May 9, 2015 - 9:50 am

Hey guys I was just wondering if the white and blue color in these get dirty to fast. I’m not much of a runner but I’m looking for a shoe that doesn’t get dirty. I will use them mainly for casual wear and walking and I don’t want to be washing them every week.

solereview May 10, 2015 - 4:28 am

It depends on where you’re walking. If it is on clean roads and indoors, then these stay clean. If it is a combo of dirt+dampness, then any shoe will get soiled.

Either way, doesn’t harm to keep a small bottle of $5.00 Krud Kutter handy, that cleans foam midsoles like nothing else.

Ryan May 9, 2015 - 12:06 pm

Except for the price, which one would you choose between the Pegasus 31 and the Vomero 10 for an all around shoe ?

solereview May 10, 2015 - 4:26 am

The Vomero 10 will be our choice.

Ryan May 10, 2015 - 4:57 am

Thank you guys!

Paul Lee May 18, 2015 - 9:51 pm

I know you said “except for the price” but currently, with the Vomero 10 priced over $130 and Pegasus 31 available for $70-80 (in some cases even lower on clearance or sale), I don’t think the performance margin is wide enough to warrant spending the extra $ on the Vomero.

solereview May 20, 2015 - 3:41 am

Valid argument in context of the Pegasus 31 and Vomero 10, but come Pegasus 32, and the scales will tip towards the Pegasus. We’re assuming the Pegasus 32 will see a marginal price increase.

Mark May 10, 2015 - 10:13 am

So why do you give the Pegasus 31 a better score?

solereview May 10, 2015 - 3:43 pm

Vs. which shoe?

Brian L. May 10, 2015 - 10:57 pm

For a neutral pronation shoe that is mainly used for walking daily on an asphalt bike path <5 miles, what would be your Top 5 list? I was looking at Nike Air Pegasus 31 and Asics Cumulus 16 as possibilities, per your reviews. I was concerned they might be "too much shoe" just for daily walking/light jogging at most. I do happen to have a heavy heel strike that will wear down a thin insole quickly, and in fair time also wear out the ball of insole. i appreciate any & all suggestions. I only was able to research through your Asics, Nike, and Brooks reviews as of this comment. Thank you so much!

solereview May 13, 2015 - 8:07 am

Here’s our top five, but in no particular order:
Under Armour Speedform Gemini, Saucony Ride 7, Nike Pegasus 31, Nike Vomero 10, adidas Supernova Glide Boost 7.

None of these are heavy, and have ample rubber coverage on the outsole.

Zulfiqar Tharani May 11, 2015 - 5:08 am

Can someone please guide me which shoes is better for arch suppprt? I went under a knee surgery (MPFL) Reconstruction and later found out that I have a flat foot. Can someone recommend something ? Also, for the arch support is lunarglide +5 is better or pegasus or vomero?

Brandon May 15, 2015 - 10:37 am

Is the Pegasus the most popular running shoe in the world?

here2run May 19, 2015 - 7:10 pm

It has to be up there that is for sure. My first Peg’s were the 29 which now have 674 miles on them and they have held up great but its time for a new pair. Looking forward to trying out the 32’s

solereview May 20, 2015 - 3:55 am

Not sure, but it certainly sells a lot.

Chaunci Dailey May 17, 2015 - 7:43 pm

Just re-read the review on the Pegasus 31. It says the 31 has cut out the arch support and is purely targeted to regular to high arch runners. I did a wet foot print to kinda show the curvature of my foot. It seems that I have a very low arch. If the arch support was done away with, and I have little to no arch why would I need arch support. Maybe I’m looking at the statement backwards. I always thought if you had a high arch you’d need that support from the shoe itself. Hope I explained well enough for you to understand. Thanks…

solereview May 20, 2015 - 4:02 am

The more shoes we review, the more we’ve convinced that under-arch support feature in a shoe isn’t as important as what brands makes it out to be. The prevalent theory was that lower arches need support to prop them up, and higher arches don’t, as they need to collapse to do their job properly. But like, we said, we don’t think it is that simple, and the same applies to the whole pronation control thing. As long as the shoe fits well, blends cushioning and support in equal measures, that is most what matters.

But yes, in the marketing context of under-arch support, you’re looking at the statement backwards.

rhody runner May 20, 2015 - 5:19 am

Hey Guys! Absolutely love the site! I have been running in the Peg 31 and Peg 30 the last couple of years. Splurged on the Voomero 10’s after not really loving the Peg 31’s. I think the Voomero 10’s may be the best shoe I have ever worn. Can’t wait to read the review!

solereview May 20, 2015 - 6:45 am

The Vomero 10 is good – hopefully review up within the next two weeks :)

Nuno Miguel Carvalho May 21, 2015 - 8:00 am

Hi Guys. I have more ore less 80kg, run 1/2 times a week, and a maximum of 10Km each time. I have some knee problems, so I’m looking for a stable and cushioned shoes. Do you think pegasus 31 fits what I need, or I should go for an even more cushioned shoes like Nimbus 17 for example?


solereview May 23, 2015 - 1:54 am

The Pegasus 31 should do it, we feel that the Nimbus 17 is overtly soft. Along with the shoes, physical conditioning/strengthening of lower body also helps vastly.

Nuno Miguel Carvalho May 23, 2015 - 8:11 am

Thanks for your comments. I’m also making some work to reinforce knee.
Today I tried pegasus, and I didn’t like it. It feels to tight in the top front, even with half number above. I then tried Cumulus 16 and Glide7 (half number above), and they fit confortable. Are Cumulus and Glide 7 good options?

solereview May 23, 2015 - 5:43 pm

If the Glide 7 fits you well, then we’d recommend it out of the two.

Nuno Miguel Carvalho May 25, 2015 - 7:35 am

Thanks again. One last question “boost” technology impact isn’t more demanding for the knees?


solereview May 30, 2015 - 1:36 am

Not sure what you mean, but knee is impacted more by factors such as your physical condition, mileage, the surface you run on and your running form rather than footwear.

Boost is like any other cushioning system; a running shoe is only as good as its runner.

Brandon Legendre May 23, 2015 - 1:38 pm

Hi, I have been running for several years now and am currently competing in college. I mostly run in either the Nike Pegasus and the Bondi 3. I have an extremely high arch and am pretty injury prone. I usually insert the green insoles from superfeet into my shoes. Currently I am looking for a great shoe to pretty much do anything beside running/working out in. I was looking at the nike structure and the Pegasus and they both seem well suited and Im trying not to break the bank with the vomero. My first question is if i am mostly just using the shoe as a walk around shoe would it be good to use the nike structures even though i am a neutral runner or should I stick to something more like the Pegasus?

solereview May 30, 2015 - 1:33 am

Hi Brandon,

if you’re just using the shoe to walk around, we’d choose the Pegasus. Much more comfortable than the firmer Structure 18.

Trey Venters May 26, 2015 - 8:02 am

Hi guys. Love your site and your reviews. I have been running for the past year in the Hoka Cliftons and generally love them. Lately, however, they have been causing some aggravation on my right achilles (this tends to happen more as the shoe breaks down). I am looking for a different brand/model of cushioned shoe to rotate with the Cliftons. Any suggestions? Would the Pegasus work? What about the Vomero 10? I saw that you will be reviewing them soon and have been curious about them. Thanks in advance for any recommendations. Oh – one last thing – I have a somewhat wide foot.

Thanks again.

solereview May 30, 2015 - 1:39 am

Hi Trey, while it is hard to say what exactly might be causing the Achilles discomfort, usually low heel to toe drop (which the 4mm Clifton is) footwear tends to stress it.

If you’re looking for a wide fitting, regular drop cushioned shoe to rotate alongside, the Nike Zoom Vomero 10 is a safe bet.

And is your right foot shorter than your left?

Brendon Johnson May 28, 2015 - 8:59 am

Thanks for the great reviews. I really appreciate the shoe cross sections! I’m trying to decide between the Pegasus 31 and replacing my Lunarglide 6 shoes. Overall the LG6 has been pretty great. I have been tested as being neutral on my left foot and a pronator on the right foot. I have high arches. I was told that I ‘should be’ running in neutral shoes, so I’m looking at the Pegasus. I purchased the LG6 before because they felt good and I got a good deal. I chose Nike because they seem to fit my strangely shaped feet a bit better than some other brands. I like to run anything between a 5k and a half marathon.

I’ve tried on the Pegasus and they feel nice and responsive, but I feel like I’m running towards the outside of the sole, where on the LG6, I feel a bit more neutral/pronating correcting. This seems strange to me because I would guess that this should be the opposite. Is this something that has been noticed about the ride and transition on the Pegasus or something that might go away as the sole breaks in? Also, I like the idea of the Pegasus because it may be more responsive than the LG6, but I like that the LG6 is lighter than the Pegasus. Any thoughts or suggestions?

solereview May 30, 2015 - 1:58 am

Your read on the Pegasus is correct. It has a pronounced lateral (outer) bias on the midsole, both in the way the midsole compresses and how the outsole is angled. In comparison, the Lunarglide is more balanced.

Regardless of what you have been told, if the Lunarglide 6 has felt pretty great so far, than you should stick to them.

There is a newer version of the Lunarglide (7th version) due to release in July with a new upper, so would suggest to camp it out till then!

Philip Carpenter May 28, 2015 - 11:01 pm

Hi Guys. I have been running for the past 25 years. Stupid question, why is there only a gel bubble ( in inner mid sole) in the one shoe and not in the other shoe? Always puzzled me!!

solereview May 30, 2015 - 2:02 am

Not sure we understand your question correctly. Do you mean a missing Air bag? That should not happen. Do you have a picture you can share?

ronin May 31, 2015 - 3:19 pm

Hello from France,
Solereview congratulations for your website : the only one I know which is accurate and marketing free when it comes to running shoes. If I do write today is to announce the new Pegasus 32. What should we think about it ? Is there any major improvement ?
I’m looking for a great pair of running shoes, because I need to lose weight (210 lbs). I have flat feet and come back from low back injury. No pronation. So I definitely need good heel cushion, arch support and quality rubber outsole for training. Is this pair right for me, or should I look for a more supportive shoe ? Thanks.

Sean June 2, 2015 - 4:14 am

The 32 is basically the same shoe. Very slight changes to the upper including what I consider to be a superior lacing system and perhaps a slightly more flexible forefoot (jury is still out on this one, but this difference is negligible if anything).

Generally a flat foot with no pronation would do better in a shoe with a straighter last (Saucony Ride 7/8, Dyad 8, Echelon 4), but if you truly don’t overpronate then the Pegasus could work for you. Can’t say for sure without trying it on!

I realize you weren’t asking me, but I figured I’d try to help out!!

ronin June 2, 2015 - 9:42 am

Thanks for your advice Sean. You are right : I should better go to Brooks shoes according to my weight and need for arch support. Dyad vs Adrenaline vs Transcend ? I like pillow in the heel decreasing to the toes, support on sides and under the arch, large toes box, responsive outsole. In fact, a basketball shoe, without the weight and better breathability. Which sounds best ? Thanks.

solereview June 4, 2015 - 8:23 am

We haven’t got our hands on the Pegasus 32 yet, and our review should be up in early July. But as Sean mentions below, the models looks and feel mostly the same, except for the new Flywire lacing.

Rosemary June 1, 2015 - 11:47 pm

I am a 5’2, 104 lb female runner. I run about 60-70 miles a week. I have had success with the Pegasus 28 and 29, but I thought that the 30 had too much cushioning on the heel. I have gone through 3 pairs of the Saucony Ride 7, but I am tired of it. My legs have gotten really tired, and I think that it could be from how my lega pound on the ground the same way because I have worn the Ride 7s for so long. I am currently looking at the Pegasus 31 and Mizuno Rider 18. I am also interested in the Ride 8, but it looks identical to the Ride 7. Another option is the Triumph ISO, but I feel like it probably rides the same way as the Ride 7. I do not like Brooks and Asics. Could you give me some information about all of this? Like which one I should choose or any other shoes out there? Thanks!

solereview June 5, 2015 - 6:00 am

Given your history, would make sense to go for the Pegasus 31. It is firmer than the 30, and feels more cushioned than the Ride 7. The Wave Rider 18 is really firm (more so than any version of the Pegasus in the last 10 years), so not sure how you’ll like it.

Do make sure you try the Pegasus 31 first before buying, as the toe bumper is shallower than what used to be in the 30.

Rosemary June 5, 2015 - 7:28 am

Thanks! I actually tried the Pegasus 3 and didn’t like it. It felt too mushy. The Mizuno Rider 18 felt really good and fast, but I think it “guided” me a lot. Kind of like propelling my legs forward. How would the Saucony Triumph compare to the Ride 7? I want a little variation from the Ride 7, but a similar feel (I.e. neutral) to the Ride 7.

solereview June 6, 2015 - 7:02 am

Actually we cover your answer in detail in our Triumph ISO review:

Just search for instances of ‘Ride 7’ using CTRL+F on PC or Command+F on Mac and you’ll see the section where we compare the two. It starts after the picture of the black insole.

Rosemary June 6, 2015 - 9:25 am

Thanks so much!

Azril Dogaong June 2, 2015 - 6:05 am

Which is better: pegasus 31 or saucony guide 7? Durability? Better for long runs?
My current go-to shoe is skechers go run .. Tnx for helping

solereview June 5, 2015 - 6:18 am

Coming from a Skechers GoRun, the Pegasus 31 makes more sense.

ronin June 4, 2015 - 12:09 pm

Sorry for double posting : bad manip… Well, to help people in my situation (heavy weight and flat feet) who feel better in basketball shoes rather than in running’s, I have compared in a shop the Brooks Transcend 2 on top of my list and the Saucony Echelon 4 adviced by the salesman. Wow, this last shoe is all I like : brilliant pillow cushion and bounce that almost make you feel like flying. The shoe is flexible with low drop, so you still feel the ground with great responsiveness. At last, arch is locked like in basketball shoes and orthotic friendly if you want to place your own insole. Be aware to chose right fit for larger foot if you are used to spacious toe box. Will come back in a few months to judge how it wears.

solereview June 5, 2015 - 1:09 am

Thank you for sharing the feedback!

ronin June 23, 2015 - 6:20 pm

I will. Thanks to Sean who opened my mind to Brooks and Saucony which are not very popular in my country.

Angie June 5, 2015 - 1:21 am

Hi there, Loving your excellent reviews very informative! I have a dilemma, forefoot runner, neutral gait, like cushioning, training for marathon, ran in Pegasus 29 loved that shoe no injuries then changed to Brooks Glycerin 12 on advice from running shop & 6 weeks on I have a sore calf. Physio thought it was the change of shoe so I went back into the old Pegs & leg is better, can’t get Peg 29 now & have tried on the Peg 31 but they felt different & narrow fit(in agreement with your review). Searching for Peg 30 but having difficulty finding my size, can you recommend anything else?

solereview June 5, 2015 - 6:41 am

The Vomero 10 is a good option. Not very soft, and plenty of room inside!

Angie June 5, 2015 - 7:02 am

Thank you! I shall see if my local shop has them & then wait for your review!

solereview June 6, 2015 - 6:57 am

You’re welcome! The Vomero 10 review should be up later next week.

Raj June 5, 2015 - 9:01 pm

Hi there,

First of all I would like to thank you for your great reviews!
Coming to the issue I am facing, I have been using a pair of Pegasus 31 for the last 3-4 months. I usually wear them everyday and do a bit of running on the treadmill too, mostly interval training. On some days I feel pain in the outer mid arc of my left foot. It mostly happens when I have walked a fair bit of distance in these shoes. Prior to these, I had a pair of Adidas Marathon 10 and I never had any issues with it except for the fact that it had less cushioning overall than I thought what was required during the interval training. Once I start experiencing the pain, it doesn’t go unless I have switched to any other footwear for a couple of days. So the cause of pain definitely has to be the Pegasus. Now, I am thinking of buying another pair, could you please suggest some? I think I am a supinator