Nike Legend React

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Nike Legend React Review Facts

Something that more and more runners want in a pair of running shoes is the ability to look good in them and to use them for exercise and activity. Unfortunately, something that some runners find is that their running shoes are a bit bulky or not available in the colors that they want. This isn’t a huge dealbreaker, but it is a growing demand from consumers and something that many companies have taken into consideration when creating running shoes.

If you are indeed one of these people, then you have probably looked at running shoes offered by Nike many times. Nike is a brand trusted by both athletes and by people who are simply looking for casual clothing and shoes. They took this into consideration when creating the Nike Legend React running shoes; the shoes are frequently lauded by consumers for their sleek and stylish design, which is suitable for anyone who simply wants a pair of nice sneakers to wear. But that doesn’t mean that these shoes don’t have their benefits for runners, which tends to be the case for more fashionable sneakers. The shoes are great to be worn both with and without socks, and people appreciate the comfort and the breathability the shoes provide. The only thing that people noticed with these shoes was that they had to purchase a half size to a full size bigger than they normally do because the shoes were small and narrow. Other than that, people who tried the shoes has overall great things to say.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • The price of the shoe is extremely affordable, especially in comparison to many other running shoes on the market
  • Many people were pleased with the amount of breathability that the shoe provided
  • The shoe is perfect to be used in a multitude of situations, including for casual, everyday wear
  • The shoes are available in a variety of different colors and have a pleasing design
    The Nike Legend React is a very flexible shoe that will easily accommodate your feet
Cons
  • As with many Nike shoes, people complained that these shoes were not true to size and that the shoes tend to run small and narrow

  • Some people said that the upper of these shoes was not very durable and it started to rip after some time of use

     

Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of these shoes is made with rubber, which will not only help to protect your feet against any of the dangers that the asphalt you are running on can cause, but it also will provide great traction for you as you run. The bottoms of the shoes also have many grooves and are fashioned in a zigzag pattern, which will ultimately aid in the overall flexibility and traction of the shoe. It is important for the outsole to be as sturdy as possible because it has to protect your feet from any rocks, gravel, stones, sticks, or other sharp objects that could hurt your feet as you run. But it also needs to be light enough so that you will be able to get a feel for the ground beneath you. The outsole also needs to provide adequate traction to prevent slippage and injuries, and it needs to help aid in the overall flexibility in the shoe. It seems that the Nike Legend React does all of these at once.

Midsole

Midsole

These shoes are made with the Nike trademarked React foam, which helps to aid in the responsiveness of the shoe. This foam helps to ensure that the midsole will keep its shape and size despite the impact you place on it. When you strike your foot, the foam will sink in and immediately return to its regular shape, which means that the shoes are highly responsive. It helps to smoothen out your run and is especially great for people who run heavily. There is also an insole in the shoe, which you can remove and insert another insole of your choosing.

Upper

Upper

One of the things that many people were pleased with in these shoes was the upper, due to the fact that it provided a lot of breathability for the wearer. The upper is made with a mesh material that allows for airflow. It also has close-knit stitches, which will help the shoe to maintain its shape no matter how long you wear it and in order to keep the shoe strong and sturdy. There are synthetic overlays in the upper of the shoe, which not only help to make the shoe look better, but they also will help the shoe remain sturdily on your foot. The tongue of the shoe will also aid in this, and it will also provide cushioning for your foot and prevent the shoe from sliding off your foot. Since the shoes can be worn with or without socks, the shoes also have lining which will help to prevent any blisters or irritation while wearing them. A great feature for people who like to run in the dark is that there is also reflective material on the shoes, which will help them to see and prevent accidents while running in the dark.
Weight

Weight

The weight of these shoes is 255 grams or 9 ounces. This might not be the lightest shoe on the market, as there are other running shoes which are lighter. However, many people said that the shoes did feel very lightweight, and they did not feel as though they were being weighed down. It is important for a pair of running shoes not to weigh too much, due to the fact that the foot needs to move as naturally flexible as possible to prevent any accidents and to help improve the runner’s performance. Despite the fact that these shoes might be a little heavier than others, people said that it did not cause any problems with their performance.
Breathability

Breathability

There were some mixed reviews regarding how breathable the shoes are, but most people who purchased them said that they were pleased and that their feet remained cool and dry after having worn the shoes for rather long periods of time. Running shoes, in general, need to provide as much breathability as possible because a runner is bound to sweat after some time, and when their feet do not have the ability to breathe, the shoes will become stuffy and uncomfortable to wear. This could increase the possibility of injury, and especially of blisters and other unpleasant things that could happen to your feet in a new pair of shoes. The upper part of the shoes is made with a mesh material that has tiny holes in it, which allows the shoes to remain as ventilated as possible. People said that the tongue of the shoes is made with a neoprene material which did not provide much breathability, but they did not have issues with the breathability of the rest of the upper.
Comfort

Comfort

Something very common that most people notice with Nike shoes is the fact that they are often not true to size. Now, it is very possible that you will luck out and find that the size you normally wear will also fit you in a pair of Nike shoes. However, many people noticed when they purchased these in their regular size, the shoes were highly uncomfortable and their toes would bunch up. So, many people were forced to get a half size to a full size larger than their normal size. This is important to keep in mind should you decide to purchase these shoes, and if you have the opportunity to do so, perhaps try finding them in a store where you can try on different sizes before making a purchase.

Other than this, people were generally pleased with the comfort that the Nike shoes provided. The shoes can be worn both with and without socks, and they are fortified with the right materials to ensure that you won’t get blisters or hot spots on your feet from wearing them without socks. People said that they were able to run for fairly long distances without having any discomfort.
Style

Style

Many people were genuinely pleased with the style of the Nike Legend React. These shoes are great to be worn both while running on the road, or if you plan to be doing some everyday errands like shopping. Usually, runners prefer to have a pair of running shoes that will allow them to be worn for multiple purposes, and that won’t look too bulky or unpleasant on the feet.

For men, the shoes are available in several colors, including black, bright blue, white, and gray, and for women, the shoes are available in red, pink, black, and gray. These might not have the widest variety of choices when it comes to color, but many people agreed that they were able to find something that suited their tastes and what they liked in a pair of shoes.
Durability

Durability

The durability of the overall shoes was very high, although one thing that some people mentioned was that the upper would tear after only one month of use. Not everyone complained about this, though, so it might simply depend on where you choose to run with these shoes and how you keep these shoes when you aren’t wearing them.

The quality of the materials in the midsole and the upper allow for the shoes to remain as durable as possible, and the shoes can be used for miles upon miles of running without losing their shape and without wearing down. The foam in the midsole will retain its shape after all the pressure that you will be putting on it from the impact of your run.
Support

Support

The midsole and the outsole of the shoe provide much of the support in these shoes, and people said that the shoes are great for running of any type, including long distance and short distance running. Not only does the rubber zigzag pattern of the outsole provide enough support for your feet while running, but the React foam in the midsole also gives your feet stability while you run, since it won’t lose its overall shape. Many people were pleased with the way that the shoes supported their feet during the run.
Terrain

Terrain

It is not recommended that the Nike Legend React shoes be worn on rougher terrain such as hiking trails and dirt roads, but you will be able to wear them on a multitude of other surfaces, such as roads and other pavement. The shoes are also durable in a number of different weather conditions, and you could easily wear them inside while at the gym.
Price

Price

One thing that people appreciated about these shoes was the price. The shoes officially retail at $100, but you will certainly be able to find them for much cheaper online. For example, on Amazon, the shoes retail for $77. So, if you want a decent pair of running shoes without having to spend hundreds of dollars on them, these are the perfect option for you.

Traction

Traction

The outsole of the shoes has a zigzag pattern which helps your feet to have as much grip on the ground as possible while running. You can use these shoes to run on a multitude of different surfaces without worrying about if you will slip and fall. It is important also that running shoes provide enough traction in order to reduce the possibility of slippage so that no one will have to face any serious consequences.
Drop

Drop

The drop in these shoes is 9mm, which is moderate for a pair of running shoes. If you were looking for something that has no drop, then these shoes are not for you.

Key Features

Key Features

-The midsole is made with the Nike trademarked React foam, which aids in the responsiveness and durability of these shoes
-The upper is made out of a mesh material that allows the shoes to provide comfort and breathability
-The shoes can be worn both with and without socks
-The price point of these shoes can’t be beat

Bottom Line

Bottom Line

If you are someone who loves to run or who loves to be active on a daily basis, then the Nike Legend React shoes are a great option for you. You can easily wear these shoes in multiple different weather conditions and on different surfaces. The sleek design and the many colors that the shoes are offered in will provide a fashionable choice for many people. And, you won’t have to worry about spending too much on these shoes- with a price of less than $100, all of your needs will certainly be met.