Nike Downshifter 13 Review

The Nike Downshifter 13 is an excellent mid-long distance road shoe that offers high levels of comfort, speed assistance and durability. In this Nike Downshifter 13 Review I will go over my experience with this shoe and see how it compares to its competitors.

Cushioning

A good level of cushioning is an essential component of a great shoe. A cushioned midsole helps relieve stress from the joints and provides support that makes long distance runs much easier.

Support

Good support is essential for all runners, so it is very important that when buying trainers an individual buys running shoes that have enough support. That may look different for all runners but it is important to consider.

It is important that a supportive running shoe provides a stable platform and reduces the risk of potential injuries.

Durability

I believe that it is important to buy shoes that have been built to last. If you are going to spend your own money on shoes then they should stay in good working condition for many months to come.

Fit

Making sure your shoes fit properly is very important as if a shoe is too big it can cause the shoes to start to rub against you feet causing blisters and other discomforts. By not having a shoe that fits it will also get rid of the possibility of a comfortable run.

Breathability

Breathable materials in the upper part of the shoe helps keep the feet cool and dry during runs. This is because it helps prevent the build up of sweat and moisture in the shoe which reduces discomfort and irritation when running.

A breathable upper shoe enhances comfort and can be a life saver when running in hot days as it helps prevent overheating. This makes shoes with this feature an excellent choice as well as a comfortable fit.

Value

Running shoes can get really expensive and if you are someone that runs a lot you will have to keep coming back to buy more. This can really add up which is why I have added cost to the list of important factors.

Price: £64.99

Weight: 270g

Stack height: 32mm

Usage: Daily trainer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Responsive
  • Flexible
  • Soft plush upper

Cons

  • Doesn’t have any wow factor
  • Very basic shoe
  • Energy return: 7/10
  • Durability: 7/10
  • Support: 7/10
  • Grip: 7/10
  • Style: 7/10
  • speed: 7/10
  • versatility: 7/10
  • Value for money: 10/10
  • Upper breathability: 7/10
  • Comfort: 7/10
  • Width: 7/10
  • Overall Rating: 75/100

Nike Downshifter 13 First Impressions

When I first put this shoe on I was impressed with how comfortable it felt. The upper was soft and plush with the midsole being slightly more firm but still comfortable. The upper was also very breathable which was great because it is now the middle of summer and it can get very hot.

The foam was much thicker in the heel of the shoe which is good for heel strikers but if you aren’t a heel striker then this feature just feels a bit awkward. It does make transitions slightly faster but not to a point where it makes a massive difference.

I also liked the aesthetics of the shoe. They are quite simple looking but still look and feel high quality which is important. For their price point I was very happy with how they performed.

Why Should You Buy This Shoe?

If you are in the market for a daily trainer but don’t want to spend 100s of pounds then this is a great choice. This shoe is comfortable, responsive, durable and can be used for both short and long distances. For this price point there is no better daily trainer out there.

Why Should You Not Buy This Shoe?

If you are in the market for a highly cushioned or highly responsive daily trainer then this shoe will disappoint. It is fairly cushioned and responsive but there are much better models out there that are more expensive but also much better. If you do have a higher budget you could have a look at either Asics Gel Nimbus 26 or the Asics Kayano 31 however this is the best daily trainer at this price point.

Upper of the shoe

This shoe contains a mesh upper which is soft and plush. This really made my foot feel snug and comfortable. It also provided excellent heel lockdown. I didn’t feel my foot slipping out once as long as I used a runners knot. The upper was also highly breathable and made my feet feel cool and fresh.

Foam of the shoe

The midsole in this shoe does offer a small level of responsiveness but not much at all. This is one of Nikes budget running shoes and is great for daily use however it isn’t a shoe I would use for serious running.

The foam in this shoe is unnamed however it feels very similar to the foam used in the Nike Interact runs. There is a lot of foam in the heel compared to the forefoot which means this shoe is great for heel strikers as there is a lot more padding and foam.

Sole of the shoe

The sole of this shoe contains a Nike Grind outsole unit which offers excellent traction for making tight turns or running across slippery surfaces. I could really feel my feet digging into the ground on every stride which made me feel very comfortable with no fear of slipping.

The outsole is also covered in rubber which helps with the durability of the shoe. I wore this shoe for 50+ miles and this model showed no signs of wear and tear. So if you want a shoe that will last you a long time this will not disappoint. The rubber also adds to the great traction of the shoe.

Conclusions to the Nike Downshifter 13 Review

Overall, this is a good daily trainer that can be used for a variety of different activities as well as offering comfort, speed assistance and durability. There are better daily trainers but for this price point it doesn’t get any better than the Downshifter 13.

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