Men's NIKE® AIR ZOOM PEGASUS 33 :: Score a smooth, snappy ride that'll have you soaring like the wind with the newly updated Men's Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33. Feel the difference of a finely tuned outsole that now features impact absorbing cuts within the crash rail to enhance grip, and a Cushlon midsole for a soft, yet responsive ride. You'll get that same lockdown fit from the Flywire cable construction, and loads of support and ventilation right where you need it most, complements of the Nike Pegasus 33's engineered mesh upper.
I have been wearing Nike's Pegasus running shoes since 2012, with my first pair being 29's. They are a comfortable, lightweight, and have good bottom cushioning. These new 33's are still comfortable, but Nike has made a few poor design changes that are NOT for the better. 1) They reduced the padding in the tongue, so you feel the laces on the top of your foot, which tends to irritate the tendons that run along the top of your foot. 2) Nike also increased the distance/gap between the left and right side lace eyelets, so it takes more lace length for the same number of eyelets of previous versions. This also, results in more lace pressure/contact on the top of your feet. This, combined with the minimal tongue padding, reduces the top of foot comfort. 3) The 33's are noticeably narrower than the same letter width of previous versions. It seems that since the 29's, each version has been slightly narrower than its predecessor. One of the reasons I didn't wear Nike's before 2012, was due to them being too narrow, so I wore New Balance. Then Nike started making their shoes wide enough to fit average people. Unfortunately, they're trending back toward the C-width as their standard. The D-width 33's are closer to a C, so you may want to go to a store to try them on. You may find that you need the 2E width, which I'm guessing may be closer to the previous versions' D-width. 4) Nike eliminated two of the transverse tread cuts in the forward portion of the tread. These cuts allowed for greater flexibility through the ball of the foot. By reducing these cuts from 3 to 1, the shoe has become noticeably stiffer and less flexible through the ball of the foot. One of the advantages of the previous versions of the Pegasus over other shoes in its class was the combination of cushioning and flexibility, which has been lost with the 33's. SUMMARY: When I need new shoes I will probably start looking at the Brooks Ghosts, unless Nike reverts these poor design changes.
Pegasus are trending narrower with less cushion.
Ever since Nike produced Pegasus models 31, 32 and 33 are becoming lighter and narrower to much chagrined. The 29 and 30 provided a much better shoe in terms of width, cushion and overall fit. I cant figure out why they would choose to change the very parameters the older models provided. Plus its almost impossible to not only find a shoe with a 4E width, but also choice in color. I know of several people moving to other shoes makes because they don't provide shoes in a 4E width. Americans are getting bigger and heaver and should realize there is a market for people with wide feet. Especially after a RUN. Some have moved on to New Balance and Sketchers. I always been a Nike Pegasus user for 20+ yrs. Now I have to find an alternative like other folks. I love the ads saying build your own shoe. With Pegasus you cant build a 4E and choose colors, so why do they ask you to build your own shoe? I realize they are built in SE Asia where feet tend to be narrower. Make a Pegasus shoe for the US in a 4E with more choices than one color for the US market. Thx
Comfort and construction are declining
I have been wearing Nike's Pegasus running shoes since 2012, with my first pair being 29's. They are a comfortable, lightweight, and have good bottom cushioning. These new 33's are still comfortable, but Nike has made a few poor design changes that are NOT for the better. 1) They reduced the padding in the tongue, so you feel the laces on the top of your foot, which tends to irritate the tendons that run along the top of your foot. 2) Nike also increased the distance/gap between the left and right side lace eyelets, so it takes more lace length for the same number of eyelets of previous versions. This also, results in more lace pressure/contact on the top of your feet. This, combined with the minimal tongue padding, reduces the top of foot comfort. 3) The 33's are noticeably narrower than the same letter width of previous versions. It seems that since the 29's, each version has been slightly narrower than its predecessor. One of the reasons I didn't wear Nike's before 2012, was due to them being too narrow, so I wore New Balance. Then Nike started making their shoes wide enough to fit average people. Unfortunately, they're trending back toward the C-width as their standard. The D-width 33's are closer to a C, so you may want to go to a store to try them on. You may find that you need the 2E width, which I'm guessing may be closer to the previous versions' D-width. 4) Nike eliminated two of the transverse tread cuts in the forward portion of the tread. These cuts allowed for greater flexibility through the ball of the foot. By reducing these cuts from 3 to 1, the shoe has become noticeably stiffer and less flexible through the ball of the foot. One of the advantages of the previous versions of the Pegasus over other shoes in its class was the combination of cushioning and flexibility, which has been lost with the 33's. SUMMARY: When I need new shoes I will probably start looking at the Brooks Ghosts, unless Nike reverts these poor design changes. Not recommended.
Impressed with the mix of stability and cushion
Medium Arch, 5'11 (1M80), 220lbs (100KG), Medium Arch. As a heavy runner I need great stability and at the same time right amount of cushion for a heavy runner. As people in the review state, it is a narrow shoe and length is smaller than normal, so I ordered a size up and 2E and the shoe fit perfect. I usually wear orthics and this is the first shoe I have ever worn and not used my orthics. First run 5k, second run 12k and third run 16k and remarkably there was no real break in period for these shoes. I am very surprised and happy with this shoe. The first Nike running shoe I have bought since the late 90's. You have won me back as a new Nike client.
Excellent shoe as usual from the Pegasus series. I've always worn Nike as the shoes seem to fit me better then most. I have never been disappointed in the Pegasus series. Right out of the box with no break-in the shoes were comfortable (did a 8 miler first day out), seemed to put a bit of plush on the road course I was running. It also seemed to have no issues on the uneven switchbacks I ran on the way home. The waffle soles give decent traction and are best for a road run, but if a mud run/race is in your plans then get shoes designed for that. Even though this is a training shoe for me, I've done several races in these shoes and have no issues whatsoever.
I tried them but ..
So after researching this shoe I decided to downsize from the Vomero's and save myself $30. I have worn Vomero's for years and decided to give these a try. I do not have wide foot and have always worn standard width. These are way to tight and rub against my big toes. I did some research and found out Nike changed the inside toe cap. It looks like I will have to exchange these for the more expensive Vomero 11s or maybe try a wider size for the first time in my life. I will say that the cushioning was great, so beware of the width especially when your feet swell during/after a run.
Bergen County, NJ
The 90 day return policy saved my legs! Best running shoe!
I purchased a different shoe from Road Runner 2 months ago and traded it in for this shoe last week. It was the best decision I have ever made. These shoes are extremely comfortable to run and walk in. When you put them on, you instantly feel the comfort and they are light weight. The top is very form fitting, so you foot doesn't jump around the shoe when you are running long distance. I just purchase another pair in a different color. I am hooked. Thank god for that 90 day return policy!
Lumps from the air cushion under the toe box.
I have run in Pegasus for many years. This model added an air cushion in the front of the shoe, under the toe box. This was not implemented well or had some manufacturing problems. My first pair had a very uncomfortable lump as a result in the right shoe. I returned them and got a second pair to find a less intrusive but still uncomfortable lump in the left shoe. Searching online I have found others with the same problem. I won't buy anymore 33's. I ordered the 34's. Hopefully they have worked out this problem.
Pegasus continues to deliver
Having worn the shoes for roughly 250+ miles total, running 5K or more at a time they are a very comfortable and durable pair of shoes. They wore nicely and did great on all terrain (road,nature paths, tracks, beach, etc.). They look great... and they did well on short runs, longer runs or even on days with multiple runs. Overall I would buy them again and actually moved on to the next revision for my next pair.
Where's the cushion Pegasus was know for?
After running 30 miles a week with Pegasus for the last 10 years, I've noticed they get lighter and offer less cushion with every new model. I'm not sure why, perhaps an attempt to reduce material costs and increase margins, I don't know, but this one offers so little cushion I decided to finally try a different shoe. Good bye Pegasus, hello Ghost 9; I now have that comfortable cushion feel once again.
Squishy feeling when running.
I run about 20 miles a week but I bought these shoes to mainly walk and jog with my dog. I have done a few 3 mile runs in them as well.
The shoes fit pretty well. Heel locks in without any feeling of slippage and the mid foot fit is solid. Toe box height has almost to much room for me but works out well. Cushioning is excellent. The only issue I have is when running it feels like my foot is sinking to much into the heel, kind of like a squishy feeling. Some runners might like the feel but for me there are other choices.
I think the squishy feeling is due to the outer mid sole design that is angled in from the bottom and then angled out again at the top.
Again the purpose I bought these shoes were to walk and jog with the dog so I am not logging in lot of hard running miles, so it works for me. I do all my real running in adidas boston boost 5 and energy boost 3.
I have now tried this shoe 3 times from 3 different retailers and have had the same problem with each pair. The fit on the right foot is amazing. Zoom units are responsive, cushioned, comfortable and the shoe is supportive enough for both running and cross training. However, there must be an issue in Nike's factory with the machine that makes the left shoes. The forefoot zoom unit protrudes from under your foot and it almost feels like there is something stuck under the insole. It is merely uncomfortable when you walk in these shoes, but try to do any athletic activity and it becomes very painful. I thought maybe I bought a defective pair, but the next 2 replacements had the same issue - all in the left foot. It appears to be a common problem if you read other reviews online. 5 stars for the right foot, 1 star for the left. Consider yourself warned.
Fits like a glove
Used New Balance for over 20 years before changing over to these. When I tried them on the first time, I thought it was a tight fit. As soon as I started running, they kind of form-fit my feet. Extremely comfortable running, walking, or jogging. Cured my mild shin splints after a few days. Amazing shoe.
Kings Park, NY
I returned these shoes
Not bad shoes. A little narrow in the toebox, so order a half size bigger. They will feel long, but that's better than feeling tight.
I ordered a half size bigger than usual at the recommendation of RRS. When I received them, they felt too long. I tried to exchange them, but RRS wouldn't let me... I was told that I couldn't exchange because I purchased through PayPal. I had to return and order a new pair! I mean, come on! You already have my money! Why not!?
Anyway, it's just as well that I couldn't exchange because they would have been too small. Yep. Their recommendation was spot on. Get a half size bigger unless you have narrow feet. They'll feel too long, but it's better than feeling too small. You've been warned.
was expecting more cushioning
I was looking to replace my Brooks Ghost 6 that i've had for several years now. Was running a lot on them 4 years ago, and fell out of running for a while, but now want to get back to it. I run 3 miles 3-4 times per week and am a heavier runner at 210lbs. Shoefinder suggested Nike Pegasus as suitable comparison to the Brooks and my experience with Nike is they run narrow which suits me. The Ghost 6 i have are a B width. I found the Pegasus didn't feel nearly as much cushion as the Brooks. The Pegasus felt "fast" but not nearly as soft as the Ghost. I'll use the Pegasus as more of a casual walk/run shoe and wait for the new Ghost 10 to come out and get in a narrow width for my longer runs.
This shoe is great. I decided to buy these for my cross country training and I have to say, they feel awesome. I love how the shoe is breathable and its very light weight and fast. I will definitely buy a few more pairs of these. Great Job Nike!
Not the Pegs you ran in last time.
I have run in Pegasus for years, only after having foot issues in Asics that kept me from running at least part of every year before switching. This version of Pegs is not like the others. It has an air cushion that is supposed to line up with the ball and front of your foot. in these it was hit in one shoe and miss in the other. Eventually the cushions either deflated or I have become used to feeling it. The important point is that my feet are starting to bother me again. If the cushion doesn't bother you, they are as good as always. Time for me to move on.
Great buy, comfortable and will buy again
I have never thought of Nike as a company that made good running shoes. I have to say I was wrong,this is one good pair, my feet do not feel hot, which leads me to believe that the shoe is breathable. The soles of my feet feel comfortable from the moment I put it on and even more so after a few runs breaking it in, but they are not the most comfortable on the market. If you are used to a more roomy toe area like me, it may take time to get used to how the shoe feels. All in all I would recomend this shoe to someone.
Soft and comfy!
I used to always run in the structures and loved them. I decided to try out the pegasus' after hearing such great things about them. The shoe feels lighter, more responsive and softer on my foot. I initially tried them out thinking on going for only a mile to try them out and kept going cause they felt great. Love the amount of cushion that they provide. I have suffered a few broken bones in my foot and ankle unrelated from running and the cushion is great.
I had the blue and the black pair. Both pairs literally came apart at the toe guards and on the soles. There was almost no wear on the soles of either pair.
Excellent Shoe for Heavy Run with slight Underpronation
Stats: Age 55, 220 lbs, 5'11", normal/underpronator, 30-40 miles per week. The perfect shoe for heavy runners with a slight underpronation. After 250 miles, the wear and tear was quite visible. The shoe was very comfortable, no aches or pains, however after reading other reviews which criticized the shoe being too narrow & to short, I bought 1/2 size up and 2E. The fit was perfect.
The shape of this version has changed considerably from my Pegasus 30. The boot doesn't keep my foot as snug to the sole and so I have to pay close attention to my pedicure or my toe nails get snagged on the top of the looser boot. Has Nike started offering different width options? It seems that this version may be a bit wider (unless I accidentally ordered a wider width).
Good for daily runs, and marathoning!
I've run through 5 pairs of the 33s at about 500 miles each before retiring them, inclusive of several marathons. Pairs 6 and 7 are in rotation, with 8,9,and 10 in the closet. I run over 200 miles each month, so these should supply me for a little while. At 175lbs, these ae the right heel to toe drop to keep my plantars at bay., but cushioned enough for long runs.
Woyld buy this item again
The Pegasus is a long lasting shoe and thank the Lord, the Nike company did not ruin it by going to la la land on so called changes
Not optimistic initially, but turned out to be worth it.
I'm not a fan of purchasing online shoes at all, especially when both way shipping is not free and included. That being said, the price of these shoes was $15 less than anywhere else, so I tried them on at a local retailer and figured they fit well enough that'd I'd buy them from roadrunner. They are very good shoes and I'd buy them again.
So far I'm happy with them.
I was concerned buying Nike because I always heard they run narrow. I am a longtime Ghost fan but wanted to try something different. I've been running in the Pegasus for 3 weeks and finding them very comfortable. I haven't had any irritation to my feet and like the lighter weight compared to the Ghost.
Great value and high quality
I have been purchasing these running shoes now for years. The quality of the shoes is excellent and true to size. The shoe is comfortable with a snug fit on the heel and a generous toe box. These shoes wear very well and have excellent support. I think they are a very good value for the price.
Returned these and was disappointed in Nike
Wanted a lighter cushioned trainer and ordered these. Ended up returning them. They always felt stiff and I feel the cushioning was marginal. Exchanged for Hoka Claytons. I may return them as well. I can't seem to find something that will work for me.
Best Pegasus in years!! Nike is getting back to its roots!!
Terrific ride! Air in forefoot and heel makes a difference. Reminds me of the old Nike Elite 3 that had air in both. Lightweight and quick feeling. Size 9.5 D weighs only 10.0 ounces and has plenty of road feel and excellent cushioning.
love the look and feel of these shoes
i love the look and feel of these shoes. the wide size option is super nice too. I'd give 4.5 stars on the cushioning being a bit less than I'd had in prior Pegasus but still pretty good and these are rated a 4 per road runner sports.
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