There’s a lot to think about when picking an everyday running shoe: Is it comfortable enough to withstand multiple miles? Light enough so your feet don’t feel like they’re plodding, but structured enough to provide support? Does it work with your body to help you pick up the pace, or does it feel clunky and slow you down?
Who it’s for
The Nike Invincible 3 is an everyday running shoe made for folks who enjoy a little extra cushion underneath their feet—and those who want a little more TLC for fatigued legs. Thanks to the responsiveness of its ZoomX foam, the shoe also provides a little bit of snap, though definitely not to the extent that a specific racing shoe would.
Out of the box
The Invincible 3 looks similar to a lot of Nikes lately: It has a futuristic shape, thanks to lots of foam underfoot, a high stack height, and a pointy heel area. The shoe also looks very streamlined—it almost has a figure eight or hourglass shape—making it a nice change from other max-cushion shoes (say, like Hokas), which tend to look bulkier. While attractive, its svelte appearance also made me slightly worried about fit, since my foot is a little wider at the top.
Fit and feel
Nikes are the one brand where my “go up a half size” tip is nonnegotiable. They tend to run narrow, making the slightly larger size really important. The Invincible 3 was no exception: I went up a half size from my street shoe size, and got a solid fit. The shoe was snug width-wise but not constricting—no pressure points at my little toes—and I had about a half inch of space at the top of the shoe to allow for toe movement.
These shoes felt really comfy from the get-go. As soon as I stood up, I could feel the cushion underneath my foot. It wasn’t a super squishy one—you don’t feel like you’re sinking in—but it does feel very forgiving. It made me excited to take them out for a spin.