Monthly Archives: February 2010

Shoe Review – Nike Zoom Nucleus MC+

Nike is not generally known for width or durability. Zoom Nucleus MC+ however, gets an A in both of these categories. Although Zoom Nucleus MC+ only comes in a medium width it runs wide and is comparable to many other shoes that do come in wide widths (New Balance, Asics, Saucony). I also like that it flares on the outside forefoot of the outsole, which is something that many running shoes don’t have and need.

The upper of this shoe also has a generous amount of mesh in the places you need it most if you have bunions or hammertoes.

Finally, this shoe is extremely stable with not only firm medial EVA but a non-collapsible heel counter. These two features really help prevent excessive pronation and give Brooks Beast and Asics Gel Evolution a run for their money in the motion control department.

If you didn’t think you would ever be able to find a Nike+ shoe in a wider last with  more stability, then your answer may have arrived. Nike Zoom Nucleus MC+ is a great shoe.

Shoe Review – Zoot M Ultra Temp+ 2.0

JM was trying to find better fitting racing flats (training) and was recommended Zoot Footwear by a Road Runner Sports brick and mortar store.  According to the Zoot website, their footwear is designed by and for triathletes to be easy-on, easy-drying and easy-off. As a racing flat however, I was underwhelmed.

Although lightweight and definitely breathable, this particular model’s upper seems to overpower the outsole resulting in a sloppy fit hovering over an unstable base. A semi-curved last and an extremely narrow outsole don’t help either and at least for SK who has a wide foot, this shoe would be disastrous with any mileage at all, triathlon or track run.

And to add insult to injury, the quick-pull lacing systems cinch plate came apart after just one use requiring us to tie the elastic lace in a knot to keep the shoe on.

In the end, we went with Asics Gel-Speedstar 3 which I also reviewed

Shoe Review – Asics Gel-Speedstar 3

Finding a running shoe that works as a racing flat is not easy. Finding a racing flat that fits a wide foot is nearly impossible. Fortunately, Asics Gel-Speedstar 3 qualifies.

Although it looks like it should be narrow, the mesh upper has extra depth which makes this a great match for a wide foot.

Even thought the midsole looks thick, it’s made of soft EVA which is lightweight, providing shock absorption. All this in a mere 9 ounces.

What a great shoe!