Read why I love the Nike Pegasus and how it compares to my other go-to running shoes.
I’ve been running in the Nike Pegasus for a few years and it wasn’t love at first run. I hated the first pair I had (the Nike 34) but I loved the Pegasus 35 and Pegasus 36. And I’m dying to try the latest and greatest Pegasus 37. If you’ve tried them, I’d love to hear from you in the comments about what I think.
I’m sharing the pros and cons of the Pegs in this post, along with the types of runs I use them for most often. You can see all my running shoes in this post (including Adidas, New Balance, Brooks and more).
If you know the type of shoe you like, with the support type, drop, weight, etc. here are the specs to help you evaluate if they line up with your preferences. If you don’t know much about this stuff, get on the waitlist for my running course. There’s a full lesson all about shoes and what these different things means!
These are a great shoe for all types of runs. I used them for 20-22 mile long runs, for tempo runs and even for speed work (although they’re not my first pick for intervals or the track! I have those listed here.) They’re snappy and responsive, but still supportive enough to log some serious long runs.
Not overly cushioned
They’re not too plush or soft. I don’t really like a soft shoe, but sometimes I can’t handle a very firm shoe (like these), especially when my body is beat up from high mileage or I’m coming off an injury. These strike a nice balance between cushioned and supportive, but not too soft. (They’re firmer than my Brooks Launch, for reference.)
Hold up for ~350 miles
Like most running shoes, these last 300-350 miles. Considering the price point, I think it’s a great deal.
Functional on groomed trails
While these are definitely NOT a trail shoe, I’ve worn them without issue on dirt and gravel trails that aren’t too technical. (This post has more details about what makes a trail shoe different.)
The latest two models are MUCH more breathable than Pegasus past. The upper material is now a thin mesh and the tongue is noticeable thinner as well, making it easier to tie and easier for your foot to breathe a little.
Easy to find & often on sale
Since Nike releases a new version almost every single year, you can always find a pair online. And, I can almost always find an older model on sale. Nordstrom, surprisingly, has them on sale quite often (and often has the cutest colors since they’re selling more for style than for hardcore running).
So many color options
While you certainly shouldn’t buy based on looks alone, if this shoe works for you, it’s easy to find a color you’ll like. The latest model typically has 15+ options, which is a LOT more than most brands/shoes that offer only 3-5.
Cute with jeans
Along those same lines of style, once my Pegasus are worn out, I transition them to day-to-day shoes for walking or just casual days. They’re cute with jeans or shorts, which isn’t always the case with running shoes! I don’t wear my running shoes for anything except running, but I make an exception when I travel since these can work for running, walking all over a city or hiking.
Once these get worn out, they’re sort of miserable to run in. It’s almost like they go from fine to NOT FINE within just a few miles. I haven’t noticed that with other shoes which seem to gradually lose performance. Maybe it’s just me?
Narrow toe box
They’re a tad narrow in the toebox for me. I have a slightly wide foot, not enough to buy a true Wide shoe, but enough that I like a roomier toebox. And sometimes the edge of my pinky toes rubs in these.
Older models are hot (and not in a good way)
If you buy an older model (33, 34 or 35), they have a thicker upper and a very thick tongue. Since I live in the South, that makes these shoes feel a LOT hotter compared to other models with more breathable, thin material. But, this was addressed in the 36 so hopefully that’s not an issue going forward.
In the newer models, the laces are very thin, flat and slick. That often makes it hard to tighten them and they come untied easily. I always have to double knot. It’s not a big deal, but something to remember.
These are a GREAT option if you wanted to get just one shoe for all types of runs rather than buy a variety of brands/models.