I’ve been training and racing in the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 11 since I had a stress fracture last February. The doctor that finally gave me some answers suggested that shoe, so I stuck with it. When Nike came out with the 12, I was hesitant to try something new – even if it was just a new version of the shoe that has treated me so well. Curiosity got the best of me & I have been training in these for a few weeks now, and have done a couple of long runs in them.
Stats (from Nike’s website):
- 3/4-length internal bootie wraps the foot for a sock-like fit
- Midsole features a soft Lunar core and firmer Cushlon carrier to promote smooth transitions
- Mesh upper helps keep your feet cool
- Flywire cables integrate with the laces for a secure fit
- Weight: 9.4 ounces (women’s size 8)
- Offset: 10mm (the Vomero 11 is a 12mm)
Pros: I love how responsive this shoe is while still being very cushy. I like the extra cushion in the toe box and under the forefoot since that is where most of my pain will come from – if I am having pain. It is very similar to the 11, but I like that is has less of a drop. The outsole is now made of a durable foam, rather than rubber, and I like the feel of that a lot as well.
Cons: The only downside that I’ve noticed is that it took me a little more time to break these in as opposed to the Vomero 11 or the Brooks Launch 4.
Overall I love this shoe just as much as my Vomero 11s. You can find them on sale here! I personally love the white color, although I know it will get dirty quickly.
This is my current shoe rotation:
- Speed work or tempo runs: Nike Pegasus 33
- Long and recovery runs: Nike Vomero 12 and Brooks Launch 4
I will also wear the Vomeros for speed or tempo work, but I like to switch it up too. I used to run in one pair of shoes all the time, for everything. The doctor who recommended the Vomeros to me also recommended I have a couple pairs to switch off between. All the little bones and tendons in our feet take a beating. Having them in even just a slightly different position helps prevent injuries. It also helps your shoes last longer!
I try to replace my shoes every 300-500 miles, but I also will switch them out based off feel. If I have a couple of runs in a pair of shoes where I notice my legs feel particularly beat up when it wasn’t that hard of a workout, or I notice visually that shoes have a lot of wear and tear – I donate them. REI has a place to donate well loved shoes.
I do all my lifts in whatever shoe I ran in that day. Sometimes I will take my shoes off for squats or deadlifts if I feel like it is throwing my form off. I’m not so technical that I need to change shoes, but I know some people do.
This post was not sponsored in any way; I paid for these shoes myself – however, I may be compensated through affiliate links. All opinions are my own, but the compensation is used to keep this blog up and running!