Running shoes come and go, trends, technology – ultimately their success is judged by us, the runners and subsequent sales. Nike however are experts at getting it right the first time, think the Air Max – still available and stronger than ever. A similarly successful shoe is the Nike Air Pegasus, known less so as a fashion accessory but more as a solid choice of running shoe for runners of all levels – including the legendary Mo Farah.
“Pegasus is one of my favourite shoes,” says world champion distance runner Mo Farah, who has trained in the Nike Air Pegasus for much of his career. “It’s really important to have a training shoe that’s very well cushioned, as light as possible, but gives you that support you need.”
This year, the Nike Air Pegasus is 30 years old, quite an achievement. Evolution, naturally has added to and improved the Pegasus over the decades but three key factors have remained; cushioning, cradle-like fit and light weight construction… the ingredients to success, seemingly.
In its 30th year, Nike have given the Pegasus another makeover with improved fit zones, a seamless interior, mesh for breathability and a new cushioned Nike Zoom heel. Further improvements include a new Fitsole sock-liner – for that secure Pegasus fit we have become accustomed to, reflective skin for low-light running and precisely-placed flex grooves on the waffle outsole to promote a natural, efficient stride.
Here’s to the next 30 years, and a few more million miles in the new Air Pegasus+ 30.