Each year we find ourselves hoping and praying that the newer version of the shoe we love wasn’t ruined by some “revolutionary” idea that changes the feel altogether. The Nike Structure 18 review was a slam dunk- err, PR, if we are sticking to running terms. The 18th edition of this shoe was a terrific improvement on the prior technologies, and this year’s model follows suit.
Since the development of Nike’s FlyKnit, they have been involving a similar seamless construction to the uppers of their performance shoes. With the reduced stitching we can expect the shoe to be more of an adaptive fit on the foot as well as not have irritation spots. Sometimes individuals with bunions have quite a bit of discomfort on the area of extra bone, but with this stitch-free upper there is nothing in place to rub against your foot other than soft mesh.
As the name suggests, the Zoom Structure is terrifically well supported, which was not always the case in this shoe’s history. When Nike originally began incorporating their Dynamic Support technology in the 16th and 17th versions, the pronation control seemed to lack slightly. Fortunately the Structure 18, and now the 19, have a much more reinforced medial post. This advancement brings this shoe back into the higher support category best for someone with moderate to serious overpronation, or very excessive motion of the arch.