Nike Winflo 8 reviews

Nike Winflo 8 Review Analysis (2021)

Last update : September, 2021

The Winflo 8 is Nike’s best-kept secret: an affordable and versatile road running shoe for smooth daily runs.

The Consensus

9.1Overall score
Very good affordable shoe that's ideal for long runs, optimal support, and breathable comfort
Don’t have time to read the full review? Here’s what you need to know.

The Winflo is the underdog of Nike’s running collection. While it now presents itself as a neutral shoe, it still delivers a stable ride inherited from its stability days. Nike fans are excited about this new Winflo 8, which, like the previous models, prioritizes comfort for long-distance runs. Although the setup feels a bit dated in 2021, runners love the Cushlon foam midsole paired with a forefoot Air Zoom unit and the security and comfort of the heel and ankle.

Though the midsole and outsole of this shoe carry over from the Winflo 7, new Flywire technology in the midfoot works to enhance the secure feel of the 8, this feature, combined with a padded tongue and heel, makes for optimal comfort and enhanced protection. Foam in the collar is integrated with the heel counter and mesh upper for security and breathability.

These running shoes are ultimately crafted with everyday athletes in mind. For those who can’t seem to stay off the roads (or the treadmills), Nike Winflo 8 is very suitable for daily training and tempo runs alike. The shoe is also available in a selection of colors so that users can enjoy a more customized workout experience. However, we’d be remiss if we didn’t note here that more diverse options are available for the men’s shoe than women’s (…how is that still a thing?).

Read our full review of the Nike Winflo 8 for more information.
Comfort
9
Ride
9
Foot lockdown
9
Stability
9
Durability
9
Value for money
9.5
Design
9
PROS
  • Good overall comfort and performance
  • The snug stability fit of the Winflo 8 is ideal for long runs
  • A durable shoe built to run many many miles
  • Customer reviews describe the shoe as having a lighter feel
  • This shoe is an affordable option, with outstanding Nike quality for the price tag
CONS
  • Some users report a very tight fit through the toe box
  • Fewer color options for women’s shoes than men’s

Shoe Name Complete Review Analysis

Introduction

Nike Winflo 8 review

The Winflo 8 is the running shoe for consistent, daily training. In general, Nike’s Winflo line has always targeted comfort and durability for everyday runs, but the eight is kicking things up a notch with Flywire technology. It ensures that cables work with the laces to provide a snugger fit upon tightening.

For the rest, it’s a pity that Nike didn’t opt to upgrade the EVA midsole with one or more of its latest technologies. React foam? ZoomX? Not this time, and maybe never considering the affordable price point of the Winfo ($90). Nonetheless, the Cushlon/Air Zoom combo, respectively, delivers a soft, cushioned experience in the heel and forefoot.

Historically a stability shoe in Nike’s line-up, the Winflo is now classified as a neutral trainer, which means it’s going head-to-head with the other entry-level shoes like the Revolution and the Legend React.

Let’s see what it’s got under the hood and whether it’s right for you.

Cushioning

Nike Winflo 8 cushioning

Cushlon, Zoom Air

You know how the saying goes: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That’s why the Winflo 8’s midsole is the same familiar material that runners loved from the 7.

Cushlon foam makes for a soft and responsive ride and provides that bit of extra springiness to carry runners across long distances. With a Zoom Air unit in the forefoot that extends back to the heel, this is one shoe that doesn’t skimp on comfort. It absorbs shock from the road well thanks to its padding—another reason it’s a prime option for longer rides.

More than just a cushioned running experience, this Nike shoe is also a good choice for runners who need more support, thanks to new Flywire technology and the stability DNA of the shoe. While it’s not officially a stability shoe, the Winflo 8 is supportive enough for people with low or high arches.

Foot lockdown (upper)

Winflo 8 upper

Translucent mesh, Flywire cables

This Nike shoe’s upper uses translucent mesh made with thin engineered fabric and features perforations at the forefoot. The design allows feet to breathe better in hot weather and throughout strenuous runs. It’s also conducive to a secure fit that locks feet in, thanks to the Flywire component that straddles both the midfoot and the upper.

The padded tongue built into these Nike sneakers connects to the upper’s lining, enhancing stability and comfort. Also, the rear part is also cushioned and comfortably locks in the foot to prevent heel slippage.

Though the upper’s material is thin, users have not complained about ripping or tearing. However, one common—and rather unanimous—criticism of the upper design is its constrictive toe box. For those with extra wide feet, this shoe may prove to be too tight of a fit.

Many who left reviews after trying this pair of Nike running shoes recommended sizing up as a potential solution.

Grip and durability

Nike Winflo 8 rubber outsole

Rubber, Flex Grooves

The outsole of these running shoes is made with lots of thick, durable rubber to protect feet (and the rest of the platform) against the shock of the ground. However, those who run in this shoe should stick to paved roads and treadmills and avoid more complex terrain. While the rubber provides a decent amount of traction on the right surfaces, it does not provide enough grip for trails, except maybe for easy dirt roads. Customer reviews didn’t specifically mention this shoe’s performance on wet or slippery roads or in any weather.

These Nike running shoes have a deep groove that allows the heel crash pad to operate independently from the outsole. There is also a transition channel that works to facilitate smooth transitions between rearfoot landings and turnovers.

These Nike road shoes are meant to take on some serious mileage; though customer reviews do not yet address miles run before shoe wear and tear, these shoes are built for distance and durability.

Despite its sturdiness and durability, this running shoe offers a good amount of flex, allowing for strong performance and an overall responsive ride. Reviews mention great arch support and notable cushioning, which is not diminished by the thickness of the outsole.

The Ride

Nike Winflo 8 heel view

This Nike shoe’s upper uses translucent mesh made with thin engineered fabric and features perforations at the forefoot. The design allows feet to breathe better in hot weather and throughout strenuous runs. It’s also conducive to a secure fit that locks feet in, thanks to the Flywire component that straddles both the midfoot and the upper.

The padded tongue built into these Nike sneakers connects to the upper’s lining, enhancing stability and comfort. Also, the rear part is also cushioned and comfortably locks in the foot to prevent heel slippage.

Though the upper’s material is thin, users have not complained about ripping or tearing. However, one common—and rather unanimous—criticism of the upper design is its constrictive toe box. For those with extra wide feet, this shoe may prove to be too tight of a fit.

Many who left reviews after trying this pair of Nike running shoes recommended sizing up as a potential solution.

Conclusion

Winflo running shoe

In summary, the Winflo 8 is a reliable running shoe that will enhance performance on the road. It’s a strong option for tackling regular, long-distance runs and keeps feet locked in, secure, and supported during any ride. It’s also a breathable running shoe for warmer climates and is engineered to provide a snug fit for foot protection.

People with wider feet may find the Winflo 8 to be a bit too tight for comfort; they would either do well to look at a comparable running shoe or consider sizing up to avoid discomfort.

Many casual and serious runners will find that the Winflo 8 gives them a great bang for their buck. Price-wise, it is a very affordable running shoe, especially for the level of quality and versatility it offers. It may just be the perfect option for your long-run rotation.

Facts

Technical Specs

TerrainRoad
Pronation typeNeutral
Release year2021

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How does the Nie Winflo 8 fit?


This shoe fits a bit tight, especially around the forefoot. So you may want to go for half a size or a size bigger if you have wider feet.

Is this a stability shoe?

While it’s not officially a shoe for overpronators like the first versions, it’s still more supportive than your average neutral shoe.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments!
  1. Fabulous shoes for long runs and workouts. Very comfortable and light weight. Feels lighter by every run. Can take on extra mile with these pairs. Cheers!

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