Nike Air Zoom Vomero 15

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Ranked #46 in category Road
8.9

Comfort9
Durability9.5
Value for money8.5
Design8.5

The Nike Air Zoom Vomero 15 is a durable and stable running shoe with high-stack and firm cushioning.

Nike Air Zoom Vomero 15
Nike Air Zoom Vomero 15

Review Analysis

8.9Overall score
A good traditional and sturdy running shoe for long runs
In the Pegasus shadow, the Vomero continues to build its reputation as a comfortable daily trainer with this fifteenth model. After the React foam, it's time for the famous and edgy ZoomX foam that equips the brand's high-end carbon plate models. However, despite its advanced technologies, the Vomero 15 marks a return to its roots with a traditional configuration. So, what's the verdict?

First of all, let's note that the shoe has a higher stack than ever before, with 32 mm under the heel and 22 mm under the forefoot, an increase of 5 mm from the previous model. Unfortunately, it's reflected in the weight: without going over the symbolic 300 g/10.6 oz threshold for the men's model, the Vomero 15 is not far off. As you can see, we're not off to a good start. Fortunately, the extra weight is also due to the extra rubber on the outsole. As a result, the shoe is more sturdy and more grippy.

The cushioning is comfortable and rather traditional, according to the testers. The ZoomX foam is not very noticeable, but the shoe has the advantage of absorbing shocks well despite a firm underfoot feel. Thus, the Vomero should be seen as a recovery or long(er) distance alternative to the Nike Pegasus 37. Also, the platform is flexible despite the amount of rubber on the outsole. The stability of the shoe will also reassure runners who worry about overpronation. All in all, nothing incredible but nothing really disappointing either.

Finally, the upper offers a simple configuration that proves to be effective. The lockdown is snug and precise without being tight, and the ventilation is good. What's more, the forefoot offers good volume; if there's a shoe in the Nike line that can suit runners with wider feet, it's this one!

In summary, the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 15 is a good running shoe for long runs and daily training with a high-stack yet firm cushioning. It's a model for athletes looking for a classic ride that features the latest Nike technologies. We wish these advanced technologies would have made the V15 lighter though as it struggles to compete with similar models from other brands.
Comfort
9
Durability
9.5
Value for money
8.5
Design
8.5
PROS
  • Good comfort
  • Shock-absorbing and stable cushioning
  • Sturdy shoe
  • Relatively roomy upper with a snug fit
CONS
  • Heavy shoe
  • Not as snappy as what could be expected from the ZoomX foam

Facts

Model: Nike Air Zoom Vomero 15

Facts
Terrain

Road

Heel to toe drop

10 mm

Heel stack height

32 mm

Forefoot stack height

22 mm

Pronation

Weight (men)

295 g/10.4 oz

Weight (women)

257 g/9.1 oz

Release year

2020

Cushioning
Bounce (1-5)

2 – Low

Softness (1-5)

2 – Firm

Use
Distance

Half marathon, Mid distance, Marathon, Long distance

Speed

Slow, Moderate

Workout

Daily running, Recovery

Description

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Technologies

Outsole

  • The outsole of the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 15 is equipped with carbon rubber that protects the shoe from wear and tear, especially the midsole that’s more fragile. The heel is especially reinforced as it’s the part where most athletes hit the ground when they run. The rubber also provides great grip on road surfaces.

Midsole

  • The midsole features the famous ZoomX foam that was originally created by Nike for its carbon-fiber plated models. It mostly uses Pebax, a light compound reputed for its flexibility and bouncy nature, which gives an explosive rebound at each step. ZoomX is now featured in most of Nike’s running collection.
  • Also, the SR-02 is a denser foam that serves as a carrier for the softer midsole foam to protect it and give it more structure.

Upper

  • The upper of the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 15 is an engineered mesh that promotes a secure and comfortable foot lockdown while allowing a good air circulation, especially in warm seasons.
  • The TPU heel counter optimizes foot lockdown to avoid heel slippage.
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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Does this model fit true to size?

Yes, this model fits regularly. Indeed, for now, we haven’t seen notes from athletes mentioning that the fit is irregular. Therefore, you can purchase the usual size for running shoes. However, if this your first pair of Nike shoes, it would be wise to test them in-store to avoid disappointments.

I have overpronation. Can I run in these shoes?

Yes: this model is neutral. Therefore, it’s designed to suit all runners, even those who overpronate. However, unlike stability shoes, it doesn’t feature support aids to prevent the foot from deviating. In any case, the Vomero 15 is a shoe with a firm and stable platform. Also, at this time, there is no scientific evidence to show the advantages of stability shoes over neutral shoes in reducing the risk of injury (regardless of the type of pronation of the runner).

I weigh 198 lbs/90 kg or more. Are the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 15 recommended for me?

Yes, this shoe should be fine regardless of your weight. Indeed, the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 15 has a 32 mm heel height, so it’s definitely not a minimalist shoe (the only type of shoes that can be an issue for heavyweight runners). Therefore, it should be safe for all runners.

Is this shoe suitable to run a marathon?

Yes, this Nike shoe is well suited for long-distance running thanks to its high-stack cushioning and comfortable fit. This makes it a serious candidate for the marathon. Be careful, though: it’s not a racer, so it might not be the best option if you want to give your everything and go for a new personal best.
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Comparisons – Nike Air Zoom Vomero 15 vs:

Nike Air Zoom Vomero 14

The Vomero 14 offers a slimmer configuration, closer to the Pegasus. The Vomero 15 is a return to earlier versions with a traditional configuration made for long distances and moderate paces. Besides offering a higher stack, the V15 features ZoomX foam, while the V14 uses React foam.

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37

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    A good traditional and sturdy running shoe for long runs.

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