Nike Pegasus 39

Thirty-nine versions of a running shoe goes back in time a long ways; so far in fact, that most runners wearing the current shoes were not alive when version one debuted! The best reason to wear the Pegasus 39 is because it is a solid running shoe, which happens to look pretty sleek. The upper features a closed mesh in a classic black, though comes in at least sixteen colors and even a create-your-own version, as well. A skillfully designed running shoe, whether running for fitnes or training to run a serious marathon, the Pegasus will manage the mileage. The midsole is a cushy combo of Zoom Air, with Air bags in both heel and forefoot, and a generous slab of EVA, providing a responsive and protective ride. The outersole, as with most of the 38 previous versions, is a variation of Nike’s venerable waffle sole, still one of the most effective tread designs. The Pegasus 39 continues to be a winner.

Testers: “Fits great, with a good measure of cushion. Comfortable for my longer runs, they are light and as fast as I need.”

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Price: $130
Sizes: Men 7–13,14; Women 5–12Weight: 10.2 oz. (men’s 11); 8 oz. (women’s 8)
Shape: semi-curved
Construction: Strobel slip-lasted, EVA Strobel board.
Geometry: Full Contact, beveled heel