I first saw the Zoom Fly prior to Nike's Breaking2 event on a Nike SoHo display that included the Pegasus 34, Zoom Fly, as well as the Zoom Fly 4%.
I am quite decisive when it comes to whether I like or dislike sneakers and at first glance of the Zoom Fly's, I was definitely not a fan. I thought they looked like running shoes with marshmallows for soles to be honest.
However, while watching Eliud Kipchoge run in the Zoom Fly 4% for Nike's Breaking2 event, my thoughts started to change. Growing up my mom (and sports coaches) always told me, it's not about the appearance of the shoe (or the colorway), but it's about how you feel in the shoe. I was blown away by Kipchoge's incredible performance in Breaking2 and thought the Zoom Fly's technology is significant. I decided to give them a second chance by trying them on and after doing so, my perception of the Zoom Fly's completely changed.
Sizing: I am ALWAYS a women's 7.5 in Nike running shoes. In lifestyle shoes, I am a women's 7 (sometimes even a 6.5) because I like my normal every day sneakers to fit snugly. I size up a half-size to get extra space so I don't injure my toes and bruise my toenails (been there, done that). However, for the Zoom Fly I had to get a women's 8. At first I thought I had to size up because of the Zoom Fly's offset (heel-toe difference). I felt as though my heels were much higher than my toes, but in fact the Zoom Fly's offset is the same as that of the Lunarepic Low Flyknit 2 as well as that of the Pegasus 34, all of which have offsets of 10mm. However, I think because the of the Zoom Fly's full-length carbon-infused nylon plate within the midsole, the very front of the toe box is quite hard and when my toes slid to the front of the toe box with each stride, my toes quickly began to hurt in the women's size 7.5. So I sized up to a women's size 8. Who knows?! Everyone's feet are different! Mine could be weird, so your best bet is to just go try them on before purchasing!
Shown below is the Blue Fox/Bright Crimson/University Red/Black colorway.
Feel: The Zoom Fly really do propel you forward with each stride, no matter how fast or slow you're running. This responsive, propelling feeling comes from the full-length carbon-infused nylon plate in the midsole. Despite their bulky appearance, the Zoom Fly is very lightweight (6.5 ounces for a women's size 8). Compare that to the Lunarepic Low Flyknit 2's 7.3 ounces or the Pegasus 34's 8.7 ounces (for a women's size 8 as well).
Ride: The Zoom Fly has Lunarlon cushioning (same as that of the Lunarepic Low Flyknit 2), which is a combination of soft and hard foam. Lunarlon cushioning allows for some shock absorption upon impact, stability, and responsiveness all while maintaining a comfortable feeling.
Upper: The Zoom Fly has a Flymesh upper, which is surprisingly just as comfortable to me as flyknit. Flymesh is surprisingly breathable and my feet felt cool, even a few miles into my runs. The laces are secured with "ultra-light" flywire, which allows you to adjust how tightly the laces hug your feet and provides a secure feeling.
Verdict: I LOVE my Zoom Fly's! They have surpassed my previous all-time favorite running shoes: the Nike Lunarepic Low Flyknit 2s, which is a huge deal!! The Lunarepic Low Flyknit has been my favorite running shoe since it came out. I'm so happy I decided to give them a second chance; now I think they look dope (their appearance definitely grew on me 13975238%).
Much love, Allie
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