Motion control shoes are a mostly dead category—that’s not to say there aren’t runners who don’t need major support, but instead of an over-controlling shoe they need more lower leg and foot strength, flexibility and agility—but the new Air Zoom Odyssey is a modern outlier that serves runners who severely overpronate. The Odyssey is a maximum support shoe with a duplicitous personality, a model that combines soft cushioning and a flexible demeanor with loads of reinforcing structure. Although its key stability feature is unique—a ribbed, firm medial post that runs the entire length of the shoe—it’s the cushion, comfort and surprising agility that make this shoe special. If there is such a thing as an energetic control shoe, this is it. Unlike traditional max support shoes that are heavy and clunky, this one has lighter/faster inklings in its DNA similar to many of its neutral or light stability counterparts. A smart blend of firmer and softer foams in the midsole—including Nike’s Dynamic Support platform—plus an engineered mesh upper and Nike’s updated Flywire arch support system combine for a snug, secure fit and smooth ride. Our wear-testers noted they could feel the support in the heel, but reported that it was more subtle throughout the rest of the heel-toe transition. “Honestly, I wouldn’t know that was even a shoe stability/support shoe if I wasn’t told in advance,” says wear-tester C.J. Haas. “It’s very stable, but it runs like an energetic neutral shoe.”

Price: $150
Weights: 10.4 oz. (men’s 9.0), 8.1 oz. (women’s 7.0)
Heel-Toe Offset: 12mm, 27mm (heel), 15mm (forefoot)
Info: Nike Running

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