By: Matt Setlack
Overall Rating: 81/100
Ratings (out of 10):
- Comfort: 8.5
- Fit: 8.5
- Responsiveness: 8.0
- Speed: 8.0
- Ride Quality: 7.5
- Flywire lacing system
- Good arch support
- Fairly stiff
- Minimal ground feel
MRSP: $140 USD
- Heel Drop: 10mm
- Weight (oz): 10 oz (Matt Setlack’s Men’s US Size 10.5 were measured to be 614g per pair)
- Heel Height: 31mm
- Forefoot Height: 21mm
The Vomero 13 is a soft feeling neutral shoe with ample cushioning designed for mid to long runs. The shoe held up exceptionally well and the outsole treads dug into the snow fairly well. A versatile shoe for roads, dirt, light snow and treadmill running. The robust cushioning left the shoe feeling moderately bulky with minimal ground feel.
A very highly-cushioned mid-sole with bottom-loaded zoom air in the forefoot and heel. Improvements in the flywire lacing technology were made as Nike got rid of the thinner flywire and replaced it with thicker loops to lock laces in place. This made for an adjustable fit and I liked the feel of the added support in the medial side of the shoe. I am a huge fan of the flywire lacing system, it really gave my foot a “locked in” feeling.
The texture of the tread looked similar to a camping sleeping pad. I was initially concerned that this tread material would wear down very quickly but it actually ended up holding up well.
The toe box provided ample toe splay and there were no issues with rubbing or blistering. The forefoot was a bit on the loose side but didn’t raise any major concerns during runs. My heal felt locked in and there were no issues with heal movement or displacement. The arch support in this shoe was exceptional, it felt like it fit my arch perfectly.
The width of the Vomero 13 forefoot felt a little narrower than the Brooks Glycerin 14 and New Balance 1080 V8. The forefoot felt slightly wider than the Brooks Launch 3 and 4 forefoot. The heel cup was definitely lower than the Glycerin 14 and 1080 V8. It felt similar to the height of the Brooks Glycerin racing flat.
I felt like this shoe was a little less responsive than the Brooks Launch 3 and 4. The foam felt a little “dead/flat” to me and I didn’t get a feeling of popping/bouncing back up after each footfall.
The Vomero is not a fast shoe; it is somewhat sluggish and inflexible. I would not wear this shoe for fast intervals or tempos.
Although the Vomero 13 had a relatively springy toe off, it was very soft feeling. A neutral shoe with ample cushioning good for long easy running. If you like a cushioned shoe with minimal ground feel, this shoe might be for you.