If you keep seeing the same model of running shoes on your fellow local runner's feet, it's a good indicator. When you see many of the best in the world wearing the Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4%, it's a safe bet that it'll be the best option out there. New York, Chicago and London:
One of those athletes was Eliud Kipchoge.
One of those 12 winners of the World Marathon Majors was wearing some version of the Vaporfly, as were 23 of the 36 podium finishers , who destroyed the world record for the marathon in Berlin, running 2hr 1min 39sec. Abraham Kiptum running 58min 18sec in Valencia while wearing – you guessed it – the Vaporfly.
It's not only who has revelled in the shoe ̵
I ran a marathon PB in 2018 wearing the Vaporfly (the first version of the shoe). The updated Flyknit Vaporfly introduces Nike's signature knit on the shoe to create a lighter, more breathable upper compared with the first version, leaving the sole unchanged. And given all of the above, why would you change it? The combination of a stack of Nike's lightweight, springy ZoomX foam and a carbon plate is a proven winner, and running in the Vaporfly is unlike anything else I've ever tried.
It feels downright strange to take your first few steps in the shoe, which feels soft and incredibly bouncy. It's not an easy claim to test at individual level, as PBs for almost all runners are based on an unknowable combination of a successful training plan and the stars to align on the day of the race itself. I ran into the Vaporfly. It's just one anecdote and completely meaningless when it comes to 15 seconds quicker per kilometer and logged the same average heart rate.
comes to checking the shoe's credentials – maybe I just have a good day the second time around. However, it definitely fits into my overall impression of the Vaporfly, which is almost just easier in it. That's a special feature for a racing shoe, especially over 42.2km.
The new Flyknit has a few grams off the total weight. The fit is fairly spacious for a racing shoe, especially around the toe box, but it's still true to size – going half a size down cramps the toes slightly. Vaporfly's upper in terms of the fit – both are good. Either way, you do not buy this shoe for the upper.
There are downsides to the Vaporfly 4%, chiefly that's not particularly durable. After 200km of hard running the shoe is about to lose some of its magic, it's one to tuck away in your wardrobe. That makes the dream come true.  That makes the money terrible If it's worth it, it's definitely a personal call, but at least the shoe lives up to its hype, which is not just given much hype there is around it. And now, if you do it, it's worth the money you can find it – the Vaporfly was always sold out. Although this is not the case, it is not a good idea, but it does not stop there.
The Vaporfly 4% is an outrageously good running shoe with an outrageous price to match. However, it does not buy the shoe expecting miracles. It's the best shoe I've ever run in, but any of them are going to be down to training hard, racing smart and enjoying a slice of luck when it comes to injuries, weather and all the other factors that scupper a PB bid.
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