Nike, on its quest to make footwear better, sleeker, and fully optimized to meet the needs of any runner, released its latest shoe innovation this year, the Nike Joyride in Pakistan running shoe. While not explicitly designed for beginning runners, Nike says the new shoes can make running seem easy for everyone, at every experience level.
When Nike announced them, I was immediately interested. I knew I wanted to test these out to see if they lived up to the hype.
What are Nike Joyride shoes?
For this story, I tested a pair of joyride Run Flyknit shoes. On the outside, the Joyride looks like Nike’s various super-sleek, lightweight . The upper is Nike’s signature Flyknit material, which looks and stretches like a sock.
Inside the shoe is where things get interesting. The sole has three or four chambers (depending on your shoe size) filled with thousands of tiny TPE beads that look like Dippin’ Dots. Those beads compress to absorb shock and expand to provide a springy feeling when you run.