Nike Vomero 14 - 50 Mile Review

The Nike Vomero 14 is an interesting shoe in my mind. To be perfectly honest, I do not believe that it belongs in the Vomero line of shoes, it is not the plush high-end trainer that I associate with the Vomero name.

That does not mean that Nike Vomero 14s are not good running shoes, they are a very good daily trainer in my opinion.

Yet, in my unsophisticated view of running shoes, Nike got things all messed up in naming conventions so I have taken the liberty of renaming three shoes to fit where Nike should have put them in my opinion.

Nike Shoe Name     Renamed the shoe to
Vomero 14                Pegasus 36 - A lot more like the older Pegasus line
Pegasus 36                Pegasus Turbo - Lighter more stripped-down version
Pegasus Turbo          Vomero 14 - High-end cushioned trainer

I know this is not original and that I have seen other runners write similarly about this as well on Facebook or blogs, I agree with those sentiments that I read and simply added my own thoughts on this line of thinking. I believe that this naming change would have kept the differentiation in the lines and avoided many of the misunderstandings that have occurred about where the Vomero 14s actually fit in my opinion versus how they ended up.

The Vomero 14 belongs somewhere in the Pegasus line-up and if you look at it from that point of view it is an excellent daily trainer that is probably over-priced for what it is. It fits more into the Brooks Ghost, Mizuno Wave Rider, Saucony Ride, etc. category, versus the brand's high-end cushioned trainers that I used to associate with the Vomero line's name.

Unfortunately, Nike doesn't seem to agree with my naming conventions, so I get to write my thoughts about the running shoes that Nike named Vomero 14?

The Nike Vomero 14 has become my primary trainer for running outside in Maine this winter. They have been the shoes that I reach for when going for a run both outside and on the treadmill since I got them off eBay and started using them on February 1st.

The Vomero 14 has a nice multipurpose outsole that grips well in the variety of conditions that I run outside during the winter, dry pavement, snow-covered roads, slush, etc. and yet are warm enough that my feet are not freezing when the temps are in the single-digits. They also do quite well on the treadmill, although they do run a bit warmer than some other shoes I have.

I got them as used shoes off eBay, they probably had 30-50 miles on them and even with another 50+ miles on them, there is no noticeable wear on the outsole, so they should last a good long time. Well at least until 300 miles or I get tired of them.

It took a bit longer than usual to get the 50 miles done, due to rehabbing a bad hamstring strain, that hasn't wanted to cooperate with the idea I am supposed to be running 40 miles a week at this point in my training cycle. However, at least I am running again and the Vomero 14s have been my primary shoe during this part of my rehab.

I got them in a size 8.5 and could probably go down to my True To Size (TTS) size 8.0. The Vomero 14 does not bother my Tailor's Bunionette and is very comfortable for me to run in. They feel more like the older Pegasus shoes from a few years back when they had widened out the forefoot a little more versus the pointy things the Pegasus have had lately.

While the tongue seems very short when putting the V14s on, it does not have any negative effect on my running. It just makes it harder to quickly put the shoes on and pull up on the tongue to get the shoe set to the foot before tying the shoes.

The Elf design in the heel unit makes it so that my Achilles are not bothered at all - it is a feature that is welcome. While the elongated heel flair looks kind of odd to me for a daily trainer, but it does make the shoes easier to pull off without untying them. Yes, I know it destroyed the heel, but that is what I use it for. :-), fortunately, the long heel flare doesn't seem to affect my running one way or the other.

It is a sub-10.0-ounce daily trainer that is comfortable enough to run any distance that I run, yet stable and firm enough to be able to pick up the pace if I choose to do so. It does have a slightly squishy feel to the heel landing, but there is some inherent stability in the V14 for a neutral trainer. Which is something that I really like as the distances get longer.

The heel-to-toe transition is very smooth, although I would prefer to have a bit more cushion in the fore-foot for longer runs. That was an issue I had with the Pegasus 33 & 34, the forefoot didn't have enough cushioning for me for anything over 10K before my forefoot would bother too much and become a distraction.

The reality is that

The Vomero 14 is not your stereotypical Vomero line of running shoe. If you are looking for a highly cushioned, heavier high-end trainer, like the Triumph, Glycerin, Levitate, etc. this is not what Vomero 14 is. It is, in my opinion, it is a daily trainer in the Ghost, Pegasus, Wave Rider class or 1080 class of running shoes.

Personally, I like the 14th version of the Vomero.

For me, the Vomero 14s work great as my daily trainer during winter, although I have a feeling they might be a bit warmer during the summer months based on my experiences wearing them on the treadmill. I will continue to use them and since the prices are so low on them probably get a size 8.0 at some point this spring, although I have my eyes on a couple of other shoes that might be better for me as daily trainers.

However, I can see me putting more than a few miles on the Vomero 14, oops I forgot that I renamed it the Pegasus 36, this spring.

I think that is the biggest problem with the Vomero 14 is that it just does not live up the expectations that runners have for running shoes that carry the Vomero name. This is too bad because the Vomero 14 has the potential to be a very good daily trainer for someone who doesn't have those expectations.

Which means that I will be able to keep getting them at very reasonable prices going forward.

Disclosure of Material Connection: The Nike Vomero 14 that I wrote about in this review was a personal purchase through eBay as used running shoes. The opinions I have expressed are my own and your experience with the product might be different than mine. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

This post was written for and first appeared on One Foot In Reality.


Andy said…
Love the 50 mile shoe reviews.
I've been wearing the New Balance Vongos for the past two years as my main shoe.
I never liked New Balance, but I'm a convert now.
Hshawjr207 said…
Thanks Andy. I have been wearing New Balance a lot lately and they have really upped their game. Unfortunately, I was wearing the Beacon v1 when I injured my hamstring back in early January and am pretty meechy about running in them until it is completely healed. My propels turned out to be a little too soft and allowed my knee to cave in too much when running longer in them, so I do need a firmer shoe help alleviate that issue. So for now the Nikes seem to be working decently for me. :-)