Before the Pegasus debuted in 1983, running shoes had started to become more specialized, especially after the boom that happened the decade before. Building from ideas from its already-existing models — such as the cushioning found in the Cortez or the waffle soles first implemented in the ‘70s — Nike designed a shoe for every runner. It was affordable, versatile, and would be committed to innovation upon each new iteration (about one per year). This year, the athletic icon celebrates the 40th anniversary of its revered road running shoe with the debut of the Pegasus 40.
Available in six attractive colorways, and in either regular or extra wide fit, the Pegasus 40 retains all the qualities you’ve come to cherish in this lightweight running shoe, such as its high responsiveness and energy return, medium cushioning, and neutral support, but with some improvements this time around. For some extra spring in your step, the company paired its Nike React tech with two Zoom Air units to help you bounce a little more to keep you going, even on the days you’re not quite feeling it. As for stability, the intentionally placed cushioning provides added security in your step no matter how long or short your run is, while the heel has been optimized for better landing and transition.
Sensitive areas like the arch and toes were also given added comfort. The midfoot strap was redesigned to mold to your foot better, no matter what arch size you have. Likewise, these areas are able to breathe a little more when your workout heats up and the engineered circular pattern in the shoe is made to conform to your foot, with suede to minimize irritation.
It would make sense that Nike, which takes its name from the winged Greek goddess, would name its game-changing running shoe after another winged being from Greek mythology. The Pegasus will make you feel like you can fly. Head over to Nike’s website to pick up a pair for $130.