Being called ‘Miler’ could mean a few things.. but for this shoe it means your easy run workhorse that you can wear for miles and miles. To be fair to Nike, I think the name might actually be accurate.
As usual, I won’t be going into huge detail about the shoe, I’m just an average runner who likes to talk about running stuff.
At first glance, the React Miler just looks like a basic running shoe, the kind that you’d find in costco or somewhere like that. Looks can be deceiving though because they’re my go-to pair now.
The design is like a more traditional running shoe with the thick upper and good padding around the ankle area. For me this is perfect because I like to feel locked in and stable when I’m doing my easy runs.
The midsole material is of course the much loved React Foam which does a great job absorbing the shock when I’m shuffling along on my slow recovery miles. I would still call these ‘neutral’ shoes but the wide sole and support around the back of the shoe does give off a more stable feeling. I did see a few people complaining that the Infinity React felt like it was digging into your foot due to some stability elements, but there’s none of that here.
As with most of Nike’s ‘daily’ runners, the durability is brilliant. I’ve done just over 40 miles in my pair and they’re barely showing any wear. I guess that’s one benefit of a recovery style shoe, there’s no pressure to be light, meaning they can really focus on making them durable.
Durability – As I just mentioned, my pair have barely seen any wear and I’ve got high hopes for the length of time I’ll be able to run in them. The thicker upper will also help prevent things like rips, which is always a good thing.
Price – At the moment, you can pick these up for roughly £80, which for a shoe like this, you can’t really complain about. You’re getting a lot for your money with the React Miler and at that price I’d urge anyone to try them out. When you compare the price of these to the Infinity React, there’s only one winner..
Comfort – For anyone wanting to feel the reassurance of some stability, without it being too forced, these are the shoes for you. The outsole is really wide and that being paired with the cushioning of the React Foam has had me reaching for them whenever I’m doing easy miles. I’ve also used them for some more speedy work accidentally and they dealt with it well.
Looks – I’ve put this in positives but that’s just personal to me. I know a few people think they look a bit too basic and even a bit ugly. However, I like that they’re not in your face and they look more like your standard running shoe. I also love the variety of colour ways that are on offer already and I’ll probably be picking up another colour soon.
Weight – This only really becomes an issue if you did want to pick up the pace a bit, but other than that it’s not too bad. My UK11 pair are coming in at roughly 350g.
The Nike React Miler really are the perfect long run shoe. I must admit, I wasn’t expecting much from them just because they went a bit under the radar with little hype. They’ve really surprised me though and I’d definitely recommend anyone to grab a pair, especially at the low prices you can find them for now.
Anyway, that’s just a quick overview of the Nike React Miler and so far I’m impressed. If there’s anything specific you want to know, get in touch and I’ll be happy to help! Thanks for reading, peace.