The new Nike Air Zoom Structure 20, after two decades of the running shoe, is a worthy modern update

By Romeo Moran

It’s that time of year again, yet another new season where Nike has to unleash a new running shoe on us all. For the holidays, and for everyone gearing up for times when they have to put in extra effort, the sportswear company unveiled a brand new Air Zoom Structure for its 20th anniversary—the classic runner silhouette, but in comfy, breathable Flyknit.

The Air Zoom Structure 20 is arguably both the most minimal and maximized running shoe in Nike’s whole repertoire. It’s the chunkiest, probably comfiest trainer in a lineup of smaller and smaller shoes, but doesn’t need too many bells and whistles. It’s no Free or Roshe, but it’s the cleanest design so far in the whole run.

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We took the Structure 20 on a test run last week around the wet October streets, and for a novice runner such as myself (meaning a guy who doesn’t prefer running as his first choice of exercise), the shoes were a dream. The thick and really, really stable sole support is great for people who aren’t sure how their foot hits the pavement, and I have to admit that I felt a lot less pain in my legs at the end of my run than with shoes with thinner soles.

My only personal concern was that after trying the high-top Lunarepics previously, I’d liked the feeling of having a sock wrap snugly around my ankle so I know the shoe is never coming off when I don’t want it to. That’s just me, though. (Although it’s not advised, I used the built-for-running Structure 20 in the gym and it got too loose in some exercises.)

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If you’re a beginner looking for a pair of running shoes to take yourself around with while you figure out what kind of footwear tech you really need, you can’t go wrong with the Structure 20. It’s available now at all stores carrying Nike and Nike.com for P6,295.