Nike announce the latest model in one of their best and longest standing line of running shoes – the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 31.
I warn you now, this post will be biased. I am a huge Pegasus fan and don’t shy away from giving this family of running shoes the love they deserve. Wether it’s the original Pegasus 83 (arguably first released in ’82 with 1,000 models being created for a marathon – thanks Gary Warnett for that nugget of gold), the iconic Pegasus 89, more recently loved Pegasus 92 or the more obscure Air Pegasus Racer from 1991 (seen in my list of 10 1990s running sneakers Nike shouldn’t forget) this shoe has always had a lot of love from both runners and sneaker fans. Essentially, the Pegasus archive is a gold mine of under-appreciated greatness.
Now that I’ve got my waxing lyrical about old running shoes out of the way, it’s fitting to pay note to the fact that the Pegasus line still remains one of the forefront running shoes offered by Nike. It hasn’t died and hasn’t simply retired into lifestyle completely. This latest model has actually been designed in close collaboration with British athlete Mo Farah, along with over 16,000 road miles of logged wear-testing from runners of all levels. Thanks to that feedback and research, the Peg 31 introduces a brand new contoured last for a more streamlined fit as well as a dropped offset of 10mm for a more natural stance and an engineered midfoot saddle for targeted structure and support. As much as it adds to the iconic Pegasus with new technological advancements, making it an even snappier and more responsive shoe, it still retains that pointed, stealthy shape that us Peg fans love so much. The Pegasus 30 will be tough to beat aesthetically for a long time, but this does a good job.
The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 31 hit stores today as well as Nike.com for £85.