Nike Pegasus 28 Running Shoes Review

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Editor rating:
8/10 on Jul 08, 2012


  • Well cushioned
  • Solid construction
  • Quality shoe


  • Can feel rigid at first
VERDICT: It's been around for 28 years and doesn't feel old at all. Nike renews its flagship cushioning workhorse shoe with luxury details such as Flywire and delivers a shoe that can withstand serious mileage. Ideal beginner shoe.

Nike Pegasus+ 28 First Impression

When I first opened the shoebox I wondered if I had, by mistake, opened the box of the Vomero 6 instead (Pegasus’ most expensive sister model). I might have been decived by the presence of Flywire – a technology that just a year ago was reserved to Nike’s newest and most expensive models. But in general the look and feel of the Pegasus is of a simple but well designed shoe.

Nike Pegasus+ 28 Upper Design

As I mentioned earlier, the Pegasus 28 sports Flywire both on the medial and lateral side of the upper, around the midfoot. Flywire was introduced in 2008 and at first reserved for racing shoes. Its purpose is to hold and support the foot with a very resistant but very lightweight material. Shoes commonly use overlays of different materials (usually plastic) to connect the tongue area to the sole of the shoe – think of Adidas’ three stripes – Flywire replaces that.

Ok – we are impressed by the Flywire, but how does the Pegasus feel on the foot? No thrills there. The shoe fits very well and locks the foot in the right position. Snug but not too tight. An external heel collar contributes keeping the foot in its position. The tongue, the heel collar are simple and not too cushy.

The Pegasus is breathable but quite rigid. For sure will hold your foot in position.

Nike Pegasus+ 28 Sole Unit

The sole of the Pegasus 28 is virtually identical to the one of the Vomero. Cushlon EVA material is soft and absorb quite a lot of shock. In addition to this, Zoom Air (Nike’s trademark bags of compressed air placed within the midsole) has been placed in the heel, making for a quite soft heel landing.

Decoupled heel (heel divided in different cuboid pads that absorb the shock differently during the different phases of the gait) contributes to a smooth heel landing – which is how most beginners will land during their stride.

The Pegasus also sports a small shank under the arch, providing torsional rigidity so to prevents ankle injury when you land your foot awkwardly. This is a great feature for a high-mileage shoe as the Pegasus, as it will both correct the mistakes of beginners and help support the foot when the mileage piles up and the gait can become a little sloppy.

Outsole is in the classic Nike Waffle pattern in BRS rubber – known for being durable and providing a good grip also on wet terrain.

Nike Pegasus+ 28 Opinion

I am very impressed with this Pegasus. I believe it’s one of the best beginner’s running shoes. It combines superb cushioning with stability elements (the arch shank, the Flywire upper) to protect and forgive mistakes. Sturdy construction will withstand lots of miles.

I recommend the Pegasus without hesitation. If you are in search of a similar shoe but with a much much softer ride (some say the softest of them all) you might also want to check the Nike Zoom Vomero 6.