Nike Zoom Structure 22 Review

The new Nike Structure 22! Mainly a cosmetic update, the new Structure features a redesigned upper that’s a little more forgiving.

With no significant changes for a few years now, Nike has continued to use the same midsole and outsole in the 22. The upper is new, and Nike has gotten back to a better fit:

Nike Structure 22 vs Structure 21

  • Nike has redesigned the upper to get back to a better fit – there’s more width throughout the shoe
  • The toebox is both wider and deeper than the old Structure 21
  • The upper is a little more plush
  • No changes to the midsole or outsole
  • The overall feel of the shoe hasn’t significantly changed

Fit

The new Structure 22 comes back to being a pretty standard fit. Nike has reversed the narrowness of the Structure 21, and the 22 is back on the wide side. The toebox has a pretty standard fit both in terms of width and depth, and the overall length is pretty standard. The new upper of the 22 works for narrow feet thanks to being pretty tight tongue area.

Feel

The feel of the Structure hasn’t changed for the previous few generations. The upper is now soft and plush, and feels better than the 21 overall. With no midsole or outsole changes, the Structure 22 is still a pretty soft guidance shoe that is still a little lower to the ground and has a lower drop than many of its competitors.

 Function

Stability has not changed from previous versions of the Structure. It remains a moderately stable guidance shoe, appropriate for runners who have a bit of flexibility in their ankle.

Comparisons:

Nike Structure vs New Balance 860 :

The Structure 22 feels a little lower than the 860, but the overall ride is a little firmer. The Structure 22 is now wider than the 860, especially in the forefoot. The 860 is going to have a little more guidance for pronation. Weight is similar – you don’t really feel any difference on-foot.

Nike Structure vs Brooks Adrenaline

The Structure and the Adrenaline both are designed to provide a moderate amount of guidance in a cushioned, standard-weight package. Both shoes provide about the same amount of stability. The Adrenaline is higher than the Structure, and has a greater drop Рwhich you feel when comparing them on-foot. Their weight is almost identical, and they feel very similar.  The Structure is wider than the Adrenaline Рboth in the toebox and throughout the shoe, and it has a deeper toebox.

Nike Structure vs ASICS GT-2000

In their current versions, the shoes have a pretty similar feel. The 2000 has an overall slightly firmer feel, both in the upper and in terms of midsole/ride. The 2000 has less room in the toebox and is a little narrower overall, but each are very similar in terms of length. Both shoes are about the same weight, and on-foot they feel about the same weight. The Structure has a much softer step-in feel, but also is a little tighter in the lace area. The 2000, while having lost a little guidance in recent versions, is still about as supportive than the new Structure.

Nike Structure vs Pegasus

Both made by Nike but with completely different runners in mind. The Pegasus is designed as their standard-weight neutral shoe while the Structure is Nike’s moderate stability shoe. From a function standpoint, not many runners would be comparing the two as neutral runners would probably be thrown out by the guidance in the Structure and runners needing some guidance to prevent pronation would be ill-served by the lack of stability of the Pegasus.

Nike Structure vs Vomero

Both made by Nike but with completely different runners in mind. The Vomero is designed as their highest-cushioned neutral shoe while the Structure is Nike’s moderate stability shoe. From a function standpoint, not many runners would be comparing the two as neutral runners would probably be thrown out by the guidance in the Structure and runners needing some guidance to prevent pronation would be ill-served by the lack of stability of the Vomero.

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Nike Air Zoom Structure 22

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