If you are a one of my few faithful blog readers, you know I’ve been running to improve my health. I began running with a pair of Nike Qualify 2 running shoes. The Qualify 2 shoes have been great, but at the beginning of the month, I realized that I needed to get a new pair of shoes to prevent joint injuries from running in worn out soles. After exploring many options, I chose to go with Nike’s custom shoe service called NikeiD using the Pegasus 28 base model as the starting point. Here is my take on the whole experience.
The good: Visiting Nike’s site, you’ll find several models of shoes that you can customize with virtually unlimited combinations of colors, soles, treads, tops, and tongue labels. On top of all the options, the shoes are priced at the same retail price you’ll find at any major athletic shoe store. Once I received the shoes and a close inspection, the shoes were free of any defect, and felt great compared to the old Qualify 2’s that had several hundred miles on them.
The bad: It’s clearly explained that the shoes will take three weeks to come in, but after receiving the shoes, I was left wondering what about the shoes took them so long to be produced. Besides the custom colors, the overall design of the shoe is the exact same shoe that anyone else could buy at a local store. Even the tongue of the shoe was marked with a manufacture date before my order was placed. The issue that really turned my opinion of the whole process was the cheap “custom” tongue label, which I originally thought was the neatest part of the whole shoe. I was expecting a stitched label similar to the “Nike” they normally put on the tongues, and was disappointed after seeing what looks to be a thin rubber sticker used for the lettering.
Overall: I would not recommend most individuals going through this long process for a pair of shoes. If you go shopping, you can usually find shoes with the colors you prefer. I only can see the NikeiD shoes being helpful to a sports team that needs specific colors for their school. If you are thinking a custom label would be worth the wait, I would expect the label to rub off in just a few wears. As for the shoes comfort, they are nothing short of what you would expect from Nike.
That’s my take on NikeiD, and I hope this helps you if you are ever thinking about getting a pair through this service.