Nike Zoom Vomero 5 Review

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In 2018, the Nike Zoom Vomero 5 debuted with a new Zoom Air cushioning, separated in the heel and the forefoot called the Dual Zoom Air bags. In addition, this iteration got a redesigned midfoot section and upgrades to the fit. This version comes available in both men’s and women’s designs and quickly stole the hearts of a number of runners. Sporting a futuristic look and a little bit of Darth Wader’s vibe, this kick resembles the A-Cold-Wall X Air Zoom Vomero 5. When you take a closer look at the later version, the first thing you notice is the prominent TPU heel counter. When you compare both models, one may say they look exactly the same, with the only difference being the missing infamous protruding heel piece. Today, we are going to be taking a closer look at the Anthracite grey mesh and synthetic leather low top running style.


Editor's Pros & Cons
  • Excellent cushioning
  • Exceptional durability
  • Great responsiveness
  • Unique design
  • Unisex model
  • Runs slightly big in women’s sizing
  • Poor selection in colors


When it comes to the Nike Zoom Vomero 5, there is no doubt it delivers high levels of breathability. From first glance, you can notice that the upper is made for optimal breathability. The design is constructed with mesh, plastic and leather panels, along with a 3D printed Air ventilation on the heel as a modern element with functionality. While the mesh is durable and allows for ample airflow, the Zoom Air foam completes the design, delivering excellent cushioning. The Nike Zoom Vomero 5 is a street-ready style that provides all-day comfort and responsive experience, whether you take it out for walking around or for long runs.


The reason while runners are in love with this design is the all-day comfort it offers them. Featuring breathable mesh and leather overlays, along with a 3D printed Air ventilation on the heel, the Zoom Vomero 5 is guaranteed to keep your feet cool and dry even after many miles. Cushioned with Zoom Air foam in the heel and in the forefoot this model will make sure your feet are surrounded in a plush cushioned, supportive and responsive ride. In addition, the construction around the forefoot is no-sew, which means you get a stitch-free comfort too. The tonal padded mesh collar and heel just add to the overall comfort.


Nike uses only high-quality materials, and not only are they known to design great and fashionable trainers, but they make them last longer too. Starting from the durable mesh, plastic and leather upper, to the BRS 1000 heel that provides a durable crash pad protection, and is abrasion-resistant also, the Zoom Vomero 5 model may keep your feet company for a long time if you take good care of them. Since this model is a new release, we can not rely on customer’s reviews for the durability, but we can trust Nike in creating another high-quality sneaker that will maintain its original state even after extended wear.


There was a minor update in the sole unit, which didn’t require any changes, but rather small improvements. One of the best attributes of the Vomero line is the cushioning. Nike made no exception with the Zoom Vomero 5 edition. Many customers loved the soft and “pillowy” ride this model delivered on their long runs. The main culprit behind this unique cushioning is the relocation of the Zoom Air units. In this edition, there is one in the heel and one in the forefoot area. In case you haven’t heard of Nike’s trademark Air technology, Zoom Air are unique “bags” of compressed gas strategically placed throughout the midsole that allow better impact absorption and retain their original shape, bouncing your feet back with every step you take.
The Dual Zoom Air bags are much thinner than the traditional Air units, so this model achieves the same amount of cushioning in a much thinner profile. The tonal Cushlon foam midsole with full-length Zoom Air cushioning consists of an additional pad that creates a smooth heel to toe transition and together with the decoupled heel guide the foot to the right movement.


The Zoom Vomero 5 is a monochrome sneaker with a minimalist design and can be worn for running or everyday wear. This model features a black and tonal rubber outsole with a plastic print in the middle that is supposed to provide support during your long runs. Featuring a BRS 1000 carbon rubber on the heel for abrasion resistance, the Zoom Vomero 5 outsole offers excellent grip and traction on the road and is designed to keep your feet comfortable, whether you are running or walking in it. The thick grooves on the outsole look like they are going to last a long time.


The Vomero 5 features a small midfoot shank under the arch, covering the internal side of the sole. This plastic piece that connects the heel with the forefoot adds stability to the design. Even though you won’t usually find shanks on most cushioning models, this one is very light and small enough to add just enough stability without compromising the soft, bouncy feeling.
There are two different soles in the Vomero edition, one for the men’s and a different one for the women’s. Female models have deeper flex grooves to adapt to the lower weight of women better.

The part that gives the Zoom Vomero 5 snappy responsiveness are the fibers inside the pressurized Air unit. These fibers compress each time the foot hits the ground, springing back to their original shape. The reason why this model is adored amongst runners is that the Zoom Air provides them a fast, responsive and energetic ride, which requires little effort from the runner.


A number of runners, men and women alike who tend to pronate, found the Zoom Vomero 5 design to be greatly supportive. Also, neutral runners agreed that this model provides a very cushioned, soft and bouncy ride and in addition, it weighs less than its predecessors. Many runners with knee problems seemed to appreciate the Vomero 5 because as they said, it wraps their foot in breathable support. The combination of durable materials together with the soft foam and Zoom Air cushioning delivers lightweight comfort for a smooth ride. In addition, the synthetic leather stripes provide support in strategic parts of the upper portion of the design.

Heavy runners usually have a hard time finding a shoe that gives them the support and cushioning they need to accommodate their weight and give them the right arch support at the same time. There is a constant struggle with blisters on the heels or aching feet from the lack of cushioning. The Zoom Vomero 5 is said to be comfortable beyond expectations, even after a long run. Many customers agreed that the design feels great in the midfoot and the toe box area without being sloppy, while others said that the heel holds their foot in place, preventing slippage during downhill runs.


The Zoom Vomero 5 model comes available in both black and white tonal versions, for both men and women. One pair is Vast Grey, there is another one in white, and the other is Anthracite. The difference with the A-Cold-Wall Zoom Vomero 5 model is the 3M detailing on the upper, the use of mesh in the tongue, the flat laces and the absence of the giant block on the heel. Without this 3D block, the Zoom Vomero 5 gives the impression of a sleek monochrome style that provides excellent levels of cushioning. NikeLab did a great job when they released this model with a mixed-material leather and canvas construction and is rounded out with reflective accents. There are tonal laces that accompany each colorway, while the original Cushlon and Zoom Air technology remain the same.
It is hard to imagine women running or walking in this model, but it definitely fits in the chunky look trend. This futuristic design can be matched with shorts and sports outfits and used for runs or everyday wear.


The 5th edition combined technologies to ensure the most cushioned and responsive ride for every runner out there. The Nike Zoom Vomero 5 turned out to be an excellent running model equipped with Zoom Air cushioning for a smooth and responsive ride. Zoom Air technology is designed for sports players and athletes who need responsive cushioning for those long hours of practice or during their matches. The model features a Cushlon foam also, which is similar to Phylon foam but made with higher rubber content. This foam adds to a more responsive experience.

Moreover, the upper consists of TecTuff materials which are known to be waterproof, scuff and oil resistant and ideal for outdoor use. Thanks to this material, the upper is easy to maintain clean. In addition, the Lunarlon technology is in charge of even softer cushioning making you feel like you are walking on the moon.


There are many updates done to the upper of the Zoom Vomero 5 style. Part of those updates was the open and breathable mesh with synthetic patent leather strip overlays. Featuring a tonal padded mesh collar, improved tongue, and an anatomically shaped mesh heel counter, the upper design resembles the A-Cold-Wall Zoom Vomero 5 model. The tonal mesh lining and stitching, together with the anatomically-shaped tonal plastic heel, the Swoosh branding, and silver-tone reflective stripes give the Zoom Vomero 5 a powerful look, especially the Anthracite model. The updated toe box on this model offers more space for your toes, and the entire design feels a bit wider than its predecessors.

The Swoosh appears to be made of rubber, unlike other Nike models where it is In addition, the upper features seven-eyelet lace-up front that secures a snug fit. The woven tongue label with the black embroidered “Nike” and “Vomero 5” has remained unchanged. Due to the TecTuff materials used on the upper, the model is easy to clean and in addition to that, it provides all-day comfort and support.

Bottom Line

We all know by now that Nike makes if not the best, then one of the best running shoes out there. Like most brands, Nike has been reviving many silhouettes over the past year. The Vomero line quickly became popular amongst runners who appreciate supreme comfort, cushioning and support. This line consists of many versions, ending the upgrades with the latest addition, the Vomero 14. Nike fans really appreciated the previous versions, like the Vomero 12 and the Vomero 13 too. When the first Vomero model appeared in 2007, it featured a new type of foam. Nike said that this foam was “softer and more responsive than any material available at the time.” The model combined technologies together to ensure not only faster runs but also to support and handle as many miles as you need to put in. While the Lunarlon technology is in charge of the soft cushioning, the Zoom Air helps deliver an excellent responsive ride.

The Zoom Vomero 5 model is renowned for its soft and unique cushioning and comes available in both men’s and women’s version. It makes a huge difference seeing this model without the giant infamous protruding heel piece, which turned out to be a great relief amongst Nike’s fans. Now, this monochromatic design with mesh, leather and plastic panels in the upper, reflective accents and tonal laces, looks more appealing and fits perfectly in the chunky shoe trend. The Nike branding is throughout the entire design, and the woven logo tag is placed at the cushioned tongue. The Cushlon and Zoom Air technology are in charge of the soft and responsive ride every runner needs. The model comes available in anthracite and black colorways, with Air ventilation on the heel. Even though it looks chunky, the extremely cushioned comfort compensates for the bulky appearance.

With a shoe like the Nike Zoom Vomero 5, you don’t need to put a lot of effort into your runs. Customers agreed that it is the shoes that make them run, providing an almost effortless experience.