- MANUFACTURER: NIKE
- MODEL NO: DART 11
- SIZES: 5-10 VARIOUS WIDTHS
- HALF SIZES: AVAILABLE
- WEIGHT: 0.63 POUNDS
- SHIPPING WEIGHT: 3 POUNDS
- SHAFT TO ARCH: 2.68”
- HEEL: 1.18”
- FOREFOOT HEIGHT: 0.86”
- COLORS: BLACK/DARK GREY/WHITE, GREY/ORANGE/DARK GREY/ WHITE, BL GRPHNT/PNK FL/ DV GRY/ WHITE, BLACK/ SOAR/ DARK GREY/ WHITE, WHITE/BLACK DOVE/ GREY WHITE, BLACK/WHITE/DARK GREY/ WHITE, ANTHRACITE GREEN/GLO BLUE/ LGN WHITE, COOL GREY/WHITE/BLACK/WHITE, ANTHRACITE GREEN/GLO BLUE/ WHITE, MIDNIGHT NAVY/WHITE/ROYAL BLUE,
- OUTER MATERIAL: SYNTHETIC AND MESH
- SOLE: RUBBER OUTERSOLE
- FIT AS EXPECTED: 84%
- TERRAIN: DRY ROAD, TRACK AND GYM
- PRICE GUIDE: $39.99
- OUR RATING: 4.3 OUT OF FIVE STARS
Available in plenty of colors, you shouldn’t be stuck with a boring pair of running shoes, if you pick these Nike Dart 11s as your next regular training partners.
Although we are not entirely sure what some of the abbreviations stand for in the varying color combinations, basically these are available in shades of white, greys, black and a variety of shades of blue; from navy, to royal and a brighter shade, all overlaid with blacks and greys.
Colorful, without ever appearing garish or showy, these should complement your casual or running wardrobe, quite nicely.
But pretty colors aside, a first glance at the Dart 11 seems to confirm that these look like pretty solid running shoes and when we pick them up, we are relieved at their lightness. Running shoes or sneakers are often split between the lightweight and the slightly insubstantial and the heavier, but more supportive models.
We have high hopes that these Nike Dart 11s will fit into the middle, more desirable category of being a lightweight sneaker which can also deliver the goods, in terms of comfort and performance.
The midsole is made from a molded material, which is both lightweight and sturdy in feel and Nike say that the Dart 11 is custom built for the ‘underpronator’. So, if your feet are made that way, these may be the running shoe for you!
With a breathable mesh, which is lightweight and also supportive, a rubber outsole, which promises to steady your pace and stop you skidding; these look a hopeful contender for your gym locker.
The outlook is good, 84% of people who have tried these, state that their usual size fits them fine, in the Dart 11.
The very small percentage of people for whom these were not a true fit, stated that perhaps they were a little smaller than expected. An even smaller group, thought that maybe they ran a little narrower than their usual size.
Fortunately, these are available in both a half size and more than one width, so if there are any problems with the sizing, you should quickly be able to resolve them and swap for something that does fit.
With no outstanding niggles about the exact caliber of the fit, these seem accommodating in most respects. The toe box seems adequate and they are cut to a standard length and width, taking most foot shapes and sizes easily.
When trying on a new pair of running shoes – or any shoes – for the first time, there can sometimes be a breaking in period, which is less than fun.
Naturally, this is something that you want as little as possible, in any circumstances, with any type of footwear. But having to break through the pain barrier as you ‘break in’ your new running shoes, is something that most people – from the casual runner to experienced athlete, are anxious to avoid.
To put it bluntly, you do not want to be three miles into a ten-mile run and realize it feels as if you have put your foot into a cheese grater.
Fortunately, the breaking in period with the Dart 11 seems to be small to negligible. Almost from the get go (or in many cases actually from the start) these are literally, up and running, with no issue.
The Reslon foam support provided by the Nike Dart 11s midsole, helps to cushion and bounce your foot along the treadmill or track, as you train.
A rubber wrap, positioned in the shoe’s mid foot area, helps prevent rocking and rolling of your foot as it moves. The support it gives should help prevent any accidents or injuries, whilst running.
As mentioned, these shoes have been designed to help correct or protect mild cases of underpronation. We are satisfied that these do what they say on the tin, in these cases and also give good performance, for the neutral runner.
The mesh outer layer ensures that the foot is kept well aired and that there is a good circulation, within the shoe itself.
Nike understand that you don’t want your sneakers to reek big time when you take them off, so the synthetic mesh is just light enough to allow your foot to air properly, whilst providing enough support to stabilize well.
The outsole is constructed of a tough rubber, which should be able to withstand a good pounding on either tarmac, or your treadmill, whichever you should prefer for your work out.
Because it is so well aired, it seems unlikely that these Dart 11s are going to withstand any major soakings, so we think they would be best for dry roads and indoor running machines.
This is a sleek design, which feels light on the foot, but at the same time provides good arch support and a general, all over the foot cushioning.
Your feet will not feel in anyway chastised, as you put them through their paces in these Dart 11s.
Although these are designed especially for running in – and they perform well at it – we also think these would make a good walking shoe, just as long as the conditions are mostly dry.
The grips are perfectly adequate for the task in hand and should keep you upright and not sliding around the place – but they are not road tested for heavy conditions like snow, ice or lots of mud.
In terms of wear, these Dart 11s hold their own admirably, but they certainly will not last forever!
WOULD WE RECOMMEND THESE RUNNING SHOES?
Overall, we have found very little to complain about in these Nike Dart 11 running shoes.
Currently selling for well under $50, this seems like a decent price for such a good all round running shoe as the Dart 11!