• KNOW YOUR TECH: Nike Shox
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KNOW YOUR TECH: Nike Shox

KNOW YOUR TECH breaks down the scientific technology used in your favorite sneakers and activewear. Let’s demystify your next purchase: today’s technology is Nike Shox cushioning. Introduced in 2000, this innovative setup was in development for a decade-plus. Although it’s not used as prominently as it once was, it’s still a suitable choice for those looking for responsive, protective cushioning.

What is it? Hollowed out columns made of an energy-efficient foam which are paired with a Pebax dispersion plate for a stable and responsive feel. The foam utilized in the Shox columns is designed to be durable and produce a spring-like effect.

How does it work? During footstrike, the Shox columns collapse toward the center as opposed to the edges of the heel, helping to absorb impact efficiently. This spring-like return results in forward propulsion and a slower rate of impact loading, which helps to reduce the risk of injury.

Notable products: Shox NZ, Shox NZ iD, Shox Mique

Bottom line: Although Shox cushioning has recently been overshadowed by Nike technologies such as Zoom Air, Max Air, and Lunarlon, it remains an innovative and high-performing setup.

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  • Rodrigo

    The hottest sneakers kicks ever, extremely comfy and good-looking. I’ve been owning them ever since they came out, and they’re still my favorites shoes! Hope Nike won’t discontinue them. I’m not the only sneakerhead who loves Nike Shox. Plus, there are many Shox fans out there, not only sneakerheads.