Nearly ever athletic footwear company out there will tell you that their shoes will make you run faster and jump higher. Rarely are those claims actually true. But according to a research conducted by the New York Times, Nike’s Zoom Vaporfly 4% may actually give you an advantage.
The Times analyzed public race reports and shoe records from Strava, a social network for athletes, and found that runners in Vaporflys generally ran 3 to 4 percent faster than similar runners wearing different shoes. This advantage was seen consistently across slower racers and fast ones, for men and women, and for both inexperienced and experienced runners alike.
A 4% advantage over other shoes may justify the Vaproflys $250 price tag. Read the entire study here.