Anyone that knows me well will know I absolutely adore the Nimbus range of running shoe.

First impression?

The Nimbus has been my go-to shoe for about 5 years now and my love for this shoe is still raging strong, in fact, although today I’m reviewing the Smokey Rose/Pure Bronze colour version, I actually own the Nimbus 23 in three other colour ways too. So, to say that I’m a fan would be an understatement, and I genuinely believe the 23 is the best version yet. When I first opened the box, I was taken aback by how pretty the colour is – I don’t generally go for beautiful-coloured shoes (I’m more of a garishly bright kind of girl), but it’s hard not to love the pink hues. As with all of my 23s, the style of the shoe is fantastic and very flattering on the leg, they also feel very light for such a cushioned shoe.

How do they perform?

The Nimbus 23 is a truly superb shoe. Firstly, this is the perfect shoe across any kind of distance; I’ve raced a 5K and an ultramarathon in the 23 and they’ve been perfect for both races. The Nimbus 23 is truly versatile too as my ultra was on a mixture of tarmac and easy trails and they coped really well with the mixed terrain. I’ve also found this is a fairly speedy shoe for me and have managed to score a number of PBs whilst wearing them. The shoe itself feels very stable and supportive around my ankle so there’s no chance of an accidental rolling incident (which is important for me as a slight overpronator), and crucially my feet don’t get too hot when I’ve been running in them for hours as they have a very breathable mesh upper allowing the heat to dissipate easily. They’re also great in a hill session as they feel light and springy on the inclines, whilst providing enough cushioning on the descent to protect your legs.

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I adore this shoe. It’s the perfect all-rounder for someone who needs to run in something a little more cushioned to protect their legs and feet, without wanting to compromise on speed or style. I actually always recommend this shoe to anyone I speak to who’s looking to change their running shoe as I genuinely believe it’s the perfect all-rounder, and I’ve also bought the Nimbus 23s as gifts for a number of friends and family members now…so yes, I’m obsessed and will continue to spread the Nimbus love to everyone I meet.


The GEL-NIMBUS™ 23 running shoe continues to offer excellent comfort and long-run impact absorption. Its improved stability provides a more balanced stride that's followed by smoother transitions. Constructed with comfort and breathability in mi...

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written by

Victoria Stears

Head of Global Marketing - Sports/Education Sector from London

Age group: 34

10k olympic distance triathlon swim-run half marathon marathon ultra marathon