November 8, 2013

Review – Nike Dart 9 Running Shoes

By Marek

Nike Dart 9 Review

As I am coming to the point of retiring my first proper pair of running shoes, I though I’d give them a review as a thank you for being with me for the past year and supporting me for over 700 miles of both treadmill and road conditions.

Nike dart 9 running shoes


Great shoe for starters. Light, inexpensive. If you are a beginner, this shoe is just right for you. As mentioned already, I have done over 700 miles in them (nearly 500 outdoors). The bottom soles are very durable and don’t wear out. However, if you are a heel striker, the heel support does give and I would not recommend going past 500 miles. Nike Dart 9 are a very loyal shoe.

Average Customer Rank: 4.5 Stars

Product Description:

Designed for beginner runners, Nike Dart 9 shoes feature a lightweight mesh and synthetic upper with a molded midfoot saddle for extra support. Natural motion engineering in the Phylon midsole creates a smooth, cushioned ride. Waffle tread on the outsole enhances traction and durability.
Lightweight, simple and great for beginners.
Both for indoor and outdoor use.

Inner: Synthetic, Breathable
Upper Material: Synthetic
Waterproof: No
Height: Low Cut
Midsole: Lightweight phylon
Sole Type: Rubber
Stiffness: Road Running
Lacing Type: Standard Lace Up


  • Lightweight
  • Available in many colour combinations
  • Both for indoor and outdoor use
  • Inexpensive
  • Comfortable
  • Good traction
  • Long lasting


  • Require insoles for outdoor running
  • Require additional lace ties

Price: £30 – £60 ($40 – $100)

Available colours: wide selection

Where to buy:

My Overall Rank: 4.5 / 5


When buying your running shoes, go for a larger size. Not just a bit larger. At least a full size. Why? Number one – you are likely to have insoles in them at one stage or another. More importantly, as you run, the energy in your step is pushed forwards and out through your toes. If your shoes are tight fit, that energy hits a wall and starts making its way back to your calfs and knees. It needs to be released out. Also, your foot has better movement and on uneven surfaces, it will help to prevent twisting your ankle (the shoe may shift, but your foot will have enough freedom to move around in it and not bend as much with it).