The evolution of the Nike Pegasus running shoe

By | August 4, 2020

The Nike Pegasus has had 30 versions since it was first released in 1983 and is Nike’s best selling running show of all time.

In light of Covid-19 restrictions, more and more people have turned to pounding the pavements as an alternative to their usual gym, sporting or fitness activities.

This is reflected in search demand for running shoes, which is up 56% year on year.

Running shoes having advanced so far in terms of design, build and technology. The evolution of the Nike Pegasus portrays this with 37 years of innovation behind it.

First launched in 1983 and named after the winged horse from Greek mythology, the Nike Pegasus was designed to embody quickness, movement and the idea of flying on air.


The Pegasus earned its place in the history books becoming Nike’s biggest and best-selling shoe of all time.

The Nike Pegasus was first launched the model was originally called the Air Wedge Trainer, as it was the first to feature an Air Wedge which was designed to increase shock absorption. Throughout the 80s the model becomes Nike’s best-selling shoe.

nike pegasus evolution

In 1991 Steve Spence, Long-distance runner and bronze-medal winner at the World Championships in Tokyo endorses the shoe as one of his favourites. In 1993, a decade after its release, the model has sold 17 million pairs.

In 2004 Nike released the curvier women’s version is adapted to cater to the female foot.

The Nike Air Pegasus Berlin was released in 2009 to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall which occurred in 1989.

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The Pegasus 37 was released earlier this year is the latest model to be released, with the biggest changes taking place underfoot.


Nike switches from Cushlon to React foam, which is lighter and more durable, enabling a comfier underfoot experience. The Zoom Air bag is moved to underneath the forefoot and made to be twice a thick to provide more spring.

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