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First look: Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38

The Pegasus, one of Nike's classic shoes, is back with yet another update

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Nike announced the release of its latest shoe on Friday morning, introducing the Air Zoom Pegasus 38 to the world. Runners will know the Pegasus well, as it has been a staple of the Nike running family since the early 1980s. Just like the first version and every other iteration since, the Pegasus 38 is a shoe designed for all runners, and its lightweight and durable makeup is what has kept people coming back to it year after year. 

The traditional Pegasus 

Nike says the Pegasus is the company’s most trusted running shoe. That has been the case for decades, and the company hopes to keep it that way with the Pegasus 38 and future versions of the shoe. Fans of the Pegasus will know that the 37, which was released in 2020, saw a big change in its midsole, where Nike’s React foam replaced the Cushlon foam found in previous shoes.

The traditional Pegasus 38 model. Photo: Nike

The React foam is back in the Pegasus 38, but with even more of it in the midsole this time around. The Zoom Air Bag, which was added in 2020, was also kept in the Pegasus 38, and combined with the React foam, the shoe will deliver great energy return while remaining lightweight at just 265 g. 

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What’s new? 

A big change Nike made with the Air Zoom Pegasus 38 was the fit, particularly in the shoe’s toe box. The company has noted that the Pegasus 36 and 37 were a bit more snug in the forefoot, but the design team has switched back to a roomier fit. 

The Flyease model of the Pegasus 38. Photo: Nike

The main change, though, is the fact that Nike has created a completely different version of the Pegasus 38. There’s the traditional version (which has a regular upper and laces) and now a new Flyease model. The Flyease has all of the same features as the traditional model, but it has a no-tie lacing system. 


The laceless shoe uses a zippered system that allows for quick and easy entry that only requires one hand, securing the foot in a snug embrace. 

The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38 will be available soon at nike.com