The Nike Downshifter 8 is optimized for runners using minimal, yet strategic technology. By employing mesh in varying densities, the sneaker is afforded targeted functionality. Single-layer mesh encourages a continuous flow of air on the forefront, while closed fibers structure the midfoot and heel. A synthetic arch band wrapping the midfoot improves balance and helps reduce pressure. Flex grooves and rubber outsole traction promote natural support and flexibility.