I’ve run hundreds of miles in these running shoes — and they might be on sale come Black Friday

a photo of the Nike Invincible 3
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As a fitness editor, it’s wrong to have favorites, and of course, when testing the best running shoes on the market, I treat all of them equally. As a marathon runner, I have one pair of shoes I reach for time after time — they are the shoes that get me out the door on days when I don’t want to run, and they are currently on sale. 

While the world focuses on Amazon Prime Day (here are 9 of the best shoes to shop in the Prime Day sales), Nike has quietly released its own sale, and you can save on the Nike Invincible 3 right now. What's more, this gives me hope the shoes will also receive further reductions next month as part of Black Friday.

The big, bouncy, comfortable shoes are currently discounted to $117 from $146 with the code ULTIMATE — read on to find out more.  

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Nike Invincible 3: <a href="https://click.linksynergy.com/deeplink?id=HlvbvYZP82I&mid=41134&u1=hawk-custom-tracking&murl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nike.com%2Ft%2Finvincible-3-womens-road-running-shoes-wide-r2vJbh%2FDR2660-300" data-link-merchant="click.linksynergy.com"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">was $180 now $146 @ Nike with code ULTIMATE
Super soft, super comfortable and super bouncy, these are perfect for easy miles and long runs. Right now, you can save in the Nike sale, using the code ULTIMATE at check out to get an extra 20% off the shoe. Thank me later. 

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — if you sent me to a desert island and only let me pick one shoe to take with me, it would be the Nike Invincible. 

When it comes to max cushioned running shoes, it doesn’t get plusher than the Nike Invincible line. Now on its third iteration, this comfortable, bouncy shoe has a huge wedge of Nike’s bouncy ZoomX foam for one of the pillowyest running experiences ever. 

The midsole contains more of Nike’s ZoomX foam than ever. The Invincible 3 has a higher stack height than the previous versions too, as Nike has packed 1mm more foam underfoot. The magic of this shoe lies in the ZoomX midsole, which is extremely cushioned. Unlike most of the best running shoes on the market, there’s no Strobel lining underneath the insole of the shoe, so your foot is sitting directly on top of the ZoomX foam, allowing you to really sink into the shoe. 

As with previous generations of the Invincible, the ZoomX foam, paired with the rocker geometry, makes for a super comfortable run. Until the Invincible, Nike’s ZoomX midsole was reserved for the faster shoes in its collection, such as the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2, and the Nike Alphafly Next% 2. Both of these speedier shoes have carbon fiber plates, and without the plate, the foam seems to take on a different meaning in the Invincible. Instead of propelling the foot forward, the bouncy, responsive foam reduces the impact of each step for a more comfortable run. 

This is an excellent running shoe for beginners looking for a fun shoe to run in, and more experienced runners looking for a shoe to wear for easy miles and long runs. Not for you? Be sure to check out all the best sales in our Prime Day deals live blog.

Jane McGuire
Fitness editor

Jane McGuire is Tom's Guide's Fitness editor, which means she looks after everything fitness related - from running gear to yoga mats. An avid runner, Jane has tested and reviewed fitness products for the past five years, so knows what to look for when finding a good running watch or a pair of shorts with pockets big enough for your smartphone. When she's not pounding the pavements, you'll find Jane striding round the Surrey Hills, taking far too many photos of her puppy.