The nike Free RN delivers everything a natural running shoe should. It's super-comfortable and well cushioned. Take them out a couple of times a week and you will be well rewarded.
You’ll know what this shoe is all about the moment you pick it up. Flexible to an an incredible degree, the shoe mimics barefoot running but working from an 8mm drop which is easy to get used to. The big difference from many shoes built to mimic barefoot running is the cushioning supplied. They’’re actually pretty comfortable on the road, on level, friendly trail and even parkland. All round they’re an easy shoe to get on with and certainly provide the comfort and fit you’d expect from the soft Nike upper. True, they aren’t super supportive but our test team certainly feel they’ve moved on incredibly from the Free Nike shoes of five or more years ago. They accept some support is needed in the environment we live in and have developed accordingly.
Nike use something called fused lunar core g which is lightweight and responsive. The IU002 carrier system offers a smooth ride while giving the necessary flexibility needed for comfortable and enhanced performance. In short - Nike fans will understand this - they are soft but supportive.
Flywire cabling is in effect here to make sure your foot is held in place. It has its fans and does hold your feet in place very well, but traditionalists who love lacing might need a bit more convincing. What isn’t difficult to admire is the excellent fit Nike has created with its breathable, light mesh upper.
It’s a simple looking affair that is basically foam - which is as soft and forgiving as it sounds. Reebok used similar technologies in the late 1990s and this is every bit as good if not better. Happy with road and hard trail, the grip is workman like rather than out and out aggressive but to be honest, such is the look of the the shoe we don’t think too many runners will treat them to a mud bath!
Understandably some runners are reluctant to give down the lightweight route as cushioning and support tend to play a secondary role. But technology and build quality has advanced to such a degree that it is well worth taking a look at these shoes. They’re very soft, very light and easy to get on with. Take them out two or three times a week on the road, in the dry and you’ll be happy with the response.
ADAPTIVE FIT - Dynamic Fit technology wraps your foot for a secure, locked-down feel. Flywire technology strong, lightweight cables integrates with your laces for additional arch support.
FLEXIBLE COMFORT - The lightweight, low-profile Nike Free sole flexes with your foot for a comfortable, natural ride.
Minimal tongue design enhances breathability on top of the foot
Insole contours to the shape of your foot for complete comfort
Rounded heel allows you to move naturally
Targeted rubber at the toe and heel for traction
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|Weight||7.8oz. / 221g|