The original intention of Nike Free series running shoes is for liberating the constraint of shoes to the 52 muscles of the foot, and let the runners can feel the fun of barefoot running and exercise the muscle of your feet to try to avoid the foot being hurt. And in recent two years, NIKE has focused its products of the running shoes on Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4%、Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 and Nike Epic React Flyknit. It didn’t update the FREE series. But in 2019, NIKE Free series which has 15 history come back.
Nike Free RN 5.0 uses stitched vamp instead of the popular integrated knitted vamp. And it uses more mellow design of the foam outsole.
The vamp of Nike Free RN 5.0 mainly uses knitted mesh fabric, and the lining is soft cotton cloth. The vamp is thin, but has great tension.
Nike Free RN 5.0 running shoes also use a lot of anti-fur on the vamp to make the shoes fit better with the foot. And it also improves the supporting performance of vamp. The appearance looks like retro type.
For the area of instep, NIKE FREE RN 5.0 uses stitched design to constitute the integrated vamp. As the area of instep undertake higher strength than other parts. So it needs stronger fitting. The lining of stitched part on the instep is thicker than forefoot area. The simple type shoelace system makes this shoes to be more succinct.
The adduction radian on the heelpiece is obvious, so the heelpiece is not easy to take off. And the heelpiece part is filled with sponge to avoid the heelpiece to be rubbed and hurt.
The outside of forefoot and center of heelpiece has two luminous reflection points. It will reflect when running in the night.
Nike Free RN 5.0 running shoes use a single injection molded sole. The material should be Phylon, which is light and has great elasticity and ductility. Meanwhile, it adds two pieces of wear-resistant rubber on the inner side of forefoot and outer side of the heelpiece part where are easy to be worn. The difference with previous Free series running shoes, the outsole of Nike Free RN 5.0 has a “Y” grooves design on the arch.
The outsole area adopts fishbone shape bidirectional cutting, the deepest cutting groove reaches 10mm. The biggest benefit of this kind of sole cutting design is that it allows the running shoes to easily stretch, bend and flex. It has great flexibility. When the outsole is under pressure, each part can produce maximum deformation on all directions to decompose the pressure, so that the runners can fully feel the low drop design, which is in favor of guiding the runners to use the natural ecological gait for running.
It still uses the most common Otholite shoe-pad of Nike, it’s very light, soft and fitting.
The unit weight of US9 NIKE FREE RN 5.0 is about 206g. Comparing with last generation of Free running shoes, it’s lighter.
The vamp design of Nike Free RN 5.0 is quite special in the FREE series running shoes. The thin knitted mesh fabric is soft and strong. And a lot of anti-fur are covered on the vamp, which is reinforce the wrapping performance. According to the running dynamic mechanics of foot, the outsole adopts fishbone shape bidirectional cutting for easy bending, and the 6mm low drop makes it easier to guide the runners uses barefoot gait.
After wearing it to run on different roadway, as the innovated NIKE FREE RN 5.0 running shoes, the wrapping performance is better and the barefoot feeling is more obvious.
Nike Free RN 5.0 vamp is combined with knitted mesh fabric and anti-fur, it’s harder to wear than last generations of FREE series running shoes. After wearing, the running shoes fit perfectly into the foot.
When running, Nike Free RN 5.0 fit perfectly with the foot, we feel the shoe and foot are realized to be one part. I haven’t weared socks for the pure barefoot feeling.
A more natural barefoot feeling is what Nike Free RN 5.0 pursues. The thin outsole let the sole of my feet more sensitive to the ground, leading me to use the nature barefoot gait to run.
The fishbone shape bidirectional cutting grooves of the outsole make the running shoes be easier and freer to bend and stretch in multiple directions. This is why we can feel the gait natural, light and smooth. This is also the essence of Nike Free RN 5.0.
The cushion feedback of the outsole is clear. It’s comfortable, but not stiff.
The outsole of Nike Free RN 5.0 keeps the characteristics of recent generations. The abrasion on plastic track is very small, but on the asphalt road surface, except the front and rear wear-resisting rubbers, the abrasion is obvious. So this pair of running shoes is more suitable to run on plastic track or treadmill.
For the size, as not all of the runners like tight feeling, so you can choose bigger half size.
As the location of Nike Free RN 5.0 is barefoot running, it’s to train the 52 muscle of the feet and let the runners get natural barefoot gait, so it has high request for the strength of ankle and calf muscle.
Nike Free RN 5.0 series is very suitable to train running form. We suggest you to follow the principle of gradual progress in terms of operating frequency, running distance and intensity of exercise to use Nike FREE RN 5.0 running shoes to avoid getting hurt.