As you know, NIKE has 4 kinds of main technology: AIR MAX, ZOOM AIR, REACT, FREE
Today, we want to talk about the newest generation of NIKE, FREE RN 5.0.
The NIKE designer saw the runners of Stanford University barefoot running on the grass of colleague playground. Further research has shown that barefoot running gives runners a more natural gait, allowing the foot to bend and stretch freely. After long-term training, it will gives foot more flexibility and balance, while strengthening the foot of runners and reducing the dangers of plantar fasciitis etc.
However, not everyone can have chance to barefoot run on the grass like Stanford University. Most of runners runs on the asphalt road, concrete or marble road etc. So it’s not good for foot to barefoot run on such road surface. So FREE is designed for the runners like us to be a choice for us to have barefoot running. The idea of barefoot running begins in 2000. After 2010, this concept was highly praised, Adidas, NB, ASICS had the corresponding products. But there are problems too, as many runners blindly follow suit and don’t understand the concept of barefoot running. They were injured due to improper dressing. Then Nike adjusted its FREE strategy.
When the first pair of FREE shoes released in 2004, NIKE put a brochure in the shoebox that talked about the benefits of barefoot technology brings to the runners, and also mentioned that the shoes were not suitable to everyone.
After 15 years, what kind of surprise will the newest generation FREE bring to us?
The first surprise is, FREE return to its initial idea, the feeling of barefoot running.
The outsole can distinguish FREE shoe model to other shoes.
If you are shopping in NIKE store, you see grooving outsole after turning over the shoes, that must be FREE. The newest generation of FREE RN 5.0 uses the same cutting idea as first generation. The difference is, new FREE outsole is designed to be more ergonomic.
Actually, the NIKE designer create a foot model of human body on the outsole of Free. The design of outsole looks nice.
The stiffness of insole foam is also similar to the first generation of FREE. You will feel it’s a little stiff when first wearing. This kind of design can let you strongly feel the information of road surface. The grooves also have variation of the width, which simulates the ductility of different parts of foot. So that the foot can extend naturally. The insole and outsole is integrated. It only put a piece of rubber on the position of big toe and heelpiece. The wearing-resisting property depends on its foam.
It marks 6mm in the inside of insole. It gives clear indication of the slope. I like this design.
The vamp of this shoes is very low. The black part is made of elastic mesh fabric, which is soft. The outside tint part is made of nubuck. It looks good, but it’s easy to be dirty.
The hole design of shoelaces is simple. It only has two holes. For daily wearing, you don’t need to fasten the shoelaces, but for running, I suggest you to fasten the shoelaces.
The front opening of collar is big, so it’s not hard to wear and take off.
There are many kinds of colorway. You should be able to choose the one that is suitable to you. This time, NIKE not only releases FREE RN 5.0, but also releases FREE RN 3.0, which has modern design. The heel is symmetric design, and it uses resistance band to fix the midfoot and replace the shoelaces.
Simply speaking, FREE RUN 3.0 is more close to barefoot than FREE RUN 5.0. If you have high request for barefoot feeling, you can choose FREE RUN 3.0.
Overall, NIKE also prepares the instruction in the shoebox like the first generation of FREE in 2014.
You need to read the instruction well and take time to adapt to this pair of running shoes, as it should be not the same as previous shoes that you wear before. It’s for training your foot, but not for protecting your foot. The single weight of size FREE RN 5.0 EUR41 is only about 203g, it controls well the weight. If you have high instep, you need to pay attention on it. We suggest you to have a try on the store.