Nike Free Running Shoes Reviews

First launched in 2006, the Nike Free was the first running shoe that was meant to be used as a training tool, to be added to your rotation of running shoes. Featuring extremely deconstructed upper and soles - they tried and recreate the feeling of running barefoot with the aim of strengthening the muscles in your feet. Originally identified by a number (3.0 5.0 or 7.0), they are now offered in a great variety of materials and flexibility. You can see all the other Nike Running Shoes here.

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Weight
7.2 oz.
Drop
6 mm.
Category
Lightweight
“The Nike Free RN 5.0 2020 is a lightweight, firm-riding and stable trainer. It has a highly flexible forefoot and is suitable for distances up to 10km.  It has a firmer midsole compared to...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
7.80 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Lightweight
“The Nike Free Run is a lightweight minimalist shoe that performs well on runs of short distances (sprints to 10k's).   The shoe wrap allows the shoe to create a feeling of sereneness around...” Read expert review
Jeremy White
5k, 10k and Half Marathon Expert
Weight
7.30 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“Nike’s Free RN Flyknit 2017 is a lightweight daily trainer that wraps around your feet and flexes freely with your movements. It makes a few changes to the previous model, but keeps the soft outsole...” Read expert review
Frank May
Fast Runner, Triathlete and Engineer
Weight
7.40 oz.
Drop
4 mm.
Category
Lightweight
“The Nike RN Motion Flyknit is a lightweight and adaptive shoe that has an impressive set of Nike specific tech. Although on the pricey side, it has a unique comfortable fit that sets it apart from...” Read expert review
Frank May
Fast Runner, Triathlete and Engineer
Weight
8.55 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Nike Free RN is a minimalist shoe that lets you feel like you’re barefoot when running over hard surfaces.” Read expert review
Mark Melnykowycz
Running Expert
Weight
6.1 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Lightweight
“It’s hard to believe that the Nike Free franchise has entered its 11th year, but the barefoot-inspired series is enjoying more fans than ever with the introduction of the Flyknit upper and an update...” Read expert review
Taylor Gupton
Cross-country and track coach
Weight
7.4 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Lightweight
“The Nike Free Flyknit 4.0 is an incredibly comfortable shoe with a lightweight and flexible construction thanks in a large part to what has to be the greatest upper in any shoe I’ve had the...” Read expert review
Lionello Bardina
Running Expert
Weight
8.2 oz., men’s size 9 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Minimalist
“Free 5.0 is a shoe that has a wide appeal. It can serve as a transition shoe for someone looking to move to less shoe or as an everyday trainer for the biomechanically efficient runner.” Read expert review
Daniel Cho
Running Expert
Weight
8.4 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Nike Free Run+ 3 is an incredibly comfortable, light-weight and flexible trainer. It gives the benefits of barefoot running while offering enough protection and support to make even the most...” Read expert review
Chris McIntyre
Running Expert
Weight
7.2 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Lightweight
“The Free 3.0 v4 is a great shoe for those seeking a minimalist-style run without sacrificing some comfort and cushioning, though they may take some getting used to in both fit and function” Read expert review
Brian O'Connor
Running Expert

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