March 19, 2019 - Nike Free footwear lets feet flex, splay and move the way they want. Built on a more anatomically shaped last than traditional running models, the 2019 Nike Free Running Collection introduces new elements that enable a more barefoot-like feel than previous versions. The Nike Free RN 5.0 (shown first) is 26-percent more flexible and 2mm lower to the ground Nike Free 5.0 Damen Schwarz while the Nike Free RN Flyknit 3.0 (shown second) is 1mm lower to the ground than the 2018 models.
Because Nike Free is intended for lower-mileage runs, the foam cushioning in the new Nike Free midsoles is firmer (closer to that of the original 2004 model to promote a more barefoot-like feel underfoot), flatter and lower to the ground, delivering greater connection and more natural range of motion than before. The midsole now features siping along the top and bottom to increase dorsi and plantar flexion. Based on data mapping, varying depths in the sipes are placed where the foot Nike Free 5.0 Herren naturally wants to bend and stretch to enhance the feeling of movement and to allow for more natural foot motion.
The minimal uppers, a thin-stretch mesh with a minimal lacing system for the 5.0 and a lace-less Nike Flyknit with a secondary lock-down overlay for the 3.0, were designed to enhance the natural, second skin aspect of the shoes. There’s a nod to the in-depth science behind the original shoes in overall aesthetic too, with some of the design lines come from Nike Air Max 90 Damen Sale the natural shape of the foot, for example). The smaller Swoosh symbolizes the shoe’s lower-mileage intent.
When the Nike Free was introduced in 2005 (we first saw it on Meb Keflezighi’s feet on the cover of the September issue of Runner’s World that year), the shoe wasn’t really designed to be a running shoe. “A few biomechanically blessed runners will be able to train in this shoe every day, but most of you will need a more substantial trainer,” we wrote about the Free 5.0 in 2006, saying the shoe should be used “for speedwork only, or to walk in as a training tool to Nike Air Max 90 Mid Winter help build up the muscles in your feet and lower legs.”