Nike says you are “Free to Choose” with the Nike Free 5.0. You are free to find the right Nike Free for all the ways you move. The 5.0 comes in both running style shoes as well as training style. The Nike Free running shoes are designed to fit and move with your feet for the most natural and flexible running experience. Whereas the Nike Free training shoes are built to deliver multi-directional agility for every way you train. Whether you are taking on the gym, the track, the pavement, or the court, you’ll find a Nike Free made for you.
Also, if you’re looking to strut your stuff and show off some school pride, Nike has introduced the Nike Free Trainer 5.0 University Collection. Since March, fans have been able to get Nike Frees featuring the traditional colors of the following universities: North Carolina, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Kentucky, Texas, and Duke. Each shoe is outfitted with special details, including tongue logos and insole graphics!
According to reports, this shoe fits as expected in 80% of the time. For those that reported the fit wasn't quite right, the recommendation was to buy a full size larger. If you are unsure which size to select, your best bet may be to choose the larger size. You can always make adjustments for a better fit using socks and/or insoles.
Be mindful if you need support to counteract overpronation. This shoe has a forefoot that bends/caves, making it a great minimal shoe but not so great for correcting overpronation. If your heart is set on Nike Frees and you are an overpronator, don’t worry! You can get a firm insole that will help.
A big change this year was the new hexagonal pattern on the sole. Nike chose to go with this rather than the squares that have customarily been apart of this line. This change helps promote the multi-directional movement mentioned earlier. Unlike typical athletic sneakers, Nike Frees are specifically designed to allow your feet to move more naturally and freely. Because of this quality, your feet are required to use muscles differently than when in those traditional shoes. If you aren’t used to it, I recommend breaking in your Frees slowly, giving your feet time to adapt.
That being said, if you want the strengthening benefits of barefoot running and training but don’t want to give up the underfoot protection and multi-surface traction of traditional athletic shoes, then Nike Free 5.0s are for you!
•Removable molded insole
•Nike Free flex grooves
•Cushlon Foam for a Plush Landing Surface
•Flywire Cables between mesh and foam add comfortable lockdown.
•Outsole Traction Support on multiple surfaces.
•Upper Mesh Internal Zonal Support
Because you’ll be using some muscles in your feet more than you might be used to, don’t forget to transition into using your Nike Free footwear gradually. Also, don’t forget to keep your eye out for more college logos and colorways to be added to Nike Free Trainer 5.0 collection.