Nike Free Trainer V7
The Nike Free Trainer V7 is marketed as a low-cost crosstraining shoe, but does it manage to deliver? While the seventh edition of the men’s only shoe features some important updates, the consensus seems to be that the Free Trainer just isn’t versatile enough to be useful for most wearers. The minimalist shoe, with its lightweight construction and minimalist design, works best for simple HIIT workouts but not much else. In the detailed review below, you’ll find information on the Free’s numerous updates, as well as observations and comments from reviewers who tried the shoe themselves.
- Comfortable fit
- Flexible design
- Very lightweight
- Super breathable
- Supportive fit
- Runs small
- Not as versatile as some wearers wanted it to be
- These have a great flat bottom too them and work great for deadlifting and working out your legs. I absolutely love this shoe in the gym.
- I am very happy with these shoes. They were made for training. My feet feel secure and have no unwanted movement; exactly what I was looking for.
- These are like a wearing a sock. They have no tongue, so all you have to do is slip them right on. I think they are a little pricey for the material though.
- These were wonderful once they were broken in. These are very basic trainers, not really for high intensity.
- When I slipped these babies on, my feet wanted to take off. That is something I love in a shoe. They are very comfortable and I highly recommend.
- These ran a little small but I think it is because there is no tongue; you have to sip it on. Once it is on though, it is really comfortable. I would suggest going a half size larger so you don't have to struggle getting it on.
- These shoes are fly! They look great and work great for my mild workout schedule. They are cozy and fit like a glove. They fit true to size and you should buy all of them.
- I am extremely picky with shoes but these are amazing. They have a great slip on style that fits snug like a sock. They are great for lifting and squatting. For me, they were true to fit.
- These shoes are a burpee lovers dream. They grip and flatten with every movement. They are light and sleek and very comfortable.
- These are very sock like on my feet and I love it. I have found these to be a go to for the gym.
- These are very light and don't give me ankle fatigue. They breath well and work great as a daily gym shoe.
- These worked ok with my warm up run and my toes were not cramped. The heels are nice and thick and comfy for squats and lifts.
- I am on my feet all day and these do not give any pain or fatigue to my legs and knees. They are really stylish too. They have been very durable so far too.
- I was happy that these fit true to size and were very comfortable.
- These shoes were not bulky and didn't slip around when I was doing my cardio dancing. I would say they are the best trainer I have ever used.
- I do aerobics and dance and these have proven to be the most lightweight and comfortable shoes I have ever used. I highly recommend them to anyone.
- These look great on. I love that they are lightweight and very comfortable. These are my main everything shoes.
- These are very light, which I like. However, they do not seem to have any grip so be careful; slippery when wet.
- These feel like slippers but have a tennis-shoe functionality. These are very lightweight and very comfortable.
- I needed a sturdier, flat shoe for my lifting and these have worked great. They have a nice toe box but allow my foot to lift a little comfortably when I lift. They grip right where I need them too as well.
- These are a perfect cross-trainer. They are stable and comfortable and extremely light weight. For me, they run a little large.
- I am a referee and these have become my favorite shoes to do everything in. I can work, run, lift, and just about anything else in these without them failing me. I feel like I am doing everything barefoot.
- I thought these shoes were all right, except for the height; it was wierdl. Also, after I washed them, I couldn't realce them; they came out of the washer deformed. I blame this on the lack of tongue.
- I was pleased with this shoe at first; I am a lifter and run daily. I like to tie my shoes tight and after a few months, these fell apart. I need shoes I can tie.
- Although these looked nice, they gave be really bad blisters. They ran more narrow than usual too, which is annoying. I won’t be using them any more.
- These shoes were a huge disappointment. They had no instep support and the no-tongue made it hard to keep a stable step. They were way too narrow and had no stretch to them.
- I ordered these larger than normal and it did not work out. The toes were huge and the heel was too tight. I loved the color but that doesn't make a shoe comfy.
- I was thoroughly enjoying this shoe untill the sole came out. Now, I can't wear them anymore without them rubbing. Also, the top lining has now disappeared; what a disappointment.
- Why did they change the design completely? The other models are nothing like this and the slip on design is just weird. Not a good decision Nike. You should have named it something else, like crappy slip on shoe for around the house, aka: slippers. I wish I would have been warned.
- These were the most unstable shoe I have ever worn. I am not sure why they call these free trainers, they are not like any other ones they have made.
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While the V7 does provide a more supportive fit than previous versions of the shoe, wearers pointed out that the shoe's upper simply doesn't provide enough lateral support for sports or activities with lots of side to side movement.
- 5mm drop
- NEW triangular lugs add flexibility and traction
- NEW resistant outsole pod design
- NEW full-length midsole foam
- NEW slip-on design with sewn in tongue
- NEW 3D printed mesh
- NEW Flywire upper construction for support
- Rubber outsole
- Lightweight upper mesh
The Nike Free Trainer V7 is best for those whose preferred cross-training activity is HIIT. The flexible, lightweight V7 is built for quick workouts of this kind. A comfortable fit and grippy outsole, work well for high-intensity interval training. As things heat up during a super sweat-sesh, the ultra-breathable upper comes to the rescue to air things out. Although it lacks versatility, it's still durable and features an attractive minimalist design.
For runners who want a dedicated cross training shoe, for quick HIIT sessions on off-days, the Nike V7 is a great update and decent option.