Nike has recently revamped the naming and approach to their FREE line of running shoes. In the past the shoes have been classified as a 3.0, 4.0 or 5.0 denoting thing amount of cushion by way of material underfoot. Now however, the Swoosh has taken a new direction with a more uniform stack height while allowing different levels of flexibility by way different geometry in the sole unit. These new shoes are the Free RN, Free RN Motion and Free RN Distance. The shoe of choice we’ll be looking at today is the equivalent of the former Free 4.0 Flyknit and that is the Free RN Flyknit.
I mentioned in another review recently that I’d noticed a small uptick in cost of running shoes across the industry and in this case I see it too. The Nike Free RN Flyknit comes in at $130 (it’s predecessor, the Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit came in at $120) and while I’m not super turned off by that price, I would like to see it at that $120 mark.
This is a very solid running shoe. If you like a lot of flexibility and not a ton of material “pop” from a stiffer midsole this ride is going to hit a sweet spot there. The upper is fantastic and anyone who’s looked at a Flyknit shoe and just hasn’t taken the leap to try it on really should. Nike has done a good job here and keeping this off your feet when you’re not running is probably going to be the hardest part of putting this shoe in your closet.
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