If you've seen or heard of Nike Free shoes, then you know they provide more flexibility than most running shoes. This high level of flexibility comes standard with Nike FREE, but there are plenty of other features in each Nike FREE shoe that specialize them even further for different Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34 Damen runners, making the choice of which Nike FREE shoe to buy a bit more difficult. In this article, we'll cover the differences between the FREE 3.0, 4.0, and 5.0.
Nike FREE was born after Nike engineers learned that Stanford athletes were training barefoot. Using high-speed cameras and pressure-measuring insoles taped to Nike Air Vapormax Mujer the athletes' feet, the team from Nike developed a system that mimicked the natural motions of the foot: Nike FREE. Built on a scale from 1 to 10, the Nike FREE number indicates the difference in flexibility between being barefoot (0) and wearing a standard running shoe (10).
If you're looking for more flexibility than what a standard running shoe would offer, without the reduction in support and cushioning, then the Nike FREE 5.0 might be the shoe for you. The Nike FREE 5.0 is a lightweight running shoe that offers significantly more cushioning than the 3.0 and 4.0, but is still designed to maximize the foot's full range of natural motion.
Nike Free 5.0The mesh upper of the FREE 5.0 includes an adaptive innersleeve and Nike Flywire? technology, which wrap the foot and provide a snug fit and lightweight support. A molded sockliner Nike Cortez Damen forms to the foot's curvature, providing customized comfort and support.
The FREE 5.0's Phylon? midsole adds lightweight support and cushioning, while doubling as an outsole to greatly reduce the shoe's overall weight. The dual midsole/outsole construction also decreases the amount of material between your foot and the ground, allowing for a barefoot feel that can help you develop a more natural gait that will eventually strengthen the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the foot over time. The FREE 5.0's 9mm heel-to-forefoot drop, while far from making it a minimalist running shoe, brings your foot closer to the ground than an ordinary running shoe would. This gives the FREE 5.0 the benefits of a minimalist running shoe without sacrificing cushioning and support.
The hallmark of the Nike FREE shoes are the deep flex grooves that run Nike Air Max Classic BW Femme along the length and width of the outsole. The flex grooves turn the bottom of the FREEs into a flexible grid, able to twist and turn with your foot more than most other running shoe outsoles. The flex grooves allow your feet to move naturally through the gait cycle, providing a smooth, less restricted ride and helping your feet further develop the small muscles that can result in a lower long-term risk of injury.
As with most Nike running shoes, the FREE 5.0 features a Waffle? pattern in the rubber outsole that works with the Nike FREE flex grooves and strategically placed rubber lugs to provide ample traction, decreasing your chances of falling or rolling an ankle.
For more varied Asics Gel Kayano Dam workouts with the same flexibility, give the Nike FREE Trainer 5.0 a try. The FREE Trainer 5.0 is built to enhance agility drills, lifting, and light Nike Cortez Donne running while offering the same super-flexible, barefoot-like benefits of the Nike FREE 5.0.