Men's NIKE® FREE RUN+ 2 :: Ever wish you could just run barefoot? Get that feeling of freedom when you're running in the men's Nike® Free Run+ 2 trainers. Experience a run that is as close to natural as it gets, while enjoying the stability you need to keep going strong. Your feet will love the lightweight and flexible design. And your toes will say "thank you!" when they spread out in the wide toe box. Free Run+ 2 proves the old mantra: Sometimes, the simplest things in life are the best. Nike+ ready. 9.5 ounces
I'm about to buy my 4th pair of Free Run+ shoes, so I thought it was time I wrote a review. This shoe has changed my running for the better and completely changed my opinion of Nike.
About me - 6', 190#, neutral. Avid runner for 15 years. At least one marathon a year for the last 6. I average 35 miles a week in the summer, all on pavement. I've tried a lot of shoes over the years, and consistently had better results with firmer, less cushioned shoes. For me, more cushioning = leg pain and stress injuries. This convinced me to try a "barefoot" style shoe. I might have tried these sooner, but was put off by the barefoot name. I mean, running barefoot through streets covered in broken glass, garbage, and animal feces is just stupid. I also think the FiveFingers design is gimmicky and silly. But when I actually researched the concept behind "barefoot" running, it clicked with me that it was consistent with my experience. Cushiony shoes feel good in the store, and you think they will ease the impact, but they do the opposite. They force you to heelstrike (very bad) and they minimize the use of muscles in your foot and ankle that you need to be strong. For years I had intermittent calf pain after long runs and started having plantar fasciitis flareups (which is horrible). When I tried more cushion it got worse. I actually felt better in my worn out shoes than new ones. This led to the epiphany that cushioning is bad. Minimalist, flexible soles encourage a natural rolling footstrike that builds up the muscles in your feet and ankles, leading to less pain, fewer injuries. You will need to train up slowly in these shoes. They make you use your feet differently. You may even find them awkward at first. I initially tended to scrape the soles on the ground when in full stride for some reason, but after a couple of weeks, I was loving them. I loved the light weight and comfort immediately. Don't expect instant results, but it does work.
Don't assume these shoes are only for short runs. My weekly long runs are 15-20 miles now and my feet feel great. I worked up to this distance gradually in these shoes, but I have no foot pain and no plantar fasciitis, and I was told by some that I would never get rid of it. As I've moved into my mid 40s, my recovery time from stress injuries has increased. I can't afford a three week layoff when training for a marathon. I will be running the Chicago Marathon in them in Oct.
With regard to sizing, I buy 1/2 size bigger than street shoes, which is what I have always done for running shoes. I'm consistently 11.5 D in street shoes, 12 in running shoes. The Free Runs fit snug, but are comfy. They are ok sockless, but I prefer a minimalist wicking sock like Wrightsock coolmesh. Socks greatly decrease shoe stink as well. My other pairs were all original Free Run+, but version 2 looks to be much the same with small improvements - wider toe box and lighter. I hope so. I am a huge fan of these shoes, and I really was skeptical before I tried them. I also have come to mostly like the Nike + system (I have a sportsband). I should do a review of it as well. The soles are relatively soft and do wear faster than some, but I quit trying to milk mileage out of running shoes years ago. I just buy a new pair every 350 miles or so and wear the old ones as street shoes. These are great for that use as well.
One minor complaint - the lateral pattern in the sole that makes them so flexible tends to pick up a lot of small pebbles from the road. I find I need to pick out the rocks from the tread after every run. This might be a problem for trail runners.
All I can say is WOW!
Just received these on Thursday Mar. 31 via pre-order. Did 1 6 mile run in them and instantly fell in love! I love lightweight minimalist shoes and these just made me feel light and bouncy. This is my first pair of Free's, I've been waiting to try them and am glad I did. The flexibility of the sole is fantastic. I don't think I will be able to use these for longer runs but that is only because I use orthodics most of the time and that would defeat the purpose of the Nike Free. Can't wait to try them for a track workout, that will determine if they see any race use.
I was very impressed by this shoe. I just got these coming from a Nike LunarGlide 2 and I appreciated the cushioning the LunarGlide had to offer. This Free has a wide toe box, good support, is lightweight, and looks just amazing. I ordered mine on 4/16/11 and received them 4/21/11. The first day I wore them, I kept getting comments like "where did you get those?" an "can i have em?". One complaint i have is that after a few miles, my lower calves began to get sore. But, I guess thats what you get when you first get barefoot-like running shoes. I'm going to eventually get another pair of these. Can't wait for Nike free Run 3!
How did I miss these?!
I can't believe I'm just now discovering the Free 2, what a phenomenal shoe. It's the best of all world's lightweight, and plenty of cushion. I think I may like it even better than the 3, though the jury is still out.
These shoes rock my world
This may sound like hyperbole, but these are the best shoes I've ever worn, and it's not even close. Let me start by saying that I'm not really a runner. I'm a big, heavy guy who's working to get in shape. I've worn Nike, Mizuno and Brooks running and cross-trainer shoes, with varying success. At best, I didn't experience back or knee pain when I worked out, walked or jogged. My feet always hurt, and my back and knees often did too. I got custom orthotics, which helped, but it also limited what shoes I could wear and/or were comfortable.
The Free Run+ 2's have been a godsend for me. Combined with my orthotics, I can walk, jog and work out without back, foot or leg pain. I've used them every day for just under a year and they are still in good shape. I think it's a combination of their light weight, the support when combined with my orthotics, and the 360 degree traction the soles give. The wide toe box is tremendous for my feet, while the standard width is just wide enough to be snug on my foot without being uncomfortable.
I use them for walking and jogging, for doing at home workouts (yoga and dynamic resistance), and for just walking around town.
I know this is a runner's site, and to each their own. For me, though, this is the perfect shoe. In fact, when I saw they were being discontinued, I picked up a new pair even though my current pair is still in good shape because I can't imagine using anything else.
So far so good
I ordered these shoes, hoping that they would allow my footstrike to be more natural: I always buy varying types of neural shoes, but I always feel like there is some degree of biomechanic control that I can detect.... sometimes it's good, but more often than not, it's bad.
I also wanted a shoe that would have reasonably amounts of impact protection. In other words, I didn't want to have to alter my gait substantially because of a lack of padding. I was a bit unsure about this shoe, but after my first couple of test rides, I can say that it is performing very well.
This shoe, however, does take some getting used to, so be prepared to audition it for a while before you make up your mind. If you are looking for ONE shoe to do all (gym, sports, running etc) this is NOT the product for you. If you are getting this for running in straight lines (generally speaking), or for a change-of-pace shoe... then oh yeah... go for it. The worst that can happen is that you don't like it, and then return it.
As a side note, I bought the black and lime green, and the shoe is so ugly it's kind of cool (seriously ugly... i'm not even kidding).
PS: I am a traditional heel-striker... so if you are a mid - to - forefoot striker, take this review with a grain of salt. I'm 6 foot, 175 pounds, and my favorite distance is 10k.
Light! With complements left & right!!
Nike Free 2 are:
Light: I find myself wearing them around the house because I forgot they were on and weren't bothering me a bit.
Stylish: These things look sick and they don't go unnoticed.
Comfortable: For me, it seems like my foot can do what it wants now. In other words, because the shoe is so malleable, I am allowed to move my foot freely-adding to the comfortability when running or lounging around.
So yeah, I finally got jumped on the Nike Free train, and I'm glad I did.
Thanks Road Runner, for a great shoe, at a great price!
great buy, again and again
I bought my first pair of Nike Free shoes 4-5 years ago and have owned 5-6 pairs since. I primarily use them on runs of 2.5 miles or less since there isn't as much cushioning as a normal running shoe. They're a great shoe to wear in the gym for dead lifts and squats since they're more stable than a normal running shoe. I don't recommend wearing them for basketball or any sport that requires a shoe with lateral stability or you'll probably end up with a sprained ankle.
I'll definitely buy another pair after I wear the cushioning squares off the sole of this pair. I even bought a pair for my wife.
My feet are Free at last...
As I have written in other reviews, I fired New Balance this year and hired Nike, I love all the shoes so far especially this one. I heard an ad years ago about wearing this shoe is like walking barefoot in the grass, and they ain't s'in ya. I wear em casually and they treat my feet beautifully. Very similar design to slip-on triathlon shoes. The sole is simple and comfy with good cushion. The fit is amazing. I found myself relaxing late at night with them on...weird! Gonna buy another pair.
Shoes for a new generation
I purchased these shoes for my son. While he is an intense athlete, his passion has been relegated to organized team sports. When he showed an interest in running, I jumped at the opportunity to shod his feet with a winner. Thanks to Nike for creating a shoe that embodies the latest "free" technology, while at the same time incorporating timeless style and functionality. My son's running experience has been a good one, thanks in part to an excellent shoe.
Thank you Nike!!
I have to say these Free Run's are amazing! I have been thru 4 pairs of shoes in the last month trying to find a good running shoe that doesn't make my feet fall asleep. I am new to running and really enjoying it but its tough when your feet are asleep. I wore these shoes last night for the first time and ran for a while on a treadmill with no signs of pain or feet falling asleep. I am a heavier runner so i didn't think minimalist shoes would be for me but man was i wrong!!
Love, love, love.
At 195 pounds, I was totally cautious about switching to a low profile shoe, especially after running in stability shoes for 20 plus years. It took a few weeks but now I can never go back. So light weight your feet will fly, knees stopped hurting, and I dropped 30 seconds per mile without any new training, only modifying how I strike (and accidentally increasing my turnover).
This is a perfect shoe....
Great comfortable shoes!
I noticed that the actual shoes are more reddish than in the picture..and also the laces are black when i received them..doesn't matter though.
These shoes are sexy..and comfortable.. I do usually wear them without socks and it was designed that way. i don't feel anything at all after long walk and run..i have an average arch but i do recommend the shoes to everyone..even though you do not run often
Los Angeles, CA
Honest review for Free Run 2
Shoes looks are second to none. Weight is also second to none. For flat footed folks (like me) they are not good at all. My Langer orthotics cause my heel to come out of the back. Great for the gym, walking and casual wear. I tried running outdoors with these an dits like running in sandals, you feel every crack on the road/sidewalk on the bottom of your feet.
The thing that really bugs me about the Run+ 2 is that the tongue is integrated into the shoe. I have narrow feet and there is too much fabric that has no where to go. This means it bunches up in weird places. The first gen 5.0 Free's had a more conventional tongue that alleviated this problem. Other than that, still a great shoe. I love my 5.0's!
Great running shoes ever!
This is my 5rd Nike running shoes. Have had presto, air max 97, air max 95, air max 90, and NIKE FREE RUN + 2.
This shoes is light, comfort, and stylish shoes ever!
Definately recommend those who have looked for perfect running shoes at gym. This even can be worn casually.
Worth the money you pay for.
Perfect all-rounder from Nike
Perfect nice-looking everyday shoe. Super lightweight. Fast on and off. I use it mainly for walking and at work (retail store). I would not recommend these shoes for running since the cushioning is not good enough in my opinion. Maybe for short, fast runs. But not long-distance running.
Can't think of any clear cons.
Lighter than air
These are the lightest weight, most comfortable walking shoes I have ever owned. I can stand/walk for hours and my feet don't feel sore or tired. Because of the breathable material, my feet feel cool in warm weather. They are also very stylish...black with purple detailing. I'm hooked!
Most comfortable Runners I've ever own!!
Make sure you order 1/2 size up if you prefer a little breathing room. I love how the overall designs are not just for looks but their functionalities compliment well with the designs as well. This product worth every penny!! btw i've just purchased a red pair as well =D
I have three pair
I use these as walk around shoes and for shorter runs. I have always used well cushioned shoes for longer distances and I was hoping these would help strengthen my feet over time. I've had plantar, shin splints, and stress fractures in the past and want to avoid those in the future.
I have been running for more than ten years and have had plantar faciitis. My doctor recommended this shoe to build natural strength and form. It has greatly reduced heel strike and I no longer wear $300 arch supports. I just bought my second pair after 7 months.
These shoes are great. I live in the hot and humid south, so the breathable nature of these shoes were the kicker for me. They are very light and comfortable. For running or just to wear around on a normal day, it doesn't get much better!
Very Nice shoes. First shoe I've worn in years (running or street) where I did not have the use an orthotic. The arch contour is great for me and I doubt I could get an orthotic in as they are fairly snug. Anyway my goal is to strengthen my feet and ditch the orthotics eventually. Will start some short runs soon (as soon as it gets below 100 degrees!)
Round Rock Tx
I was tentative about going to a lightweight shoe...but I couldn't be any happier about the performance. Feels fast and had enough cushioning to feel comfortable on a 9-mile race. I'm not going back to my heavy trainers...the lightweight feeling is addictive!
Order 1 full size up!
I've been running in the Vermero 5 and wanted something lighter.
Great shoe, but be sure to order a full size up! A 10.5 in Vermero (mens) is NOT the same as 10.5 in Nike Free Run + 2. Had to reorder them in 11!
Great minimal shoe
Great minimal shoe. Get a half size larger than your street shoe. Very light and comfortable. It feels as if it promotes midfoot strike. Does not stress my achilles like many minimal shoes do.
Awesome lightweight shoe
my new favorite shoe! Very comfortable shoe for any distance. If your looking for a lightweight, minimal support shoe with lots of cushion this is it!!!
I am just starting to get back into running, but so far these shoes are great! I am prone to getting shin splints and haven't have any sort of discomfort yet.
San Diego, CA
Shoe runs very small
This shoe runs at least 1/2 size, maybe 1 full size small. Usually wear a 13 1/2 or 14. Bought a 14, they fit like a 13. Disappointed.
Excellent multi-use shoe
Excellent shoe for minimalist use - can be used for track workouts, cross training, or casual.
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