Men's NIKE® FREE RUN+ :: Strong, strengthened feet will help you run farther, and faster, and may help you avoid injury. When you run in the men's Nike® Free Run+ your feet and entire body benefit from the barefoot-like flexibility that allows you to run instinctively. The updated version of this ever-popular "barefoot-running" trainer has improved cushioning, and the super-light, full-bootie construction has a seamless, snug, fits-like-a-glove feel. 8.4 ounces
I was a non-Nike user for many, many years, as I have a wide foot and Nike (typically) only offers a "standard" width. However, my wife uses the Nike+ system with her iPod, and I became increasingly jealous. So, I tried a pair of Nike Free 5's on at the local running store. I was surprised at how great the shoe felt (width wise).
This is the most comfortable shoe I have ever owned, and I've run the gambit. I am a male, 40 years old, about 6 feet tall, and typically weight between 185 and 190 pounds. I have had problems with runner's knee in the past, and have tried every conceivable shoe out there, with no "aha!" moment. That is, until I bought my Nike Free shoes. These helped me change from a dyed in the wool heel-striker to a mid-foot striker, with little effort. I have been able to increase my mileage (significantly) with no knee pain, and I have cut my times tremendously. I have trimmed a full 10 minutes of my 10k time.
I was worried about wear and tear on the soft soles, but after almost 300 kilometers, there is only light wear, and I continue to wear these on long and short runs.
In summary, I could not be happier with these shoes. I will continue buying Nike Free shoes. Love the Lance Armstrong color scheme, too.
Great for bigger guys, too
I'm 6' 3", 220 lbs and 31 years. I've been running in mine for 3 months (~25+ miles / week) and they've been great for me. For the last few years I ran in Vomeros because I assumed I needed the extra cushioning for my weight, but with these I get a better run and feel noticeably stronger. My knees were sore after the first run or two, but once the muscles and tendons around my knees began to strengthen, the soreness went away completely. I don't miss the extra cushioning in the least, and my leg muscles have become much more defined, especially my calves. I would even say my knees feel better now than they did in the Vomeros.
I love wearing them without socks, but I did learn two things in doing so. First, a little moisturizer on the top of the foot and toes for the first month helped me break them in without any cuts or blisters. Second, after a while they stink and need to be washed. I remove the insole, put the shoes and the insoles in the washing machine with a detergent that has color-safe bleach (regular didn't eliminate the odor), and then let them air-dry. Look and smell like new. I need to wash them every 12-15 runs.
New York, NY
Light and fast
I got this shoe so that I would have a minimalist shoe to add to my quiver. I run about 40-50 miles per week and am training for several half marathons this fall and then Boston next spring. I've been researching barefoot running and am not quite ready to dive into the Vibram 5 Fingers so I went with Nike's version. I have the Luna Racers and have been happy with them so I figured I could trust the Free Run to help in my training.
Out of the box, they felt snug but loosened up after my first run. I did make the mistake of not wearing socks (because they felt so snug) and running 8 miles. Needless to say my feet blistered up enough to make me walk the last mile. They are light and fast but gives no support, by design. I have put about 50 miles on these shoes so far and my feet and ankles feel sore from the minimal support. It is a good sore however; I feel my feet and ankles are a bit stronger from training in these shoes. I alternate these shoes with other more neutral and more cushioned shoes throughout the week to give my feet and break.
If you run on gravel, be sure to pick out the pieces of rock that get wedged into the sole before your next run.
I have been a fairly casual runner...recently completed my 2nd half-marathon, and am considering training for a full in the spring. I figured I would give these shoes a try in-between. I started wearing this shoe about a month ago, and have been blown away. The shoe is extremely light and flexible, and they definitely help me run lighter on my feet and reduce the impact of my heel. I can't even imagine running in anything resembling my Brooks running shoes that I used up until a month ago. I now look forward to my runs just because it means I get to wear my Nike Free shoes! Not sure how they will be on a treadmill in the winter, but they are terrific on the open road!
400+ miles and my patella injury is gone
Before running with the Nike Free's I got a patella injury after only just starting out as a runner. I had logged probably less than 50 miles doing jogging/walking intervals in a pair of Brooks runners, then after I got fitted for a pair of asics bought insoles for and a patella brace. Eventually I had an MRI and was told that my knees weren't strong enough and I had injured my patella. I tried some knee strengthening exercises and started icing my knee but it hurt every time I ran even after a long break from running. One day I pulled an old pair of Nike Free's out of my closet and decided to try them out. It felt great so I decided to buy a new pair. In one week I will be running the Philadelphia Marathon (my first race) and I will be running in my Nike Free's. I've logged over 400 training miles and I haven't had any pain in my knee or anywhere else for that matter except for normal muscle soreness. I love these shoes. I'm not a big Nike fan, but I can't argue with results like these.
Very comfortable...but for light runners
The feel of this shoe is fantastic! Feels like a sock with a sole. The problem is that this shoe did not work as a running shoe for me. The Nike Free outsole will only work for very light runners who really appreciate the "Barefoot Running" idea. I still love and recommend this shoe for anyone, but only for a casual wear. I'm sticking to my Lunarglides for running.
Los Angeles, CA
The 118 mile shoe
I bought this shoe last November and immediately began to put them to the test, with at least 10 to 20 miles a week, as often as my schedule would allow. I'm naturally flat-footed, yet I'd been successfully competing and training with these shoes and zensah calf/shin sleeves without injury since I purchased them.
However, over the last 30 days I had begun to experience lateral knee soreness and my first instinct was to get rid of Nike Free's and the whole minimalist mind-set all together. But after logging on to Nike+ to do some shoe research I noticed something...I'd put 118 miles on these shoes and had simply worn the fore-foot support out, even though they still looked great.
All I can say is that I'm ordering my new pair of Free's as soon as possible. I feel very confident in saying their worth every penny as a training or 5k/10k race shoe.
Good shoe for speed work and hills
Nike seems to be pumping a little sunshine up our behinds by claiming these things strengthen feet and are "minimalist". They're actually an enhanced-flexibility light-weight performance shoe for neutral strikers with high arches. But that doesn't sound as sexy as "minimalist". (Is plantar fasciitis sexy?) Doesn't matter - If you do speedwork or hill runs on macadam or grass these are perfect shoes. They respond well, cushion well, and have more stability than one would expect from a lightweight shoe design.
They're not for sustained off-piste work on rocks, distance work, or for those who pronate excessively. And, yeah, you'll have to replace more frequently than you would for a distance shoe (like the Air or Asics' GEL-Nimbus). Keep them in their comfort zone and they'll take care of you.
Love these shoes!!!
These feel like my first pair of original Brooks shoes -- but way, way better. Light, fast, comfy. VERY flexible. Not quite Vibram Five Fingers territory, but a great shoe to help strengthen your foot and to just plain feel fast. I hope to replace all my shoes with similar minimalist ones -- they just feel better -- as my feet get stronger.
They have the Nike fit-like-a-sock thing that doesn't use a proper tongue. Hence, it's hard to really tighten the laces well. I don't personally care for that part -- it's too hard to get on/off. But once they're on, they're great! I have high arches, but a medium wide foot and still they feel a bit around the front of my arch, but not annoyingly so.
Very happy and surprised with this shoe!
I have to admit, I was apprehensive about buying this shoe. I am a male, 190 lbs, and was worried this shoe wouldn't hold up. I haven't bought a Nike shoe in years (prefer Brooks & Asics) mainly because Nike doesn't offer much as widths go, and I have a 2E width. My wife has been using the Nike+ system, and I jealous, so I started looking at some Nike shoes.
Although these are a standard width, they feel great on my feet. I bough 1/2 size up, and these shoes feel light as air. I absolutely love them! The Nike+ system is great too. I have 40K on these shoes, and them seem to be holding up fairly well. I run on pavement, and there is slight heel wear, but nothing major. I am surprised, I thought these would wear down quickly, they are so soft. These shoes are awesome.
I really love these shoes. I had the first version of the Nike Free and had mixed views about it. Since that time, I have evolved to minimalist type shoes completely such as Zoot Race, Newtons, Saucony Fast-twitch....all of which I love. I decided to try out a pair of the Nikes again as I like to have 3 pairs of shoes in rotation just to work slightly different muscules for each run. They felt fantastic the moment I put them on....I was recovering from a calf injury, yet they still felt very good. Currently, I am doing my longer runs in a pair of Newtons, but I don't see any issue taking these shoes up in distance. In fact, I plan to use them for an upcoming IM 70.3 race.
After reading Born to Run, I purchased a pair of Nike Frees. I own several pairs of running shoes from different manufacturers that I wear for different types of runs. Cushioned, stability shoes for my long runs, lightweight neutral shoes for speedwork, and now I have my nike frees for those days when I run only 3-5 miles. It's only been a couple weeks since I started training with the frees. My first couple runs were quite difficult as my feet weren't used to such minimalist shoes. But now, my feet don't hurt as much which is a clear sign that they're getting stronger. Beware, these shoes aren't meant for long distance running. They're intended to strengthen your feet and for shorter distances. It's important to acclimate to them first before doing any intense training.
The Yellow Peril
Half way to barefoot - Nike Free Run+
Although this is my 3rd pair of Free's, I have only begun running regularly in them for the last year. I used them in the past for walking and managed to heal issues with plantar fasciitis, etc. by strengthening my foot muscles. As I use these more, I notice I actually have better balance, as muscles in my feet and lower leg seem to be getting stronger. Read all the "Born to Run" arguments, but am not ready to go barefoot just yet. These are an excellent compromise to wean yourself off rigid shoes. A surprisingly soft run that encourages shorter steps and softer landings, exactly what you should be doing anyhow. Not sure yet about wear mileage compared to regular shoes, but newer designs are more durable than early models. Plan to try them for my next marathon.
No more pain!
I'm a 51 year old woman (with large feet)so usually have to wear men's. I just love these shoes. Have been wearing them for my long runs and they are exceedingly comfortable. I've been plagued with injuries this past year (achilles, hip pain, pulled calf muscle) which I put down to running shoes not letting my feet do what they want to do, so switched to these minimal shoes and no more injuries, even the never-quite-going- away hip pain has gone. I do wear them as part of a 3-pair rotation just to be on the safe side. For women, they do run a little large and wide and I probably will go with a half-size down next time.
Punta Gorda, FL
I love these shoes....
This is by far the best running shoe I have ever run in. For years I tried the stability, motion control and cushioned shoe and was never satisfied. Once I read the book Born to Run I decided to give the minimalist shoe a try and what I discovered was amazing. You don't need those heavy clunkers where you get no feedback when you are running. In the free run plus you can feel the pavement and how truly light these shoes are. If you buy a pair run 2 miles in the free runs and then put on your old clunkers and when you begin to run you won't believe the difference. What did I learn ? The less shoe the better.
My only running shoe
I'm 5'5", 123 lbs. and have been using the Free's since they first came out. I feel that this latest version is the best iteration. I gradually worked up to using these for my longest runs and races and just did a marathon (3:14) in them. They were perfect all through my training and the race.
I don't find that they wear out quickly at all, though I probably do half of my running on dirt/grass.
I also tried the Nike Lunar Elite for a change of pace, but found that they would give me lower leg pains after some runs. In contrast to the Frees, I feel the Lunar shoes constrain my foot too much.
I bought these shoes after researching barefoot runing. I ran 2 mile in my socks and it was great, buit that was on a track. My calves hurt like heck for a few days. So I got these for the protection. I 've run about 20 miles so far in this shoe and I love it. My running is more efficient and I am faster. I ran in my Asics Nimbus shoes the other day and it was like I was wearing bricks straped to innertubes. The Free Run really promote proper running. I only wear these to run, not to the club or to [...]. Buy these shoes!
Oak Harbor, WA
New Feel, New Muscles
I'm a notorious heel striker and over-pronator. I had been nursing injuries for eight weeks straight when I bought these shoes. I'd been using all of the orthotics and structure shoes I could find, but nothing was making me feel better. I swear that my first break-in run of an easy four miles in these shoes had me feeling better! The shoes caused me to use different muscles and not strain the usual muscles. I still use the shoes on my low mileage days and they continue to impress. I've never found a product like this in my 20 years of running. You should give them a try if you need a change.
So far so good
Graduated from LunarFly to the Free Run, and I really like this shoe. I have about 225km on the shoes so far, and have noticed a little bit of very mild plantar pain recently in one foot (never had a problem before now) but this is likely due to my high arches, and as a minimalist shoe there isn't much arch support. I would love to move towards barefoot running and I'm hoping this will get me closer. Not the best for trail running or on very rough surfaces, since you will feel every rock. Overall, I'm very happy and plan on purchasing the Free Run again.
great shoe- not for everyday sports
i do all sorts of activities to stay in shape and this shoe is great for running and walking if your looking to feel like you dont have a shoe on. it truly feels different than any other running shoe and technically different too. but for agility movements this shoe will cause a sprained ankle quickly. it may not be made for these types of movements but it narrows the capability of the shoe nonetheless. i would buy this shoe again for its uses as it excels in this area but you will need another pair for sports related movements.
My new favorite shoes!
If you're looking to get into the "minimalist" approach to running, these shoes are a great start. I was skeptical to run any sort of distance with these due to their lack of cushioning but the feel that you get for where and how your feet strike the pavement keep the shock to a minimum. I ran 10 miles in them the first day I got them and loved every second of it. I'm still skeptical on using them for a marathon but at a minimum I can tell you that these shoes will give you a very fast short distance shoe that is extremely light and comfortable and looks pretty awesome too!
The value of the basics
As a runner for decades I discovered barefoot running on the beach next to water more then 25 years ego . But after some injuries from stepping on shells , broken glass convinced me to get this shoes . This shoes feel the best I ever wore before . I am using it now for treadmill and trek running . After getting used to it I can't wait for better weather to run in the park . [...]Thanks for opening my eyes to a better way of running .
Brooklyn , NY .
free run + nice
I really like this shoe...so far..I have only put about 30 miles on them. I run them mainly on tar and chip country roads whith some pea type gravel (3-4 miles jog 6:30-7min miles).I held off trying these because I was afraid of them picking up gravel..they do but I really can't tell that its in there while running. Also,thought I would never run in a neutral nike again because they feel too tall and soft,this one is not too soft not too firm. Just right...very flexible on toe off too. GREAT WITH JEANS???? :)
Great Shoe for the right foot
After 4 solid weeks of barefoot training, I can say that it may not be for everyone. The nike free+ were purchased for my long run days, while the feet I have below me were used for the short run days. For first two weeks running in these shoes, I could barely take two steps in the morning. Now first off, I have been were Kayanos for the last 2 years, I run about 5-6 miles 5 days a week at a 7 minute/mile pace. The Nike Free+ are a completely different shoe. I'm not sure what type of foot the people who "put these on and feel great" but it ain't my foot type.
I recommend these shoes to those individuals with a < or= 25 BMI and high arch foot.
Colonial Heights, VA
Love the shoe so far. Got it b/c I tend to be heavy on my heels when I've run in the past. Starting to run again, heard the shoe was good for helping to correct my heavy heel strike and so far it's been great. I've run up to 4 miles a couple times a week and feel good. My only 'thing' with the shoe is getting used to the fact that the shoes don't have a traditional 'tongue' in them. I have a high arch so tightening the laces wasn't an issue, but I think someone with a narrow foot or low arches might have trouble with the 'slip-on' style.
So good i want several more!
I use this product both running and lifting. It is the best shoe i have ever had. It gives the feeling of barefoot running! Feels as though your not even wearing shoes but it still has the comfort of every other shoe on the market. The only bad thing about this shoe is that it wears out sooner than other shoes. But I still would buy it over and over again. It is the only running shoe I'll ever buy anymore!
Albert City, Iowa
Amazing Comfort and Stability
I have found very little bad to say about this product! They are the lightest and most comfortable shoes I've ever had and I love them! I am a college student and use them for everything; from walking on campus to working out and playing sports they have been great. They are lightweight and breathable and offer great arch support. I will be purchasing another pair in the future.
Best Version Yet!
After two years of the Nike 5.0, the FREE Run is the best version of the FREE line yet! Wider toe box so toes can splay out properly. Snug in the mid foot, and really encourages a midfoot/forefoot strike even better than previous versions. Took them right out of the box and ran 7 miles with no discomfort whatsoever. The FREE is the ONLY shoe I will run in. If you believe in barefoot style running... this is a great shoe.
I have the most difficult feet, sensitive, high arch, weak, and severe osteoporosis. I never thought these shoes would be even remotely comfortable but they are simply the best shoes I've ever worn.
The only negative for me is the sole is too thin. I only wear these shoes around the house. It would be great if Nike made the same shoe with a thicker more "durable" sole. The bonus about the shoe is it allows your feet to move "naturally".
Light As a Feather
I teach about 4 Zumbaź Fitness classes per week and started wearing these shoes for class. Love them! They're super-light yet give me enough cushion for the required class moves.
I did try wearing these on a short run; they weren't the shoes for me. But for walking, aerobic fitness classes or even on days when I do strength training, I love these shoes. Historically, I am not a Nike fan, but these won me over.
Mens Nike Free Run+ Running Shoe
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