Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit Review: The Best Nike Free Yet?

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I’m going to start this review with a bold statement: the Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit is the best Nike Free shoe I have ever worn. Writing that opening line is a big deal for me because the original Nike Free 3.0 remains one of my favorite shoes of all time. That shoe was lightweight, ultra-flexible, […]

Nike Free 5.0 2014: A No-Go For Me

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When you’re in the business of writing about running shoes, it pays to be quick about sharing thoughts on new shoe releases, particularly when the release involves one of the top-selling shoes in the country (world?). This week Nike launched the 2014 Free line, and my plan was to pick up a pair right away […]

The Origin of the Nike Free: Two Videos for Running Shoe Geeks

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Being both a scientist and a shoe geek, I love learning about the process that goes into the design of running shoes. I’ve been a fan of the Nike Free line since the original Free 3.0, and have run in many models since. With the exception of a few lemons (e.g., Free 3.0 v4), I’ve […]

Nike Unveils the Free 5.0 v2, 4.0 v4, and 3.0 v6 for 2014

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UPDATE 4/3/2014 – The 2014 Nike Free shoes are now available at Zappos and Nike.com. Outside of the US they can be purchased at Wiggle.co.uk. I have also posted a full review of the Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit. Nike has officially released the new 2014 Nike Free models: Free 5.0 v2, Free 4.0 v4, and Free 3.0 v6. In […]

Nike Free 5.0 v2 2014 Photos: Is This the New Free?

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Update 3/14/2014: Nike has officially introduced the 2014 Nike Free shoes. Click here for images and details on the Nike Free 3.0 v6, Free 4.0 v4, and Free 5.0 v2. While writing my Nike Free 5.0+ review earlier today I came across a notice on Nike ID that the update to the 5.0+ was coming […]

Nike Free 5.0+ Running Shoe Review

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Update 3/14/2014: Nike has officially introduced the 2014 Nike Free shoes. Click here for images and details on the Nike Free 3.0 v6, Free 4.0 v4, and Free 5.0 v2. I have a fairly long history with the Nike Free line of shoes. My first step into more minimal footwear was with the Free 3.0 v1 back […]

Nike Free Flyknit Hyperfeel: The Shoe Giant Goes Ultraminimal?

In a footwear world where most companies are looking to step back a bit from ultraminimal shoes, Nike appears poised to take it’s biggest step yet toward barefoot-style footwear. A reader just alerted me to a post on Nikeblog.com about the Nike Free Flyknit Hyperfeel (thanks Joel!). It combines a woven, sock-like flyknit upper, what […]

Nike Free 3.0 v5 Review: Redemption For One Of My Favorite Shoe Lineages!

Update 3/14/2014: Nike has just announced the release of the Nike Free 3.0 v6. For details, visit this post. After a phenomenal debut, the Nike Free 3.0 line entered a steady downward spiral, culminating in one of the worst shoes I have worn since I started reviewing running shoes back in 2009. The Free 3.0 […]

Nike Free 3.0 v5 Preview: The Awful Upper is Gone!

The Running Warehouse blog just put up a post introducing the Nike Free 3.0 v5. As I’ve written on this blog many times, the Free 3.0 is a shoe with special meaning to me since version 1 of the model was my first “minimalist” running shoe. It led me on the path to where I […]

Nike Free 3.0 in Stock at Footlocker.com

I’ve written several posts about how much I like the Nike Free 3.0 – it’s still one of my all-time favorite running shoes. The problem is that the model is pretty hard to come by these days, leading some (myself included) to speculate that the model might be going away. Just noticed that Foot Locker […]