Nike’s Free 5 Review
Nike’s Free 5 is one of the most popular athletic shoes in the United States. This Nike’s Free 5 review will talk about why it has become so popular, the pros and cons.
According to Nike’s marketing pitch, this shoe is their most cushioned natural ride. This is spot on as it is super lightweight, flexible, and equipped with just the right amount of cushion to make it as comfortable as possible for short to moderate runs. They have moderately thin, flexible soles, and minimally structured uppers to provide a barefoot-inspired feel. It also comes in different rainbow of colors making it a top choice for casual wear. As other Nike’s Free 5 review will tell you, the comfort and fashion this shoe brings is the reason for its immense popularity.
The forefoot of the Free 5 has a generous fit, giving your toes a bit more space to move around. Characteristic grooves are featured on the sole of the 5.0 making it completely flexible. So flexible, in fact, that you can bend the shoe into a ball. The extreme flexibility gives your foot the freedom to bend with ease, whichever way it could bend, which could be both of a good and bad thing. Nike also improved the new 2015 version with a slightly firmer midsole, smoother lining, a change of mesh resulting to a smoother inner lining feel, and a lighter weight than its 2014 version.
As promised, this Nike’s Free 5 review will also give you details on it cons. For those looking for a minimalist shoe, Free 5 is not as minimalist as it was advertised by the company. The heel to toe drop is higher, heavier than and not as durable as what is expected of a top minimalist shoe. The shoe lacks the full barefoot feeling you get in a full-blown minimalist shoe. However, for those looking to transition to a minimalist shoe, Nike 5 Free is a good and economical option to start.
Walking around in this shoe will strengthen your feet and legs, giving your legs the time to adjust. Also, the outsole of the shoe is made of foam with no tread or lugs for traction so it is best to stick to roads and avoid rough terrain. It is also not true to size. Compare it to other shoes and it is almost a full size shorter. With that said, keep in mind that you need to be careful when ordering this shoe as it may be a size smaller than your usual shoe.