DiscontinuedUpdate: Nike Flex RN 2018
Neutral / cushion / high arch
Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.
Stability / overpronation / normal arch
Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.
Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet
Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.
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Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.
Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.
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If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.
WeightMen: 7.6ozWomen: 6.1oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 8mmWomen: 8mm
The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.
Heel heightMen: 23mmWomen: 23mm
Forefoot heightMen: 15mmWomen: 15mm
WidthMen: normalWomen: normal
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With great combination of an adaptive fit, fair amount of cushioning and a flexible form, these neutral trainers are great alternative for those who plan to experience barefoot running.
And while this shoe is often marketed as “minimalist,” I felt it could easily serve as a daily trainer for the biomechanically efficient runner.
Updates to Nike Free Flyknit 5.0
- Nike offers very little changes in the Free Flyknit 5.0 to maintain the shoe’s high standards that hordes of people have come to love. What is quite noticeable is the lesser number of welded overlays, especially around the midfoot just where the eyelets end. It is a resounding fix to those runners with more than enough volume in their forefoot who have experienced irritations or hot spots.
- The upper mesh is lighter and as breathable as before. As the Free Flyknit 5.0 is known for its sock-like fit, this more adaptable mesh takes personalized fit to a more comfortable level.
Nike Free Flyknit 5.0 size and fit
The Free Flyknit 5.0 has always been known for its amazing features as a casual footwear rather than as a trainer. Seeing that most people use this for everyday apparel, Nike changed the fit a bit. Although it is still fairly regular in the heel and midfoot, the forefoot has more room in volume and width for even more comfort. The available width is medium while sizes are still standard. Sizes are from 6 to 14 for the men’s and 5 to 11 for the women’s.
The outsole displays the sipes configuration for a full-contact underfoot. With a better platform during landing, runners have a very natural way of getting stability in a shoe with excellent minimalist features. The outsole design is also one way of adding flexibility and promoting a more natural running form. Providing durability in high-wear areas is the BRS 1000 carbon rubber. Nike’s use of a decoupled and beveled heel provides better ground contact, isolates shock, and helps with the transition.
The midsole is carved with the same sipes configuration in the outsole for a more natural running form and freedom of movement. A very durable foam that spans the midsole and the outsole is used in the shoe. It is a 40/60 mixture of solid rubber and the Nike-exclusive Phylon for excellent durability and more than adequate responsiveness.
The Flyknit is a seamless upper dominated by a very breathable mesh and a few welded overlays. This iconic technology adapts very well to the foot as it is directly connected to the sole of the shoe. With sock-like fit and no-sew interior, running sockless has never been better. The Dynamic Flywire or lightweight and sturdy cables connecting the upper to the midsole provide comfortable security. An asymmetrical lacing wraps the second skin feel of the upper.