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Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Price
$120
Weight
Men: 7.6oz
Women: 6.1oz
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

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.

Summary

We spent 7.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The Flyknit is like a fabric that wraps around the runner’s foot in a comfortable and non-irritating manner, according to some testers.
  • The Flywire cables function with the lacing system to provide a custom fit.
  • Runners generally welcomed the lightweight construction of the Flyknit 5.0.
  • The mid-sole unit has lightweight, yet springy foam that is responsive based on the reviews of several runners.
  • Hexagonal flex grooves allow the foot to move as naturally as possible.
  • Durable rubber is placed in critical areas where wear and abrasions usually happen.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The upper unit fell apart easily, based on some runners' comments.
  • The Free Flyknit 5.0 has an expensive price.
  • Some of the testers felt that traction isn’t as efficient for this model.

Bottom line

The Nike Free Flyknit series has been well-revered by many and the 5th version certainly steps up in terms of comfort and lightweight performance. Though it has some issues in terms of its quality and arch support, it can still function well for neutral runners.


Rankings


Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 791 ratings

5 star
64%
4 star
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3 star
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2 star
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1 star
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Expert Reviews

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82 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 83 / 100 by Runnerlight • Michael Brandon • Level 3 expert

    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.

  • 80 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Daniel Cho • Level 1 expert

    And while this shoe is often marketed as “minimalist,” I felt it could easily serve as a daily trainer for the biomechanically efficient runner.

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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.


Outsole

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.


Midsole

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.


Upper

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.