Verdict from 12 experts and 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Most of the minimalist runners love the ultra-light upper of the Nike Free Flyknit 3.0.
  • Runners who regularly use racing flats find the cushioning superb in the Flyknit 3.0.
  • It can be comfortably worn without socks as proven by more than several runners.
  • The easy off and on feature of the Free Flyknit 3.0 makes it incredible for those who use it for casual wear.
  • A number of users found the forefoot cushioning surprisingly better than expected.
  • A small number of runners noticed the smooth transition from heel to toe.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Runners with slightly wider feet were almost unanimous in wishing for more room in the toe box.
  • A few runners were a bit irritated by small rocks and other road debris getting stuck in the grooves of the Nike Free Flyknit 3.0.
  • The price tag is a bit high.

Bottom line

The Nike Free Flyknit 3.0 barely provides a buffer between the ground and the runner. Because it is ultra-flexible and ultra-light, it does not offer much arch support. Runners who often use racing flats will have a blast out of this shoe.

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Good to know

  • A natural running experience is what the 3rd version of the Nike Free Flyknit offers. Featuring a low-profile, flexible mid-sole, and a fabric covering that’s very breathable, this running shoe is sure to deliver a comfortable and natural stride that’s feels like it’s next to the foot.
  • The mid-sole unit has a low-profile construction. It still delivers adequate cushioning, but it also allows the foot to move naturally without feeling as if the sole unit is restricting its capability to go through the gait cycle with ease. A natural foot strike is encouraged because of its 4mm drop from heel to toe.
  • The outsole unit of this running shoe uses a waffle design in order to absorb impact shock and add responsiveness to each movement. Flex grooves add more flexibility for the foot. A durable rubber material is even placed in crucial areas of the outsole to protect from wear and abrasion.

The Nike Free Flyknit 3.0 has a standard running shoe length. The men and women’s versions follow the regular measurements when it comes to the size. The available width is medium, so this shoe accommodates those who have medium sized feet. Its semi-curved shape allows the foot to acclimate well to it.


A Waffle Pattern was designed to absorb impact shock while also giving some springiness to the running performance. It encourages the foot to move forward in a sure and enabled manner.

Hexagonal flex grooves are cut all over the surface of the outsole. It offers six points of flexibility, ensuring that the foot is able to move in a natural and unrestricted manner.

A solid rubber material is placed in areas of the outsole where wear and abrasion are most likely to occur. It delivers durable protection and traction over the roads.


A very low-profile mid-sole is used in this running shoe. It still delivers sure protection from impact, as well as responsible overall cushioning for the entire gait cycle, but it’s sure to give reliable natural movement of the foot.

A 4mm drop from the heel to the toe of this running shoe makes sure that a more natural foot strike is achieved. It feels as if the platform is very well-balanced, so each step becomes smoother and more efficient.


The upper unit of the Nike Free Flyknit 3.0 uses the Flyknit technology, which is a woven-cloth-like material that delivers a comfortable and breathable coverage. It is strong and it is constructed securely, so it won’t tear off easily. This upper material is also used in the Free Flyknit 5.0 and other popular Nike running shoes.

The Flywire cables are integrated into the lacing system. These durable cables adapt to the adjustments made to the shoelaces, making sure that the upper feels snug yet secure at all times.

Added underfoot support is provided by a molded sock liner, which actually follows the contours of the foot. The heel, arch and forefoot are well-cradled by this insole.

Rankings

How Nike Free Flyknit 3.0 ranks compared to all other shoes
Top 49% road running shoes
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Bottom 47% Nike running shoes
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Top 47% neutral running shoes
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Popularity

The current trend of Nike Free Flyknit 3.0.
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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.