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WeightMen: 7.5ozWomen: 6.3oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 6mmWomen: 6mm
The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
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Heel heightMen: 23mmWomen: 23mm
Forefoot heightMen: 17mmWomen: 17mm
WidthMen: StandardWomen: Standard
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Nike Free Run Flyknit 4.0: Flexible and breathable for everyday use
The Nike Free Flyknit 4.0 is a great looking shoe. It combines a seamless upper with multiple colors with a sleek, low profile. I would consider the 4.0 a pseudo lifestyle shoe because of all the people I see wearing it while I'm out and about.
The knit pattern really stands out, and looks great while going for a run, or grabbing a bite to eat. It's no surprise that Nike has continued to make shoes that look very much like it.
Because of the Flyknit material, this shoe can be bought a tad bit small but will still fit fine. The Flyknit really stretches to fit your foot and is extremely comfortable once it breaks in a little bit. When I went shopping for a pair of these, they only had a half size smaller than my usual size in the color I wanted.
I decided to try them on, and although they fit a little snug, I decided to keep them. A week or so later, the Flyknit had stretched out to accommodate my foot and I had that sock-like fit that I wanted for this shoe.
Also, the back of the shoe really locks your foot in and doesn't allow for any heel slippage. The Flyknit 4.0 is a snug fitting shoe that has a great fit due to the Flyknit upper.
Anything that Nike makes with Flyknit usually has a higher price point. The Flyknit 4.0 has a retail price of $165 CAD, and while that is a bit high, I believe that it's worth it for the shoe that you get.
It is a very versatile shoe and the Flyknit upper is a great addition. If not for the Flyknit upper, then the most I would pay for this shoe would be $120 CAD. The free midsole is lacking in cushioning compared to Zoom and Air.
Like any Nike Free Flyknit 4.0 is an extremely flexible shoe. It's flexibility makes it feel as though you are running with barely anything on your foot.
Combined with the sock-like fit and feather like lightness, this shoe truly exemplifies barefoot running. Don't be fooled by the "barefoot running" advertising however.
This shoe has enough cushioning to get through those daily runs, unlike some other barefoot running shoes.
The Flyknit 4.0 is also a fairly comfortable shoe. While not as cushiony as the Zoom or Air midsoles, the Free midsole provides adequate cushioning that should last quite a while.
However, I personally found that this shoe isn't super responsive while I was doing some speed work with it. Nevertheless, the Free Flyknit 4.0 is a well-performing shoe for various purposes.
The Nike Free Run Flyknit 4.0 is a sharp looking shoe that combines fashion with functionality. It is very lightweight and has a flexible midsole that makes it ideal for many different kinds of athletes.
The Flyknit upper is amazing and stretches to fit your foot like a sock.
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It is lightweight, breathable, thin, and super comfy.
Although these are originally aimed at runners, they actually make for a very comfortable working shoe.
This shoe was an unexpected treat. I am pretty much over minimal shoes at this point.
Updates to Nike Free Flyknit 4.0
- The Nike Free Flyknit 4.0 is a running shoe that delivers a comfortable coverage and a performance that’s reliable and consistent. Appealing color schemes are integrated into this shoe, so the runner gets more aesthetic flair when wearing it. It looks cool and it feels very responsive when taken on the roads.
- The upper unit uses a material that resembles a woven cloth. It’s durable, breathable and very comfortable to the skin. It doesn’t restrict natural movement, so the foot is allowed more flexibility even when wearing the shoe. A snug, but secure fit is handled by the Flywire cables, which connect directly to the lacing system.
- The mid-sole system utilizes a foam unit that’s soft, responsive and flexible. It has a low-profile height, so it doesn’t limit the movements of the foot. Still, it is able to deliver sure underfoot support that’s consistent and efficient. The 6mm drop and a rounded heel enable a more natural striking of the foot. This version has more cushioning than the Nike Free Flyknit 3.0.
- On specific areas of the outsole is a durable rubber material that’s made to provide protection against wear and tear. Traction is also a part of this unit’s purpose. Natural flexibility is handled by hexagonal flex grooves.
Nike Free Flyknit 4.0 size and fit
The Nike Free Flyknit 4.0 has a regular shoe length. It follows the standard measurements when it comes to the men and women’s sizes. Its semi-curved shape allows the natural curvature of the foot to acclimate well to it. The available width is medium.
When looking at the outsole layer, one can definitely notice some durable rubber placed in critical areas where wear and abrasion are most likely to appear. Aside from delivering protection, this rubber also provides traction over the surface.
Hexagonal flex grooves are cut all over the sole unit’s external surface. These grooves allow the platform to move according to how the foot flexes, so natural motion is actually being encouraged.
Waffle pistons are observed in specific sections of the outsole. They give some bounciness to each step, making sure that the foot’s landings and the liftoffs are well-cushioned and supported.
The Phylite mid-sole material is a responsive yet durable foam unit that serves as both the underfoot platform and the outsole unit of the Nike Free Flyknit 4.0. It is not heavy, but it is able to provide sure support for the underfoot. It’s 40% rubber, so it stays strong even after many uses.
The lightweight Flyknit upper technology is one of the most breathable fabrics when it comes to running shoes. It allows air to seamlessly enter the shoe to keep the foot cool and dry. Its woven-cloth-like quality doesn’t irritate the skin, so it stays comfortable at all times. This upper coverage is also used in the Nike Free Flyknit 5.0 and other best-selling Nike running shoes.
The Flywire cables are connected directly to the lacing system. When the shoelaces are adjusted these cables follow suit, making sure that the upper unit is able to wrap around the foot in a snug, but secure manner.
A molded sock liner follows the natural contours of the foot. It supports the underside of the foot, keeping it in place and maintaining constant cradling, even for the arch.