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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 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.

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.

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

6 reasons to buy

  • The Flyknit’s elastic threads and synthetic mesh components offer a soft and agreeable wrap as agreed by a large majority of runners.
  • The Dynamic Flywire offers a custom fit that’s adjustable.
  • The lightweight and responsive Lunarlon cushioning system is directly exposed to the foot, making it great for a naturally stable underfoot experience, according to some testers.
  • The narrower toe box is great for those with narrow feet.
  • The outer area of the sole unit has waffle lugs, which are responsible for providing a better grip on surfaces.
  • The Hyperfeel has a very light weight.

4 reasons not to buy

  • There were runners who felt that it was 1 and ½ size smaller than what they were used.
  • Some reviewers didn’t like the loud colors used in the upper.
  • Others noticed that it had a very narrow toe box.
  • The Hyperfeel has a very expensive price.

Bottom line

The Free Hyperfeel from Nike is a great shoe for those who want a near-barefoot running experience. It’s lightweight, very responsive, durable, and has minimal arch support. This is a running shoe that minimalists would love to have for their daily trainings.


Rankings


Ratings

3.5 / 5 based on 21 ratings

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Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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83 / 100 based on 8 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 by Runblogger • Peter Larson • Level 5 expert

    It combines a woven, sock-like flyknit upper, what look like flywire support elements, and an ultrathin, ultraflexible sole.

  • 80 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    A minimal shoe that takes the hard edge off pavement.

  • 70 / 100 by Minimalist Running Shoes • Nicholas Pang • Level 4 expert

    Even though the Flyknit upper is stretchable, my toes are still touching tightly on the both medial and lateral sides of the toe box.

  • 90 / 100 by Shoe Tiles • Shoe Expert • Level 3 expert

    It is creatively designed to move with foot and focused on body motions based on rich scientific insights.

  • 85 / 100 by Running Magazine • Running Magazine • Level 3 expert

    A surprisingly protective and cushioned ride for such a minimalist and unstructured shoe. But the esthetics may not appeal to everyone.

  • 84 / 100 by Wear Tested • Nicholas Pang • Level 3 expert

    I honestly enjoyed running in these shoes but the experience would have been even better if the toe box is designed correctly like other minimal shoes.

  • 92 / 100 by Running Competitor • Allison Pattillo • Level 2 expert

    Like all shoes in the Free line, the Hyperfeel Trail fits most feet snug as a bug, especially in the heel and midfoot.

  • 95 / 100 by Ultra Run TV • Bryton W. • Level 1 expert

    Lightweight, flexible, and capable of providing an aggressive grip.

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Updates to Nike Free Hyperfeel

  • The Nike Free Hyperfeel was designed to provide a very minimalist or barefoot-like running experience that feels as if the shoe is actually an extension of the wearer’s foot. Imagine a running shoe that actually fits like a sock; an upper unit that’s thin yet secure; and a sole unit that’s very flexible. That’s what this shoe provides, and it encompasses the ‘free’ philosophy of this design.
  • Natural motion is a design focus for the Nike Free Hyperfeel. The upper unit uses a thin, yet durable material to wrap around the foot in a snug yet secure manner. Air is always welcome when it comes to this fabric because it allows all-around breathable support. The upper even looks like an actual sock.
  • A smooth ride is what runners are going to experience. A comfortable sensation comes from the mid-sole foam, which offers a balance of responsible cushioning and soft impact protection when landing on the ground. It simulates how the foot naturally traverses on the ground, especially when it comes to going through the gait cycle.
  • A rubber compound is placed on the outsole unit. It’s thin, but it’s capable of providing protection against wear and tear. It also gives traction when exposed to the asphalt. The outsole unit is incredibly flexible, so it works with the foot rather than against it.

Nike Free Hyperfeel size and fit

The Nike Free Hyperfeel is true to its size. It is available in sizes that adhere to the regular measurements when it comes to length. The width of this shoe is medium, so it welcomes those with feet that are medium sized. A natural feeling is afforded by the next-to-foot construction of the upper and the curvature of the platform.


Outsole

The outsole unit uses a thin rubber material to provide protection against wear and abrasion. It’s not too prominent, but it definitely gives reliable traction over the surfaces.

Waffle pistons are the square-shaped indentations that pockmark the outsole. They give ground feedback to the wearer, as well as a bit of springiness to every step. They contract when pressure is applied to them, and they spring back to the original shape when pressure is removed.


Midsole

The LunarLon is a soft, but springy foam that’s very lightweight and durable. The immediate underfoot feel is soft, so it can handle the weight of the foot and impact from landing on the ground. Lifting the foot warrants responsiveness, so the foam brings a bouncy ride.

Flex grooves in the drop-in sole unit allow the foot to move more naturally. All-around freedom of movement is afforded to the runner because of these helpful horizontal slices along the entire length of the sole unit.


Upper

The Flyknit upper technology features a thin fabric that acts as a second skin, which covers the foot in a secure yet comfortable manner. It hugs the foot just like a sock would, giving an all-encompassing coverage that’s well-ventilated.

Flywire cables are durable strands that connect directly to the lacing system. They cause the rest of the upper unit to tighten or loosen in accordance with the adjustments made to the shoelaces. They hold the foot down to the platform.