Facts

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: 8.3oz
Women: 7.3oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 8mm
Women: 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.

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

7 reasons to buy

  • The engineered mesh upper brings flexible, supportive, and breathable coverage.
  • Durable Flywire cables deliver and adaptive fit that’s tuned to the preference of the wearer.
  • The minimal sock liner provides contoured support to the underfoot, making the running experience more comfortable.
  • Responsive cushioning and impact distribution is afforded by the lightweight foam unit in the mid-sole.
  • The outsole is able to expand naturally in different directions, making sure that the runner is able to move more freely.
  • The many color schemes allow runners to have more choices when it comes to the Nike Free RN’s visual style.
  • This running shoe doesn’t have a heavy weight.

2 reasons not to buy

  • There were a few runners who noted that the upper unit wore out on them after a few months of use.
  • Some user comments revealed that the minimalist design of this shoe didn’t allow it to last longer.

Bottom line

The Nike Free RN offers natural flexibility, breathable coverage and responsive cushioning to the wearer. Made from high quality components, this neutral shoe is sure to be as comfortable as possible when used for running and for other activities.


Rankings


Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 504 ratings

5 star
75%
4 star
12%
3 star
4%
2 star
2%
1 star
4%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, 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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80 / 100 based on 8 expert reviews

  • 82 / 100 by RunRepeat • Eric Barber • Level 1 expert

    So if you’re looking for a comfortable, lightweight flexible pair of straight up running shoes that you can also wear casually, the Nike Free Flyknit is definitely one of those shoes that you may want to learn a little bit more about.

  • 80 / 100 by The Athlete's Foot Australia • The Athlete's Foot Australia • Level 3 expert

    More runnable experience. More protection, more cushioning underfoot.

  • 82 / 100 by Soccer Reviews For You • Josh • Level 2 expert

    It is very comfortable right from the get go.

  • 81 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Ruggero Loda • Level 5 expert

    Compared to the Free 5.0 - the midsole material used in the Free RN is softer.

  • 70 / 100 by HRDLPN • HRDLPN • Level 2 expert

    It looks kind of silly and old-fashioned

  • 85 / 100 by Kimber Starlette • Kimber Starlette • Level 1 expert

    I just really like these shoes!

  • 84 / 100 by Matt Rudolph • Matt Rudolph • Level 1 expert

    I couldn't believe how light they were that I thought I was running faster.

  • 75 / 100 by Will Freerun • Will Freerun • Level 1 expert

    It isn't the best, but not the worst.

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Updates to Nike Free RN

  • The redesigned sole unit has a pattern that expands and moves along with the natural motion of the wearer’s foot, making the underfoot cushioning more attuned to their needs. Natural running is encouraged with this shoe and it makes sure that the confidence of the runner is improved because of it durable and sure construction.
  • The upper unit of this running shoe makes use of fabrics that are very comfortable on the skin. Breathable support is afforded to the runner, so that they will be able to receive a well-ventilated running experience. A customizable fit is given by the Flywire cables, which connect directly to the lacing system.
  • The mid-sole unit uses a fused lunar core to deliver a lightweight but responsive underfoot cushioning. It is resilient against breakdown or wear, so it won’t become inefficient even after many uses. Encased within a foam carrier that’s soft and flexible, this core unit is sure to deliver adequate comfort and support to the runner.
  • Rubber segments under the toe and the heel sections of this shoe’s outsole unit deliver durable protection against wear and tear. They also add more traction over the roads. The outsole also expands naturally in response to the motion and position of the foot during the stride. This improves the dynamism of the wearer’s movements.

Nike Free RN size and fit

The Nike Free RN has a standard running shoe length. It comes in sizes that follow the regular measurements for men and women. The heel, midfoot and forefoot sections have medium widths, rendering this shoe capable of accommodating those with medium sized feet. Its semi-curved shape naturally adheres to the curvature of the human foot.


Outsole

The Auxetic Tri-Star outsole of the Nike Free RN delivers flexible cushioning while also making sure that the runner is able to move naturally through the stride. Triangle-shaped grooves are cut all over the outsole and they expand, flex, contract and move in accordance with the wearer’s foot.

Rubber segments are placed in the toe and heel sections of the outsole. These lightweight sections protect the sole unit from immediate wear and tear. They also add the much-needed traction over the asphalt.


Midsole

The fused lunar core is a foam technology that’s very lightweight and responsive. Made from durable compounds, this soft unit is able to cushion the foot well, making sure that it doesn’t succumb to discomfort when making each step. Its springiness also encourages the foot to lift more efficiently.

The IU002 Carrier is the unit in which the lunar core is encased. It makes the ride smooth and easy, while also ensuring flexibility. It doesn’t break down easily, thus making it efficient even after many uses.


Upper

The upper unit of this running shoe makes use of engineered mesh. It resembles woven cloth, but it’s durable and flexible. It allows the foot to feel naturally acclimated to the interior of this shoe, avoiding irritation or discomfort. It’s breathable, so it allows air to seamlessly enter the shoe in order to keep the foot cool and dry.

The Dynamic Flywire System consists of a set of durable but stretchable cables in the mid-foot area that connect directly to the lacing system. They cause the upper to adjust in accordance with the tightening or loosening of the lacing system.