• Terrain


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


    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
    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.

  • Use

    Daily running

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


    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
  • Weight
    Men: 9.1oz
    Women: 7.3oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    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.

  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    May 2017
  • Special editions
    Special editions
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We spent 6.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Most of the runners admired the shoe’s apparently comfortable nature.
  • Many admired the sock-like fit of the shoe.
  • The majority of the users liked the lightweight construction of the Nike Free RN Commuter 2017.
  • The stretchy upper material is very breathable, said some wearers.
  • According to some testers, the Free RN Commuter 2017 is very versatile; they were able to use the shoe not just for running but also at work and on a casual day out.
  • A couple of purchasers said that they liked the stylish design and available colorways of the shoe.
  • The shoe is reasonably-priced, according to a few comments.
  • A significant number of purchasers commended the durability of this product.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some testers mentioned that the size of the shoe ran half-a-size smaller compared to what they were used to.
  • Several users said that the shoe was too narrow for their tastes.
  • One user mentioned that the elastic strap in the ankle felt very tight.

Bottom line

The majority of the users were highly appreciative of the overall design of the Nike Free RN Commuter 2017. With the innovative materials and improved technologies, the shoe was touted to be efficient and agreeable to the foot. The shoe offers comfort, breathability, and style. Aside from being a reliable as a running shoe for the road, it is also a good pair to wear for work or during casual walks.  


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85 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 | ROD2REAL

    They are comfortable - super super comfort man.


    Level 1 expert (1-2 reviews)

    1 review - average score 85/100

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Updates to Nike Free RN Commuter 2017

  • The Nike Free RN Commuter 2017 features a new lightweight knit upper material that hugs the foot comfortably. It is a stretchy material that also offers a breathable coverage to keep the foot cool and dry while running on the road.
  • The elastic straps in the rear section of the shoe are part of the updates for this model. The straps enfold the ankle securely while giving added support for an enhanced running experience.
  • The Free RN Commuter 2017 also integrates a unique lacing system. The bungee lacing system allows runners to easily adjust the laces. One can easily tighten it for a more secure running experience and loosen it to achieve the desired comfort.
  • Lastly, the shoe features the ultra-flexible Nike Free outsole. The Auxetic outsole design imitates the natural movement of the foot while running. It is specifically designed for a more flexible ride and powerful toe-off. Rubber is added to areas that are commonly susceptible to wear and tear.

Nike Free RN Commuter 2017 size and fit

The shoe is available in standard running shoe length. Nike offers the shoe in medium width for both the men and women’s version. The stretchy upper material and the straps in the ankle enhance the overall fit of the shoe. The shoe gives a nice, comfortable fit to runners with medium and narrow foot-shapes.


The Nike Free RN Commuter 2017 utilizes the flexible Nike Free outsole with an auxetic configuration that is designed to deliver a more flexible ride.

Durability in high-wear areas is handled by a rubber compound. It’s added sparingly in tiny pod-shaped designs, protecting the shoe against the damaging nature of the road.


The shoe uses a soft midsole foam that provides reliable cushioning for road running. The foam is evenly distributed in the midsole for impact protection and smooth transitions through the gait cycle. The foam also expands in all directions during impact, allowing the foot to flex naturally.


The upper of the Nike Free RN Commuter 2017 utilizes a stretchy and sock-like knitted material that offers breathability while hugging the foot securely. It also enhances the overall comfort that the shoe provides.

The shoe also features the straps in the ankle area. The straps are elastic enough to wrap the foot comfortably and to provide the needed ankle support.

The Free RN Commuter 2017 uses a bungee lacing system that allows the easy tightening and loosening of the laces whenever necessary to achieve the desired foot security and comfort.

Lastly, the shoe features the famous Nike Flywire cables. These cables are durable wires that are connected to the lacing system. Whenever the laces are adjusted, they cause the upper to tighten or loosen. The Flywire cables also provide a snug and more customized fit.