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 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.

Price
$120
Weight
Men: 9.1oz
Women: 7.3oz
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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 6.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • The Nike Free RN Distance 2 looked very appealing to many of those who have tried it.
  • The weight and feel of this running shoe did not disappoint, according to some people.
  • Several testers commented that though the sole unit was soft and efficient, they were still able to get agreeable ground feedback.
  • A few purchasers lauded the bootie design of the upper; for them, it effectively staved off skin irritation.
  • The toe box received positive feedback for being wide enough to accommodate natural toe-splay.
  • The breathable nature of the upper gained the favor of many consumers.
  • According to a number of reviewers, the outsole durability was fair.
  • The flexible nature of the Free RN Distance 2 was well-received by runners.

5 reasons not to buy

  • Several runners reported that it was a full size smaller than what they were used to.
  • This shoe’s arch structure bothered a consumer; he felt that it disrupted the natural underfoot feel that’s usually given by neutral shoes.
  • Lots of stones got wedged between the grooves of the sole unit, stated some agitated testers.
  • A purchaser complained that the inner sleeve of the upper caused some blistering on the top of his foot.
  • The underfoot platform just felt wobbly under the foot, a runner observed.

Bottom line

The Nike Free RN Distance 2 has received some really great response from many of those who have tested it. They enjoyed its looks, its breathable façade, and its flexible nature. They were also appreciative of its overall durability and performance on the roads. But some concerns were raised, particularly with how it was constructed. Still, it’s a solid option for many neutral runners.


Rankings


Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 80 ratings

5 star
71%
4 star
15%
3 star
4%
2 star
5%
1 star
5%

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Expert Reviews

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82 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 95 / 100 by RunRepeat • Mary Katherine Kittrell • Level 1 expert

    The Nike Free RN Distance 2 is a flexible, lightweight, durable, and comfortable shoe that will meet all of your long distance training and racing needs. Half and full marathoners should seriously consider this shoe.

  • 87 / 100 by Gear Institute • Donald Buraglio • Level 5 expert

    The Nike Free Run Distance 2 is a shoe for efficient neutral runners who love the natural feel and motion of the Free series, with more substantial construction that accommodates everyday training. True to its Free series roots, this model is an outstanding option for midfoot strikers who want a minimalist feel without compromising speed or mileage. Its primary drawbacks are underfoot grip and durability due to the lack of any outsole rubber.

  • 74 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    The Free RN Distance 2 comes with a surprisingly high number of updates, right from the changed quality of the upper fit to the overhauled outsole geometry. That said, it remains the cushioned Nike Free it was last year.

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Updates to Nike Free RN Distance 2

  • The Nike Free RN Distance 2 is a road running shoe that’s meant for people who have a neutral pronation. It features a smooth and consistent look that’s reminiscent of its predecessor, the original Free RN Distance. But this new one has a new design because it now employs a bootie design, one that doesn’t have a traditional tongue structure.
  • The upper unit has a knitted fabric. It serves to keep the foot comfortable and free from irritation. Thin overlays are present, including an extra layer of the knitted upper material that runs from the mid-foot to the heel. The Dynamic Flywire cables carry over from the previous iteration, bringing with them the signature fit that’s prominent in many Nike shoes.
  • A carrier-and-core design is assigned to the mid-sole unit of the Nike Free RN Distance 2. A springy foam unit is placed in the middle of a more resilient yet equally responsive full-length carrier. This ensures consistent cushioning that won’t easily sag.
  • There is no traditional outsole layer in this running shoe. The carrier foam is exposed to the ground and it is also the one that’s responsible for traction and protection from impact, abrasion and wear. The Auxetic Tristar Flex Pattern accommodates the natural flexibility of the foot as it goes through the gait cycle.

Nike Free RN Distance 2 size and fit

Regular measurements were used for the length of the Nike Free RN Distance 2. Runners are given the opportunity to get it in the size that they’re most comfortable with. The available width for the men and women’s versions is medium. It accommodates runners with medium feet. The shape of the human foot is mimicked by its semi-curved shape.

Outsole

The Auxetic Tristar Flex Pattern is comprised of a series of grooves that are designed all over the surface area of the external sole unit. These narrow channels are meant to encourage natural foot flexibility. They also help with traction since the Nike Free RN Distance 2 doesn’t have a traditional rubber unit.

The heel section of the platform is rounded, which means that a smoother rolling of the foot through the gait cycle is encouraged. It also makes each heel landing much smoother.

Midsole

The Fused Lunar Core is a lightweight material that’s wedged inside a carrier unit. It offers responsive and long-lasting cushioning to the foot of the runner.

The IU002 Carrier System is the full-length material that holds the Lunar Core. Aside from maintaining the structural integrity of the foam that’s in its middle, it also serves as the outsole of the Nike Free RN Distance 2. So, it’s sturdy and resistant to wear and tear.

Upper

The upper unit of the Nike Free RN Distance 2 makes use of a knitted fabric. The smooth construction of this material makes it feel like a sock. It’s breathable, so it’s able to accommodate airflow into the foot-chamber.

A bootie construction is employed in this shoe. This basically means that there is no traditional shoe-tongue because it has been fused with the upper collar, making a single opening. Such a design makes the fit smoother and more cohesive, potentially preventing hot spots and irritation.

A layer of knitted fabric serves as a saddle that goes from the mid-foot to the heel. It helps the rest of the upper unit when it comes to hugging the foot and keeping it secure.

The Dynamic Flywire Cables connect directly to the traditional lacing system. They adjust along with the tightening and loosening of the shoelaces, thus giving a custom fit.

A pull tab in the rear section of the upper makes it easier for runners to wear and remove the shoe.