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  • Terrain
    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
    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
    Use

    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
    Price
    $135
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 9.1oz
    Women: 7.3oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 4mm
    Women: 4mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Heel height
    Men: 24mm
    Women: 24mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 20mm
    Women: 20mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Unknown
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Summary

We spent 6.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

10 reasons to buy

  • Comfort is considered by many as the best asset of the Free RN Distance Shield.
  • The deep hexagonal configuration in the outsole delivers exceptional flexibility in a well-cushioned shoe.
  • According to some reviewers, the shoe runs even lighter than its weight shows.
  • There is more cushioning in this shoe than any in the Free series when the aim is to go the distance.
  • There are 4 stylish color options.
  • More than a few received enviable looks from other runners.
  • The ride is buttery smooth, based on a handful of observations.
  • It is a lightweight trainer that can be a superb race day shoe.
  • Reflective details help runners become more visible at night or early dawn.
  • A handful of runners have used it for gym workouts or for casual wear.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners were disappointed by the price increase due to the addition of the Shield technology.
  • Outsole durability was an issue, according to a couple of runners.
  • It runs a bit smaller.
  • A number of very few runners felt that the upper was too loose.

Bottom line

The Free RN Distance Shield is Nike’s attempt to make a very popular shoe even more versatile with the addition of a water-repellent upper. It is the first in the Free series where the cushioning can really take the runner comfortably for longer distances. The shoe has amazing comfort, enough arch support, unbelievable flexibility, and promotes a natural running motion that few others can match. This is a neutral shoe that offers a superior combination of performance and style.

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Updates to Nike Free RN Distance Shield

  • The evolution of the Free series allowed Nike to introduce the RN Distance as the one suited most for long runs. Apparently, Nike continues to tweak the series as the shoe gets a water-repellent upper that is designed to protect the foot against the elements. The Shield technology effectively makes it a more versatile trainer when the weather gets tough.
  • Featured in this shoe is the hexagonal pattern with the unique siping technology exclusive to Nike. The technology allows the shoe to flex both horizontally and vertically to allow a full range of motions and to allow a very natural ride for the runner. As the hexagonal forms are a bit wider, there is improved balance and better ground contact in the Free RN Distance Shield compared to the other shoes in the Free line.
  • The midsole cushioning is a bit soft and still more responsive, which is ideal for daily runs that can allow the runner to go the distance.
  • The upper also utilizes Nike’s renowned Flywire cables that hold the foot in place in comfort and support.

Nike Free RN Distance Shield size and fit

Traditionally, the Free series delivers a snug fit that wraps the foot. It is exactly the same kind of fit offered by the RN Distance Shield. There is a sock-like fit that envelops the foot in security and comfort. The heel and midfoot are adequately secured without being restrictive while the forefoot has just sufficient room for the toes not to be cramped and to allow mid-run swelling. It is fairly runs true to size.


Outsole

The BRS 1000 carbon rubber assures a long-lasting performance from the Free RN Distance Shield. However, the main showcase of the outsole is the innovative and revolutionary hexagonal flex grooves that deliver maximum flexibility and a more natural ride. These grooves allow the foot to move as nature intended it, despite some decent amount of cushioning in the midsole.


Midsole

Occupying the engine room of the Free RN Distance Shield is the Lunarlon foam, which gives the shoe a comfortably soft and responsive ride. It is fused with a Phylon carrier to enhance the midsole’s durability. The mixture gives adequate responsiveness, smoothness, and flexibility with each stride.


Upper

The simple one-piece upper is amazingly comfortable in its sock-like fit. Support and midfoot hold come in the form of the Flywire cables that are directly attached to the midsole. An inner sleeve enhances comfort and helps protect the foot from the Flywire cords. An internal toe bumper gives the toe box more volume for those who really need it.