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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 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
$130
Weight
Men: 7.6oz
Women: 6.4oz
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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 8.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Many were impressed by Nike Free RN Flyknit’s breathable upper coverage.
  • A number of runners mentioned that the cushioning is just right.
  • The outsole provides reliable traction while enhancing flexibility.
  • Many runners applauded the design of the shoe.
  • A significant number of runners said that the shoe is comfortable.
  • The shoe is available in different color options.
  • It is lightweight.

4 reasons not to buy

  • The heel is too narrow, according to few users.
  • A handful of runners mentioned that they experienced blisters around the heel area.
  • Some users were disappointed with the shoe’s durability. The upper material wore out quickly after a few use.
  • Some runners found the shoe to be too narrow for their preferences.

Bottom line

The Free RN Flyknit comes with a new midsole pattern that is designed to deliver flexibility for a more responsive ride. This shoe is best for daily training and short distance road running.


Rankings


Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 532 ratings

5 star
78%
4 star
11%
3 star
4%
2 star
2%
1 star
5%

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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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82 / 100 based on 17 expert reviews

  • 87 / 100 by Gearist • Brandon Wood • Level 5 expert

    Nike has done a good job here and keeping this off your feet  when you’re not running is probably going to be the hardest part of putting this shoe in your closet.

  • 75 / 100 by TheGingerRunner • Ethan Newberry • Level 5 expert

    Staying in the shoe proves difficult no matter how tight you lace this shoe down, even with the Flywire.

  • 80 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Ruggero Loda • Level 5 expert

    The Free RN Flyknit is the successor of the Nike Free 4.0 - a shoe that is slightly more constructed than the Motion version

  • 90 / 100 by Fix My Walk • Fix My Walk • Level 3 expert

    The shoe is lightweight, solid and incredibly durable. 

  • 84 / 100 by Riz Knows • Jeff • Level 3 expert

    They have more cushion, springier sole which is really good for the average runner going for 3 to 5 miles of running.

  • 82 / 100 by Wear Testers • Wear Testers • Level 3 expert

    The Free Run sole is just as flexible as previous usages of the technology, although the foam content is softer for a more cushioned ride

  • 80 / 100 by Running Magazine • Tim Huebsch • Level 3 expert

    The Free Rn Flyknit is in line with what Nike Free’s have looked like in the past but with the added Flyknit technology on the upper and unique cushioning on the sole.

  • 87 / 100 by Bianca Cheah • Bianca Cheah • Level 1 expert

    I must say these babies are quite the running shoe and Nike have outdone themselves once again in shoe functionality.

  • 85 / 100 by Coach Mag • Ben Isaacs • Level 1 expert

    It’s as comfortable as anything you’ll wear on your feet this year – it’s just that good.

  • 85 / 100 by Murad Merali • Murad Merali • Level 1 expert

    These provides everything in one shoe.

  • 83 / 100 by Pinoy Fitness • Jema Ng • Level 1 expert

    Nike Free RN Flyknit’s so light, it was almost as if I wasn’t wearing anything! 

  • 82 / 100 by Marty Weiss • Marty Weiss • Level 1 expert

    They just fit your foot really, really nice.

  • 80 / 100 by Shoe Game Status • Shoe Game Status • Level 1 expert

    Has a very soft and comfortable feel to it.

  • 80 / 100 by DeFY New York • DeFY New York • Level 1 expert

    If you are looking for a Nike shoe, this should definitely be on the radar.

  • 78 / 100 by Buro 247 • Cai Mei Khoo • Level 1 expert

    While the latter is great for those looking for a natural ride, I personally prefer the more cushioned ride that the Lunarepics offer.

  • 77 / 100 by Ridge 4 President • Ridge • Level 1 expert

    They look really, really nice.

  • 70 / 100 by Reshawne Bowers • Shawne • Level 1 expert

    Very comfortable, flexible, but not a lot of support.

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Updates to Nike Free RN Flyknit

  • The major update of the Nike Free RN Flyknit is in its midsole. It is redesigned to enhance flexibility. It utilizes the IU002 carrier system that provides a soft cushioning while enhancing flexibility.
  • It also features the Auxetic Tri-Star outsole that is designed to give added traction and flexibility in each step. With this outsole, the foot moves more naturally and comfortably.

Nike Free RN Flyknit size and fit

The Nike Free RN Flyknit is ½ size larger than the standard running shoe size. It is narrow in the heel and has low volume in the midfoot. This shoe is available in standard D and B widths for men’s and women’s version. This shoe accommodates comfortably those with narrow to medium-size foot measurements.


Outsole

The outsole of the Nike Free RN Flyknit is made up of durable rubber material that gives reliable traction while running on the road. Along with this is the Auxetic Tri-Star geometry that delivers maximum flexibility in each step.


Midsole

The midsole utilizes the IU002 carrier system that is engineered to provide a soft cushioning and responsive ride. This works perfectly with the fused lunar that gives added cushioning for protection and comfort.


Upper

The Nike Free RN Flyknit features a single-seam Flyknit upper that provides a sock-like feel while giving maximum breathability. The Dyanamic Flywire cables are woven into the upper to provide necessary support in every step.