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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
$120
Weight
Men: 8.2oz
Women: 6.3oz
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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 10.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Many customers were pleasantly surprised with the colorways the Nike Free RN Flyknit 2017 came in.
  • Stylish and unique were a few of the adjectives that reviewers used when describing this shoe.
  • Several users commented on the high level of comfort this product brought them.
  • The design of the shoes is great for narrow feet, said one tester. This tester ordered the shoes without going a size up or down.
  • Some testers were blown away at how lightweight and flexible the shoes were.
  • Most reviewers used the Nike Free RN Flyknit 2017 as casual sneakers and as running shoes for short-distance running.

7 reasons not to buy

  • The shape of the shoe is narrower than other shoe models.
  • Reviewers noticed that the outsole sometimes collected small rocks.
  • One user mentioned that the soles of his Nike Free RN Flyknit 2017 seemed to have melted on the daytime asphalt during his first run.
  • The upper material felt too coarse and stiff, based on several reviews.
  • One reviewer said that he experienced a ton of creasing above the toe area.
  • Several users sensed that the shoes did not have much ankle support.
  • After about 10 miles of running, a tester wrote that she experienced pain coming from the top of her feet.

Bottom line

The Free RN Flyknit 2017 is another Nike shoe model that attempts to deliver the feeling of being close to the ground. Similar to its predecessor, its aim is to make runners feel a sense of freedom when running. To an extent, the shoes have achieved this goal with its lightweight and flexible design. It is suitable for runners who want a shoe that feels as though it is part of their foot.


Rankings


Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 842 ratings

5 star
67%
4 star
15%
3 star
6%
2 star
5%
1 star
7%

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Expert Reviews

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80 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 74 / 100 by RIZKNOWS • Jeff Rizzo • Level 2 expert

    One big negative this year is that I wouldn’t recommend wearing them without socks. Historically, that has been something I really like about the Nike Free FlyKnit models but the 2017 model FlyKnit upper is a little more coarse and harsh on your skin so definitely make sure to wear socks. The other reason I wouldn’t wear them barefoot is that the heel has a new strip of material on the inside that can ultimately end up causing blisters.

  • 85 / 100 by Live Mint • Vishal Mathur • Level 2 expert

    The outsole is perhaps the most interesting part of the 2017 edition. It has a tri-star pattern that is cut into the foam—it looks exactly like a web of triangles. The 2016 shoe had a flexible interconnected geometric-design outsole pattern; the 2017 tri-star evolution improves on this, extending equally both vertically and horizontally to match the movement of the feet. It offers the same grip as its predecessor on most conventional surfaces, such as concrete, a sand track or the treadmill surface. There is extra protection on the front and back of the outsole, for your toe and heel.

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Updates to Nike Free RN Flyknit 2017

  • The Free RN Flyknit 2017 has a few updates from its predecessor. The biggest improvement was made on the design of the upper. Replacing the ridged exterior of the shoe is a smoother, one-piece fabric that is overlay-free. This seamless design provides a sock-like fit, which follows the movement of the foot more naturally.
  • The logo on the tongue was also updated into something slicker and reflective. Replacing the former logo which looked like it was just stamped on, the updated logo now goes well with the modern exterior of the shoes.
  • The dynamic Flywire technology is still integrated into the lacing system of the shoes, delivering a more customized fit. But the system now has the addition of a single eyelet, found at the bottom, for added security. A set of cables has been removed from the top lace of the shoes to allow more flexibility and a look that’s less distracting.

Nike Free RN Flyknit 2017 size and fit

The Free RN Flyknit 2017 is larger than the usual. Online retailers suggest getting one that’s half-a-size small in order to get a more comfortable fit. Widths for the shoes also come in standard measurements. Because of the cone-shape of the toe box, these shoes will best fit narrow and medium feet.


Outsole

The outsole of the Nike Free RN Flyknit 2017 is unique. It has auxetic structures, which adjust to every step. These structures stretch and expand upon impact, keeping up with the foot’s pace and movement. The auxetic outsole also helps give the shoes moderate traction.


Midsole

The midsole of the Nike Free RN Flyknit 2017 uses a fused Lunar Core to deliver a responsive ride and soft underfoot cushioning to runners. This lightweight material is durable, protecting the shoe from early breakdown.

An IU002 Carrier system is also present in the midsole. This system mainly contributes to the soft cushioning and resilient ride of the shoes. It also gives optimal flexibility when needed.


Upper

True to its name, the upper is made up of Flyknit material which conforms to the shape of the foot. Aside from providing zoned stretches, it also allows the shoe to be breathable throughout. The material also provides a snug fit.

The heel is rounded in order for the shoe to roll with the ground on heel-strike. There is also a single seam on the inside of the heel so the entire design of the shoe looks like a single piece.

Feather-light Flywire cables work together with the laces to provide the wearer a more customized fit. These tiny cables are strategically placed on the upper of the shoe so when the laces tighten, the rest of the upper tightens as well.