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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
$150
Weight
Men: 7.9oz
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 5.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • The sock-like fit of the upper and the plush interior make the ride very comfortable in the Free RN Motion.
  • The durability is exceptionally good, based on several comments.
  • It is very light.
  • The flexibility is incredibly designed for more natural running, noted some testers.
  • It has plusher cushioning than other Free versions.
  • The breathable coverage ensures a cool and dry run.
  • A few testers liked the quick transitions.
  • The traction is versatile where terrain goes, even in wet conditions, based on a good number of observations.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A handful of runners felt the Free RN Motion is a little expensive.
  • Some said that the upper could have used a little more structure.

Bottom line

The Free RN Motion takes the natural running principle in the Free to another level in the form of a new midsole/outsole design. It is light, very flexible, and offers tons of comfort. The shoe is built to last for speed training or ultra-long runs.


Rankings


Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 266 ratings

5 star
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4 star
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2 star
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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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85 / 100 based on 12 expert reviews

  • 84 / 100 by Eric Kim Photography • Eric Kim • Level 1 expert

     It fits like a sock, is uber-flexible, and breathable for your long sessions on the streets.

  • 80 / 100 by One Up Reviewz • One Up Reviewz • Level 1 expert

    Great for gym and running. A great workout shoe.

  • 86 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Ruggero Loda • Level 5 expert

    The auxetic construction in the Motion Flyknit is the most prominent, providing the most natural run that the FREE lineup has offered to date.

  • 90 / 100 by 9 Run • Stan • Level 3 expert

    The prettiest thing about the whole shoe also happens to be the most effective: its sole.

  • 90 / 100 by Running Competitor • Jonathan Beverly • Level 2 expert

    And yet the shoe didn’t feel minimal—the cushioning underfoot is enough so you don’t have to brace yourself for touchdown on any surface, but they don’t feel at all marshmallowy.

  • 83 / 100 by Pocket-lint • Stuart Miles • Level 2 expert

    It is not a soft run by any means, and we wouldn’t feel comfortable running more than 10km in them for fear of our calves and an overall lack of ankle support, but there was plenty of spring to cope with bursts of acceleration

  • 86 / 100 by Men's Journal • Men's Journal • Level 1 expert

    Not only does the Free RN Motion Flyknit use a siped sole, but the deep grooves are cut in geometric shapes to allow the bottom unit to splay with the foot's natural contraction and expansion as it moves through the gait cycle.

  • 85 / 100 by Style Pilot • Charlotte Clarke • Level 1 expert

    The main feature we were all impressed with is that the sole mimics the biomechanics of your foot, flexing and contracting to provide a natural ride.

  • 84 / 100 by Yahoo Tech • Adam Chase • Level 1 expert

    The bottom line: This shoe is all about flexibility and the mobility you experience from the accordion-like, morphing sensation.

  • 80 / 100 by Finish Line • Kim Nguyen • Level 1 expert

    The upper and sole work symbiotically with the sole to deliver the perfect and most natural ride of any Free.

  • 79 / 100 by Wear Testers • Noah Goldowitz • Level 1 expert

    Using heat, instead of glue, they fused two foams into one piece that still features an IU foam carrier and soft IP core but introduces more cushioning than past Nike Free models.

  • 70 / 100 by Hypebeast • T.S. Fox • Level 1 expert

    Now more than a decade later, Nike is still fine-tuning the tech, offering a number of evolutions on the plush, flexible, low-profile design in the years since its debut.

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Updates to Nike Free RN Motion Flyknit

  • Nike comes up with an innovative and revolutionary design in the outsole that take free running to an even better level. It calls the new technology as having “auxetic properties” that allow the shoe to move laterally and medially with the foot. This is a technology that delivers custom-like support and structure to every part of the shoe.
  • Another new technology in the offing is a new midsole foam set up. The two layers of foam are molded together to give responsive cushioning with an element of on-demand stability.
  • The upper also features a new 3D Flyknit that hugs the skin with every stride and a Strobel that affords added cushioning and comfort without taking away ground feedback and the natural running principle of the Free RN Motion.

Nike Free RN Motion Flyknit size and fit

The fit of the Nike Free RN Motion from the heel to the forefoot is quite snug in a comfortable way. There is almost a sock-like feel that is in no way constricting. Runners can enjoy enough space in the forefoot for the toes to splay. Medium is the available width of the shoe. Sizes are accurate in options 6 to 17 for the men’s and 4 to 12 for the women’s.


Outsole

The outsole looks ordinary in its siped configuration, which is known to add excellent flexibility. However, Nike uses an innovative geometric pattern to give the outsole almost a natural flexible movement that works in conjunction with every stretch of the foot through the gait cycle. It creates a new process that even the outsole really moves like a second skin.


Midsole

The midsole is a mix of the responsive Lunar foam that is enveloped in an IU foam. Nike shapes the new midsole to form a wall, which is also elevated on the medial side. It creates a guide that only produces a corrective measure that is evident only when the runner excessively rolls inward after landing. There is stability for neutral runners as well, particularly those whose form suffers after long hours on the road. The new design works with the 8mm offset for a more effective and smoother heel to toe transition.


Upper

A 3D Flyknit upper covers almost the entire shoe that it feels like a sock with a midsole and an outsole. Nike’s natural running principle behind the Free line is substantially displayed in this Flyknit. The heel is quite pliable and completes the second-skin feel of the Free RN Motion. Traditional laces keep the fit secure all through the run.