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.
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Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.
Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.
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If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.
WeightMen: 8.2ozWomen: 6.6oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 8mmWomen: 8mm
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 heightMen: 28mmWomen: 28mm
Forefoot heightMen: 20mmWomen: 20mm
WidthMen: normalWomen: normal
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84 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews
These will be a major go-to for my outdoor fall and winter running since they are so weather resistant with flashes of bright colors. Woohoo!
A word to the wise – if you are looking into buying these, do know that these shoes run 1/2 to 1 full size small.
Updates to Nike Free Shield 5.0
- Changes in small measures make up the story of the Free Shield 5.0. It features a new lining that effectively repels water and adds more comfort in the shoe. With a single update, Nike enhances weather protection and interior feel in this new upper material.
- For the first time in this line, the Phylite midsole is included. Made with company-exclusive material, this foam has enhanced durability and cushioning in a lightweight package. Runners can expect a little more out of the midsole as the 5th version of the Free Shield can be used in a variety of ways.
Nike Free Shield 5.0 size and fit
The fit and sizing of the Free Shield 5.0 follows those of the past model. It has average measurements in the heel to the forefoot. Runners should be very comfortable with the generous volume in the forefoot for more comfort and breathability. Nike offers medium as the available width of this shoe while sizes are from 7 to 14 for the men’s and 5 to 11 for the women’s.
Waffle lugs comprise a large portion of the midfoot to the forefoot in the outsole. These lugs enhance the grip of the shoe on different surfaces like road and track. Providing a long-lasting element to the outsole is the durable BRS 1000 carbon rubber in areas affected most by heavy impact.
The midsole is carved with Transtarsal Glex Grooves or horizontal cuts just below the toes for enhanced flexibility and transition. Keeping shock right around the heel and absorbing the impact is a gender-specific crash pad. Nike features the Phylite midsole foam in this line for the first time. It is a midsole foam that is noted for its lightweight durability and cushioning.
A seamless upper that hugs the foot in comfort is the main feature in this section. Right beneath the breathable mesh is the H20 Repel Mesh or material that keeps water off. For light snow or drizzle, the material keeps the foot warm and dry. The iconic Flywire technology connects the sole and the entire upper for a secure and comfortable fit. 360-degree reflectivity is something that will be indispensable when the running in low-light areas or conditions is a must.