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  • Terrain


    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


    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 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

    Daily running

    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.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
  • Weight
    Men: 8.2oz
    Women: 6.6oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 8mm
    Women: 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 height
    Men: 28mm
    Women: 28mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 20mm
    Women: 20mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
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We spent 6.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The 5th version of the Free Shield features a water-resistant upper better comfort and protection.
  • It is very responsive, according to several testers.
  • Although it is of average weight, this running shoe runs a lot lighter than its weight based on the remarks of several users.
  • Comfort is something that many testers appreciated.
  • The shoe is a bit flexible as noted by a handful of runners.
  • 9 color combinations for an insane number of choices.
  • The Flywire technology gives the shoe a better personalized fit.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some testers were confused about the shoe’s lack of plush cushioning.
  • A very small number of runners were frustrated that the soles came apart without piling enough miles on this shoe.

Bottom line

The Nike Free Shield 5.0 provides great arch support for neutral and mild over-pronators. It uses an 8mm offset with a relatively high stack height that both heel and midfoot strikers will agree on. This can rightfully be called a lightweight trainer that can do very well in marathons and ultra-long runs.


Expert Reviews

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84 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 88 / 100 | Live Life Active

    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!

  • 80 / 100 | Moderate Indulgence

    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.

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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.