Facts

  • Use

    Workout

    Shoes with optimum cushioning, lateral support, and flexibility for daily workouts and studio sessions. See workout shoes

    CrossFit

    Versatile, low-profile shoes for constantly varied exercises including plyometrics, sprinting, weightlifting, and rope climbing. See CrossFit shoes

    Weightlifting

    Heavy-duty shoes with a wedge and an elevated heel that create a sturdy platform and promote ankle mobility. See weightlifting shoes

    Walking

    Shoes for daily wear that ensure a smooth walking gait cycle. Check out walking shoes

  • Arch support

    Neutral

    For people with normal pronation. Also provide support for high-arched feet with underpronation (excessive outward rolling of the foot). See neutral training shoes

    Stability

    For people with low-arched or flat feet and moderate overpronation (excessive inward rolling of the foot). See stability training shoes

    Motion control

    Shoes feature stabilizing technologies for people with severe overpronation. See motion control training shoes

    Good to know

    Stability and motion control add-ons are uncommon for workout shoes and are never present in CrossFit or weightlifting footwear. They are mostly found in walking shoes where the gait is easier to correct.

  • Price
    $100
  • Weight
    Men: 10oz
    Women: 8oz

    Weight

    Training footwear typically weighs between 200g and 300g per shoe to accommodate agile workouts. Minimalist trainers go as low as 150g, while weightlifting shoes can go as high as 500g.

  • Width
    Men: Normal
    Women: Normal, Wide
  • Release date
    Unknown
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The Nike Free TR 8 continues the brand's line of lightweight training shoes. It can be easily confused with its counterpart, the Nike Free TR V8 due to the name. But despite the similar Free sole, the two shoes differ greatly in terms of construction and design.

The Nike Free TR 8 features a full-length rubber foam outsole. The unit is designed to be durable to withstand the wear and tear of high-intensity training. It features deep grooves and cutouts that facilitate flexion and expansion of the compound in every direction. It also serves as a shock-absorbing layer because of its soft nature.

The heel on this model is flatter and wider compared to its predecessor. This construction aims to deliver stability during exercises.

Such high-wear areas as the heel, the toe, and the ball are lined with an extra layer of rubber. This compound enhances the durability of the sole unit and increases traction.

The midsole of the Nike Free TR 8 is made of a soft foam. It is engineered to attenuate shock to keep the foot comfortable and free of any discomfort. The platform is created in a way that the sides near the heel are raised up. This wrap delivers stability during lateral movements. The Nike Free technology is also meant to give the wearer a barefoot-like experience with its lightweight and flexible nature.

This workout shoe from Nike sports a bootie silhouette. This slip-on design allows for the quick putting on or removal of the trainer.

Since it has an attached tongue, the lacing system serves to provide a snugger fit. The laces integrate with the Flywire cables which reinforce the lateral support of the upper.

The upper is made of a lightweight mesh which ensures that the foot chamber is well-ventilated during rigorous training. It is also designed to be durable to hold up against abrasion during training but still pliable to allow natural foot flexion. The synthetic component forms an external heel counter that keeps the rearfoot steady during dynamic exercises.

Inside the footgear is a full inner-sleeve which provides a sock-like fit. This smoothens the inside by hiding the seams and prevents them from irritating the foot.

What helps to keep the foot locked down is the lightly padded collar. It also prevents chafing of the ankle area. The pull tabs are attached on top of the tongue and behind the collar to help users quickly put on the trainer.

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