Shoes with optimum cushioning, lateral support, and flexibility for daily workouts and studio sessions. See workout shoes
Versatile, low-profile shoes for constantly varied exercises including plyometrics, sprinting, weightlifting, and rope climbing. See CrossFit shoes
Shoes for daily wear that ensure a smooth walking gait cycle. Check out walking shoes
For people with normal pronation. Also provide support for high-arched feet with underpronation (excessive outward rolling of the foot). See neutral training shoes
For people with low-arched or flat feet and moderate overpronation (excessive inward rolling of the foot). See stability training shoes
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.
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For athletes who want a decently stable shoe for casual workouts for a fair price, then the Nike Free TR V8 is a good choice.
Updates to Nike Free TR V8
- The Nike Free TR V8 was crafted for male athletes who need reliable footwear for intensive, high-impact workouts. It is an update to the acclaimed Nike Free training shoe series which aims to create flexible and weightless trainers for a natural foot experience.
- The new model gets a serious makeover compared to its predecessor, the Free Trainer v7. The only reminder of the previous design lies in the half-sleeve upper construction with a fully attached tongue. The lateral and medial sides are now reinforced with the TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) wings that integrate with the lacing system for a locked-down fit and support.
- The foam midsole is made thicker in the new version. It extends up on both sides to cradle the foot for extra stability during side-to-side movements.
- The outsole ditched the triangular-shaped cuts in favor of a hexagonal pattern. It is meant to give more flexibility during multi-directional movements.
- The platform overall has been made wider for added steadiness. More cuts have been added throughout the sole for maximized pliability.
- The overall construction of the shoe makes it very similar to the Nike Free x Metcon, one of the brand’s acclaimed CrossFit shoes. The latter sports a sturdier and more reinforced to keep up with weightlifting and rope climbing exercises involved in a WOD.
Nike Free TR V8 size and fit
The Nike Free TR V8 is a male counterpart of the Nike Free TR8. It comes in US sizes 6 to 15 with half sizes available as well. It is offered in a standard D - Medium width. The fit can be adjusted with the help of a lacing system that also tightens and loosens the TPU wings on the sides.
The bottom part of the Nike Free midsole is dissected by hexagonal cuts. They allow the platform to bend in multiple directions, helping the foot move seamlessly throughout the training session. The edges on both sides of the sole have an abundance of flex grooves that contribute to the flexibility.
Rubber pods are added in the key areas of the outsole. They provide grip on gym surfaces and protect the platform from abrasion. The rubber compound at the front part also serves as a toe bumper for burpees and other exercises.
The Nike Free TR V8 sports a full-length EVA foam for lightweight cushioning. The back and side portions of the unit extend up to form a cradle. This construction keeps the foot in place during lateral movements.
A combination of textile and synthetics makes up the upper unit of the trainer. The material on the forefoot has a more open construction than the rest of the unit. Its ventilation pores help in keeping the inside aerated.
A thick synthetic overlay wraps the back of the shoe to form a heel counter. It is made firm to afford stability in the rearfoot.
The TPU wings render additional support on both sides of the footwear. Integrated with the lacing system, they lock the foot in the ankle area to provide lateral stability.
The flat laces easily slide through the metal eyelets, allowing for a quick fit adjustment. The Flywire cables can be seen in some of the eyelets. They become taut when the laces are tightened to give extra support in the midfoot.
- As the new season approaches, the brand releases one of its high impact-ready trainers in a broad array of new colorways. They pay homage to some of the prominent US colleges, including Ohio State, Florida, Michigan, Oregon State, among many others. Check out the brand's official website to find all of the available options.