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Nike Free Runs!

Tuesday, 4 June 2013  |  Paul

It’s the best Friday of the month guys! Pay day! After paying off all the boring stuff, rent, bills etc. what will you be treating yourself to?

Mine’s going to be the Nike Free Runs I’ve wanted for years, they’re pretty expensive and as a student I could never really justify paying over £100 on a pair of shoes where the aim is to get sweaty and wear them out. But I’ve decided to treat myself to them this month and being a UK size 4 has paid off as I can buy from the kids section which is a lot cheaper! Sorry if you’re bigger than a 5.5!

So I’ve wanted a pair of Nike Free Runs since they bought out the 1st generation in 2010, everyone was raving about this barefoot running or natural running and these were the trainers to help you do it. The Nike Free Run 5.0’s are the most supportive out of the free range; the flex outsole which is made up of deep cuts along the length and width of the midsole, still allows for that natural range of motion. This also encourages a smooth, efficient stride and helps maintain stability. The Free Run 2.0 and 3.0 are a lot less supportive for people that want the most natural barefoot run.

Nike, after learning that Stanford athletes had been training barefoot on the university’s golf course, three of their most innovative and creative employees set out to develop a shoe that felt natural and weightless, similar to bare feet. In 2002, they examined a group of men and women with pressure measuring insoles taped to their feet, using high-speed cameras to capture images of each foot in motion. The team spent eight years studying the biomechanics of shoeless running and have developed the Free Run range with attention to every movement and shock the feet endure whilst running.

After trying these on countless times in the shop, they are a dream to wear. The soles are so comfortable and enable the foot to roll freely, whilst the “flywires” support the mid foot and arch from underneath the shoe. I know they’re not to everyone’s taste, but I personally love the way they look.

The only down side for me is the inside, I know they’re primarily designed for that barefoot feel, but for me they do not provide nowhere near enough support. I suppose it might actually be a good thing that the insides are so basic as you can easily add an insole. I would recommend the Sorbothane or Spenco Ironman range and both have 10% off when your order 2 or insoles all with free UK delivery.

Happy Friday everyone and have a great weekend whatever you do!