Nike Men’s Free 5.0 Running Shoe

One of many winning series from Nike, Free promises flexible design and lightweight support ideal for runners. Their Free 5.0 is marketed as a minimalist shoe, which doesn’t sound all that promising if you have high arches. But we still believe this model gives plenty of support for those who need it. Made from a […]

Last updateSeptember 25, 2018
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Nike Men’s Free 5.0 Running Shoe

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One of many winning series from Nike, Free promises flexible design and lightweight support ideal for runners. Their Free 5.0 is marketed as a minimalist shoe, which doesn’t sound all that promising if you have high arches. But we still believe this model gives plenty of support for those who need it.

Made from a combination of synthetic and mesh materials, the uppers boast great ventilation, which adds to dryness and comfort. Flywire Technology is used to improve the level of support given by these shoes. This is done by installing cables that hold the shoe in place without adding too much weight. Nike’s Phylite midsoles are made from Phylon EVA foam, which we’ve found to be even more comfortable than Cushlon.

Guess what:

There is more to these shoes than what we’ve discussed so far. For instance, we haven’t mentioned how breathable their mesh uppers seemed to us after trying them out. They also have no-sew overlays, which are supposed to add to both stability and durability without making the shoes themselves heavier. And as far as we can tell, they’re doing exactly that.

Also, Free 5.0 comes with rubber outsoles that give a nice enough grip, at least if you’re not a professional athlete. But their best feature is definitely the hexagonal flex grooves you can see on the outsoles. The purpose of these is to allow for multidirectional movement, providing increased flexibility and improved comfort. To top it all off, the shoes themselves are quite durable.

Here’s the deal:

There are two downsides to opting for these shoes. If you have wide feet, you might find them a bit too narrow. Also, we’ve found that although they provide plenty of support to the rest of the foot, the heel area doesn’t boast such a great design. As a result, these might be a bit uncomfortable to those used to having their heel firmly fixed in place.

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  • Synthetic and mesh uppers
  • Flywire Technology
  • Phylite midsoles
  • Rubber outsoles
  • Hexagonal flex grooves
  • No-sew overlays
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