The new Nike Frees feature an offset that is lower to the ground than previous designs (4mm lower for the Flyknit 3.0, and 2mm lower for the Free 5.0). In regular person speak, this means that your foot is closer to the ground. It's that whole "mimicking running barefoot" thing, you know, without actually having to run barefoot because that germ situation would be out of control. Nike also firmed up the midsole from previous iterations because this version is designed for lower mileage.
Plus, they both just look super cool. And really, that's what's important right? The shoes were designed to be more "anatomically shaped," which sounds kind of sexual, but cool. Basically, that means in addition to design innovations that make the shoe feel like a second skin, the shoe features design lines that pay tribute to the shape of the foot. Oh, and the smaller swoosh on the shoes symbolizes the low-mileage purpose of the shoe (I live for a hidden message). If you’re training for a marathon, you might need something with more cushioning, but these are gold for your 5Ks.
The 2019 Nike Free Running Collection is available for purchase for members on March 20, and retail on April 4.
Head's up (ha!)—you can now meditate while you run.
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