Nike Free, which encompasses a number of shoes with small distinctions between them, just reached its 10 year mark and to celebrate the occasion Nike overhauled many of the key models including our pick: the Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit. From the ground up, the Free 4.0 Flyknit is all-new: a new hexagonal flex pattern in the midsole (the free’s distinctive feature) allows for even more flexibility in every direction and a new rounded heel promotes a more natural footstrike. The upper gets the Flyknit treatment and truly showcases the technology. Last year’s Free Flyknit had the technology but was attached to an overly narrow and odd shape, this all-new shoe mates the Flyknit upper to a wider, more anatomical last – for most feet there should be some wiggle room in the toes - and even with a minimal, unstructured heel the Flyknit upper and integrated Flywire offer an incredibly secure heel and midfoot fit. Another big improvement over previous versions is much more room for fit adjustments with a full 6 pairs of lace eyelets.
The Free does have its limitations. With a lower heel-toe drop, low profile and high flexibility the shoe is not intended to be a primary running shoe for most and a bare minimum of rubber on the outsole will wear quickly if worn exclusively outdoors. As such, we recommend the Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit for indoor cross training and biomechanically efficient runners used to a flexible, low-drop shoe.
Available in limited quantities at Fleet Feet Kingspointe starting May 1st.