The 2019 Nike Free can be purchased on Nike.com. Both the Free 3.0 (S$209) and 5.0 (S$159) are available for men and women.
What’s new in the 2019 iteration?
The promise is that Nike Free lets feet flex, splay and move the way they want. Built on a more anatomically shaped last than traditional running models, the 2019 Nike Free Running Collection introduces new elements that enable a more barefoot-like feel than predecessor versions.
Because Nike Free is intended for lower-mileage runs (three miles, or approximately 4.8km, or less), the foam cushioning in the new Nike Free midsoles is firmer – closer to that of the original 2004 model to promote a more barefoot-like feel underfoot, flatter and lower to the ground, delivering greater connection and more natural range of motion than before.
The midsole now features siping along the top and bottom. Typically, siping is introduced in rubber surfaces to improve traction. The siping in the Nike Free 2019 is said to increase dorsi and plantar flexion. Based on data mapping, varying depths in the sipes are placed where the foot naturally wants to bend and stretch to enhance the feeling of movement and to allow for more natural foot motion.
The Free RN 5.0 and Free RN Flyknit 3.0
The minimal uppers, a thin-stretch mesh with a minimal lacing system for the 5.0 and a lace-less Nike Flyknit with a secondary lock-down overlay for the 3.0, were designed to enhance the natural, second skin aspect of the shoes. There’s a nod to the in-depth science behind the original shoes in overall aesthetic too, with some of the design lines come from the natural shape of the foot, for example. The smaller Swoosh symbolizes the shoe’s lower-mileage intent.
History of Free
The idea behind Free originated in 2001 when Nike designers saw Stanford University runners cooling down barefoot on the grass infield of the school’s track (their coach thought this improved foot health). What the designers learned, after studying the bare foot in motion on grass for more than a year, was that the foot had a more natural foot strike and flexed more, and, over time, runners reaped benefits such as more foot flexibility, better balance and improved strength.
The 2019 Nike Free Singapore release can be purchased on Nike.com. Both the Free 3.0 and 5.0 are available in cuts for men and women.
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