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Featuring an ultra-flexible platform to allow for natural movement of the foot, the Nike Free 3.0 v5 offers minimal cushioning and a semi-firm ride.


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Slip on the Nike Free 3.0 v5 and let your feet take control. The thin midsole brings you close to the ground but provides soft cushioning and impact protection, while deep sipes allow the shoe to flex naturally with your foot. An open mesh upper offers a seamless fit for sock-like comfort, making the Free 3.0 v5 a wearable option all day, everyday.

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Weight: 7.2 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (21mm), Forefoot (17mm)

Available Widths: D=Medium

How It Fits (based on width D)

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Medium to narrow
  • Midfoot: Low volume
  • Forefoot: Medium to narrow
  • Toe-Box Height: Low
  • Arch Structure: Medium
  • Shoe Shape: Curved


The Free 3.0 v5 is a minimum neutral, minimum featured shoe intended for racing, tempo runs, and daily training.


  • Phylite uses a lightweight midsole material designed for a resilient ride with enough durability to double as an outsole.


  • Phylite uses a lightweight midsole material designed for a resilient ride with enough durability to double as an outsole.
  • Nike Free sipes uses gender specific flex grooves to allow barefoot-like flexibility and stability.
  • Transtarsal Flex Groove is a continual groove that runs the length of the shoe for improved flexibility and more natural foot movement.


  • Engineered mesh comprises the upper, providing lightweight breathability.
  • Bootie Tongue construction combines the tongue and upper into one seam-free piece for next-to-skin comfort.
  • Molded sockliner mimics the curvature of the foot for a closer fit and underfoot cushioning.
  • Strobel Last with the upper stitched to full length fabric for a comfortable underfoot feel.


  • BRS 1000 carbon rubber is located along the heel for durability.

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

  • Neutral
    • Min
    • Mod
  • Support
    • Min
    • Mod
    • Max
  • Motion Control
    • Mod
    • Max

Heel-Toe Offset (mm): What's This?

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+

Stack Height:

  • Barefoot
  • Minimal
  • Low
  • Medium
  • High
  • Maximal


  • Road
  • Road-Trail
  • Hard Trail
  • Varied Trail
  • Soft Trail

Shoe Type:

  • Premium
  • Standard
  • Performance
  • Racing

Customer Reviews

Comments: Train properly, run a Ultra in this shoe and you will never again settle for anything else.
From: Lewes, Delaware, USA

Comments: I had my greatest results running in the original Nike Free 3.0 v1. I wanted to try some other brands of minimalist shoes after that. None of them worked nearly as well, so I eventually returned to Nike Free running shoes, by that time the v4 model. The lower was again perfect for me, but the upper caused blistering on the sides of my heels. I repurposed the v4 as walking shoes (perfect) and bought a pair of v5 shoes. The upper now matches the perfection of the lower, at least for me. I'll be sticking with Nike Free running shoes as long as they continue being what works best for me.
From: Adam, Milwaukee, WI, USA

Comments: Took these out for my first run, initially to test them out for a quick 5-miler, but these shoes felt so good that I continued running an additional 9 miles. These are in the minimal category, but for me, these have enough cushioning to go for long distances. I loved the V1, V2, and V3. The V4 was too restrictive and lacked breathability because of the plastic overlays. The V5 returns to the open mesh design and I absolutely love it. I instantly returned to the Running Warehouse site at bought another pair in a different color. 
From: Gio, Irvine, CA, USA

Comments: I purchased this shoe two weeks before the Boston Marathon and after one run I knew this was my race shoe. I've previously trained in the Free Run but never ran in the 3.0. The transition from the Free Run to the 3.0 was smooth. They performed well and left my feet in good condition after the race. I typically wear a racing flat and end up with blisters and black toe nails. I'm looking forward to training in these shoes.
From: Philadelphia

Comments: These are a much needed update to the Free 3.0 V4. I really enjoyed the V3 and ran my first marathon in them. The V4 just didn't have the open, flexible upper that the previous version did. So when these became available I was at the very least skeptical. But I have now put in 100+ miles in the V5 and have fallen in love again. These will be on my feet for my next 2 marathons. The upper has a mesh overlay that is very soft and comfy. The interior part of the upper has been reduced dramatically. It has some around the heel and under the lacing, but has been removed everywhere else. Perfect solution to the overheating problems of V4. Everything else is the same as V4, the sole is identical, but why change something that works well. I got over 500 miles on my V3 and wonder why other shoe companies cannot make a rubber compound as durable as the free's rubber sole material. Other exposed EVA shoes just get shredded too quickly for my 200 pound frame. I keep trying other brands and models, but I always come back to the Frees.
From: Brett, Olive Branch, MS, USA