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With low weight, high flexibility, and a personalized upper fit, the Nike Free Run+ 3 offers minimal cushioning and a semi-soft ride.


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For those new to minimalist running, the Nike Free Run 3 offers a welcome break from traditional running shoes. Its midsole is light and flexible, but still offers ample padding and protection from the road. The slightly lowered heel allows for a more natural footstrike, but has enough cushion for heel strikers as well. The upper is secure and stretchy, with an adaptable arch that wraps your foot for a personalized fit.

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Weight: 8.4 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (23mm), Forefoot (15mm)

Available Widths: D=Medium

How It Fits (based on width D) 

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


The Free Run+ 3 is a minimum featured, minimum neutral shoe designed for speedwork, racing, 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.
  • Crash pad at the bottom of the heel is a decoupled, gender-specific unit that reduces impact shock and corrects over pronation.
  • Nike Free sipes uses gender-specific flex grooves to allow barefoot-like flexibility and stability.
  • Transtarsal Flex Grooves are deep outsole cuts running diagonally under the midfoot area for increased flexibility and mobility.
  • Nanoply is a seamless, ultra-thin upper material, that helps to support the foot in specific areas while allowing breathable stretch in other areas.
  • Free-specific mesh has a stitch-free design for breathable, barefoot comfort.
  • Dynamic Fit uses a supportive inner sleeve that wraps under the arch and around the midfoot for increased arch support and an adaptive fit.
  • Asymmetrical lacing wraps the foot to the shoe and relieves pressure over the top ridge of the foot.
  • 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.
  • Waffle lugs built into the Phylite outsole compress on impact for increased cushioning.
  • BRS 1000 carbon rubber provides durable traction.

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: Initially, I disliked the feel of this shoe, but after a short break-in period (just 10 mi), it has become one of the best shoes I've worn for long training runs. I still use the Nike Free Run 2, but the Free Run 2 feels too bulky and high in comparison... and I loved the Free Run 2. The ride of the Free Run 3 is a lot more responsive than the Free Run 2, yet more cushy if that makes sense. I believe this is due to the lower profile midsole. The tongue doesn't bother me as it always stays in place. Reducing the space in between the grooves of the outsole has prevented sticks and stones from getting caught in them. While I like the styling and color combinations of the the Free Run 2 more, the Free Run 3 is still a good looking shoe. Plus, looks don't matter as much to me as comfort and I am very comfortable in these shoes. This is a truly great training shoe and for me, an upgrade. Some info on me: narrow-to-normal foot, 6:30 pace for half-marathon, forefoot striker, and I use this shoe for training, but not for racing/uptempo runs.
From: Gio, Irvine, CA, USA

Comments: I got the volt color, they look great. They are super comfortable but I am a little bit distracted by the iPod dock area. It seems the be noticeably different feeling than the other shoe. I wish the fom insert was more accurately designed. It's not like the shoe with it is uncomfortable but I am so picky about being symmetric and I don't use the nike+ feature. I never expected the insert to be so large. Still, overall, these are awesome, they really fit like a glove, and look cooler than any other running shoe I have seen. You can remove the top part of the iPod dock and it makes it a little bit better feeling.
From: Sean, Florida

Comments: I like Free Run+ 2s more on the condition there is no tongue sliding around while I am running. However, I did like the 5.0 v4 midsole, and the volt colorway looks nice.
From: Malakai, Johannesburg, South Africa

Comments: Can't disagree more - I luv the return to the tongue and style of the 5.0 v4 - the bootie was an ill-conceived concept and suited none of the group I run with.
From: Bruce, Calgary, AB, Canada

Comments: I absolutely love the 2, I sent the 3 back (and bought another pair of 2's).  I don't know why they changed the no tongue, sock-like fit of the 2, which was perfect.  The 3 is softer, and bouncier, and still feels like a Free, but the tongue and lace area needs to go back to something more like the 2.
From: John, Chantilly, VA, USA

Comments: The 3 feels more cushioned than the 2, but I still like the overall fit and ride of the 2 better.  Adding the tongue was a mistake..
From: Victor, Leesburg, VA, USA