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Ready to protect you from the dark and wet, the Nike Free Run+ 3 Shield is a flexible, low profile shoe featuring minimal cushioning and a semi-soft ride.


Important Shipping Note: U.S. sales only.


The Nike Free is now winter ready in the Free Run 3 Shield. A water resistant upper helps keep the wet out of your shoes, and reflective nanoply on the upper keeps you visible in dark conditions. An ultra flexible midsole with a 6mm heel-to-toe drop promotes a more natural stride, while a seamless upper with asymmetrical lacing gives you a form-fitting, socklike 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.
  • 360 degree Reflectivity covers the upper, making shoes highly visibility in low-light conditions.
  • 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.
  • H2O Repel Mesh is treated with DWR (durable water repellent) for a breathable and water-resistant shoe.
  • 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

Comments: My first shoe from the free family. I Had to go up by 0.5 in sizing. It took me about two weeks to fully break in the shoe by walking on campus wearing it all the day. Now it is so soft and the tongue end doesn't bother me anymore. The shield option is a well balanced property. After a month I took it for a light run of 3 miles. I believe it's a good shoe for rotation every other run with my traditional shoe. The only negative point is the inner side swoosh prints on both pairs started to come off so early. In comparison with the free run+2 (I got that on a sale on BF), Yes that is easier to wear sock-less and offers a little more volume to your feet. This (+3) feels lighter, more responsive, and softer both on the ground and in term of the support system, and wraps my ankle better. Overall I like the free run+3 better, specifically for running.
From: Babak, College Station ,TX, USA

Comments: Fits on the small side, consider buying 1 size up from your usual size. The forefoot is very wide and feels a little sloppy. Plenty of cushioning for longer distance runs. With the plush cushioned sole, the shoe doesn't have a lot of road feel or response. I'm not sure I would do tempo runs or shorter distance races in them. I picked up this shoe to go long in sloppy conditions. Thus far it seems like it will do the job adequately.
From: Matthew, San Diego, CA, USA