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The FREE RUN allows for improved natural foot movement compared to conventional shoes, which results in the FREE RUN being a great strength trainer for your feet. Depending on your ability and development, the FREE RUN may be a useful training tool for strides and drills to augment your daily running or it maybe your preferred daily training shoe. Either way, it is one comfortable shoe.

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Width D=Medium

How It Fits

This shoe fits like a glove; hugs close to the foot and can be worn sockless; runners who prefer a roomy fit should go up a half size

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Medium
  • Midfoot: Low to medium volume
  • Forefoot: Medium to narrow
  • Toe-Box height: Low
  • Arch Structure: Medium height

Weight: 8.8 oz (size 9)

Product Lifecycle

  • Release date: July 2010
  • Color update: August 2010
  • Model discontinued: Unknown
  • Heritage: Free 5.0 V4

Introducing the Free Run+, a minimum featured shoe designed for neutral or supinating runners. As a replacement for Nike Free 5.0, the Free Run delivers a more barefoot-like ride due to the higher resolution siping pattern. This shoe has a ? shape.

Comments: The hands down greatest shoe I have ever purchased. I wanted to get into barefoot running but felt it wasn't safe enough. So I grabbed some Free Runs. They have ample cushoning and have more flexibility than you will ever need. I have had other minimalistic shoes and they even feel stiff compared to these. Definetly a Free wearer for life.
From: Joe, Hendersonville, TN, USA

Comments: Love this shoe, came from the Free 5.0 v4 and this shoe is pretty close to that one.  Have 200 miles on the Free Runs including a handful of 10+ millers and a half marathon.  Really no complaints so far, feet feel great, no injuries.  I would suspect I will pick up another pair at the end of the summer.
From: Jeff, Baldwin, NY USA

Comments: It's a nice, light and very comfortable shoe.  I usually wear Brooks Ghost and Launch.  Also very nice shoes.  Also very minimalist shoes.  This has a much more flexible forefoot then either of the Brooks.  Now for a "barefoot" like shoe I must say the mid to rear foot is very substantial, not all that different from a more traditional neutral shoe.  When I first wore these they seemed fairly unresponsive but I have gotten used to them and enjoy them more and more.  A nice shoe but nothing really radical about them.  I would get them again.
From: T-Bone, Seattle, WA, USA

Comments:  Pay double attention people: David does not know what he is talking about. The free run plus is the best running shoe I have ever put on my feet. It is very light and has just the right amount of cushioning. As far as heel strike he is wrong again...If you heel strike it is because you want to, I have no trouble whatsoever running on my forefoot. Thus far I have run 63 miles in these shoes with a long of 11 miles. I have had no problems with these shoes and  my feet feel stronger than ever. For seven years I ran in motion control, stability, cushioning and finally the free run plus. Trust me this is a very good shoe, if you don't believe me go to other web sites and read their reviews. When you do buy the free plus, run 2 or 3 miles in them and then put on your old heavy clunkers...you will not believe the difference. The lighter and more flexible shoe the better and this one is a winner!!!!!
From: Gary, Savannah, Georgia,  United States

Comments:  Pay attention people.  If you are looking for a barefoot shoe...this is not it!  The only thing that even remotely promotes barefoot running is the flexability of the sole...other than that you are out of luck.  The heel is designed much taller than your typical barefoot shoe, who knows why it just is.  This promotes a heel strike, and there is hardly any protection on the heel.  I have a slight overpronation and if I am going to strike heel first I NEED some support.  This shoe gave me none of that and as a result, my first 3 mile run I actually suffered an ankle injury.

Serves me right for trying to run in something other than VIBRAM FIVE FINGERS.  If you are going for a shoe to supplement your "off" days (days you arent going totally barefoot) go with the Asics DS or something like that.  If you are looking for barefoot trainers, look elsewhere...LOOK AT THE VIBRAMS. Typical run: 15-30 mi a week.
From: David, Oklahoma City, OK, USA

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

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

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

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