Comments: After shying away from Nike trainers, I thought I would give the Free's a go, since they are so popular. I ran about 80+ miles a week in this shoe, mostly around 6:50-7:15 per mile pace. I hate EVA foam on outsoles, so I was ecstatic when I found that the Free 3.0's have a soft rubber outsole. I have 400 miles in mine and I would say that I could get maybe another 100 miles out of them. The first thing I noticed out of the box is that these shoes are super comfortable, I can see just buying a pair of these for casual wear. They are flexible in all directions, and so far, the upper has held up (although I see a long rip on the inside of each, but structurally they are fine). Don't use these for trail running at all, the grooves hold rocks (which doesn't annoy me that much, like it does some people), and they are slippery on wet surfaces. I will say that if you plan on wearing these with socks, I would recommend sizing up a half size. I ordered true to size and found wearing socks with them bordering on being tight. Barefoot, however, they were fine. If your feet sweat a lot like mine, and you wear these barefoot, they WILL hold the odor. If there is one complaint I have, it is that these things hold odor. These are the only running shoes I have had lately that have done this. Also, the insoles are glued in, but can be easily taken out. One of mine came unglued and got bunched up in my shoe during a run, so I just ripped them both out. They actually feel a bit better without them, in my opinion. These are good daily trainers, not something I would do track work or workouts in.
From: Jarrod, Maine, USA. June 13th 2014
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.
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