Last April 7, Nike Philippines launched their latest shoe offering: the Nike Free Collection. We were given the chance to try out the shoes and join the Nike Run Club session that evening with Coach Rio dela Cruz and other Nike coaches and pacers.
We were asked to choose from 10k, 5k and 3k with different pace times. I decided to join the 3k runners just to have a feel of the Nike Free RN Flyknit that was assigned to me for review. To be honest, it is completely hard to judge a shoe when it is brand new because your feet will need to make adjustments first. That’s the reason we don’t use brand new shoes for racing, right? I can’t say if its good for long distance races because I only ran it for 3k (haha). Aesthetically though, the shoes are very beautiful. The colors are bright and the flyknit material and design was great as always.
I wish I could’ve use the shoes longer so I can say more things about it but to give you more details about the Nike Free RN Flyknit, here’s the official Press Release:
NIKE FREE RN FLYKNIT
The zonally engineered, lightweight Flyknit upper combines a sock-like fit with a classic silhouette that molds to the foot. The midsole features the same expansive auxetic technology with a brand new, softer IU foam for additional underfoot comfort.
Building upon over a decade of Nike Free innovation, Nike unveils new additions to its Free footwear family. Each features a progressive geometric auxetic midsole designed to enable an athlete’s natural motion and develop strength, whether they are running or training.
Drawing upon new studies that reveal how the foot expands and contracts upon impact with and liftoff from the ground, the splaying, auxetic midsole mimics how the body and foot react to force. It absorbs shock while accounting for the dual-plane expansion in foot size — approximately one size in length and two sizes in width — that occurs throughout an athlete’s foot strike.
Moreover, the multi-directional outsole flexibility closely mimics this changing shape, whether an athlete is moving linearly in running or multi-directionally in training. The resulting flexibility puts the foot, rather than the shoe, in control. Or, as explained by three-time gold medal sprinter Allyson Felix, “Using Nike Free footwear in my training is all about strengthening my feet. I really like having that natural movement in my shoes. Everyone’s feet are different, so it’s great to have a shoe that really moves with you.”