The Nike Free has been designed for runners completing lower distance routes, so the models’ foam cushioning in the midsoles is firmer, flatter and lower to the ground – delivering greater connection and more natural range of motion than before. Nike have used data mapping to test out varying depths to where the foot naturally wants to bend and stretch to enhance the feeling of movement and to allow for more natural foot motion.
Both models are lower to the ground, with The Nike Free RN 5.0 sitting 2mm lower and 26-percent more flexible and the Nike Free RN Flyknit 3.0 1mm lower to the ground than the 2018 models.
Both shoes featue minimal uppers complete with a thin-stretch mesh with a minimal lacing system for the 5.0 and a lace-less Nike Flyknit with a secondary lock-down overlay for the 3.0. Design lines following the natural shape of the foot are included to mirror the research put into the models, with the smaller Swooshes symbolizing the shoe’s shorter-distance design. Check out the alternate iterations of both silhouettes below.