Everyone know’s I love running and I’m passionate about my sneakers. So when I received the new Nike Free Run Flyknit’s for review, I was ecstatic to say the least. At first glance the shoe immediately reminded me of Nike’s patented Huarache from the early 90’s. A shoe with advanced technology that combined the durability of an athletic cross-trainer with the snug comfort of a fitted sock. There’s no question that these are two vastly different shoes that serve two different purposes. However, my point is, that the Flyknit Free Run shares the same advanced technology as did the Huarache when it was first released.
Nike Flyknit technology introduced a new way to construct a shoe upper by creating a one-piece engineered upper made from knitting a single strand of yarn. They have created a durable, lightweight running shoe that stretches and supports the foot where it’s needed most. Because there is no bulky frame to the shoe, the upper conforms to your foot. “When slipping them on, they literally felt as though they were custom-made for my feet.” said Clif Matthew, an avid runner like myself and fellow Flyknit wearer. The shoes are intended to be worn without socks–and leave very little room to do so even if you tried–so I didn’t. My main concern with the shoes were how cold my feet would get during cold days and winter runs with no socks. The only way to test this, was to go for a 10k run in (-13) degrees C. The shoes held up against the elements and my feet felt great. The shoe is so intricately woven–that although its almost as flexible as a sock–the basket weave-like strands are breathable yet windproof.
This allows the generated heat–from your feet–while running to keep them warm and snug. The upper section of shoe–where the tongue would be on a traditional runner–has a ventilated air flow strip across the top that also helps to dissipate heat. Did I mention how advanced these shoes were? Nike thought of every detail when creating this shoe.
The sole of the shoe was something else I found pretty interesting. It’s concave bottom gives you the feeling of being projected forward with each step. the forward motion bounce keeps you squarely on the balls of your feet when running.
Like most Free Run’s, they appear to have limited ankle support. With that being said, these shoes would be best suited for intermediate to advanced runners as opposed to beginners who are still adapting to bare-foot running. Before transitioning into a pair of Free Run’s, developing strength and agility in your ankles is recommended.
Overall, the Nike Free Run Flyknit is one of the most comfortable and advanced running shoes on the market. I would highly recommend them for all 5K and 10K runners who are looking to utilize Nike’s most innovative technology.
I was also excited to receive these cool elastic laces, compliments of Hickies for my Nike Free Run Flyknit’s. Hickies is a patented groundbreaking lacing system that replaces traditional shoelaces and turns any shoe into a slip-on. Pair your Nike Free Run Flyknit’s with a set of Hickies to get out and run quicker in style. Did I mention they come in all kinds of cool colours?
You can purchase your Hickies elastic system kit through their Website. You can also follow Hickies on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Use the hashtag #HICKIESAMIGOS to post yourself sporting your own set of Hickies elastic laces.