A MORE CUSHIONED, BAREFOOT-LIKE FEEL
More minimal than the Nike Free 5.0+ and more cushioned than the Nike Free 3.0, the Nike Free 4.0 Women's Running Shoe provides the foot strengthening and flexibility benefits of natural motion without sacrificing underfoot protection or multi-surface traction.
The flex groove outsole-made up of deep cuts along the length and width of the midsole-enhances natural range of motion, encourages a smooth, efficient stride and helps maintain stability.
A low-profile midsole delivers a more barefoot-like feel than the Nike Free 5.0+, with a 1/4" offset between heel and forefoot height for a blend of cushioning and flexibility. Plus, the Phylite material in the midsole is tough enough to double as an outsole, dramatically reducing the shoe's overall weight.
Seamless and Breathable
The seamless upper provides exceptional comfort and fit with minimal no-sew overlays. Unlike the previous version, the upper features large mesh panels on the midfoot that increase airflow for enhanced breathability.
Nike Free Origins
After learning that Stanford athletes had been training barefoot on the university's golf course, three of Nike's most innovative and creative employees set out to develop a shoe that felt natural and weightless, similar to bare feet. In 2002, they examined a group of men and women with pressure-measuring insoles taped to their feet, using high-speed cameras to capture images of each foot in motion.
The team spent eight years studying the biomechanics of shoeless running. The results yielded a profound understanding of the foot's natural landing angle, pressure and toe position, allowing Nike designers to build an unconventional and flexible running shoe from the inside out.
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- Textured mesh full inner sleeve for a dynamic, sock-like fit that hugs the foot
- Tongue-wrap construction for easy on and off
- Diagonal cuts through the arch to encourage natural motion flexibility and help increase foot strength
- Minimalistic, molded sockliner mimics the foot's curvature for a great fit, enhanced comfort and added support
- Abrasion-resistant rubber under high-wear areas for enhanced durability
- Waffle outsole pistons for greater traction and durability and a more efficient toe-off
- Weight: 6.3 ounces (women's size 7)
- Offset: 1/4"
What You Should Know About Nike FreeNike Frees are different than traditional athletic shoes. They’re designed to let your feet move more freely and naturally, which means your muscles will be doing a bit more work than demanded of them in some other athletic shoes. Nike encourages you to get used to them gradually for a safer, more effective and more enjoyable experience. Please visit http://www.nike.com/nikefree for more information on how to get the best from your Nike Free shoes.