VISIBILITY MEETS BAREFOOT-LIKE FLEXIBILITY
The Nike Free 5.0+ Shield Men's Running Shoe provides the foot strengthening benefits of natural motion, along with the cushioning, traction and underfoot protection of a traditional shoe. Water resistance, reflectivity and a fleece collar make it ideal for running in wet, dark, cold conditions.
Reflective Weather Protection
Highly reflective elements offer visibility in low light, and the three-layer mesh upper repels water without limiting breathability. For added warmth on your run, there's a micro fleece collar and tongue lining.
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 natural barefoot-like feel. It features the highest offset offered by Nike Free running shoes, with an 8mm heel-to-toe drop that feels more barefoot than a traditional shoe while still offering excellent cushioning. Plus, the Phylite material in the midsole is tough enough to double as an outsole, dramatically reducing the shoe's overall weight.
The Nike Free 5.0+ is the most supportive of the Nike Free family thanks to ultralight Flywire technology. This updated version of Flywire consists of soft yet durable cables that wrap the midfoot and arch for a glove-like, supportive fit that adapts to your stride.
- No-sew and synthetic overlays for lightweight durability and support
- Asymmetrical lacing system for reduced pressure on the top ridge of the foot
- Diagonal cuts through the arch to encourage natural motion 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 impact absorption and added responsiveness
- Nike+ ready
- Weight: 8.9 ounces (men's size 10)
- Offset: 8mm
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.