The Nike Free 7.0 is part of Nike's new line of shoes intended to break into the barefoot running market. Running barefoot has been a growing movement among some runners as a way to prevent injury and strengthen calf and foot muscles. Shoes in Nike's signature Air series are too cushioning for some people, which is where the Free line comes into play. The main technology behind the Nike Free is the compressed EVA midsole, which has deep cuts along the entire length so that it bends and moves along with your foot - therefore mimicking running barefoot.
Nike recommends you build up your strength with this shoe since it takes your muscles time to get used to running barefoot, especially if you've mainly been wearing heavily cushioned shoes. You can use Nike's Nike ID program with the Nike Free and create a shoe that matches your style.
- Mesh upper for breathability
- Synthetic overlay sits at the top of the foot for tighter fit
- Slightly raised midsole for increased stability
Nike developed a numbering system from 0 - 10 for their Free series wherein 0 means running completely barefoot and 10 is a fully supportive shoe. Nike Free 7.0 is more supportive than a 3.0 or 4.0, however it's still not considered a fully supportive shoe.
- Nike Free 7.0 - running
- Nike Free 7.0 Trainer - cross training
- Nike Free 5.0 - running
- Nike Free 5.0 Trainer - cross training
- Nike Free 5.0 Trail - trail running
- Nike Free 4.0 - running
- Nike Free 4.0 Trainer - cross training
- Nike Free 3.0 - running