I was looking for a shoe that was close to the comfortable, snug fit that the 2018 free runs had. I used my 2018 free runs for runs under 5 miles, lifting, and dance. It used to be the ideal all-arounder shoe. I was hoping these would be somewhat similar to the free run I'm used to-- they were not.
The material on top was tough and too loose in places while too tight in others. The weird lace placement makes this impossible to adjust. The sole is much tougher and rubbery, which is fine for walking or running very short distances, but pretty uncomfortable for dance or wearing for more than a couple hours.
Sadly, they seem to have split the free run 2018 into two different shoes-- the free run and the free tr. I've tried both-- free tr is super comfortable and cushioned, but it's quite loose and lacks support, so you can't really run in it. It's as though they expect that people only do one type of exercise, or will purchase a different sneaker for each of their different workouts. Nike, please bring back a good all-around shoe that can be used for training and running!
Hard Plastic NOT Rubbery or Bouncy. Don't Buy. Not like Running on grass.
NeferB620346747 - Jun 23, 2019
This shoe was so hard it was impossible to run in. The bottom is hard plastic when the reason I bought it is because the sole was being marketed as bouncy and "like running on grass." Really disappointing. The back was very comfortable though. I had to return it but if they were to make an actually bouncy shoe and they could fix it and make a wide and narrow, I would buy it. It's the worst.
CynthiaG46706101 - Jun 14, 2019
I recently purchased this pair despite the negative reviews I read in other places and felt like I needed to write my own to address the things people complained about. Most of the reviews came from people who don’t actually run, just buy running shoes for aesthetics. This is by far the best, most functional and supportive Freerun design Nike has ever made, and I have purchased Nike Free Run’s every single time I need running shoes for years now. I have slim feet, and the arch support is better than ever. They are a little snug, but they’re kind of meant to be worn without socks. Which is not a problem, the insole comes out allowing the shoe and insole to air out and dry properly so no smelly shoes. I’ve been running almost everyday my entire life. My short runs are usually 1-2 miles around my neighborhood, long runs are 4-5 miles through woody trails. The heel provides the perfect amount of cushion for running on concrete. They sole is a little thin for running on rocky trails, but not bad. I like that the shoe fits like an actual sock, so there’s no tongue that moves around. I don’t have to constantly stop to adjust my shoe. The entire shoe is extremely flexible. It’s like you’re running with cushiony socks. The tab in the back makes it easier to pull the shoe on, it’s also shaped to your Achilles, and it’s padded which keeps your foot from sliding in and out so no blisters. There’s a strip across the front of the shoes by the toes that was a bit uncomfortable the first time I wore them and was almost a deal breaker, but after breaking it in it’s no longer an issue. Definitely not a shoe for someone with wider feet, as the shoe laces are mostly for show. They serve no real purpose except to tighten the shoe, but the shoe is super snug as it is. Typically, I size up one whole size with Nike, but this pair runs just right. Best pair of Nike Free Run so far.