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The new Nike Free Run 2 vs. The old Nike Free 5.0

June 13th, 2011 2 Comments

If you’ve been reading for a while, you know I’m a huge fan of the lightweight, flexible Nike Free 5.0 running shoes.

Well, for some reason, they’ve been discontinued and replaced with the Nike Free Run 2.  Above are the latest color combos; although I believe they have more options online.  (you can design your own with NikeID.)  I’ve tried them on twice, and I don’t like them nearly half as much as the old 5.0.  They fit like a shoe, not like a glove.

Apparently Nike cancelled both the 5.0 and 7.0 (a more rigid pair of Frees) and thought a hybrid – the Free Run 2 – would be acceptable.  They also increased the price from $78 to $90.  If you’ve never slipped into 5.0, you’ll think the Free Run is super light and flexible.  You’ll love it.  Fans of the 5.0 should expect to be disappointed to find it’s heavier and stiffer than what they know.

There’s really not much else to say about the matter.  Try one on.  See what you think.  I believe Nike is one of the best shoes on the market, and by far one of the most stylish athletic shoes.

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  • Nike free run plus shoes are really wonderful shoes. You’ll love wearing them while you’re going running. They may be great to put on no matter what the distance is that you’re running. They’re so cozy and you are going to hardly have the ability to tell that you even have tennis shoes on. They’re light weight and do not weigh your feet down like other shoes can do.

  • eduardo

    I totally agree. The new free runs are a disappointment. They aren’t as comfortable as the old ones, they feel tight, the glove feel is lost, there is less room for the toe (as opposed to advertised). I think they are narrower, I don’t know, they aren’t as comfortable as the old free runs +. On top of that they got rid of the reflective material in the back and the price went up! it is a shame, they were the best shoes I have ever had. What is wrong with Nike?