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Fit Minimalist by design, the Nike Free 3.0 v3 features a seamless upper that's as flexible as it is breathable. Open mesh allowsair to flow, while bonded lightweight overlays help lock the foot in place without restricting natural movement. The inner sleeveadds a plush feel, and off-centre lacing reduces irritation that can be caused by chafing.

Flexibility This version of the Nike Free has wider flex grooves across the forefoot for muscle activation, providing naturalflexibility, ample protection and just enough support for serious comfort. On Nike's barefoot scale, the 3.0 most closely mimicsthe barefoot experience.

Origins After learning that Stanford athletes had been training barefoot on the university's golf course, three of Nike's mostinnovative and creative employees set out to develop a shoe that felt natural and weightless, just like bare feet. In 2002, theyexamined a group of men and women with pressure-measuring insoles taped to their feet, using high-speed cameras to capture imagesof each foot in motion.

The team spent eight years studying the biomechanics of shoeless running. The results yielded a profound understanding of thefoot's natural landing angle, pressure and toe position, allowing Nike designers to build an unconventional and flexible runningshoe from the inside out.


Shoe Category
Ideal Use
Road Running
204 grams

  • Productcode: L1414144

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