Nike Free work as an everyday trainer that look great paired with skinny jeans or leggings – something that many trainers fail on in my opinion.
Being available on Nike ID means there are limitless options for customisation and the range of pop colours are great for injecting some colour into your wardrobe. Although I’m usually a sucker for black shoes, I decided to go for blue on this occasion and received a lot of compliments when I first bought them.
The Nike Free line are a good option for anyone new to barefoot shoes as they provide a range of different levels of cushioning and heel drops depending on how minimalist you want to go, the Nike 3.0 being one of the more minimalist styles with a 4mm positive heel (in comparison, the Nike Free 4.0 has a 6mm heel and the 5.0 8mm).
They are a super comfortable shoe and look great, however, the Nike Free 3.0 don’t provide enough of a barefoot feel for my liking (I like to get a foot massage when I’m walking on an uneven surface). Therefore I’m keen to try out the new Nike Free Cross Bionic 1.0 to see how they compare – although they do have the look of a more performance shoe rather than a good-looking everyday trainer.
Note that the shoes pictured here are a couple of years old now, so the exact style is no longer available but they should be similar in terms of their barefoot profile to the latest 3.0 style.
HEEL (3/5) 4mm positive heel
TOE BOX (3/5) a narrow fit, which looks great, but does restrict the toes somewhat (although the soft mesh upper of this particular style does allow more room for movement)
UPPER (5/5) well attached soft mesh also increases flexibility
SOLE (3/5) flexible (especially in the toe) but overall thickness doesn’t offer a truly barefoot feel IMO