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The last pair of Nike Free I tested were the 3.0, maybe a year ago, and to say I wasn’t impressed is a bit of an understatement. The 5.0 is a different shoe, providing more support. It’s a good shoe to start the transition from padded shoes to barefoot shoe training.
My first impressions are they feel very lightweight. I love the design, but I am surprised that the red color isn’t really red, but more like a coral pink or salmon. I know it’s not my eyes because the laces and tongue are a coca cola red, but don’t get me wrong, the color still looks cool and doesn’t resemble Barbie’s playhouse.
The upper is completely no-sew, making the shoe more durable over time. The triple-layered plastic protection will provide long-term toe protection, but is also part of the design zig zagging on both sides of the upper.
The rest of the upper is lightweight mesh giving ample ventilation that is noticeable during distance running. I like this additional ventilation as it will reduce odors and make the shoe easy to clean after months of use.
The sole in the shoe is quite remarkable and highly effective. I love the hexagonal pods and how they separate in different directions to match the surface. At the front and rear Nike has added raised rubber sections that provide a truly awesome grip on every surface I have tested them on. I honestly think Nike has designed the perfect sole.
The tongue is the same as the Metcon. It’s thin and light but you can tell it’s indestructible, just because of the rubbery plastic material it is made from. I do like it and it holds its position well with the wings on either side.
I wanted to add a design section to this review because I feel Nike has done such a nice job. The rim of the sole has a jagged tooth effect that looks cool, even though both sides are different. I also like the sizing of the sole — it looks fat and makes the shoe look unique.
The distinctive sections of the shoe pop without looking out of place (it just works). The swoosh is positioned at the back of the shoe so you know it’s Nike, but it’s not an “in your face” placement that dominates the entire shoe.
The Free 5.0 V6 is instantly comfortable and has no break-in period. Because the shoe is so light and flexible it loses the rigidness you would expect with a new shoe. The flywire lacing system also gives you a nice amount of control over comfort. The flywire’s ability to grip your feet into position lightly or tightly is your decision and is a nice option depending on your training requirements.
The sizing is bang on point with ample toe space.
There are four different standard color choices with the main colors being red, blue, white and black. As I said above my red pair isn’t what I expected and this may apply to other colors. You do have the option to customize your own with Nike ID, so check out my other video demonstrating this at the link below.
I haven’t had the shoes long enough to say for sure, but I have other Nike shoes with the same materials and durability is not an issue. After examining the shoes I don’t see any imperfections or reasons for concern.
The shoes retail for $100 to $140, depending on customization choices.(Lowest Online Price Here)
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I don’t really have any dislikes, besides the fact the red color isn’t really red — but I kind of like the salmon color!
I wasn’t expecting the shoe to be this good; everything about it has impressed me. Before I received the shoe I looked at previous versions of the 5.0 and none of them appealed to me visually. I also noticed that the shoe seems to always look different with every new version but I feel Nike has hit the nail on the head with the V6, so I am probably going to hate the V7.
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