Since 2001, Nike has been advocating barefoot running with their Nike Free line of sneakers. The principle is simple: by replicating the barefoot experience as closely as possible, this helps runners have better foot flexibility, better balance, and improved strength. Since then, Nike continued to do further research: in 2014, Nike explored the S-curve pattern in foot strikes and tweaked the Free sole to enable better flexibility even at odd angles.
For 2019, Nike’s new Free line has a firmer Free foam cushioning that is flatter and lower to the ground. The new models also have a more anatomical shape compared to its predecessors.
Those planning to get the Nike Free can choose between the Free RN 5.0 and Free RN Flyknit 3.0. The former is 26-percent more flexible and 2mm lower to the ground than its predecessor while the latter is 1mm lower to the ground than its predecessor.
The Free RN 5.0 is priced at Php 4,995 while the Free RN Flyknit 3.0 is priced at Php 6,745. Both are available at select Nike Park stores and key retailers.