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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not as good as Version 1 and they are not Nike+, 7 May 2010
This review is from: Nike Free+ 3.0 Running Shoes (Apparel)
Good minimalist shoe. But Nike have added too much stuff compared to the Version 1's. The tongue on these takes some getting used to, plus the toe cap plastic cover is a little weird. Still better than those 75 super under mega pronate, balance bar, dynamic mumbo-jumbo running shoes everyone seems to thinks you need to run. Humans have been running without shoes for a 100'000 years, we got to every part of the planet - think about it, do we need over complicated footwear?

Oh and these shoes are NOT Nike+ so the seller needs to change the description.

Good service, arrived quick and in perfect condition.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best running shoe, 30 Jun 2010
Graham Mccarthy "gmccarthy15" (Cheshire) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Nike Free+ 3.0 Running Shoes (Apparel)
I like these shoes, I like them a lot. Nike Free are not your average training/running shoe, they really are very different to anything you've been used to.

Training shoe manufacturers would have you believe that you need motion control, stability control and under or over pronation correction (where your ankle bends outwards or inwards on contact with the ground). They suggest that runners should have a gait analysis to analyse your running style and to select the appropriate `corrective' shoe. Of course this may be important when, as with most running shoes, you're balancing on the top of 4cm of wobbly foam rubber.

Normal training shoes with their abundant shock absorption promote a wholly alien running style to that developed by evolution over the last 15 million years or so. The overly padded heel promotes a `heel first' strike which transfers the impact shock through the knee and hip. A heel first strike also introduces and element of braking during every stride which wastes energy, further reduces running efficiency and encourages the runner to lean backwards and over stride, hence increasing the risk of injury.

So leaning backwards, over-striding with a heel first strike transferring the stresses to parts of the body that did not evolve to take them and so increasing injury - does that sound like your running style? Does it sound right or efficient? Thought not.

By reducing the thickness of the sole (5mm - 10mm I estimate) Nike have removed the need for motion and stability control and in so doing have dramatically reduced the weight, Nike Free are just about the lightest running shoe money can buy. By making the sole very (and I mean very) flexible and reducing the padding this shoe makes you strike the ground with the mid to front foot and not the heel. This means that the impact is safely absorbed by the foot and the ankle - which is what they have evolved to do. Oh - and that over pronation - guess what - its completely normal, most people have some over pronation.

So very light shoes that vastly improve your running style and efficiency and reduce injury (shin splints will be a thing of the past and hip/knee injury will be much reduced - really they will) what's the down side?

* Well you're going to start using your foot and calf muscles much more that you have done before. The first time I ran a 10K in Nike Free shoes my calf muscles ached for days - but this was because I was only just starting to use muscles correctly that I should have been using all of the time.

* The deep lateral and longitudinal cuts into the sole that give this shoe its remarkable flexibility do get stones stuck in them very easily, but that's a minor irritation and they come out just as easily.

* Running in Nike Free shoes will probably take a little getting used to, but they are very comfortable, easily the most comfortable running shoes I've ever owned and easy to wear every day.

* The mesh construction means that they are very well ventilated and really do keep your feel cool - but of course that means that they are about as waterproof as flip-flops.

I now own three pairs of these shoes and run every week in them, I wouldn't consider running in any other shoe now; they have become my training shoe of choice. Surely however I cannot be the only one to spot the irony of Nike, makers of Nike Air now promoting a minimalist `barefoot' running shoe.
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