With so many new shoes on the market, it’s easy to get confused about which one’s meant for what! Training, running, circuit, you name it, there’s a shoe for it these days. But when there are so many options, it’s easy to fall back on the pair you love the look of or that matches the rest of your gear that day. But choosing by looks doesn’t always offer your performance (or your feet) the love they deserve.
Big brands like Nike spend huge amounts of time studying the fundamental movement involved in all types of exercise so they can create performance-specific shoes that support that activity. It’s pretty simple – choose the right shoe for the right workout and you’ll often see dramatic change in your performance in the long run.
To that point, Team Sporteluxe put three different Nike Free shoes to the test. Read on to see which would best suit your workout needs too.
WOMEN’S NIKE FREE VIRTUOUS
Shop → Nike FREE Virtuous, $160
Virtuous is an entirely new style being introduced into the Nike Free family. Harnessing the natural motion of your foot, the Virtuous is a lifestyle shoe featuring breathable mesh reinforced with Nike Flywire that allows for seamless flexibility, ventilation and a secure fit. Cooling ankle cutouts enhance the appeal, with inner-sleeve construction allowing to be slipped on and off.
NIKE FREE TR 5 FLYKNIT
Shop → Nike Free TR 5 Flyknit, $180
Designed specifically around the six core moves of training, the Free TR 5 is a training shoe that promotes movement in all directions, whether you’re using the N+TC app, training outdoors, working out at the gym or hitting a high intensity class. It’s extremely stable, breathable and lightweight.
NIKE FREE 4.0 FLYKNIT
Shop → Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit, $180
This shoe makes the perfect next step for runners already accustomed to running using a low-profile natural motion shoe. It features a lightweight design, allowing a fuller range of motion and its seamless one-piece upper conforms to your foots shape. It is also perfect for warming up or cooling down, as it strengthens the small muscles in your feet by allowing them to move naturally.