Allow us to introduce Nike’s new 2019 Free Running Collection (which, unfortunately, is not free of charge). At the heart of each silhouette is Free technology, developed by the brand to replicate the feel of walking barefoot on the ground. As such, these kicks are ideal for lower-mileage runs, with firmer and flatter cushioning at the midsoles. The result is an improved connection with the ground and a more natural range of motion.
In comparison with last year’s releases, the Nike Free RN 5.0 is 26% more flexible and 2mm lower to the ground. Along similar lines, the Nike Free RN Flyknit 3.0 is 1mm lower to the ground than its 2018 predecessor. Meanwhile, the 5.0 features a minimal lacing system and the 3.0 is lace-less with a secondary lock-down overlay. Both models employ purposefully stark uppers, which respectively deliver a natural, second-skin feel. Driving home the minimalist theme and low-mileage functionality are some smaller-than-normal Swooshes.
The 2019 Nike Free Collection consists of men’s, women’s, and unisex silhouettes. Each sneaker will be available starting 4 April at Nike stores and select running retailers. Nike Free RN 5.0 will be AUD$170 and Nike Free RN Flyknit 3.0 will be AUD$200. Prepare for the kind of footwear freedom that only Nike can deliver.