Nike Free at Asphaltgold
Run the way you're meant to. With the Nike Free the brand had a clear goal: to create a sneaker to develop a sneaker that adapts to the foot. The result was a kick with an extremely flexible sole and lightweight upper that convinced with a pleasant barefoot feeling. In the meantime, the Free series from Nike has built up a fan base among athletes and sneakerheads. At Asphaltgold you can find the hottest models and colorways to match your style. Set your feet free!
It's a Movement: The genesis of the Nike Free
The design of the first Nike Free was a revolution, because before that the running shoes of the brand were still characterized by an air-cushioned sole. However, a group of athletes who trained barefoot then provided the inspiration for the new kick: starting in 2001, Nike developed a sneaker with a low sole and breathable upper that was supposed to imitate the feeling of running barefoot. The highlight: The many slits in the sole rubber - the flex grooves - equip the shoe with a special flexibility that guarantees the foot maximum freedom of movement. In 2004, the first Nike Free 5.0 finally came onto the market.
The numerical designation of the Nike Free series is based on the degree of barefoot feeling: 0.0 corresponds to walking without shoes, 10 to a standard running shoe. The decisive factor here is also the so-called offset, i.e. the difference in height between the heel and forefoot. In a barefoot shoe, this difference is almost equal to 0, the Nike Free 5.0 comes to 8 millimeters. In 2008, Nike optimized the Free range and was even able to undercut the value with the Nike Free 3.0: The new model's drop measured just 4 millimeters.
The benefit of all this? The low cushioning of the sneaker makes it a gym for the foot: The muscles are trained, while at the same time stability improves when running. In addition, the sole structure supports the natural rolling behavior of the individual joints. This sporty aspect is also reflected in the look of the Nike Free, which combines athleticism and design with various materials such as mesh, suede overlays or textile uppers. A slim silhouette and elements with retro reflectors round out the shoes' concept.