No overlays, no heel counter, just a stretchy woven mesh with a few Flywire bands on either side of the lace rows to lock the foot down. It feels like a sock, and it hugs my foot in all of the right ways. Not too tight, not too loose. Just perfect. The heel and midfoot are snugged in tightly, and the forefoot opens up so that the tight weave does not constrict or squeeze the toes. The entire upper flexes and moves with the foot in a way I have rarely experienced in a running shoe. The upper mesh is open in the midfoot and forefoot to provide for some air flow.
Unlike the new Free 3. May have just been a hot day with more sweat leading to chafe. No issues at all while wearing socks side note — these shoes seem to hold a stink when you use them sockless. Like the upper, the sole of the Free 4.
The sole is typical of other Nike Free shoes in having individual pods separated by deep grooves to maximize flexibility. The drawback of the grooved sole is that the grooves do tend to collect rocks and pebbles, but this has never really bothered me in any of the Frees and they are easy enough to get out by taking the shoe off and flexing the sole around after a run. The majority of the sole is exposed midsole cushion, so you can barely hear your footfalls while running in them — I love a silent shoe!
The tradeoff to this design is that there is minimal outsole coverage — rubber pods are only present at the back outer heel and under the big toe. As such, sole durability is something to keep an eye on if you tend to be a scuffer. Interestingly, my wear pattern only seems to be from the anteriormost heel pod forward through the midfoot — much more of a midfoot landing wear pattern than I tend to observe in most other shoes that I run in.
They are a bit too flexible for my taste for speed or a 5K, and the sole grooves would probably collect too much debris for off-road use, but they are versatile enough to handle just about anything else I could throw at them. It might be possible to cut the tag and remove the stitching, but I was lazy and just swapped the insoles out for an identical one from an older pair of Free 5.
They are amazingly comfortable. The Nike Free 4. If you want something with a minimal upper, a flexible sole, and a roomy toebox these should be at the top of your list of options to try.
Outside of the US they can be purchased at Wiggle. Purchases made via these retailer links help to support this site — thanks! This post was authored by Peter Larson. If you'd like to learn a little bit more about who I am and what I do, click here , or visit petermlarson. I really like the feel of the Free as well, but I also find them a little too flexible for some workouts.
My solution has been the Terra Kiger. I am using new ones for trails and after they sole is a bit worn, miles or so, I move them to road use for the second half of their life. I then buy a new pair for trail use. They have the comfort of the Free with a slightly more substantial sole.
I think you would really like the Kigers Pete. Nike has definitely got my attention with the Kiger, hopefully they can continue to refine and improve it. Quick question. Hope that makes sense. Both are great shoes so tough call. The Kinvara is a bit cushier underfoot, more similar in feel to the Virrata. I think the Kinvara will feel more familiar to you since it is a more traditionally styled shoe. I just bought the Nike Free 3.
The one thing I noticed with the specs is that the 3. This is the main reason I bought the 3. Nike Free Flynit 4. Only 1 left! NIKE Free 4. Used Worn Size Mens Nike Running Free Shoes 4. Nike Flyknit Free Run 4. Nike Men Shoe Free 4. New Listing Nike Flyknit 4.
New Nike Men's Free Run 4. Sign in. Log into your account. If you find a good deal on RunRepeat, you click to the retailer and you buy the shoe, we get a commission of the sale. This is how we pay ourselves.
It does not make the shoe pricier for you. Select size. True to size - Calculate my size. Out of stock in all 22 shops. Many reviewers greatly appreciated the flexibility that the 4th version of the Free Flyknit has to offer. The different designs and color schemes placed a lasting positive impression on those who tried it.
The underfoot comfort is precise and the cushioning is effective. Reviewers thought that the rounded heel worked pretty well because it encourages a more consistent stride. The Flywire integrations to the sides work really well to enhance the fit.
Bottom line The Free Flyknit 4. Small True to size Large. Recover your password. Get help. Nike Pegasus Trail 2 Performance Review. Road Shoe Reviews Site Feature. Saucony Ride 13 Performance Review. Brooks Catamount Performance Review. Road Shoe Reviews. Topo Athletic Ultrafly 3 Performance Review. The Flyknit upper is your sock. Flyknit offers support and flexibility in one layer. The Flyknit feel is certainly a unique sensation, but is by no means constrictive.
The heel unit is non-stretching which helps keep the foot securely in place. With a slightly looser weave than previous versions, the Free 4. Even so, I am curious to see how they hold up to odor as I rack up the miles in them. Nike News. The Kenyan national team includes gold medalists, world champions and record holders.