Last year, Free met Flyknit and Flyknit went multicolor. In 2014, all worlds collide on the Nike Free Flyknit 4.0 “Multicolor”. A knit black base bares Roy G. Biv styling,
Nike Free jumped off in 2004 providing a flexible alternative to the current state of footwear. Engineered by Tobie Hatfield, younger brother of Tinker Hatfield, the Free system allows for a more natural movement of the foot for runners. Since debuting for running shoes, Free has crossed over into other categories including Nike Training and Nike Basketball.
Nike Free has become an enormous category at Nike and has crossed over outside of sports into casual wear as part of the Nike Sportswear lineup. The Nike Free Powerlines has made waves since its introduction.
Nike Free technology has taken the brand to new heights and the entire industry by storm, constantly building on the Swoosh’s success by expanding into different performance segments and influencing much more than just running shoes. Although the first official Free model didn’t hit shelves until 2004, the concept itself was decades in the making. From the Nike Sock Racer to the Air Rift, many minimalist models helped to shape the mold into what it is today with the Nike Free 3.0 Flyknit. Get a full interactive history lesson on the Genealogy of Nike Free at their new site here, and tell us if you’re a fan of Free in the comment space underneath.
The Nike Free is set to return thanks to Nike Sportswear, and the first born from the Free line is getting some fresh updates, releasing in the form of the Nike Free OG. Three colorways are set to launch at select Nike Sportswear retailers on April 1, as a traditional tongue replaces the original bootie for a wider range of fit and increased comfort, while an updated Nike Free outsole specific to NSW lends a contemporary, sleek aesthetic. Check out the upcoming colorways below, and let us know if you plan to cop these updated classics in the comments.
10 years ago, Nike Free technology hit the ground running. Offering an alternative to the Air Max cushioning that catapulted the category for years, the barefoot approach hit the mainstream with the Free franchise. Celebrating a decade, the Nike Free OG Breeze sees summery styling on the first foray in Free. A mesh upper offers a technical and aesthetic update, appearing in volt, laser crimson and base grey colorways. Set to launch this summer in women’s sizes, check out photos of the upcoming Nike Free OG Breeze below by Ho-Pong Tang (SHOOTO) for Lacebag. Stay tuned to Nice Kicks for official launch information.
Contrary to popular belief, Nike is a big fan of both big-name schools in the Beaver State. After introducing a colorway for the University of Oregon, their rival gets their own version of the Nike Free Trainer 5.0, dubbed the “Oregon State.” Black takes the forefront of the cross-training kick, backed by and underlaid with Oregon State orange. The insole is adorned with a tartan print, also featured in the school’s colors. A week ahead of the Oregon-Oregon State showdown, this colorway will go head-to-head with its Oregon counterpart tomorrow November 22, releasing at 8AM EST on Nike.com.
The Nike Free Inneva Woven has continued to impress footwear fanatics, packing an impressive amount of technology and luxury into an ultra sleek silo. An Armory Navy/Armory Slate colorway caters to both calling cards, suiting the upper in a mature shade of blue. Leather lining keeps it classy, while a Nike Free 5.0 sole aids flexible and functional direction. The Nike Free Inneva Woven Armory Navy/Armory Slate is available now at shopnicekicks.com.
Atmos, a retailer in Tokyo, has collaborated with almost every major sneaker brand, from Nike to New Balance and Reebok. Their creations almost always use daring designs and materials, often using animal themes and prints. The latest from the overseas camp falls right in line on the atmos x Nike Free Woven “Animal Camo” Pack. Featuring the Nike Free Woven as a base piece, the pack also includes coinciding hats and t-shirts. The first element is a subtle black and white Woven Nike Free with animal printed soles. The more illustrious member consists of a black and pink Free Woven with Cheetah print striped across the upper, hat brim, and t-shirt.
After our first look at the Nike Free Flyknit earlier today when it was introduced on the Nike campus, we now are already seeing different colorways being introduced. The Free Flyknit “City” Pack commemorates the launch of Nike’s newest running shoe with a model specifically designated to five major cities: New York, London, Paris, Shanghai, and Tokyo. Each featuring a black sock-like Flyknit upper, different accenting color combinations are used to distinguish each city’s model.