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.
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.
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.
The brand in Beaverton has once again combined two of their most successful technologies to create the Nike Free Flyknit. Unveiled today at a launch event on the Swoosh campus as a part of the #NatureAmplified campaign, the Free Flyknit features a Flyknit upper resting on top of the famous Free midsole and outsole. What makes this combination of designs really stand out is the sock-like ankle collar that flexibly conforms to your leg.
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Nike Free technology was the push that opened the lightweight running shoe floodgates and has gone on to inspire the evolution of many other designs, such as Flyknit. Before these innovators, running shoes were all about support and cushioning for a maximum comfort. Nike flipped the script and created the line that got as close to barefoot as possible, allowing your natural tools to get the extra work. The Nike Free 5.0 EXT, the latest and greatest from the Free line, includes premium upgrades such as a mesh and suede upper, Flywire technology for an adaptive fit, and its trademarked Free midsole and outsole.
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Nike raises the bar for cross-trainers with the Nike Free Trainer 5.0. The Nike Free 5.0 sole gives you superior flexibility, but also has DiamondFLX traction for enhanced grip in all directions. The eye-catching upper is composed of black and atomic red intertwined mesh and synthetic elastic Dynamic Fit bands that engulf your foot and adjusts to your natural foot movements. The atomic red midsole contains phylon foam for comfort during those extended training sessions. This Free Trainer 5.0 is available now at Finish Line.