The “free” in Nike Free 5.0 V4 is short for the freedom your feet will feel when wearing these shoes. The Nike Free line of shoes is Nike’s response to the minimalist and barefoot shoe movement. While Nike is traditionally known for making fancy, ultra-supported athletic shoes the Nike Free shoes is a welcomed breath of fresh air.
The Nike Free 5.0 V4 is the fourth generation and version of the Nike Free 5.0 shoe. Nike has an informal “barefoot scale” ranging from 3.0 to 10.0 with 3.0 being the closest to barefoot and 10.0 being a normal supported athletic shoe. By wearing the 5.0 you are in essence getting the same benefits of running barefoot on grass which are stronger feet and less injuries.
In addition the Nike Free 5.0 V4 has been built with breathable mesh material which will keep your feet dry and provide excellent ventilation. This also allows you to comfortably wear these shoes with or without socks.
The Nike Free 5.0 V4 is best used as a running shoe.
Nike has replaced the Nike Free 5.0’s with the new Nike Free Run+
Nike Free 5.0 V4 Women Testimonials
|One Pair Not Enough
I purchased my first pair of Nike Free 5.0 V4’s about 6 months ago. They are so comfortable, I found that I was wearing them every day. So I decided to get a second pair. I chose my normal shoe size for the first pair, and they fit perfectly barefoot, and a bit snug (but comfortable) with socks. I decided to order up a half size for the second pair. They fit well, too. Overall, I’d say that they are true to size.
I suffered from plantar fascitis for over 2 years. These shoes, along with stretching and some body work, have helped immensely. I’d say I’m 95% better. It’s nice to be able to run again! I’m NOT a big fan of the Nike brand and what it stands for, but I can’t deny that this is the best walking and running shoe for me.
|Perfect Size Perfect Shoe
Love these shoes! I’m 47 and today for the first time I can remember in my whole life I put on a pair of shoes new out of the box and they fit my feet perfectly! I have researched a lot about the natural stride we use for barefoot walking and tried to practice it, but modern shoes make it impossible. I go barefoot at home, but the rest of the day I have to walk in the heel-toe stride that causes so many foot problems. These shoes allow me to walk the way my feet were meant to, “forefoot strike,” it’s called. I love my Nike Free 5.0’s!
New York, NY
|Long Distance or Speed No Problem
I recently bought the Nike Free 5.0 V4 shoes after reading more about the benefits of barefoot / minimalist running. They are extremely flexible, especially through the forefoot and seem to naturally promote running more on the balls of my feet instead of striking with my heel. I’m using them for all of my running (approx 20 miles / week, half-marathon races) and find them equally comfortable for long runs and speed work.
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