Unboxing Nike Free 3.0 v2 Shoes and First Impressions

Nike Free 3.0 v2 barefoot shoes heel bottom

It’s been a long time coming, but we finally got around to getting a pair of Nike Free 3.0 v2 Mens shoes to test out.  We’re pretty excited so we hope you will be too.  We just got this pair in the mail today so we haven’t had a chance to really test them out, but here are our first impressions and observations so far.

Just like the Nike Free 5.0 v4 we were impressed by the style out of the box.  It’s a nice looking shoe and something you won’t be getting puzzled stares unlike some Vibram shoes we know.  The whole shoe looks even more breathable than its predecessors with the sides and tongue all having ventilation holes.  This should be a good thing on those long summer runs.

A look at the Nike Free 3.0 v2 from the inside step of the foot

The Nike Free 3.0’s sole is thinner than the Nike Free 5.0’s sole.  This also includes the heel portion being lower and more natural.  When you slip them on it feels more like ballet flats than running shoes…much more so than the Nike Free 5.0 (don’t ask why I would know what ballet flats would feel like).

For those who complain that the Nike Free 5.0 or it’s newer replacement the Nike Free Run+ is not minimal enough the Nike Free 3.0 is the better choice for them.  There’s less support than any of the other Nike Free shoes we’ve come across, but enough support to those who think FiveFingers is too extreme for them.

nike free 3.0 v2 shoe next to a nike free 5.0 v4 shoe

All in all, I’m excited to get a few runs in with these shoes.  They feel great.  It might be a little too early to tell, but if you like any of the other Nike Free shoes and you are looking to get more minimal definitely check out a pair of Nike Free 3.0’s.

3 thoughts on “Unboxing Nike Free 3.0 v2 Shoes and First Impressions”

  1. I think many folks would like to know the difference between this shoes and the older version of the Lunar racer, which had hardly any arch support….I sure miss that shoe

  2. I love the older nike 3.o and the Nike 5.o free ID but I had to return these puppies as they felt very tight in the forefoot even though I ordered the Wide version. They also didn’t seem to breath as well for a barefoot shoe.


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