Ten years ago, before Facebook and smartphones (two things most of us can't live without today), we were introduced to another life-altering gem and possibly the most comfortable sneaker ever: the Nike Free.
The revolutionary swoosh shoe changed the playing field—as well as the lifestyle and sports market—forever by offering a smart, unique design that enabled the foot to move in a more natural and multi-directional way, whether you're walking or running. Some even credit it with kicking off the barefoot running and minimalist shoe movements.
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To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Nike Free, the footwear and apparel giant is upping the ante with the newly unveiled 2014 Nike Free Running Collection, starring the Nike Free 3.0 Flyknit, Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit, and Nike Free 5.0. If you remember, the Nike Free Flyknit, which was engineered to provide a supportive, contoured, sock-like fit, made its debut last summer. The newer versions take these already-cool kicks to the next level with two new features including a hexagonal flex-groove pattern in the outsole and an anatomically shaped heel. Combined with Flyknit, you've found the golden trifecta for moving more freely than ever.
Don't take our word for it. Here's what Allyson Felix, the four-time Olympic gold medalist in track and field, had to say: “Using Nike Free footwear in my training is all about strengthening my feet. I really like having that natural movement in my shoes. Everyone's feet are different, so it's great to have a shoe that really moves with you."
The new collection will be available on Nike.com and in stores beginning April 3.