Fall 2013 Road Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

Nike Free FlyKnit+, $160

weights: 6.8 oz. (men’s); 5.4 oz. (women’s)

heights: 23mm (heel), 14mm (forefoot)

Fit: It fits like a traditional Free 5.0 with a comfortable snug feeling throughout, but the socklike upper gives it a secure, low-volume wrap sensation.

Feel: Like all Free shoes, it feels very light and super flexible as if it was an extension of your foot. Also like other Free shoes, it gives off an uninhibited, natural motion vibe, only this one gives the impression of having slightly more supportive feeling in the upper.

Ride: features the soft and uber-flexible undercarriage of the standard Free 5.0 with a seamless knit upper that feels like a snug-fitting sock and wears like a dreamy extension of your foot. It has a modern 9mm heel-toe drop without enough cushion for longer runs, but it feels low to the ground and is agile enough to be a triathlon race shoe.

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