Nike Free Run 2 Review

Kevin Fonger

If there's an activity or sport, I'll generally try it at least once. My main activities include running, hiking, skiing, cycling, camping, backpacking, and pretty much anything else you can think of. I love writing product reviews as I like helping people find the right gear so they will enjoy their activity that much more.

You may also like...

5 Responses

  1. ZRod says:

    Comment from ZRod:

    Coming from running in mostly neutral minimal shoes this year, I had a slightly differing take on the Free Run 2. I agree that it can serve as a transition shoe to allow runners to begin using a more minimalist shoe, but I found it to be the starting point, not the end point that Nike seems to promise. I too found the wider toe box and enhanced upper to be appealing; it felt as if you were putting on a pair of old slippers rather than running shoes. My first take was that foot slip would be a huge issue, but within a few steps out of the front door it was apparent that the sock-like heel cuff would hold the shoe in place as long as I needed.

    The run of the shoe is fairly interesting at first, and then more comfortable as the shoe breaks into your foot. The arch in particular seems a bit high for the average runner, but did break in after only a few five mile runs. This high arch made for a slightly awkward forefoot strike (it tended to pitch forward a bit suddenly, as my gait tended to land directly on it) at first, but as mentioned, upon breaking in it was just fine.

    As mentioned in the review above, what sets this apart from other minimalist/barefoot shoes is the amount of cushion. It’s fairly significant, and can feel slow when compared to other shoes in the category. The amount of cushion on it is actually more akin to shoes typically found in a “neutral cushioned” category; the interesting thing is that while it may fit in that category, it runs more like a barefoot shoe due to the upper and separated tread of the outsole.

    Yes, the outsole picks up several small rocks and other debris (I’ve had to pull sticks, trash, and glass out of it so far), but that’s to be expected from the design – it was obvious that while this would be an issue, Nike wanted the performance of the separated outsole. When running pavement or road races in which I won’t encounter much gravel, though, it’s not an issue in the slightest. In fact, due to the amount of cushioning, it’s become my go to shoe for longer distance runs – it’s as comfortable on the first step out the door as it is on the last.

  2. Sofía says:

    Hello, Thanks for this interesting review. I’m about to buy the nike free run+ 2 shield. Please tell me, is this a shoe to be used for running every day? Or just 2 a week? I run every day around 10 kms, I am neutral runner with slight overpronation. Thank you!!!

  3. Dan says:

    Hi Sofia,
    I just bought a pair of Nike Free 2 “Shield” with the waterproof upper. I was entering my first half-marathon and decided my old asics 2150s felt too clunky (for lack of a more technical term). The Frees took one or two mid distance runs of 10-15km to get used to but they were like a dream on race day. They are incredibly light and comfortable, don’t see why you couldn’t run every day in them. The warnings that you will pick up all manner of debris in the outsole are absolutely true though…

  4. Roark says:

    As someone going backwards from logging 30 miles a week in Vibram’s, I tried these out as an option for when I want to look more normal and practical when going for walks and outings with my family and doing other recreational activities. I basically wanted the same lightweight, flexible, ground feel of the Vibrams in a regular looking sneaker. These are working out pretty good so far, they’re so flexible you can actually flex your toes upward toward your shins without much problem, which looks kind of cool on a running shoe. I like the way they feel, very snug around my feet like gloves. They run a little small because of this and I have less room at the end of my toes than I would want in a regular running shoe, but its ok because of the fit. I also run in them occasionally when my feet need a rest day and they definitely give a good reel on the road and encourage a proper forefoot strike.

  5. Eddie says:

    I purchased the Nike Free Run 2 and planned to use them to the gym only. I go about 4-6 times per week.

    Let me just be straight. These shoes feel more like high-heels for men. The arch in the middle (inner part of foot) is just unreasonable. I honestly thought I had purchased defective shoes, so I took them back to FinishLine and they were very cool about it and exchanged them for me.
    Second pair, same thing. The arch is so bad that it makes it unbareable to simply stand on them.
    As far as “barefoot” blah blah blah goes, the shoes was not designed to work with a natural human running motion. The heel has been raised a bit, not sure by how much, but its noticeable. Standing straight on these shoes actually will require effore as you will tend to lean forward naturally.
    Due to a raised heel, you tend to land more on the center of the shoe, which will cause foot pain or, like me, spasms on the arch muscle. The right way for a foot to land while running is by the forefoot (toes side), not by heel or center.
    Dont get me wrong, if you are just wanted to do short sprints over long period of running, then the shoes will work great. In order to avoid landing on the center of the shoe, you would have to lean more weight forward as you would while sprinting, NOT jogging. But remember, when you do come to a stop, you will feel that arch pushing up against your muscle so bad that you will have to put effort to stand.

    Oh, almost forgot… The high arch does not break in due to it being created by the white foam part of the shoe. That always comes back and doesnt break in.

    I will give the second pair another chance at 3 more gym workouts, but I have a feeling I will be returning them for sure. Nike really screwed up on this shoe IMO. Hope this was informative and helpful.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.