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Nike Free 1.0 Cross Bionic
The revolutionary women's training shoe from Nike is perfect for the every day gym goer with a high-intensity workout. Featuring a zero millimeter offset (difference in height between the heel and forefoot) the Nike Free 1.0 Cross Bionic provides the most barefoot-like feel of any Nike Free leading to improved balance, stability and flexibility. The ultralight upper comprised of Flywire makes for adaptive and secure fit ideal for cross-fit or other high agility workouts.
Nike Free 3.0 Flyknit
Built more for runner's out there, the Nike Free 3.0 Flyknit gives the support and comfort needed to tackle those grueling runs. Offering the most flexibility of the Nike Free's released, the Free 3.0 Flyknit is built with a four-millimeter heel-to-forefoot offset to give a more natural feel when running. Also, the newly added hexagonal flex grooved sole delivers multi-directional flexibility helping runners foot more freely in each direction. Finally, the anatomical shape allows for better energy transfer from heel to toe when pushing off leading to less stress and more natural movement for the body.
Nike Free Hyperfeel Cross Elite
The Nike Free Hyperfeel Cross Elite is ideal for cross-fit workouts or a day of lifting as it offers the traction needed but maintains the same lightweight design as other Nike Free's. All Nike's innovations were added into this one including Flyknit, Lunarlon and Nike Free. The Flyknit upper keeps the shoe lightweight while offering a secure and skin like feel. Lunarlon was added to the insole for increased cushioning when performing agility or high impact workouts. Finally, the thin web rubber outsole gives the added traction that you don't get from other trainers and makes the Hyperfeel Cross Elite perfect for indoor or outdoor use.
The shoe that started the Nike Free craze is back and fully reimagined with modern upgrades. The Nike Free OG keeps the same silhouette looks you feel in love with, but replaced the bootie with a traditional tongue for a wider range of fit and improved comfort. Nike kept the original synthetic suede, perforated upper and dynamic heel pocket to stay true to the it's inspiration but the minor upgrades make this a good fit for the casual gym goer or beginning runner.
Nike Free 5.0
Finally, the Nike Free 5.0. One of the new additions to the Nike Free fleet, the 5.0 is the quintessential workout shoe. Featuring all of Nike's innovative technologies, the Nike Free 5.0 is a must have for the everyday gym fanatic. The outsole features the hexagonal flex-groove pattern for more multi-directional flexibility and more natural movement needed for the toughest workouts. Following the body-lead approach, the Free 5.0 has an anatomical shape for a natural roll from heel to toe. Nike's Flyknit upper secures the foot and keeps the low profile for a more interactive relationship of foot to ground as well as maintaining the stretch, support and breathability needed for those hard-hitting workouts.