Nike Made a Free Running Shoe That Doesn't Have a Thin Sole

Nike Frees like you've never seen.

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Historically, Nike's Free sneakers have employed a "less is more" concept, aiming to provide athletes with a more natural, closer to the ground feel akin to being barefoot. With that in mind, this latest sneaker to join the Free line is a pretty big departure from what we're used to, but it's a welcome change of pace.

The Free RN Distance was created for — you guessed it — distance runners who are in search of something a bit less restrictive than traditional high-mileage running sneakers. Up top, it's got all the hallmarks of a Free sneaker; a lightweight, mesh-based upper, Flywire support, and the absence of a heel stabilizer. Look down below, though, and you'll notice that the Free sole is actually built with a thick layer of Lunarlon cushioning, yet it still has its usual flex grooves to allow a natural stride.

According to NikeBlog, the Free RN Distance started arriving at Nike Running retailers yesterday, but they've yet to launch on Nikestore. Keep your eyes peeled, as an official release should be coming at any moment.