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Interestingly, I almost passed on trying the Free 4.0 Flyknit. Several weeks ago I purchased the new 2014 model of the Nike Free 5.0. I hated it. It had a tight band around the forefoot that dug into my skin, and quite honestly it felt and looked a bit cheaply made. I wasn¡¯t impressed and it went back to the store unworn. However, I¡¯d heard from some fellow shoe geeks that the 4.0 was going to be the big winner among the 2014 Free models, so I spent the $100+ to buy a pair (MSRP is $120). This might be one of the few times where I feel that the relatively high cost might be justifiable ¨C I like the shoe that much.So what is it that makes the Free 4.0 Flyknit so special? Well, pretty much the entire package. The shoe simply feels like an extension of my foot. I New Balance 479 Sneakers sale t gives me everything I need, and almost nothing that I don¡¯t, and that is exactly what I want in a shoe.
In terms of the ride, I find the Free 5.0 to be semi-firm with not a lot of rebound. It¡¯s a smooth shoe due to the extreme flexibility of the sole, but it is not the most responsive shoe on the market. It¡¯s not a shoe you would choose for your next 5K, and probably not the best choice for a marathon unless you have done extensive training in them. I prefer them for runs from about 3-10 miles. My max in the 5.0 2015 is a bit over eight miles in one run, and short of a few hot spots on the inside of my heels (not sure what caused this) they worked just fine.
The Elite 7 has a very nice internal liner and I¡¯ve had no problem running sockless in them. The overlays hold the foot well, and the material seems very durable. It has a similar construction to the Kiger where it has an outer mesh (in the Elite 7¡¯s case with some thin welded overlays instead of the engineered mesh), an internal liner, and flywire sandwiched in between. The fit is probably medium width in the toebox, with the shoe running just a bit long to me (1/4 size maybe). The lacing is slightly asymmetrical, which didn¡¯t cause any problems, but I usually don¡¯t prefer it. The only slight issue I had with the fit is that I felt that the heel collar, while well padded, extended up a bit too high. This only caused a small hot spot one time (on a 2.5 hr run), but it is definitely a design flaw in my mind¡probably irrelevant if you wear socks. Overall, another example of Nike¡¯s use of quality materials and construction methods at a decent price.
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