I decided to start running last year after the New Year. I was one of the rare few that committed to a New Year’s Resolution and actually stuck to it. My main goal was to lose weight. I had never been happy with my stature, and after years of being single, it was time to get myself into shape and out on the dating scene. The first thing I wanted to do was start running. I knew it was one of those cheapest, yet most effective, ways to lose weight. The biggest issue I had was finding a running shoe to suit me and my endeavors.
Nike Men’s Free 5.0 Running Shoes Review
A Perfect Fit
The biggest issue I have found with trying to find a running shoe is that I suffer from flat feet. I needed to find a shoe that would provide an artificial arch that was comfortable enough to run and walk on without losing its much-needed support. The Nike Men’s Free 5.0 Running Shoes lift the arches of my feet and have stayed that way since I first purchased these shoes. Even after all the pounding I have put these shoes through, I can still feel the support under my arches just as though they were brand new.
The one thing I had to get used to with these shoes is the fact that they fit so tightly to my feet. They almost feel like a second skin. Once I got used to it, I could feel the flexibility of these shoes as I moved. Each step felt just as natural as they would have had I been barefoot. The fact that they are so light helps contribute to this feeling. The Phylite material is what helps to reduce the weight of the shoe without compromising durability.
Out of all the Nike Free shoes, the Nike Men’s Free 5.0 Running Shoes have provided the most support. This is because of something called Flywire technology; its durable cables that wrap around the middle of the foot and arch of the foot from the bottom. This gives it that second skin feeling I mentioned while still being incredibly supportive.
The Science Behind the Shoe
When I was looking into which shoes to go with once I started running, I noticed that Nike had put a lot of thought into what they wanted to do with these shoes. I read that they were actually inspired by Stanford athletes training barefoot. They wanted to create a shoe that felt just as weightless as bare feet while still providing the support needed in a running shoe. While it took them over eight years to research and develop these shoes, it was definitely worth it.
Once they figured out the science behind the foot and its natural angle, toe position, and pressure, they were able to create the Nike Free Run 5.0+ from the inside out. They added the full inner sleeve of mesh to give the sock-like fit and make it easy to pull the shoes off and on. They also adapted a lacing system that would reduce the amount of pressure on the top of the foot. An abrasion-resistant rubber was placed under the higher-wear areas to provide a higher level of durability.
Compared to New Balance Minimus
I had narrowed my search for the perfect running shoe for men down to the Nike Men’s Free 5.0 Running Shoes and the New Balance Minimus 10v2 Trail. They both offered the same “barefoot” feel for running and they were both in a comparable price range. What won me over for the Nike Free Run 5.0+ is that when I was wearing the New Balance shoes, I could feel everything I stepped on. I knew that would affect my feet the next day should I wear them running on a regular basis. Since that was my goal, I wanted to pick the shoe that provided a slightly more solid base for my feet so I wouldn’t feel every rock or stick I happened upon while out running.
So, I started running in January. I started out with just a mile at a time because I didn’t want to over-exert myself. If my entire body hadn’t been so out of shape, I know I could have gone farther during my first time out. My feet felt fine after my first few trips out on the pavement. I slowly started adding distance to each of my trips out. By the end of the first month, I was running 5 miles at a time. I had assumed that running would be incredibly difficult for me, but I was wrong. The only difficulties I had with running was the fact that my lungs didn’t want to keep up with my feet. However, in time, that eventually went away as well.
In the 10 months since I’ve been running, I have lost a total of 50 pounds. I have motivated my brothers to start joining in on my runs and in turn have created a family event we have all benefited from. I have actually made it a goal of mine to run in a half marathon after the New Year. Although I have put these shoes through a beating, I know that I will be able to make it through without having to move on to another pair.
I started out this year as an overweight inactive bear of a man. Since then I have made running a part of my lifestyle and these shoes have made that transition not only possible, but easy as well. I don’t dread going out on runs because I know that my feet won’t suffer for it. I feel just as comfortable running in these shoes as I do walking around my house barefoot. While I can’t put all of my thanks down to these shoes – I know my willpower and motivation helped – I know these shoes are definitely one of the reasons I have had such success with my foray into running. I look forward to crossing that finish line of the marathon next year with these shoes on my feet.