EXCEPTIONAL NATURAL FLEXIBILITY
More flexible than the 5.0 and more cushioned than the 3.0, the Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit Men's Running Shoe unleashes your natural stride with a lightweight, supportive Flyknit upper and a highly flexible, low-profile outsole.
The Flyknit upper―a one-piece layer made entirely of polyester yarn―seamlessly integrates areas of stretch and structure, providing ultralight support and a contoured fit. Knit-in Flywire cables cradle the midfoot for enhanced support where you need it most.
New hexagonal flex grooves are hot-knife cut into the outsole and wrap around the sidewall so your foot moves more naturally in every direction. Secondary cuts intersect the flex grooves, adding even more flexibility.
The heel mimics the shape of the foot, rolling with the ground to promote a more natural footstrike.
With a 6mm difference between heel and forefoot height, the Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit gets you closer to the ground for a more natural feel while still offering a great blend of cushioning and support.
Attached Nike Flyknit tongue with notches for easy entry
Minimal sockliner molds to your foot's curvature for added support and comfort
Non-stretch, knit-in heel for structure and support
Asymmetrical lacing for reduced lace pressure on the top of your foot
Waffle outsole lugs help absorb impact and add responsiveness
Weight: 8.4 ounces (men's size 10)
Nike Free Origins
After learning that Stanford athletes had been training barefoot on the university's go-lf course, three of Nike's most innovative and creative employees set out to develop a shoe that felt natural and weightless, similar to bare feet. In 2002, they examined a group of men and women with pressure measuring insoles taped to their feet, using high-speed cameras to capture images of each foot in motion.
The team spent eight years studying the biomechanics of shoeless running. The results yielded a profound understanding of the foot's natural landing angle, pressure and toe position, allowing Nike designers to build an unconventional and flexible running shoe from the inside out. Since Nike Free's introduction, millions of runners have trained in the shoe, including some of Kenya's world-class runners.
Nike Flyknit technology was inspired by feedback from runners craving a shoe with the snug (and virtually unnoticed) fit of a sock. Nike embarked on a four-year mission with teams of programmers, engineers and designers to create the technology needed to make the knit upper with static properties for structure and durability. Then the precise placement of support, flexibility and breathability-all in one layer-was refined. The result is a featherweight, form-fitting and virtually seamless upper.