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Nike Free v5 – 2014 model – Preview


Regular readers will know that I regularly log my road miles in  a pair of obnoxiously coloured Nike Free v4.0 trainers and I have quite comfortably taken them up to marathon distance. There are a bunch of things that I like about them but I think that it can be summed up in two bullet points:

  1. They feel like extremely light and well fitting slippers when not running
  2. I have never experienced foot pain in them unlike many other shoes, despite running thousands of miles in them

In other words they work extremely well for me. Now, enter the Nike Free v5 which I have just purchased for my wife (from Wiggle) in the colour above. They genuinely look better in the flesh than they do in the pictures and my wife commented that they looked quite nice. She then put them on and exclaimed “they feel like slippers, they are so comfortable.” It looks like she is beginning her Nike Free journey with a very positive start, but time will tell.

My wife isn’t currently a runner. She was a runner up until 18 months ago when she was diagnosed with Leukaemia and she has just gone through a stem cell transplant which has left her bald, weak, tired and prone to a gazillion different bugs. Through it all she has said that she would like to take up running again, so I bought her the Nike Free v5s so that she could wear them all through her recovery. The idea is that unlike wearing normal shoes they will help to strengthen her feet as she is gradually able to walk a bit further and eventually run. If she wears them every day then she wont even notice the benefits (other than wearing extremely comfy shoes), but when she starts to run again and build up her mileage then her feet and lower legs will be a lot stronger and more capable than many other beginner runners. Her calf muscles and Achilles tendons should be the right length and nice and springy (unlike those of people that spend all the time in daft, read fashionable, footwear) and this will help her turn into a much less injury prone and capable runner. At least that is my theory. I will let you know how she gets on 🙂

If you want to find out more about Sam’s leukaemia and the fundraising that we are doing for charity then you can find our leukaemia blog at

Oh, and I’m also loving the new hexagonal tread pattern as it allows such nice fluid movement and multi directional flex. Now I want a new pair too….


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