I do not run. I have never been able to run long distances. It is not like I dislike running, but I find running long distances to be boring and somewhat painful. Apparently, this is not due to lack of my sporting motivation, but possibly caused by my shoe selection. There is a growing belief on the internet and in some medical circles that running shoes cause problems.
Nike have contributed to this problem. They popularized running shoes in the 1970s. To now address the problem that the body's running muscles are affected by atrophy due to not being used properly, Nike brought out the Nike Free range.
The newer v4 edition is far more studier than the previous shoe in this range I have. It is very tight on top of the shoe, hence why I have relaced them in a different manner to when I first pulled them out of the box. This opens up to top of the shoe, and relieves some of the pressure that was building up below the tongue of the shoe. It is still very flexible, and protects my feet from different surfaces where I run.
Will it make me run better? Will it make me enjoy running? Will it make me run longer? I am yet to answer any of those questions positively. The whole Nike Free experience still takes some getting used to when it comes to wearing their shoes. I believe professional runners would benefit from this more than I do. The alternative is to find a good stretch of sand, or some soft grass in an oval - and run barefoot.
Besides the difference in colour schemes, the Nike Free 5.0 v4 has slightly different look, but still allows the foot to move freely. Here are the images: