The Nike Free line was created over a decade ago, featuring a design that brought the foot closer to the ground while harnessing the natural motion of an athlete’s foot. The advanced performance technology, first used in the running footwear segment, has since been reconstituted for lifestyle sneakers, and Nike Sportswear honors the essence of Nike Free with two new NSW silhouettes: the Women’s Nike Free Viritous and Men’s Nike Free Socfly.
We first profiled the Free Viritous two weeks ago in all black form, with a build that draws inspiration from the Nike Free’s forerunner, the 1991 Nike Air Huarache. The upper utilizes breathable mesh reinforced with Nike Flywire, offering seamless flexibility, ventilation and a secure fit, along with ankle cutouts for added style and inner-sleeve construction for easy on and off.
The Nike Free Socfly, meanwhile, is a sequel of sorts to the groundbreaking 1986 Nike Sock Racer. It is simplicity incarnate, stripped of unnecessary elements so that it acts as natural extension of the foot. There’s Velcro instead of laces on a seamless, breathable mesh upper, which is engineered for comfort and breathability. Anchoring the sleek design is flexible Free 3.0 sole unit, with siping for superior flex. Look for the kicks to be available very soon at Nike.com.