This summer, the NIKE FREE Run+ 2 QS collection delivers the sequel to the NIKE FREE Run+ silhouette, bringing a twist to the innovative performance series. Five Free Run+ 2 colorways represent for the running clubs, crews and individuals in New York City, London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Rio de Janeiro.
Since its debut in 2004, NIKE FREE and natural motion technologies have redefined running footwear design. NIKE’s Sport Research Lab and the Innovation Kitchen used their findings on barefoot running to create a definitive training tool in NIKE FREE. On the FREE scale, 0.0 represents running bare foot, while 10.0 represents a typical NIKE running shoe.
Natural motion was created to increase the strength of the foot and ankle and the range of motion in foot joints, improve balance, plus deliver the benefits of running barefoot to concrete and asphalt. Strategically placed flex grooves on the sole were created in line with the NSRL's biomechanical learnings.
The NIKE FREE Run+ 2 hugs the foot with a dynamic sock-like fit, overlay upper construction with applied breathable mesh, asymmetric lacing to decrease pressure on the top of the foot and center-of-pressure heel geometry. A BRS 1000 carbon rubber outsole, Waffle pattern pistons and solid rubber reinforcement means an incredibly light, flexible, naturally neutral ride that's free of excess.
This new design mimics the anatomy of the foot and the cutaway, layered paneling represents the muscles, tendons and ligaments. Rugged reinforcement comes via a rubber toe application that increases the shoe's versatility and longevity for regular city runs in inclement conditions. Synthetic microsuede amplifies the lifestyle potential of this modern performance classic without adding bulk, and reflective lace hits increase visibility.
Embracing the urban metropolis’ found in these locations, on each of the five colorways, a speckled grey Phylite midsole talks to the surfaces of a city offering a point-of-difference from white soles easily dirtied during daily activity. Executed in the local aesthetic of each city, these aren't the usual running shoe shades. Deep Burgundy represents China, Pine Green captures Rio de Janeiro's grit and flair, Anthracite's starkness is quintessentially New York, Black channels Tokyo street style, while London's version of the Free Run+ 2 arrives in a gentlemanly Khaki.