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Test Drive: Slipping into barefoot style of Nike Free Run +3
bebyue32 - 1-8-1212 at 01:52

The running shoe of choice: The Nike Free Run +3 ($124.99), part of the splashy Nike Free collection launched this April, was like my motivational partner. Breathable gloves for the feet, with traction. They’re so light and form-fitting, I was surprised at the amount of support and spring they gave me. Something like orthotic bedroom slippers, but made with a sole for running champs.

The Nike Free design features thin, sliced grooves — “trans-tarsal cuts” — on the midsole, making it ultra-flexible so you can easily bend the shoe. After that 4K point, you appreciate the almost barefoot feeling of running without added weight or restriction. I may have over carb-loaded for the race, so this was helpful. When do you get a chance to mow down croissants without any guilt? Footloose and fancy free. My only beef is that the laces have a habit of coming undone, so I’m double-knotting them, determined.

The model also touts Dynamic Fit construction, where the nike free run 2 shoe wraps the arch snugly, helping to eliminate the space between the foot and the shoe. I have to repeat: There’s no clunk to this shoe.

Plus, they’re great for safety if you’re training at night, after the toddler is in bed, chatting away to himself. I would slip out to go for a run while my husband hit the couch. My Nike Free Run 3 would lead the way with a glow-in-the-dark watch-me stride. Their blush colour could aptly be callled “bright” with neon yellow laces and accents that beam after dusk. Great for safety and just plain fun to wear. Neon, I’ve heard, is the new neutral. It goes with everything. It definitely made my quick 20 minutes along the neighbourhood sidewalks a pick-me-up after a day on my butt at the office. Exercise is a happy pill, if you can convince yourself to do it.

The big reveal for me, during my 5K race and after with the endorphin-rush kicking in, was how much fun competition is — throngs of bounding runners, cheering crowds, the water stop-and-go and a niece that’s happy to high-five at every kilometre marker. I’ve been recruited by a friend for another 5K this summer at A Midsummer Night’s Run in Toronto. Just look for my neon blush NIKE Free Run Norge shoes.