BUILDING ON SUCCESS: The Nike Free line has been at the forefront of the minimalist movement, which focuses on allowing the foot to keep its natural motion as much as possible, unencumbered by the structure of traditional shoes. The Nike Free Train Force Flyknit brings that thinking into the gym, with a breathable shoe that is great for exercise classes, lifting weights and cardio equipment. The design uses Nike’s Flyknit technology to provide stability on the upper with very little material.
THE FEATURES: The dual-density sole offers some cushioning for when you’re jumping and provides a solid platform for when you’re lifting. The sock-like fit is comfortable but still provides that locked-in feel you want when moving in multiple directions in a boot-camp style class or plyometrics. The design may cause some heads to turn (particularly if you go with the red or orange Flyknit), but the function delivers on the promise of a natural feel while still allowing you to safely perform any gym activity.
PRICE: $150. Fans of the Seattle Seahawks and quarterback Russell Wilson should note there is a DangeRuss Wilson version, selling for $160.
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