Free 5.0: Otherwise known as yet another way Nike Inc. will get runners to part ways with their money. The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) has a story today on the $85 Free 5.0, a new running shoe that apparently "mimics running barefoot on grass - a concept that runs counter to the last three decades of shoe technology."
Huh: The designer of the shoe, Tobie Hatfield, cautions in the WSJ story that the shoe is a supplement to the rest of the Nike footwear line. "Our intent wasn't to replace any of those shoes," he says.
Here are takes on the Free 5.0 from bloggers Joe and Scott.
The shoes look intriguing, but I'm not sure if I buy Nike's philosophy that these shoes are akin to running barefoot - which strengthens foot muscles that normally wouldn't in more stable and padded running shoes - yet with the security of a protective and flexible foot cover. In any case, they look cool - urban and retro and sport-geeky.
Anyone try these kicks?