Nike Free RN 2018 Shield Men's Running Shoe WEATHERIZED TO FREE YOUR STRIDE. The Nike Free RN 2018 Shield Men's Running Shoe gets remixed to conquer wet, dark routes. A water-repellent upper helps keep your feet dry, while reflective elements give your route a boost of confidence.
Water-repellent upper helps keep your feet dry. Toggle lacing system is easy to adjust in cold, wet weather. Reflective elements help brighten up dark routes. Woven material is lightweight and durable. Sealed seams help keep water out. Auxetic tri-star pattern is hot-knife cut into the outsole. Auxetic shapes allow natural foot splay while providing balanced cushioning underfoot. Offset: 8mm (12mm/forefoot, 20mm/heel) Last: QD-39
I own two pairs of Nike Free RN Flyknit 2018: the first I use every day for casual wear and the other is part of my regular running rotation. However, they are not the best for winter and wet running conditions. So I decided to buy a pair of Free RN 2018 Shield. I just completed my first run, and I really like them. The Shield is almost as great as the Flyknit. Just a little more rigid (so to speak).
They’re my winter work sneaker. I’m a valet manager at a hospital, so we’re open all year round, the hospital never closes. I wanted a sneaker that would be a bit water resistant and warm, but still let me run. These are perfect. They do exactly what I want, and they look great.
I wore these on paved trail, and had to stop 3 times to pick rocks out of the soles. This shoe has an upper that emphasizes being worn outdoors, yet the sole can't be worn outdoors without accumulating everything that you run over. Otherwise I loved the fit and style, but what's the point if I can't actually wear them? I will be returning them.
I have hard-to-fit feet and always welcome a fully flexible shoe. This is basically a durable sock with a sole, which is exactly what I want. The width is accommodating enough, coming from someone with a wide toebox and narrow heel who struggles to find shoes that don't pinch his toes. That said, I would like more vertical room in the toebox. I find the profile of the toebox too shallow and it fatigues my foot.
There is no tongue, which causes the shoe to bunch up when tightened. I'm all for the minimalist sock-shoe, Nike, but c'mon, a tongue is crucial to fit different shapes of feet comfortably. The laces are too thin which causes them to dig into my feet when tightened.
The sole is super comfortable. The large fissures in the sole flex as I walk, but there's a caveat: After wearing twice I noticed the slits in the sole were packed tight with leaves and dirt and fibers from my doormat. I feel like I'm going to need to clean out the sole slits regularly, which is, kinda, gross and laborious? Seems like they would have caught this in the testing phase.
I wore in light rain and they are indeed water resistant.
I always buy 10.5 in athletic shoes, 10 in "lifestyle" shoes. I bought these in 10.5 and they fit as expected.
I bought the olive flak. I like the design overall. I feel like the words running vertically are corny. I like how they break up the shoe but I think a pattern would be better than the words. I'd prefer a cooler, less saturated olive. The cream sole is smart.
Overall a smart attempt, with some glaring oversights, per usual.