Nike Free RN Motion Flyknit Review

Like other shoes in the Nike Flyknit range, the Nike Free RN Motion Flyknit looks equally at home on the feet of your favorite celebrity as it does pounding the pavement.

It’s a shoe that comes with a celebrity price tag but the real question on everyone’s mind – is it worth the money?

Okay, first thing’s first, lets address the elephant in the room – the Nike Free RN Motion Flyknit is pretty expensive with an RRP of $150. Sure this isn’t the cheapest shoe around, but it certainly packs an awful lot in!

Let’s, for example, take a look at the name ‘Free RN Motion Flyknit’. Free RN refers to this shoe being part of the popular free, running range; motion references the new sole makeup of the shoe and finally Flyknit refers to the choice of upper design… We told you this shoe packed a lot in.


Introducing The Nike Free RN Motion Flyknit

So, legend has it that the Nike Free RN Motion Flyknit was designed after the R&D team at Nike heard that athletes from the Stanford athletics program, looking for a minimal drop shoe that had cushioning had resorted to barefoot running on local golf greens.

What Nike have created is an extremely light, flexible shoe with a 4mm drop.

It’s comfortable too, the Free RN Motion Flyknit fits like a sock (trust me, when you pull this shoe on it feels more like a sock than a shoe).


As the name suggests, the cloth upper of the shoe is made using the Nike Flyknit technology which feels great to run in. Surprisingly, the cloth feels supportive and stable.

flyknit-sockWith no stitches or glue in the upper, this shoe is extremely comfortable to run in with no rub… this trainer doesn’t even have a tongue!

It’s funny,when we say that the upper is made from one piece Flyknit technology, we mean it. With the exception of a very small amount of support in the heel there’s nothing else providing support and yet the shoe feels extremely supportive.

If we did have one complaint it would be that the lacing system doesn’t hold the foot in place as securely as it probably should. While it’s not a huge issue and not always noticeable, I did feel my foot slipping when running bends and turning following or just before a sprint.


Some of the most dramatic design features can be found in the sole of the shoe.

Nike has made the decision to do away with the square, waffle shape sole and have instead opted to use a new geometric triangle pattern.

The thought process (or marketing hype) is that the geometric pattern allows the shoe to expand and lengthen when your foot strikes the ground which provides a greater level of comfort and cushioning without adding the extra weight of cushioning.

But does it work?

To be honest, we noticed very little difference. Sure the shoe feels pretty comfortable when the rubber meets the road but you don’t really notice this advanced technology, although some experts would claim that is the whole point – you’re not suppose to feel any difference because the tech is that good.

Is The Free RN Motion Flyknit For Me?

While there’s been a lot of hype surrounding the shoe, one’s thing for sure – if you’re looking for a minimal drop shoe that is extremely comfortable, lightweight and responsive then you’ll really enjoy running in the Nike Free RN Motion Flyknit.

All marketing hype aside, it genuinely does feel like you’re running in a shoe that almost becomes one with your foot while somehow avoiding many of the negatives that normally come with minimal drop running shoes. If this sounds like the type of shoe that you’ve been looking for then it’s certainly worth the money.7

We put over fifty miles into the trainer and after the initial ‘getting to know you’ period, this is certainly a shoe that we could see ourselves forming a long term relationship with!