High intensity training is the new rage; workouts based on versatility and constant change in order to work every imaginable muscle group. Due to the variety of exercises, traditional footwear simply won’t cut it. A running shoe offers the impact-protection, sure, but ankle-stability during extreme lateral movement is needed as well. And to top it all off, the wearer needs the most minimal shoe possible for balance and flexibility. Enter the women’s Nike Free 1.0 Cross Bionic.
Yes: 1.0. This is the closest to a truly “barefoot” feel that Nike has ever built. Any lower and you’d likely just be walking around in socks. But while 1.0 indicates an entirely unfettered experience — there’s zero offset, meaning no difference in height between heel and forefoot — the shoe is not lacking technology. The upper features a breathable mesh construction for a cool, ventilated fit and no bulk — a sock-like fit. It’s then reinforced with Dynamic Flywire that cradles the foot from underneath and integrates into the laces, stabilizing and locking down the foot. That ensures that the foot won’t move inside the shoe, but does so without restricting overall movement or freedom of motion.
The Nike Free 1.0 Cross Bionic releases March 27 at select retailers and April 3 on Nike.com. And stay tuned for a look at the Swoosh’s other high-intensity-training shoe, the Free Hyperfeel Cross Elite.