Lizzy is a cheerful, funny girl with a beautiful smile and some serious tap dancing skills. When she’s not on stage, she’s jumping rope with her best friend — they’ve been known to reach 200 jumps without stopping — and hanging out with her family. One year ago, Lizzy was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, but that hasn’t stopped her from pursuing her dream of becoming a professional dancer.

Throughout her cancer treatments, Lizzy has worked hard to stay positive. “It really makes a difference,” she says. “Instead of being scared, I just try to think about all the good things in my life, like my awesome family or getting to design my own shoe.”

For Lizzy, the best part about being a Freestyle designer was the chance to inspire other young patients and give back to the doctors she credits with saving her life. “They’ve all been super nice and supportive,” she affirms. “I actually enjoy going to my appointments now because of all the wonderful people there.”

Lizzy’s shoe, the buy nike free shoes, is a bold, bright testament to her strength that celebrates her life in the spotlight. On the back heel, a glow-in-the-dark dancer busts a move, while sparkly laces twinkle like Lizzy’s many dance trophies. Take a second look at the Swoosh logo, Mens Nike Free 3.0 V3 and you’ll catch Lizzy’s name in block print. And in the fabric print, Lizzy’s powerful motto shines: STAY STRONG. DANCE ON.

While Lizzy has a little over one year of treatment ahead, she feels ready to lace up her tap shoes. “I’ve been blessed with so much through this journey,” she explains. “I have learned a lot and have a wonderful family and great little sister who have supported me all the time. It’s also made me realize that even when things get tough, you can still find a way to dance and sparkle.”

Nike Free Run+ 3 Review

I am not a Free Running Shoes Outlet geek. Not yet anyway. When I find something I like, I generally stick with it and don’t vary much. I have a handful of favorite running routes that I’ve returned to hundreds – maybe thousands – of times, but I continue looking forward to heading to the familiar trail for another lap. When I began running, I was fit with the Nike Pegasus due to my neutral stride and desire for extra cushion. The shoes worked well for me, and I’ve bought dozens of pairs since, trying other models on only a few isolated occasions. I even run the Pikes Peak Marathon in the Pegasus, despite loose trail and bruising boulders. All this to say, I was somewhat skeptical about trying new shoes.

When the Nike Free Run+ 3 showed up at my door, I opened the box and slipped them on. They turned out to be so comfortable, I found myself wanting to wear them all the time. My first run in the Free was a morning hill repeat session (on 15% grade asphalt). I was immediately impressed that my foot showed minimal movement (going either up or down) within the shoe and seemed to be comfortably locked in place. The Nike Free Run+ 3 transferred my energy directly to the road. I enjoyed my first run so much that I decided to do an easy afternoon run as well. This led to my first disappointment. I noticed minor Achilles pain following the second run of the day (something I don’t typically experience). Upon reflection, I’m sure my Pegasus-loving legs weren’t ready for so much time in these minimalist shoes.

Once I learned to ease into the shoes more gradually, I found only benefits. On another run, I decided to put their slipper-like feel to the test: a sans-socks run in 105 degree weather. I assumed this would reveal the hot spots that must be hiding within the stitch-free upper. After a number of hot, Phylite-melting miles, I removed my sweaty feet and was surprised to find not even the slightest rub mark. I’m sold. I’ll be adding the Nike Free Run+ 3 to at least one of my weekly speed workouts, and I will don them at my next local 5K. Maybe I’ll start looking for some new running routes too.

Unlike most running shoes, the Mens Nike Free 5.0 V4 is constructed of only a midsole (the cushion portion) and lacks an outsole (the more dense and durable portion). Nike’s Phylite material fills both of these roles by being resilient enough for cushion, but durable enough to contact the road, resulting in reduced weight. Designers have placed abrasion-resistant BRS 1000 carbon rubber pads on the high-wear areas of the sole to further increase durability. Another striking difference in the Nike Free Run+ 3 sole unit is the cuts, or sipes, through the sole that give the shoe incredible flexibility and enough stability to provide a barefoot-like feel. The resulting flex grooves reduce impact shock and can help correct over-pronation. Diagonal cuts have also been placed along the arch area to increase flexibility and increase foot strength. The Nike Free Run+ 3 is equipped with an opening in the midsole to hold a Nike Plus Chip, which can link to certain iProducts and the Nike sportwatch to transmit and store running data. The opening doesn’t appear to affect the flexibility.

Nike’s Controversial New Shoes Made Me Run Faster

EARLIER THIS WEEK, WIRED ran a story about the new Nike Free Run Sale tied to Breaking2, the company’s attempt to help runners break the two-hour mark at a special marathon this spring. As part of WIRED’s exclusive look at that initiative, our writer took a trial run in the sneakers as part of his training to achieve his own personal milestone: a sub-90-minute half-marathon.

I thought we were talking about doping; Haile Gebrselassie thought we were talking about shoes. It was November 22, 2012, and we were sitting in Gebrselassie’s eighth-floor office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on a warm afternoon, locked in a long discussion about the limits of a runner’s body. Gebrselassie is not only a double-Olympic gold medalist with two marathon world records to his name; he is also a gregarious and provocative aficionado of the sport.

So I asked him: What did he consider the best time a clean athlete could run for the marathon?

“You ask me, clean? No technology, no help? That is what Abebe Bikila ran in 1960. That was barefoot. The cleanest.”

Bikila was the first black African to win a gold medal at the Olympics, when he beat a stacked marathon field in Rome, in 1960, barefoot. He is a hero to many Ethiopians, and it was perhaps not surprising to hear Gebrselassie invoke his name. What did surprise me was Gebrselassie’s understanding of the word “clean.” To him, changes in footwear—not improvements in diet, or training, or pacing, or psychology, or the emergence of blood doping, or any number of other factors—explained most of the 12 minutes that have fallen from the marathon world record since 1960. In his view, the last pure marathon was an unshod marathon.

That conversation in Addis Ababa popped into my head on Tuesday afternoon, as I laced up a pair of Nike’s Zoom Vaporfly 4% shoes on the Formula 1 track outside Monza, Italy. These are the shoes I’ll be wearing in a few months when I attempt to break my goal of 90 minutes for the half-marathon. They are a mass-market, albeit expensive, version of the “concept car” shoe that Eliud Kipchoge, Zersenay Tadese, and Lelisa Desisa will wear when they make their sub-two-hour attempt—the Zoom Vaporfly nike free shoes

Nike Free 5.0 2015 Review: Yes, You Can Run in Them!

Over the past several years the Nike Free 5.0 has consistently been one of the best selling athletic shoes in the United States. Go to any school and you’re likely to see many kids sporting the flexible and colorful 5.0s. When I was in Disney World earlier this year the Free was probably among the most common shoes that I saw on folks at the parks.

Where you are less likely to see the Free 5.0 is at a running race. The reason is that the immense popularity of the shoe is tied more to it’s use for casual wear rather than for running. In terms of typical usage, it’s more of a fashion shoe than a buy nike free shoes.

I’ve been running in various versions of the Nike Free since 2009, and they have consistently been among my favorites. With their moderately thin, super-flexible soles, and minimally structured uppers, the Frees are intended to provide a more minimal, barefoot-inspired ride. Nike described them as a training tool to be used on occasion to strengthen the feet and legs. I tend to use them more as a lightweight trainer for shorter to moderate distance runs. And for that purpose they have served me very well.

The 5.0 is the most amply cushioned member of the Free collection. I’ve run in a few previous versions (it used to be called the Free Run+), but the 2014 model was a no-go for me due to a constricting band at the base of the lace rows. It dug into my foot and caused pain, an experience others with high-volume feet have reported as well. When I first saw the pictures of the 2015 version of the Nike Free Run Sale it appeared that this band was gone, so I ordered a pair to give them a try. I’m glad I did as the problem has been fixed, and I’ve really enjoyed running in the shoes over the past several weeks.I’ll start by saying that the Free 5.0 is a ridiculously comfortable shoe, and I think this is part of what drives its popularity. Yes, they consistently look great. Yes, they come in a rainbow of colors. Yes, they have a swoosh on the side. But add in the fact that they feel like slippers on your feet and you have the makings of a bestselling shoe for the masses.

The 5.0 has a generous fit in the forefoot which is a major plus for the comfort factor. I think most people are used to wearing shoes that are a bit narrower – put on a shoe like the Free and you can feel the difference when your toes have a bit of room to move around. I almost always go up a half size in Nikes, and I did so in this shoe as well – the bit of extra space up front makes for an even roomier experience.

One of the things I’ve always loved about the Free shoes is that they lack a heel counter. In case you’re not familiar with the terminology, a heel counter is a firm, plastic insert located in the back of many shoes to give the heel region structure. In the Free 5.0 there is no counter at all, and this adds to the slipper-like experience. The lack of a heel counter is also one of the reasons why I often recommend the Free to people with insertional Achilles tendon issues that may be aggravated by a plastic counter in the heel.

The remainder of the upper is soft and flexible, and the interior is super comfortable and suitable for sockless wear. The laces are slightly offset to the side, and loop through flywire bands that help to lock the middle of the foot down. The mesh over the forefoot has a bit of give/stretch – very nice.

Overall, I’d go so far as to say that the Free 5.0 is the most comfortable shoe I have worn this year. I’m having a hard time keeping them off my feet!


I want to start by stating the most important aspect of cleaning suede shoes. Suede and water do NOT mix. Despite the claims that Jason Markk is safe for cleaning all shoe materials, you’ll want to avoid getting liquid anywhere near suede. Once suede has gotten wet, it is extremely difficult to recover the natural nap of the suede, and the strands tend to stay matted down, leaving what appears to be discoloration in the material. As a result, it’s always best to try to clean suede shoes by utilizing a simple brush and eraser combination. There are also a couple products that can be used to do preventative care against dirt and water exposure.

If the shoes you want to clean have been worn a handful of times, or have subjected to a dusty environment, I usually start by softly brushing the entirety of the shoe with a soft-bristled suede brush. This helps remove any dirt and dust that could have accumulated on the shoe, while also helping to determine where any tougher dirt/stain spots may have stuck into the nap of the suede. If your brush is really dirty after this step, make sure to clean it before moving on to prevent rubbing the dirt back into the suede.

Once you’ve identified areas that need a bit more care, grab your suede/nubuck eraser. Use the eraser to lightly brush the dirty area back and forth. Don’t rub too hard, as you can damage the suede with excess friction. The porous eraser should begin to pull up dirt/dust from the suede. After a few seconds of brushing using the eraser, grab your bristled brush again, and brush the cleaned area to revive the nap of the suede. If there is still dirt present, give it another go with the eraser, followed by the brush free run sale

The painful truth about trainers: Are running shoes a waste of money?

At Stanford University, California, two sales representatives from Nike were watching the athletics team practise. Part of their job was to gather feedback from the company’s sponsored runners about which shoes they preferred.
Unfortunately, it was proving difficult that day as the runners all seemed to prefer… nothing.
‘Didn’t we send you enough shoes?’ they asked head coach Vin Lananna. They had, he was just refusing to use them.
‘I can’t prove this,’ the well-respected coach told them.
‘But I believe that when my runners train barefoot they run faster and suffer fewer injuries.’
Nike sponsored the Stanford team as they were the best of the very best. Needless to say, the reps were a little disturbed to hear that Lananna felt the best shoes they had to offer them were not as good as no shoes at all.
When I was told this anecdote it came as no surprise. I’d spent years struggling with a variety of running-related injuries, each time trading up to more expensive shoes, which seemed to make no difference. I’d lost count of the amount of money I’d handed over at shops and sports-injury clinics – eventually ending with advice from my doctor to give it up and ‘buy a bike’.And I wasn’t on my own. Every year, anywhere from 65 to 80 per cent of all runners suffer an injury. No matter who you are, no matter how much you run, your odds of getting hurt are the same. It doesn’t matter if you’re male or female, fast or slow, pudgy or taut as a racehorse, your feet are still in the danger zone.
But why? How come Roger Bannister could charge out of his Oxford lab every day, pound around a hard cinder track in thin leather slippers, not only getting faster but never getting hurt, and set a record before lunch? nike free sale

How to dry your running shoes

The past few weeks has been rather rainy. As such, I have been dealing with wet waterlogged shoes quit often recently. There is nothing worse than putting a pair of damp shoes on the next day. But have no fear – if you follow these simple steps – your favorite pair of treads will be ready to hit the pavement with you by morning.

Just as an FYI – 2 weeks ago I ran in my old shoes. They got waterlogged. Because they were my old shoes (and I was lazy) I did not perform these steps. Two days later I ran in my new shoes. It rained. They got waterlogged. I dried them with newspaper as outlined here. The next morning my new shoes were good to go. The old shoes were still damp 3 days later…and they smelled horrible!The newspaper is not only for rain – if you sweat a lot (you cannot see it, but I am pointing at myself) – you can also use this “trick” to help sop up the sweat (how’s that for mental imagery?) and keep them smelling good (good may be pushing it…’less bad’ is more like it). I usually only have to use 1 round of newspaper if they are wet because of sweat.

Nike Brings Back the “Calypso” Roshe

Arguably one of the most sought-after OG colorways of the Roshe Run, Nike Sportswear’s “Calypso” edition of the design has made a return for Summer 2015. Like the original, 2015′s “Calypso” Roshe is a model of simplicity, letting the calypso-hued sole stand out against the “Pure Platinum” mesh construction and anthracite-colored Swoosh of the upper. As per usual, rope laces and a “Volt” footbed round out the design. Retailing for just $75 USD, the shoes can be purchased now while supplies last.

The Roshe Run Becomes a Nike Air MAG in This Custom Job

The latest in this year’s series of tributes, both official and otherwise, to the Nike Air MAG is a custom Roshe Run by designer le shoechainz. Here, the Phylon midsole has been painted grey speckled with electric blue, with LED lights incorporated into the shoe for that essential futuristic touch. Otherwise, the grey upper with a Dynamic Flywire build to mimic the lines on the sides of the original Air MAG add to the overall aesthetic of the custom. For more photos, check out le_shoechainz‘s Instagram, through which private orders of his customs can be made.

Nike Roshe Run – a sneaker review

If you haven’t already heard of them, the Nike Roshe Run sneaker is something to talk about. These are definitely the comfiest sneakers I have ever put on my feet. Nike keeps it simple with this shoe yet it is one of the most stylish and ground-breaking sneakers on the market at a low price.

The upper on the sneaker is made from a breathable material and suede (which is optional). The full length “Phylon” mid-sole and “solarsoft” sockliner are responsible for the amazing comfort on this shoe. I was uncertain about purchasing his shoe until I tried it on in the store. I was immediately sold. Unlike the rest of the running sneakers on the market today, the Roshe Runs are only $70.

One down side to this shoe is that since the material is so light and thin, it is not a very good winter shoe. I recently wore mine to the Schalmont football game and froze my toes off. Never fear though, Nike has come out with a Roshe Run winterized boot with suede and thicker materials. Knowing how comfy the regular pair is, I might have to buy the Roshe boots as well.This is definitely a sneaker I recommend as it is cheap, comfortable and stylish. If you are unsure about my recommendation, head to your local Foot Locker or Finish Line and try on a pair. I guarantee that you won’t want to take them off and you’ll find yourself heading home with a pair.