The Nike Free Trainer 5.0 is a versatile training shoe that features a unique criss-cross design around the upper, which draws inspiration from the Chinese finger trap. The design is both eye-catching and supportive, maximizing the natural motion of training for a barefoot-like feel with resilient cushioning. Nike writes:
Designers Laura Parrett and Jeff Rasmussen took inspiration from the Chinese finger trap device. Like the toy, the upper consists of intertwined bands that are soft and pliable. When the foot is at rest or moving forward or backward the bands are flexible and compliant. When pressure is applied with side-to-side movements the bands engage and tighten around the foot for enhanced support.
The shoe also has lightweight comfort as well as a distinctive look, with dynamic fit technology that adjusts and supports the foot during training. Rubber nodes on the sole provide multi-surface traction for training in the gym, on the field, or in the street.
The Nike Free Trainer 5.0 will be available worldwide from March 28th at select retailers and Nike.com. Click through to see images of the new training shoe: