I picked up a pair of these in the ashen blue and these are a nice looking shoe. This is my first non-flyknit pair of Nikes in maybe 3 or more years. I picked these up because I’ve been a longtime fan of the Free flyknit RNs and was so impressed with the sole and comfort of the 2018 version that I wanted to try the sole in this very interesting concept of a shoe.
At first, the upper felt a bit tight. It reminded me of the feel of my Epic Reacts. My Free Flyknit RNs were like this as well–at first (eventually becoming some of the most comfortable shoes in the world).
I was actually expecting these to be a bit more loose-feeling with the bootie type construction and not being Flyknit. After walking around and wearing them for about an hour, that feeling of tightness went away and the shoe became very comfortable. After a few hours, I was just blown away by how comfortable this shoe is. And I love the lacing concept. I prefer to keep mine loose and easy to slip on and off.
I don’t plan on running in these. I have my Epics and Flyknit RNs I use for that. This will be more of a going to work, hanging out kind of shoe. But I also don’t doubt that I could run in these. They feel plenty stable and given the soles are the same as the Flyknit version, I could if I needed.
The Ashen blue looks nice. It can almost look lavender in some lighting which doesn’t bug me, but it may not be for everyone. I typically like gray shoes, and these are kind of a funky unique blue gray.
Only concern I have is the texture of the outer material. It’s kind of a neoprene ish material with bands of dense elastic like fabric. It seems if these happen to snag on anything it could pull the fabric. On the flip side of that, it’s very soft and leightweight. I could totally see someone who is on their feet much of the day such as a nurse or retail person wearing these. Since I don’t plan on running through a briar patch, I’ll be interested to see how these wear over time.
I do love the strapping on the heel and tongue. The cage is okay. But I really like the ankle profile and how this looks on foot. I like how the tongue goes up just a bit. It just gives it kind of a futuristic tech-like look. Like kicks for people living on a space station. I’ll be anxious to see what Nike comes up with for the 2019 RN series.