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The Running Shoes to Get This Summer: Nike Free RN Commuter

* Flexible sole for a natural feel when running
* Bungee lacing system creates a custom fit
* Stretchy, sock-like material hugs your foot

Runner or not, there’s no arguing Nike always has a winner in the sneaker race. Worn as a fashion statement, athletic equipment or both, their envelope-pushing designs blazed the path for athleisure long before it was even a term. A case in point starts at the feet: Nike’s innovative Free series.

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The story goes that, after hearing Stanford athletes had been training barefoot, three employees from Nike set out to develop a shoe that was ultra-light and natural feeling, mimicking the feel of bare-foot running. They spent four years studying the biomechanics of runners’ feet in motion, and — swoosh — the Nike Free was born.

The Nike Free RN Commuter is everything those Nike employees set out to create: a flexible shoe that moves with your foot, instead of controlling or confining it. Not only a good look for your athletic pursuits, the minimal design is sophisticated enough for your day-to-day wardrobe. Wear it as a nod to athletic-inspired runway trends, styled out with with a well-cut pantsuit or silk shirtdress for sartorial contrast. At just 7 ounces, this sneaker will keep you light on your feet, and have you looking good workout or workday.

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