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I'm not a fitness freak by any stretch of the imagination, but lately I've been losing weight through healthy eating and such, and now I want to add a bit of fitness into the mix as well to try and lose a bit more and to just get more healthy overall. I've got a few fitness clothes, but I had no decent trainers to wear, I always just bought what I thought looked nice as opposed to what would do the job for me really, and now my old trainers are looking a bit worse for wear, I decided it was time to shell out for a nice new pair, something that would last and be useful, as well as looking okay as well! After a bit of research, I setlled on the Nike Girls Free Run 3 trainers, they were reasonably priced, they looked good and sounded like a great pair of trainers.
As I'm only a tiddly foot, I get to buy trainers in the kids section, and therefore save myself a lot of money, but these are available in adult sizes and in kids sizes too in the same design. These particular trainers are very lightweight and designed mainly for runners, due to their flexibility and and protection for the foot overall. I chose them in a gorgeous bright red colour, although they're available in a few different colours on the website, and depending if you choose boys or girls as well. I think the red is just a bit different, looks great with my black workout trousers and looks good with my jeans and crops in the summer too, so happy days. The main body of the trainers is red, with a thick white sole and white interior which contrasts nicely. They also have a black Nike 'swoosh' on the outside of each shoe which looks good.
According to Nike's website, these trainers offer a 'barefoot' feel when you are wearing them, due to the special design. As you can see in the picture above, they have grooves all along the sole of them, which actually helps the sole to bend with your feet as you're walking/running, and it feels a lot different to my more solid-based trainers that I used to wear, and it's very comfortable to wear too. They bend really nicely with your feet movement, and I can imagine for runners this is really comfortable. I think they are nicely cushioned underneath my feet inside the shoe too, they're more sculpted around the heel which was strange to begin with but it's great now I'm used to it, and they feel supportive around my feet. The entire inside sole feels very cushioned as a whole under my foot, and feel very nice to wear.
Rather than being solid leather all the way around, they incorporate a breathable mesh upper, which lets the air flow around your feet and stops them getting too hot and sweaty, which will be great in the warmer summer months. It was rather odd going to Tesco the other day in the cold wind and feeling the wind cut through them! The website also states that the shoes feature a "Waffle outsole pistons to help absorb impact and add responsiveness" - I assume these are the black patches on the bottom of each shoe at the toes and heel area, but I haven't noticed any difference in these areas when I'm wearing them, perhaps they are more of a gimmicky thing that anything else?!
I have worn these in the house for a few exercise sessions in my home so far, and I've definitely noticed a difference when I'm wearing them compared to my old more solid soled trainers. I feel like my legs and feet are really working hard in these, as there is no solid support at the bottom, and my feet are bending and flexing a lot more easily. I actually wore them at home and to work for a few days before I exercised in them to get my feet used to them as Nike do recommend on their site to get used to them gradually as they work your muscles a bit harder than other trainers due to the flexible base. I've had no pain in my feet with these, and it's nice that they are breathable too, I don't find my trainers socks are as sweaty after I've been wearing these trainers which is great. I love the supportive feeling I get around the soles of my feet in these, they look great, and hopefully they'll last me a long time. I'd definitely recommend Nike Free Run 3 trainers.
Available from £40 in sizes 10-2.5, and £50 in sizes 3-5.5. Available to buy from www.nike.com.
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