Unlike a handful of significant sneaker anniversaries that Nike have appeared to forget about in 2021, they have indeed remembered the 10th anniversary of the Free Run 2. Sneakerheads who were deep into the scene a decade ago will recall the overwhelming success of the Free Run 2 for casual use. This phenomenon predated the athleisure movement by a couple of years, and Nike definitely premeditated this industry shift by concurrently releasing the Quickstrike-tier ‘City Pack’ under the Nike Sportswear banner to complement the performance running version of the FR2. It was also a cover story for Sneaker Freaker Issue 21! But anyway, 10 years on, the Nike Free Run 2 is back and ready to continue lifestyle duties once again.,
This is evident in the fact that this Sequoia/Black/Medium Olive/Sail colourway uses a combination of suede and mesh on the uppers – once the standard in running shoe materials, but definitely an anachronism for today. The idiosyncratic webbed support upper returns, ready to hug the foot in tandem with the one-piece stretch mesh bootie. And underfoot, the namesake Free sole makes its toothy re-emergence – but let’s hope this reprisal doesn’t resurrect the ill-conceived hybrids that borrowed this legendary sole. And as technology has progressed, this retro drops the + symbol from its name because it no longer carries the Nike+ system.
Keep an eye out for the Free Run 2 at Nike retailers in coming months.