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Nike Free Bionic Reviews

31 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

60%Rated 5 stars

12%Rated 4 stars

20%Rated 3 stars

4%Rated 2 stars

4%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

68% "Felt true to size"

77% "Felt true to width"

71% "Moderate arch support"

29 are "Favorable"

Most Helpful Favorable Review

Posted 9/9/13
Overall Rated:5 stars!
Comfort Rated:5 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

I love these shoes. I exercise 5-6 days a week with a combination of boot camp, kickboxing, Zumba, and Bokwa. Two days after getting these, I wore them for an all-day aerobic certification class. After about 7 hours of aerobics, my feet still felt fine even without having time to break in the shoes. While I haven't tried running long distances in them, these are great for all my activities, especially my outdoor boot camp. Even though I'm on an asphalt surface, these are comfortable for the all the activities including burpees and tire jumps. Where I live is very warm and humid during the summer, and I've found these to be breathable. The only drawback is that I've noticed a small amount of occasional sliding during certain poses while stretching during cool down when I'm inside on the wood laminate flooring.

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2 are "Critical"

Most Helpful Critical Review

Posted 3/3/14
Overall Rated:2 stars!
Comfort Rated:2 stars!
Style Rated:3 stars!

I bought these shoes when they had the purple and neon yellow/green. I loved the style and look of the shoe, however, the band on the front squeezed down on my toenails making it painful to walk for any length of time much less run in these shoes. The sole of the shoe is VERY thin. While some may love this, I did not. "Barefoot" running is not for me.

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1 person found this review helpful  

February 16, 2014

Kimberly

from United States

These are such gorgeous shoes! They are minimal and easy to move around with. My only complaint is that they do run half a size smaller or maybe even a full size smaller (depends on how thick your socks are).

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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February 14, 2014

Anonymous

 

I tried this first in an 8.5 because I usually have to order up in Nike. They fit great except they were just a little too long so they felt a little like clown shoes. I was afraid I'd trip on them during my P90X3 work-outs, so I ordered an 8. The 8 was way too small. I was very disappointed. I really liked them but they just didn't fit.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a full size smaller than marked

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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November 26, 2013

Teresa O

from MN

Very comfy, but the toe box is very short and squishes my toes down. And since the toe is rubber will not likely stretch when worn. Had to return!

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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August 18, 2013

Anonymous

 

I had been wanting to purchase this shoe for a while and saw it was on sale at Zappos. I bought them and was so excited until I received them. The color was nice but the shoe made my foot look extremely long (I wear an 8 1/2 shoe), so I returned them. For the price, I just didn't think they were worth it. I bought the Free TR 3 instead. Love them more.

Brands I'd also recommend: Coach Fossil Sanuk

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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March 3, 2014

Anonymous

 

I bought these shoes when they had the purple and neon yellow/green. I loved the style and look of the shoe, however, the band on the front squeezed down on my toenails making it painful to walk for any length of time much less run in these shoes. The sole of the shoe is VERY thin. While some may love this, I did not. "Barefoot" running is not for me.

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

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No arch support

 

Poor Support

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February 13, 2014

Michelle

from Iowa

I really liked the look of the shoe and the write up at www.nike.com regarding the shoes benefits. It was recommended for High Intensity work outs, such as cross training. My work outs consist of Cardio, Kettle bells, kickboxing and the TRX straps. I wore these for my first work out and after 15 minutes I hated them. The arch support was horrible, the cushioning they talk about was non existent, the height of the shoe is very short and because of it the shoe was killing my big toe, it was pushing down and rubbing at the end of my big toenail. It felt like someone was stepping on my toes. When we ran sprints - I couldn't do it, we only ran in place really fast for about 1 minute and my feet were hurting because there is not a good arch support system and no cushioning. This shoe is for people who do weight lifting and nothing else. If you like the feel of bare feet, no arch support and no cushioning then this is the shoe for you.

Brands I'd also recommend: I recomend the brand Brooks and getting the Pure Cadence. Excellent shoe!!

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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August 6, 2014

Dee

from Baltimore

I just love these sneakers! I'm online now looking for another pair to replace the ones I currently have. They're still in good condition after almost a year of regular wear for gym classes, long walks, and periodic runs. They are comfortable and light weight. They feel like they were made just for my feet. I bought my true size; didn't need to go up or down. The fit is perfect!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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June 7, 2014

Anonymous

 

Was looking for shoes to wear while doing P90X & Asylum. I have low arches and overpronate, and had tried using my running shoes and whatever other gym shoes I had to work out. Nothing felt right. I was so uncomfortable I ended up having to go barefoot. These shoes are incredible - no pain or discomfort after I put it through the rigors. Super flexible, great for plyo. Also a great shoe to just run around in on a daily basis. At first at may feel weird to be so low to the ground with gym shoes, and not feel a significant amount of padding, but it starts to feel natural. Other reviewers have commented on the narrowness of the shoe, but I have narrow feet, so perfect for me. My true size is 5.5-6, 6.5 in running, so based on reviews I got a 6, which is okay, but I might've even gotten away with the 5.5, as they seem to be designed "long." The tapping noise is noticeable, but not a deal breaker. Overall a shoe that lives up to my expectations, very happy with it.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size larger than marked

 

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April 11, 2014

Vancouver g

from Vancouver BC

There are no words for the love I feel for these shoes. I have 3 pairs now. I take an 8.5 in all shoes, very occasionally a 9, and the 8.5 fit perfectly. You want a snug fit so your foot doesn't move around in them. I wear low thin socks - you don't need cushioning because these are a very minimal shoe. I use them for teaching fitness classes, HIIT, weight lifting, sprints, box jumps, step classes, you name it. They are cute and so incredibly functional - I get compliments on them all the time. Very minimal shoe to protect your foot, but that's what I like. They don't seem to wear out either. Wonderful wonderful.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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April 1, 2014

Anonymous

 

Right now - these are my favorite shoes. Low profile, nice arch support, lightweight, nice for wide feet (laces out a little) and tasteful! The ideal combination. I will be buying more!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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March 18, 2014

Tina

from Philadelphia

I purchased these for a barre class when my regular running shoes felt too clunky and just didn't allow for full movement in my foot. These were perfect and, in fact, I use them for other gym activities. They are very comfortable and fit well. I am sometimes between an 8.5 and 9 depending on the brand and the 8.5 fits great.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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March 12, 2014

Mama M

from Cincinnati

Very comfortable shoe! This is my first pair of a minimalist and I think I will enjoy wearing these. The only concern is the shoes laces are a little shorter, keep in mind that I wear a size 10. Looking forward to tomorrow's workout already.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt a half size larger than marked

 

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt true to width

 

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December 30, 2013

Anonymous

from Virginia

I have always worn neutral athletic/running trainers with more cushioning (have bunions, neuromas, over pronation, etc). But I took a chance and bought these minimalist Nikes for group exercise classes (tho still wear Asics gel for trail runs). I was pleasantly surprised to find that these Nikes are very comfortable, lightweight and cause no foot problems. I wear them for high and low impact aerobics, dance workouts, boot camp type classes, tai chi, etc. I think the minimalist aspect of the shoe allows the body to work more naturally - resulting in better overall use of the foot and fewer foot/leg/hip problems. (At least that's my theory.)

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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December 21, 2013

S

from Vancouver BC

Love these- very flattering fitted shoe - spot on true to size. Great for the gym, plyometrics, Crossfit, teaching step. I bought the black and black with pink and green - very sleek. After the grey/volt next or purple. Santa Baby?

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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November 27, 2013

Jessica l

from Windsor Ontario canada

The shoes are amazing. Despite what other reviewers say I feel they fit true to size. They are super comfy for cross fit style workout and give good lateral support. Zappos also shipped super fast and had the best price by far of any online retailer.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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November 21, 2013

Anonymous

from Chicago, IL

So far, these shoes are really comfortable. They mold to the bottom of your feet, so it barely feels like you're wearing anything at all! They're lightweight and great for jogging and training around the gym. Plus they look just as BA in person too. ;) I'm very happy with them!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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November 16, 2013

Anonymous

 

I bought these for weightlifting and they fit the bill nicely. I severely overpronate, so these were a no-go for all aerobics/extended walking/running. The color is quite bright, but I like it. They cut a little in the heel at first, but after a week or so they were broken in.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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No arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt true to width

 

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November 5, 2013

Cassie T

from Laurel, MD

These shoes arrived super fast! I love the color; it looks orange in the picture, but it really is a bright neon coral. They are very lightweight and allows for my foot to be flexible, which is what I need since I use the shoe for a high intensity workout program. These are very comfortable shoes. I have only good things to say about my experience wearing these shoes! :)

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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October 24, 2013

Kathryn F

 

Great shoes for cross training and lifting weights. The shoe is very flat - which is perfect for doing squats, lunges, etc... I wouldn't recommend running long distances in these shoes - these are strictly weight lifting/cross training shoes. Am very happy with the shoes. They are a bit narrower than I'd like, but it's an easy fix by wearing thin socks. Bought the lime green shoes and they are NEON - which is exactly what I wanted.

Brands I'd also recommend: Nike

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Felt narrower than marked

 

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October 24, 2013

Anonymous

 

I really like these sneakers for the gym. If you work out at a gym these are great. They are light and comfortable. I don't wear them outside so I'm not sure how they would be but on mats in the gym they are wonderful.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt true to width

 

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August 29, 2013

Ashley

from Bronx NY

I'm in love with these shoes! I needed some athletic footwear for a running event coming up. These are just great. They're soft, light weight, and the grey and pink colors are cute. I feel like my feet can breathe in these. I wear a size 5.5 and bought the exact same size, they are a perfect fit.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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October 24, 2013

Anonymous

from Chicago

Current tendon tear in foot and these are some of the only shoes that feel comfy on. If not for the foot injury I would have returned these for 1/2 size smaller because these run at least 1/2 size too big on me. I will add arch support and/or additional cushioning as these shoes don't have much in the way of either. But wearing the black ones, I can get away with looking somewhat professional when worn with black pants. In the picture the black/platinum actually look like b&w. Up close the swoosh and material under the mesh is indeed a silvery platinum. Cool looking, streamlined shoes.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Felt a half size larger than marked

 

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No arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt true to width

 

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October 11, 2013

Anonymous

 

I liked the look and lightweight feel of these shoes, but they do not have any cushioning. It does feel like you are barefoot, which I think would be good in my zumba classes but for HIIT and other cross training classes I need more cushioning for the jumping/running. Running would not be good in these. I really liked the colors. I wear a 9 in regular shoes, 8½ in most Nikes. But these were too long, I would need an 8. I went with the Air Max Fusion. They fit perfect at 8½ and had good cushioning but were still lightweight and flexible.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Felt a half size larger than marked

 

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No arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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March 26, 2014

Amy N

from Ramstein, Germany

This shoe is low-profile, with a 'minimalist' sole and a flexible fit. I bought these with the intention of wearing them to weight-lift (heavy back squats and deadliest) in. However, I ordered my usual size 7 and found that the fit ran small and narrow. I thought the Nike Free Bionic would need a few wears to be broken in but after a few sessions in the gym, I found the pain to be unbearable. Disappointed in this purchase and I will be returning these in exchange for a pair of tried and true Converse Chuck Taylor's instead.

Brands I'd also recommend: Converse

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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Felt a full size smaller than marked

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt narrower than marked

 

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March 20, 2014

Anonymous

 

These shoes run incredibly small. In street shoes I wear a 7.5 or 8. I do order 8.5 in all Nikes and boots because of a thick sock. I ordered the Free Bionics in 8.5 and my toes are all the way to the end. I really need a 9 but they are sold out. The only reason I'm keeping them is because they're so cute. They are also super narrow, but I like that. It does not feel like a regular sneaker so I only use them for spin or zumba. No arch support. Definitely not enough support for running or strength training. The pads of my feet hurt after a couple of hours. I would add arch supports but there is no room left! Size up!

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a full size smaller than marked

 

Runs Small

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No arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt narrower than marked

 

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