Nike’s Free family is expanding this season, with the addition of a new outdoor-ready adaptation of the popular running technology. Check out the new Free Run Trail 5.0 in “Dark Riftwood”, coming this Spring.

The roots of Nike’s Free technology were originally planted in the early 2000s, as the brand’s sports science team was researching the natural movement of the foot on various surfaces. They quickly discovered that an athlete’s two feet were far more flexible and adaptive than any shoe that had been created for them, and the good folks at Nike set about adapting this research into their footwear. The result was a new style of the midsole, featuring deep, jagged cuts in all directions to allow the various portions to separate and move autonomously, reacting as the foot needed them. Since then, Nike designers have been constantly iterating, trying new cuts and ways to create a more adaptive midsole, and periodically introducing updates to their lineup. This year, the Free Run Trail returns for its fifth iteration, bringing with it a new midsole and single-piece construction of the upper. Today, we have an early look at an upcoming “Dark Riftwood” colorway of the Free Run Trail 5.0, which casts the outdoor-ready runner in beautiful brown suede ahead of the Summer season.


Nike’s newly minted Free Run Trail 5.0 has not yet been announced for release, though they are expected to land on retail shelves sometime in the coming weeks. The suede-covered “Dark Riftwood” color scheme will be available from both Nike and select retailers, with a price tag of $110. Check out the official images below for a better look, and stay tuned to JustFreshKicks for more Nike release news.

Nike Free Run Trail
Release Date: 2021
Price: $110
Color: Dark Riftwood/Dark Russet-Light Chocolate
Style Code: CW5814-200