Two Is Better Than One: The Nike Free RN Distance

Two Is Better Than One: The Nike Free RN Distance


The next evolution in running shoes is here. The Nike Free RN Distance is the first shoe to combine Lunarlon foam with Free technology. Supportive cushioning. Lightweight mobility. Sounds like the perfect match.

If you’ve laced up in any Nike athletic shoes over the past few years, there’s a good chance you’ve stepped in Lunarlon. Since 2008, this foam cushioning has been popular in everything from basketball to tennis to training. But it is especially beloved among runners, who love its soft, but resilient support. Invented by Nike after studying how astronauts move on the moon, Lunarlon is 30% lighter than Phylon foam and is built to evenly distribute the impact of every stride.

The Free’s history dates back even further. In 2002, legendary shoe designers Tinker Hatfield and Eric Avar were inspired to make a more minimalistic running shoe after observing Stanford athletes training barefoot. The result: the 2004 Nike Free 5.0 V1. Runners who wanted more natural motion and a lighter weight finally had their go-to.

Over time, Nike started to perfect the Free by introducing numerous different models along a 0-10 scale. Zero is barefoot while 10 provides the cushioning of an average training shoe. While many athletes enjoyed the flexibility or support that typically ranged from 3.0-7.0, Nike found that runners wanted more material to help them travel farther distances. So, the Free RN Distance added a thicker sole that still bends like a Nike Free, but has a core of Lunarlon foam to cushion your long-mile journeys.

But there’s even more innovation packed into this shoe. A partial inner sleeve and Flywire cables around the laces offer a more supportive and comfortable fit. So, in summary, the Nike Free RN Distance, has game-changing fit, incredible cushioning, and unrivaled flexibility. We may have just found your new favorite shoe.