The Nike Free 5.0 Lava Kids' Running Shoe combines a flexible outsole with the cushioning, traction and support of a traditional running shoe. The result is the perfect balance of comfort and natural movement.
Benefits Sandwich mesh upper for breathabilityFlywire cables integrate with the laces to provide an adaptive, supportive fitTraditional tongue construction cushions lace pressureMinimal sockliner molds to the foot's shape for added support and comfortHexagonal flex grooves wrap around the sidewall for natural range of motionWaffle outsole lugs help absorb impact and add responsiveness
Nike Free Origins
After learning that Stanford athletes had been training barefoot on the university's golf course, three of Nike's most innovative and creative employees set out to develop a shoe that felt natural and weightless, similar to bare feet. In 2002, they examined a group of men and women with pressure-measuring insoles taped to their feet, using high-speed cameras to capture images of each foot in motion. The team spent eight years studying the biomechanics of shoeless running. The results yielded a profound understanding of the foot's natural landing angle, pressure and toe position, allowing Nike designers to build an unconventional and flexible running shoe from the inside out.