Although Tom Sachs has brought notable attention to it over the last decade, Nike Free technology has been around for much longer. And while it isn’t the Swoosh’s marquee performance-oriented solution anymore, it continues to enable new and compelling design.
For its latest application, the ultra-flexible tooling has been employed for the aptly-named Nike Free Terra Vista, a trail-inspired shoe that proudly boasts Nike ACG heritage. The silhouette isn’t equipped with the proper materials to combat all conditions, but its aesthetic will surely feel familiar to old and new fans of the brand’s nature-informed line. Akin to previously-seen iterations of the model, a newly-surfaced pair indulges in a rather muted colorway. Its series of panels and groove-laden sole unit, however, make statements on their own, but they’re arguably overshadowed by multi-colored Nike Grind overlays around the heel and swoosh-wheel logos at the tongue and sock-liner. Both design choices reveal that the shoes have been crafted as part of the Next Nature approach, a partly-recycled build contributing to the company’s “Move to Zero” initiative.