Originally Posted by Synthese
Currently, adidas for both - A very traditional neutral running shoe (nova or whatever the current equivalent is called), and predators. Indoor soccer shoes are also adidas. It's not that I have such great, undying love for the brand, but in every blind (as blind as you can get) trial, I've ended up with an adidas shoe. I have a pretty good local running shop
, as well as a good local soccer store (where I've been buying cleats from the same English expat for the better part of my life), so I've worn a lot of things on my feet, and have played in a fair number of things as well. One thing I haven't tried are any of the forefoot running shoes - I'd like to, but don't particularly feel like risking injury during break-in. Could be in my future, though.
I feel the Free Runs doesn't really need breaking in, it's very flexible off the box and the uppers is as soft and pliable as the FKs so you can perform in them right out of the box. I have no experience with cleats so I really have no idea how it feels and can't really say which Nikes would be a good alternative.
If I am being honest though, if I could only have one pair of Nikes at the moment, it'll be the Free Run 3's. I think I remember you said you tried them on when buying the Flyknits and didn't like them? Might have been the Free Havens but I am not sure. To me it's just the most versatile and comfortable for almost every activity. I can run, lift weights, do plyo/HIIT, hiking or just to walk around in and it still looks good when worn casually. I think the only thing I won't do with the Free Runs is play basketball in them but if the uppers were more stable with a very good lockdown feel, I'd certainly give it a few games on the court. As much as I love the Flyknits and how they feel, it just isn't as versatile. Give the Free Run 3 (and maybe even the Free Run 2) another chance when you visit the store.