Remember when high street policy used to be that you can have anything you want as long as it’s in white or black? Now that’s a hype. We guess every movement has its day and we can guarantee you two things — this winter is going to be awash with triple black shoes and lots of 3M. The Nike Shield initiative that the running division dropped a few years back was incredible, because it arrived at a point when tech running was on trend and people were actually going for runs. These Nike Free Run 2s continue that lineage with some black reflectivity and Free flexibility. A lot has happened to Nike Free since the Free Run 2+ debuted — the sole pattern has changed and the sense of movement has been amplified, but we still maintain that this 2011 silhouette is one of the greatest modern running designs ever and the best shoe to use that much-imitated siped sole. That it hasn’t left the building since it was originally released, despite spawning a couple of sequels is a testament to how good that lightweight mesh, sock-like fit, ligament-style overlays and discreet branding is. The second Free Run was also used by Nike Sportswear for a city pack that created the blueprint for the collision of trend and athletics that seems to be prevalent right now. We’ve seen the shoe in all black before, but we’re feeling the 3M here, plus the stitched swoosh. It’s the sort of shoe that captures a current zeitgeist without looking wilfully weird or contrived. These drop next month and as blackouts go, they do the job. Available from the Nike section @ Crooked Tongues.