Nike Flyknit

After four years of intense research and development Nikeseem to have struck gold with their new “knitted shoe”, launching just just in time for the 2012 Olympics.
Presenting their lightest and most sustainable shoe ever, Flyknit.

A single, lightweight knit upper is the result of intricately detailed patterns of yarn inter-woven with Nike’s trademark Flywire for additional support.
What’s really striking about this design is the collaborative nature in which it all came together.  Since no manufacturing technique for this product existed it took a diverse team of programmers, designers and engineers, amongst others, to develop the final design.  This led to an “endless amount of prototypes” of varying strengths and elasticities, which were worked through alongside athletes to provide near-instant feedback.

The result is, well, sock-like in construction, and by its very nature provides a snug and natural fit, capable of loosening and contracting with your foot as it flexes and bends with your gait.

The construction of the final product makes it particularly sustainable, as well as performance driven.  The single knitted component layer removes the need for cutting out material, and the associated waste, as well as any stitching, glueing, or other joining method which reduces both consumption and cost.

The Flyknit is almost a fifth lighter than Nike’s previous marathon-winning trainer, the Zoom Streak 3, and it provides ideal opportunity for colour customisation by the US, the UK, Kenya, and Russia, whose athletes will be wearing them in this year’s Olympic Marathon.

If you manage to get your hands (or feet!) on a pair – happy running!


2 Responses to “Nike Flyknit”

  1. 1 Jason E. Ballmann March 3, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    that’s awesome! fits in with that barefoot running style because lightweight = no support, generally.

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