Upcoming footwear from Nike
It's been a while since Nike came out with anything completely new, having been adapting their technologies into already established silos. Their first overhaul was in the Structure 16, and it met mixed reviews. However with the new shoes coming up, we have something completely new, and something completely different for an established shoe. I'll start with the established shoe:
Nike Free Flyknit
Flyknit is a technology that Nike have been pushing heavily, and rightly so. It's light, supportive, and comfortable, whilst remaining hard wearing and sturdy. The Free is an established shoe, that offers outstanding flexibility, and comfort, whilst allowing your foot to do what it wants. The pairing of the two seems like an obvious idea, and has finally happened. The shoes like an odd combination of a sock, with a big cushioned sole. The 5.0 means that it is halfway between barefoot and and a traditional running shoe. Which seems like an odd choice to launch with (I'm assuming that Nike will also be releasing a 3.0 and a 4.0). As the upper is so minimal, I'd have thought a minimal sole would be the choice, but I'm sure Nike have their reasons. Regardless of that though, the shoe as a whole offers compression of the foot, and a real sock like look. It retains everything that made the Free popular, but adds something new to the mix, and I hope it delivers all that it promises. The upper is not only made of a seamless Flyknit, but contains Flywire for lace loops, meaning it truly is seamless, so should offer a very comfortable fit. Not only that, but the design on the Flyknit upper has been mapped around how the upper of the foot exerts pressure. For example across the top of the foot, the Flyknit has a more engineered stretch to it, allowing a comfortable flex, whilst around the heel, and forefoot, there is a tighter weave that offers stabilization and support. I'm very much looking forward to trying these when they come out in August, costing around £105. Check out more pictures in the gallery below.
Nike Free Hyperfeel
Although technically a Free, I'm going to class this as a new shoe, as it is completely different to what we've all grown to know as the Free. The outsole has been based around the traditional Waffle design, but been reengineered to offer a more flexible, and lighter ride. As with the rest of the Free series, strategically placed hardwearing rubber has been placed in key areas to add durability. The cushioning is also different to the Free's as it comes primarily from the insole. A Lunarlon insert acts like cushioned pods under the feet, whilst the outsole acts like hardened skin, offering a barefoot feel. The upper is made of Flyknit, reducing weight, seams and wasted material, which results in a very comfortable, and foot hugging fit. As with the Free Flyknit, the upper has different weaves in different zones, allowing the foot to flex where it needs to but also be supported where it needs it. The laces again go though Flywire loops saving weight and irritation zones. By comparison, the Nike Pegasus has 57 components, whereas the Free Hyperfeel has only 7, making it as minimal as they come. I again, look forward totrying the upon their release in September, costing around £115. Check out more images in the gallery below.
Images and information courtesy oif nikeinc.com