A commenter on my earlier post today on the new Nike Free 4.0 v2 and 3.0 v4 shoes alerted me to another new shoe coming this summer from Nike called the Flyknit Racer (thanks Henry!). Apparently the shoe was just announced at a show in New York just a few hours ago, and it is a racing flat with an ultralight, form fitting, knit upper.
Here are the details provided by High Snobiety:
“Nike Flyknit revolutionizes running by rethinking shoe construction from the ground up Informed by athlete insights and employing a new proprietary technology. Yarns and fabric variations are precisely engineered only where they are needed for a featherweight, formfitting and virtually seamless upper. With all the structure and support knitted in, the Nike Flyknit Racer’s upper and tongue weigh just 34 grams (1.2 ounces). The whole shoe weighs a mere 160g (5.6 ounces) for a size 9, 19% lighter than the Nike Zoom Streak 3, a shoe worn by first, second and third place athletes in the men’s marathon at the 2011 World Championships.
Nike Flyknit upper is also engineered for precision fit, creating a feeling of a second skin. NIKE has created an everyday running shoe, the Nike Flyknit Trainer+, which at 220 grams or 7.7 ounces, will bring the weight and fit benefits of Nike Flyknit to runners of all levels.”
The 17th man reports that the Flyknit “is the marathon shoe that the world’s best runners from all over the world, including those from Kenya, Great Britain, Russia and the US will wear in this spring’s marathons and in London this summer”
Sadly, I’m guessing this shoe, like most Nike flats, will be too narrow for my foot, but it is an interesting concept…
Flyknits are now available at Running Warehouse.
In addition to the announcement, Nike also posted a YouTube video ad for the shoe – as always, very impressive visuals from Nike: