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17th July 2013, Beaverton, OR

Nike launches advanced Free Flyknit with compression

Nike has introduced a new range of running shoes which allows runners to reap the benefits of the natural motion found in Nike Free platform technology and the ‘supportive second skin fit’ of its seamlessly flat knitted Flyknit technology. The Nike Free Flyknit unites two of Nike’s most innovative and popular technologies to deliver barefoot-like flexibility and a compression fit that is said to lock the foot in place.

The Nike Free Flyknit is designed to flex with the foot in motion and is said to be informed by Nike’s "Nature Amplified" design ethos — an approach fuelled by scientific data and athlete insights. The shoe upper looks even more sock like than the original Flyknit shoes launched for the 2012 London Olympics.

Nike Free Flyknit

“Nike Free Flyknit is the ultimate expression of natural performance principles, combining a supportive, sock-like upper and a flexible midsole and outsole that move with the body,” says Sean McDowell, Creative Director for Nike Running. “The compression fit brings the foot closer to the sole for enhanced lockdown and propulsion.”

Advanced Flyknit upper

A new, more compressive NIke Flyknit construction in the shoe upper secures the runner’s foot to the shoe platform. According to Nike, the unique zoned performance mapping pattern of the Nike Flyknit upper is derived from insights on how pressure is exerted on the top of the foot.

Nike Free Flyknit with advanced Flyknit upper

Nike Sport Research Lab scientists employed pressure-mapping technology to locate stress areas, and designers used the data to inform the new upper. Zones on the top of the foot have engineered stretch built to enable natural flex, while a tighter knit structure at the perimeter stabilizes the forefoot and heel. Additionally, elasticized construction fits securely around the ankle for a comfortable, secure fit, like a sock top. Nike says that by knitting a one-piece upper, Nike Flyknit construction reduces its typical upper waste by an average of 88%.

Nike Free platform

The advanced Nike Flyknit upper sits atop a Nike Free+ 5.0 midsole, which lies in the middle of the Nike Free spectrum, providing mid-range cushioning. (On a scale of 1-10, 1 is akin to running barefoot and 10 is comparable to a traditional running shoe.) The articulated Nike Free sole is flexible and moves naturally with the foot. Diagonal hot-knifed sipes (strategically-engineered flex grooves) through the arch help ensure natural movement in the mid-foot as a runner transitions stride.

Nike Free Flyknit with Free platform

“The Nike Free Flyknit comes on the heels of decades of biomechanics research and design exploration with the intent of providing the best run possible. The breakthrough combination of a compressive Nike Flyknit upper with a highly flexible Nike Free midsole and outsole adds up to a running shoe that delivers a more natural ride, amplifying athletes’ ability to move quickly and comfortably over distance.

Sean McDowell, Creative Director for Nike Running talks about Nike Free Flyknit...

The Nike Free Flyknit ($160) will be available globablly beginning Aug. 1. It can be pre-ordered at www.nike.com/freeflyknit.

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  • Display Name 17th July 2013 16:13PM

    The lines on this shoe are just beautiful. It looks comfortable even before you put your foot in. Love it!


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