Nike’s fastest running shoe is set to release in JulyBy Hollie Gwinnett | June 4, 2020
The Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next% are the shoes that Eliud Kipchoge wore when he made history by running a marathon in under 2 hours. He famously wore the ‘Alphafly’ prototype and the shoes came under investigation by World Athletics as to whether Nike’s newest technology gave an unfair advantage to the athlete wearing them. Alphafly Next% ‘passed the test’ and were deemed legal for racing. The trainers will be priced at £150 and available at Nike.
Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next%
The upper of this shoe is constructed with Nike’s newest Flyknit material, ‘AtomKnit’. AtomKnit provides a really comfortable fit and the material allows for minimal water absorption and enhanced breathability. As well as the minimal water absorption being perfect for rainy days, the breathable element ensures they are also comfortable for hot weather. The AtomKnit material was designed specifically for racing and so it is very lightweight, yet it has great support.
The shoes have been reported to be quite difficult to get on as you need to completely undo the laces and be quite firm to get your foot in. But once the shoe is on, the knit moulds to your foot, so it feels secure and comfortable.
Nike wanted more cushioning in this performance running shoe and so they added a duo of Zoom Air Pods for that purpose. They can be found in the forefoot where they add extra cushioning designed for impact protection and performance. The pods design allows them to expand and contract in any direction which in turn maximizes their responsiveness.
Nike’s signature carbon fiber plate has also been tweaked from previous models to ensure stability and stiffness in the forefoot. A full-length carbon-fiber plate rests on top of the ZoomX foam which adds a sensation of propulsion.
Exclusive access was given to Nike Plus members earlier this week however we will be seeing another launch of the ‘fastest trainer’ on July 2nd, so if you fancy breaking some world records, make sure you get a pair.