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Model: Zoom VaporFly Elite Flyprint
Key Features: A newly innovated Nike Flyprint performance-printed 3D upper is paired with a full-length carbon fiber plate, while durable rubber on the heel is included to protect against abrasions. A signature NikeZoomX midsole unit offers support and comfort.
Release Date: London Marathon Weekend (TBC)
Buy: Nike App
Editor’s Notes: Nike has just unveiled its fastest ever shoe, which was developed in collaboration with Eliud Kipchoge. The runner famously ran the fastest marathon ever in Berlin last September.
The Nike Zoom VaporFly Elite Flyprint is the latest evolution of the VaporFly Elite and VaporFly 4%. Because both silhouettes were so dominant on the 2017 marathon circuit, Nike designers decided to maintain the tooling and focus instead on updating the upper using 3D technology.
The result is a running shoe that is 11g lighter than the Nike VaporFly Elite and features increased breathability while absorbing less moisture. Nike will release this sneaker in ultra-limited numbers the week of April 16 via the Nike App to celebrate the London Marathon on Saturday.
This looks like it could be Nike’s first real move into 3D-printed technology, much in the same vein as adidas’ Futurecraft line of sneakers. It remains to be seen whether 3D-printing will find its way to more commercial Nike silhouettes.
For more information on Nike’s Flyprint technology, watch the video below and then head here.
In other news, NASA and Vans are collaborating on a bunch of sneakers. Read more here.
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