I first saw a version of this shoe at a Nike presentation in February 2012. Nike were so confident their Flyknit technology was going to be a ‘genuine game-changer’, as they put it, that they flew several hundred journalists to New York from all corners of the globe to see a presentation by Carl Lewis, Allyson Felix, Walter Dix and other Nike luminaries.
If you want to find out how the shoe got on under rigorous wear- and lab-testing, check out our Shoe Buyer’s Guide in the April issue of RW, out Feb 28.
For now, here’s the lowdown on the main technology.
The upper is constructed, not from a series of panels like normal shoes, but using a knitted thread method. The benefits, say Nike, are numerous:
- It provides a snug, customized fit, thanks to a variable-density weave that provides structure right where you need it.
- It allows for a really lightweight shoe (233g men, 187g women), because no overlays are needed. instead, denser weave is used in areas that require extra support such as the arch lock.
- It’s extremely breathable
- It reduces waste during the manufacturing process, with Nike claiming just a few threads are left over following construction.
There is talk that that one day consumers will be able to customise Flyknit shoes using different colours of thread on Nike ID, but Nike say that’s a little way off yet.
For more information on the Flyknit Lunar1+ (£130) go to nike.com