A granite version of the Nike Flyknit Racer will hit retailers this week. The stone-inspired runner will be available in unisex sizing.
Dubbed as “Earth Tones,” the upcoming Flyknit Racer sports a pure platinum and cool grey upper. Digital camo print is featured on the heel tab for extra detailing.
According to Nike.com, the single-layer of Flyknit along the upper delivers lightweight support and breathability. Dynamic Flywire laces provide secure lockdown and a personalized fit.
The Flyknit Racer’s full-length Phylon midsole contains a Zoom Air unit in the forefoot for low-profile impact protection. It has a noticeable arch support which can be felt while jogging or running at slower speeds.
The solid rubber outsole of the Flyknit Racer consists of a Waffleskin traction pattern with a carved-out Nike swoosh in the center. The outsole setup is firm and durable, as per Peyton Hoyal of Running Shoes Guru.
“I would think the longevity of this shoe would be higher than most flats given its durable, resilient outsole material,” he said. “This rigidity is good for fast running because it keeps the foot in the power position at toe-off and supports the muscles under fatigue late in a race.”
The Flyknit Racer debuted at the 2012 London Olympics. It was the runner of choice for several Nike-sponsored athletes from around the world.
It took Nike approximately four years to perfect its patented Flyknit technology. The footwear giant drew inspiration from runners who wanted an even lighter shoe with the fit of a sock.
Nike reported via HypeBeast that the use of Flyknit has reduced the company’s production waste by up to 60 percent. This is because manufacturing Flyknit is more efficient and environment-friendly than the traditional cut and sew method.