Earlier this morning in New York, Nike Running unveiled its new state-of-the-art shoes and whilst nothing in the world of sports is guaranteed – we can be certain that the best athletes in the world will break some records in these shoes later this year at the Tokyo Olympics.
With two running shoes (the divisive Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT% and its compatriot the Air Zoom Tempo NEXT%) and two tracks spikes (the Air Zoom Viperfly and Air Zoom Victory), Nike has finally given us a look at the innovation that earnt them the sobriquet of ‘Gamechangers’. Informed by years of sports science research and contrived in the infamous Nike Sport Research Lab, the flagship release Nike Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT% features three critical components, working in harmony to give athletes a measurable benefit.
The most controversial of all components the new range all feature full-length carbon plate runs from toe to heel, providing stability and a smooth transition; increasing stiffness in the forefoot to provide a sensation of propulsion. When used in combination with the all-new Nike Air Pods and the ZoomX Cushioning in the Alphafly NEXT% and Tempo NEXT%, you can expect class-leading cushioning and energy loss.
If all of this sounds glaringly familiar, you may remember that we first spotted a prototype of the Nike Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT% last October when Eliud Kipchoge broke the two-hour marathon in Vienna.
Each of these silhouettes flaunts a black and neon green colourway and either the traditional Flyknit upper (Tempo NEXT%) or the Atomknit upper (Alphafly NEXT%, Air Zoom Viperfly and Air Zoom Victory). You can get your paws on these bad boys sometime this Winter, but be sure to keep an eye out for them at the Tokyo Olympics starting in July and running through (see what we did there) til August.