UPDATE: Check out more pics at Uncrate.com here. I’m all for the white colorway. Let’s make it happen Nike!
Before you get all worked up over the latest invention that Nike has cooked up in its Innovation Kitchen, I want to just say that FlyKnit hasn’t crossed over into golf…yet.
But for innovation enthusiasts like myself, FlyKnit sure sounds like it could help with walking golfers. For now though, it’s for runners.
Today, Nike officially unveiled the Nike Flyknit. The Nike Flyknit running shoe features a “single-engineered base that eliminates the use of glue, sewing, and cutting in its construction.” They popped it on top of a new Lunarlon sole, which is already on many Nike Golf shoes, and this allows the shoe to be more responsive, expressive and lighter than other performance running shoes.
But wait there’s more. FlyKnit includes Flywire technology as well to loosen and tighten around the arch (also on the Lunar Control and Zoom TW among others). According to Nike, the inspiration came from runners’ feedback that they wanted a snug fit that fits like a sock (Reminds me of the Huarache). The FlyKnit took four years to compose and required a team of engineers, programmers and designers to make one of the most pliable shoes out there.
For those focused on weight – the whole Flyknit Racer shoe weighs just 160g (5.6 ounces) for a size 9, 19% lighter than the Nike Zoom Streak 3, which was worn by first, second and third place athletes in the men’s marathon at the 2011 World Championships.
Would you wear this as a golf shoe?