Nike’s best-selling Air Zoom Alphafly sneaker gets a decidedly modern update with its latest iteration inspired by marathon athletes: the Air Zoom Alphafly Next% 2.
As it is intended to elevate the limits of runners in marathons and long-distance races, the style has gained several technological advancements in its construction – with input from marathon runners themselves, including Eliud Kipchoge. The first is notably the pair’s lightweight ZoomX foam midsole, which includes additional foam under the forefoot – which aims to boost wearers’ energy levels and create a smoother ride with every step.
“The Alphafly Next%2 is designed for athletes who are chasing their personal marathon bests,” Nike Running Shoe Product Manager Elliott Heath said in a statement. “Since its inception, the Alphafly has been inspired by the most elite racers chasing world records. The updates we made in the second iteration continue to equip elite athletes competing on the stage. worldwide, but focused on improving the racing experience for all runners in pursuit of their personal best.
In addition, full-length curved carbon plates and wider heels have been inserted into the shoes to increase stability while running.
Building on Nike’s evolved silhouette, the style’s knit uppers have also been updated with Atomknit 2.0; an advanced version of its lightweight stretched FlyKnit fabric, which also includes padding under its laces. The new iteration increases comfort, breathability and foot support thanks to the fine texture and soft feel of the material.
The pair will launch on June 15 in a first monochromatic white colourway, accented with a red-tinted dual Zoom Air insole insert and a thin orange stripe down each tongue. This version will also feature a wear test number on the side, as a step in the brand development process when testing new products with athletes.
You can shop the style when it debuts in limited quantities on Nike’s website.
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