Back in 2014 Nike engineered knit for performance to create running footwear that features only the essentials. Employing a technology called Nike Flyknit, yarns and fabric variations are precisely engineered only where they are needed for a featherweight, formfitting and virtually seamless upper.
Runners at the time would dream of the perfect shoe being as seamless as a sock, so nike took that dream and attempted to make it a reality. The problem was that conventional sock material like yarn was flimsy, and running shoes require a durability to them that would add cushion and support.
“NIKE embarked on a four-year mission of micro-engineering static properties into pliable materials. It required teams of programmers, engineers and designers to create the proprietary technology needed to create the knit upper. The next steps were to map out where the specific yarn and knit structures were needed. Applying 40 years of knowledge from working with runners, NIKE refined the precise placement of support, flexibility and breathability – all in one layer. The result is precision engineering in its purest form, performance on display. Every element has a purpose: resulting in one of the lightest, best fitting running shoes NIKE has ever made.”
As a designer its essential that every decision you make has a purpose. Thats what I really like about Flyknit technology. The bare essentials are all pieced together, adding support where its needed but reducing that thickness where its not.
Nike Flyknit tech can be seen everywhere whether it be on the track, the basketball court, or on your own feet. Its wide success has had many different brands trying to replicate its benefits as well. Nike has continued with its Flyknit technology as it was an essential component to the Zoom Vaporfly, the shoe that attempted to break the 2 hour marathon barrier. Its technology isn’t limited to the elite athletes however, as everyone has the chance to purchase one of its countless models boasting Flyknit for a reasonable price.