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Apr 18, 2018
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Nike Flyprint is the 3D-Printing Performance Fabric That Will Revolutionize the Sneaker Industry

Technology is often moving at a speed faster than most of us can keep pace. Where sneakers are concerned, technological advancements in the industry are changing not only what we wear, but how brands manufacture products we ultimately covet.

Nike announced the introduction of Flyprint — the first 3D-printed performance fabric. And, for what it’s worth, it may just be their most influential contribution to sneakers in more than a decade. Yes, it’s bigger than Flyknit and more culturally relevant than Hyperadapt self-lacing technology.

On many levels, Flyprint is a highly defined, remarkably streamlined iteration of Flyknit. Think of it as an iOS update that finally feels right, following countless workable yet slightly inefficient patches. Now that’s no knock on Flyknit — or Flywire for that matter — as there wouldn’t be one without the other. But progression has always defined Nike and its many innovations.

The Nike Zoom Vaporfly Elite Flyprint feels different. It feels right. It feels like they nailed it. Here’s a deep-dive into what it is, how it came to be and why it will be great.

What Exactly Is Flyprint?

The term computational design is largely associated with creation and thus the definition of progression in the tech industry. Nike Flyprint now represents that space in sneakers. A manufacturing marvel as the first 3D-printed textile upper in performance footwear, Flyprint uppers are produced solely through a solid deposit modeling (SDM). The process represents a TPU filament unwound from a coil, melted and laid down in layers. This is all backed by a customized 3D printer from a proprietary Nike polymer.

Unlike many 3D-printed goods, Flyprint is not necessarily a hard-shell composite. It’s more of a fabrication with reinforcements by past Nike developments like Flyknit and Flywire at the tongue, collar and eyestay. There’s a noticeable bond between Flyprint and Flyknit. The two work in matrimony through a seamless union that creates a lightweight one-piece design, built both for performance and aesthetics. Sure, Flyprint can be a standalone product, but as of right now it doesn’t appear to be.

Where Flyprint surpasses all other technologies is in its specificity to athletic performance. The process to develop the Flyprint upper starts with capturing athlete data. As previously mentioned, this is funneled through computational design. Data is accumulated and computed to affirm the ideal composition of the material. That information is then used to help produce the final textile. This not only lends to Flyprint’s exclusivity, but it speaks to just how fast iterations can be created. Nike has stated that prototyping is 16-times quicker than in any previous manufacturing method. This implies athletic performance can be tweaked and tested in record time, allowing athletes to overcome roadblocks at a much quicker turnaround. Moreover, Nike now has the ability to produce customized 3D-printed sneakers faster than ever.

How Did Flyprint Come To Be?

In September 2017, at the Berlin Marathon, Eluid Kipchonge ran the fastest time ever recorded, canvassing the 26.2 mile distance in 2 hours and 25 seconds. Still, he fell short of his ultimate goal of finishing a marathon in under 2 hours. The Kenyan distance runner was the central figure in Nike’s 2017 #Breaking2 campaign, which also revolved around their hallmark marathon runner, the Nike Zoom Vaporfly Elite.

In that failure — if it can even be described as such — Nike learned a very valuable lesson: the shoes were absorbing water on wet surfaces, slowing down the runner’s strides as Kipchonge would later detail. So, in lieu of tinkering with the shoe’s chunky midsole tooling which provides unparalleled energy return, Nike designers revisited a new application of a performance-printed 3D upper. They would later coin the process Flyprint.

This is not the first time a groundbreaking innovation emerged from a misfire. Roger Chen, Senior Director of NXT Digital Innovation at Nike, in a statement to Fast Company said that Nike didn’t originally want to implement 3D-printing simply because it’s the shiny new industry toy. It had to, and at its very essence was required to in order to make absolute sense for both the runner and the product.

“We didn’t want to use 3D printing for the sake of using 3D printing,” Chen reiterated. “That’s where we took a step back, and thought, how do we focus on the design brief: a lighter shoe, that’s more breathable, and allows rain and moisture control?”

Flyprint Will Completely Shift Performance Running Footwear

One of the primary functions of a great runner is speed. The Nike Zoom Vaporfly Elite Flyprint weighs just 169 grams, undeniably making it one of the lightest running sneakers on the market. This marks a 6% reduction in weight when compared to the Zoom Vaporfly Elite which comes in at 180 grams. This leads to a huge indicator of increased speed for the runner — that’s not to mention the Elite Flyprint’s ability to shed potential weight added by water retention.

A Flyprint upper is almost visibly translucent. When you’re running in the shoe the wind blows through to your feet, a feeling Kipchonge related to “flying.” As one of the fastest distance runners around he is flying, in large part due to Nike’s ability to render Flyprint to perfection from start to finish in approximately four months. Typically, sneaker production of this magnitude takes the better part of ten to twelve months.

Nike, with the creation of Flyprint, has scaled the trial and error process substantially. Speed now takes on an entirely different connotation. Runners are inherently and through hard work filled with endurance and speed. Now, Nike can produce running sneakers with industry best speed. By every measure, quicker production should also eliminate increasing labor cost. Robotics doesn’t require an hourly rate for manufacturing processes.

Back in 2016, Nike competitor, adidas, announced plans to open its Speedfactory in Cherokee country Georgia. Its foundational premise relies on automation and production robots to streamline and simplify manufacturing. Adidas stated the factory would allow them to produce more of its products faster and in closer proximity to its consumer base which has grown exponentially in the U.S. in recent years.

Nike, too, won’t be far removed from factories of a similar volition. Fewer physical employees, greater production numbers and, equally important, reduced waste allow this approach to manufacturing. Simply put, it can and will aid Nike’s ongoing sustainability efforts.

What To Expect From Flyprint This Year

Eluid Kipchonge will debut the Nike Zoom Vaporfly Elite Flyprint at the London Marathon on April 22nd. Subsequently, a limited number of pairs will be made available that weekend in London via the Nike app. The shoe will reportedly cost 0 USD.

This, as history has proven, is repeat behavior where widely desired Nike performance releases are concerned. An athlete wears the shoe, Nike tweaks it to meet their personal specifications, then, at a later time, a somewhat scaled version is released to the masses.

Pro-level technologies will be pronounced to a lesser degree for retail, as the general public doesn’t require what a pro marathoner does. Expectations are that the shoe will be available to the masses in late 2018 or early 2019.

What’s certain at the current time is that Nike has created something that will revolutionize the footwear industry. Computational design in mind, this incredible new approach towards performance runners could one day impact the world of basketball, football and the full range of track & field.

Nike is going full tilt with Flyprint. This is just the beginning.

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Apr 18, 2018
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Nike Air VaporMax 2.0 ‘Racer Blue’ Releasing Soon


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Nike’s Air VaporMax 2.0 line will be expanding with the release of the brand new “Racer Blue” edition.

This Nike Air VaporMax 2.0 will highlight the Racer Blue and Bright Crimson color scheme. This sneaker will feature a Racer Blue Flyknit upper with Bright Crimson detailing on the Swoosh and VaporMax branding on the tongue. This predominate Blue sneaker will also include Black detailing on the heel and a matching VaporMax outsole to complete the look.

Nike Air VaporMax 2.0 Racer Blue Release Date

The Nike Air VaporMax 2.0 Racer Blue will be available for purchase very soon at select Nike retailers and at Nike.com. This Nike runner will retail at 0 USD. Scroll down to get a detailed glance at the Nike Air VaporMax 2.0 in the “Racer Blue” colorway.

Nike Air VaporMax 2.0
Color: Racer Blue/Total Crimson-Black
Style Number: 942842-400
Price: 0

Nike Air VaporMax 2.0 Racer Blue 942842-400

Nike Air VaporMax 2.0 Racer Blue 942842-400

Nike Air VaporMax 2.0 Racer Blue 942842-400

Nike Air VaporMax 2.0 Racer Blue 942842-400

Nike Air VaporMax 2.0 Racer Blue 942842-400

Nike Air VaporMax 2.0 Racer Blue 942842-400

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Apr 18, 2018
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Off-White x Nike Air Max 97 ‘Elemental Rose’ Releasing July 2018


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Virgil Abloh and Nike will launch another Off-White x Nike Air Max 97 this Summer. For their next drop they have dressed this classic retro runner up in ‘Elemental Rose’.

This Nike Air Max 97 by Off-White features an Elemental Rose, Barely Rose, White and Black color combination. At the time of writing, images of this pair has yet to leak, however you can expect them to feature a Rose app and a Black Nike Swoosh. In addition this pair will be a women’s release.

Off-White x Nike Air Max 97 Rose Release Date

The Off-White x Nike Air Max 97 Elemental Rose is scheduled to release at select retailers including online at Nike.com during July 2018. Retail price is set at 0. Once we have additional information we will make sure to update you.

Off-White x Nike Air Max 97
Color: Elemental Rose/Barely Rose-White-Black
Release Date: July 2018
Style Number: AJ4585-600
​Price: 0

Note: Images used is a photoshop showing how the Off-White x Nike Air 97 ‘Rose’ could look like.

Off-White Nike Air Max 97 Rose AJ4585-600

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Apr 18, 2018
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Nike Air VaporMax Utility ‘Ridgerock’ Releases April 19th


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The innovative Nike Air VaporMax Utility will be releasing once again. This time, the unique Nike runner will return in the “Ridgerock” colorway.

The Nike Air VaporMax Utility will bed a Ridgerock, Light Cream, Racer Blue and Peat Moss color scheme. This re-imaged design highlights full Flyknit uppers and a unique lacing system. A clear VaporMax outsole and sock like design wrap up this brand new look.

Nike Air VaporMax Utility Ridgerock Release Date

The Nike Air VaporMax Utility “Ridgerock” will be available for purchase on April 19th at select Nike Sportswear retailers and will retail at 5 USD. Scroll down to get another glance at the Nike Air VaporMax Utility in the “Ridgerock” color way.

Nike Air VaporMax Utility
Color: Ridgerock/Light Cream-Racer Blue-Peat Moss
Release Date: April 19, 2018
Style Number: AH6834-200
Price: 5

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Nike Air VaporMax Utility Ridgerock AH6834-200

Nike Air VaporMax Utility Ridgerock AH6834-200

Nike Air VaporMax Utility Ridgerock AH6834-200

Nike Air VaporMax Utility Ridgerock AH6834-200

Nike Air VaporMax Utility Ridgerock AH6834-200

Nike Air VaporMax Utility Ridgerock AH6834-200



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Apr 18, 2018
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A Fourth Colorway of the Acronym x Nike Air VaporMax Moc 2 Might Release


Acronym Nike VaporMax Moc 2 Unreleased

The Acronym x Nike VaporMax Moc 2 collection might see another release with the addition of a brand new pair. The original collection consisted of three unique colorways highlighting the Acronym pattern, but a fourth pair has recently surfaced.

The never before seen colorway of the Acronym Nike Air VaporMax Moc 2 was seen worn by a model who was showcasing their latest J1A jacket.

This new pair of the Acronym x Nike Air VaporMax Moc 2 is very reminiscent of the Sail, Dark Stucco and Cargo Khaki pair that is set to release in May. The highlight of this pair is the Grey heel counter that makes this it different from the rest of the sneakers in this collection.

As of right now, there is no word if this shoe will ever see a global release but we can expect this pair to be a friends and family exclusive. Stay tuned for the latest updates on this topic.

Acronym Nike VaporMax Moc 2 Unreleased

Acronym Nike VaporMax Moc 2 Unreleased

Acronym Nike VaporMax Moc 2 Unreleased



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Apr 18, 2018
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Nike Air Max 98 in Racer Blue and Volt


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Nike has lined up a handful of releases of the Air Max 98 in honor of the popular silhouette’s 20th anniversary. This time, the Nike Air Max 98 will make a return in the Racer Blue and Volt color scheme.

The Nike Air Max 98 “Racer Blue” will consist of White and Black mesh and leather uppers. The highlight of this design is the Racer Blue, Volt, and Black detailing throughout the uppers. A White midsole and Racer Blue Air unit wraps up this design, making it perfect shoe for the warmer months to come.

Nike Air Max 98 White Racer Blue Volt Release Date

This version of the Nike Air Max 98 will be make its way to Nike retailers this May and will retail at 0 USD. Scroll down to get a glance at the Nike Air Max 98 in the “Racer Blue” color scheme.

Nike Air Max 98
Color: White/Black-Racer Blue-Volt
Release Date: May 2018
Style Number: 640744-103​
Price: 0

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Nike Air Max 98 White Racer Blue Volt 640744-103​

Nike Air Max 98 White Racer Blue Volt 640744-103​

Nike Air Max 98 White Racer Blue Volt 640744-103​

Nike Air Max 98 White Racer Blue Volt 640744-103​

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Apr 17, 2018
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Nike Air Max 270 June 2018 Releases


Nike Air Max 270 June 2018 Lineup

Nike is looking to expand its horizons this June with three new colorways of the Nike Air Max 270.

The Nike Air Max 270 will make a return in the Habanero Red, Racer Blue, and Volt color themes. Each pair will feature full mesh uppers and the trademark Air Max 270 heel unit.

There is no official release date for these Nike Air Max 270 colorways but we can expect a release later this June. Each pair of this trio will retail at the 0 USD price point. Scroll down to get a detailed look at the June Nike Air Max 270 lineup.

Nike Air Max 270
Color: Habanero Red/Black-White-Challenge Red
Release Date: June 2018
Style Number: AH8050-401
Price: 0
Nike Air Max 270 Habanero Red AH8050-401

Nike Air Max 270
Color: Racer Blue/Hyper Crimson-Black
Release Date: June 2018
Style Number: AH8050-401
Price: 0
Nike Air Max 270 Racer Blue AH8050-401

Nike Air Max 270
Color: Volt/Black-Dark Grey-White
Release Date: June 2018
Style Number: AH8050-701
Price: 0
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Nike Air Max 270 Habanero Red AH8050-401 June 2018

Nike Air Max 270 Racer Blue June 2018

Nike Air Max 270 Volt AH8050-701 June 2018

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Apr 17, 2018
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The Nike Air Max 1 Goes Floral for Spring

Image via: Nike

Image via: Nike

April showers are bringing the flowers early this year, as evidenced by this women’s Nike Air Max 1. The iconic retro runner takes on a textile upper blooming with a multi-color floral print, complemented by subdued hits of black on the mudguard, laces, tongue and lining. Additional pastel pops appear on the pink leather Swoosh and bright aqua eyelets, while the gum rubber outsole delivers a classic sportswear vibe. Check out detailed looks in the gallery below and expect the kicks to launch April 20th through Nike SNKRS.

Release Date: 4/20/18 (Friday)

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Apr 17, 2018
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Nike LeBron Soldier 12 Debuts for Playoffs

This spring you won’t find LeBron James doing it for the ‘gram. Nope, everything he’s doing is for the ‘ship. The Nike LeBron Soldier 12 sees the King’s second signature series continuing its postseason positioning while playing to #23’s social media absence.

Debuting in the triple-black “Dark 23” colorway, it is uncertain when LeBron will lace them given the excitement surrounding his PE program — aka #LeBronWatch — that while remiss at retail is still seeing dope do-ups like his recent BB4 homage.

Still, the Soldier series has never been all about ‘Bron as the next generation has always worn and informed the line. Using feedback from amateur and professional players alike, the postseason driven Soldier 12 is all about stripped-down toughness.

“The Soldier was always meant to be stripped down in the best possible way,” Jason Petrie told Nike SNKRS. “Even early on, LeBron’s insight was that the playoffs and the regular season are different. The Soldier has always been about toughness and connecting to the playoffs, in particular.”

The result is a focused piece of footwear built around aspects of the LeBron 15 like a circular knit upper and protective heel and toe caps, bolstered by a wider range of Velcro for more malleable lockdown and uniquely shaped Zoom Air units for lightweight bounce and court feel.

Look for the Nike LeBron Soldier 12 “Dark 23” to drop on April 25 for 0. Peep detailed shots of the shoe and design process below.

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Apr 17, 2018
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These NBA Players Have the Leagues Top-Selling Nike Jerseys This Year

Nike’s first year back as the NBA’s official outfitter wasn’t without issue. Jerseys were ripping. Some completely off a players chest. But from a wider lens, far more went right for Nike then it did wrong. That, coupled with the excitement of the restored partnership, Nike sold a ton of apparel during the 2017-18 season. The top-selling jerseys league-wide were announced today.

Derived from sales figures from the NBA Store, Stephen Curry had the highest selling jersey amongst his peers. To no surprise. LeBron James comes in second position. Kevin Durant is hot on his heels in third. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kyrie Irving round out the top five.

Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons secure the No. 8 and 10 spots, respectively, helping the Sixers sell the amount of jerseys they moved when Allen Iverson was around. Despite playing less than ten games all season, Kawhi Leonard lands in the 11th position. Just beneath him in 12th, Lonzo Ball.

As for the top-selling jerseys by team, The Warriors, Cavs and Sixers lead the way. The Lakers and Celtics round out the top five.

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Apr 17, 2018
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Nike Presents Flyprint, the First 3D-Printed Textile Upper in Performance Footwear

With Flyprint, Nike introduces the first 3D-printed textile upper used in performance footwear. The material is created through a process called solid deposit modeling (SDM), in which a TPU filament is unwound from a coil and then melted and laid down in layers. It’s a methodology that allows designers to translate athlete data directly onto new textile geometries. That data is computed to create the ideal composition of the material, and subsequently, the final textile. One benefit of performance printing is efficiency, as prototyping is 16-times quicker than any previous manufacturing method.

Flyprint textiles are lighter and more breathable than any of Nike’s previous textiles, and there’s virtually no friction between the interlaced yarns, allowing for greater precision-tuned containment. The textile also works seamlessly with Flyknit yarns, allowing the two materials to be thermally bond, obviating the need for glue or stitching.

The Nike Flyprint upper debuts on the Nike Zoom Vaporfly Elite Flyprint shoe, created for Eliud Kipchoge, winner of the Berlin Marathon. Kipchoge will run the London Marathon on April 22nd in the Nike Zoom Vaporfly Elite Flyprint. That same weekend, a limited run of the shoes will be sold in London through the Nike App.

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Apr 17, 2018
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Nike Introduces Flyprint, its Groundbreaking Performance 3D Printed Textile Technology

Nike has long been a brand based in innovation. Their very excellence hinges upon budding technology and the subsequent ability to transform it into something beneficial to athletes. In 2012, Nike did exactly that with the introduction of Flyknit. It was a masterful play on woven synthetic yarn that could take shape with the foot, ensuring movement and comfort was at a height no Nike shoe before it has ever reached.

Nike Flyprint is both an extension and an evolution of Flyknit. Introduced today, as a base level, Flyprint is a performance 3D printed textile upper produced through solid deposit modeling (or SDM), a process whereby a TPU filament is unwound from a coil, melted and laid down in layers. Moreover, this groundbreaking methodology allows Nike designers to translate athlete data into new textile geometries.

Nike Zoom Vaporfly Elite Flyprint

Flyprint performance printing is a vastly advanced approach towards footwear production. Nike has been able to streamline prototyping 16-times faster than in any previous manufacturing method. To that end, the benefits of 3D textiles over traditional 2D fabrics fuse much cleaner and there is no friction resistance between the yarn. It is also lighter and more breathable than Nike’s previously employed textiles.

All of this, of course, is designed for athletes to attain greater success at all levels. More intimately, for distance runners like Eluid Kipchoge to conquer marathons in record time. Later this month, Kipchoge will debut the Nike Zoom Vaporfly Elite Flyprint during a marathon in London on April 22. To coincide with his race, the shoe will release in limited numbers in London through the Nike app that same weekend.

Release details for U.S. consumers has not yet been confirmed. Stay tuned for more details on Nike Flyprint.

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Nike Zoom Vaporfly Elite Flyprint
Nike Zoom Vaporfly Elite Flyprint
Nike Zoom Vaporfly Elite Flyprint
Nike Zoom Vaporfly Elite Flyprint
Nike Zoom Vaporfly Elite Flyprint
Nike Zoom Vaporfly Elite Flyprint
Nike Zoom Vaporfly Elite Flyprint

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