Whatever the remit we’re on an endless search for products that combine style and functionality. With that in mind, if you’re a modern man who run’s or train’s and like to look good doing it, read on.
Last week the Dapper Chapper attended a Nike event to get a run down of the new Nike Free footwear family.
The shoe that led the charge was the Nike Free RN FLyknit and as you’d expect with Nike, a considerable amount of research has gone into the development of the shoe pre-launch. To get all technical on you, each model features a progressive geometric auxetic midsole designed to enable an athlete’s natural motion and develop strength. Basically they are really good running shoes.
If you’re used to Flyknit’s then you’ll know they are probably the most comfortable trainer out there when it comes to feel around the foot. The lightweight Flyknit upper combines a sock-like fit with a classic silhouette that moulds to the foot for comfort and breath-ability.
Drilling down a little further on the functionality of the show, Nike have drawn upon new studies that reveal how the foot expands and contracts upon impact with and liftoff from the ground, the splaying, auxetic midsole mimics how the body and foot react to force through four new models. This trainer absorbs shock while accounting for the dual-plane expansion in foot size (approximately one size in length and two sizes in width) that occurs throughout an athlete’s foot strike. The resulting flexibility puts the foot, rather than the shoe, in control.
I tried them out personally at the media event completing a cheeky 5k run with the Nike Run Club – another cool concept introduced by Nike and worth checking out if you’re looking for running buddies.
Also released last week was the Nike Free Train Force Flyknit. For those who are more about training then running, it’s a low-profile training shoe features a 5/8-height Flyknit upper designed to promote a feeling of support. The Flywire locks down the foot during lateral cuts while an integrated heel counter keeps an athlete stable during hard cuts.
Other upcoming dates to note is the 5th May when the Nike Free RN Motion Flyknit gets released. It pairs a single-piece Nike Flyknit upper featuring 3D ribbing from the forefoot to heel with the new auxetic midsole, a combination which the Nike crew seemed pretty excited about.
All styles will be available to buy on Nike.com