For runners looking for the next step in minimalism. The Flyknit's breathable upper uses a continuous knit (like a compression sock) thinner in areas that demand greater flexibility, thicker in spots that need reinforcing. An adjustable cord system maximizes support by supporting the foot through with a network of cords. Resilient, low-profile midsole doubles as the outsole, reducing the overall weight.
- Seamless one-piece upper is made from woven polyester thread, using a construction process that creates little to no waste, making the shoe very efficient to produce.
- Flywire technology supports from the ground up, with the cords originating in the sole. Cinch the cords via the eyelets to adjust to your desired level of fit.
- Injection moulded midsoles combine Phylon EVA and rubber to create a platform durable enough to pull double duty as the outsole.
- Trans-tarsal cuts through the arch enhance flexibility and increase your foot strength, making your feet better equipped to go natural.
- Full inner sleeve follows the contours of the foot for a comfortable, slipper-like fit.
- Abrasion-resistant carbon rubber outsole for improved durability in high-wear areas.
- Waffle pistons in the sole absorb impact and return energy for added responsiveness.
- Lightweight flexible sole moves with the natural contours of your foot to closer mimic the feeling of running in socks.
Some shoes include added motion control or stability features to help minimize pronation or supination, where the foot tends to roll inward or outward in a biomechanically imbalanced running position.
The approximate thickness of the midsole cushioning under the heel and the forefoot. A thicker heel and greater difference between heel and toe height tends to suit heel-strike runners, while forefoot and midfoot strikers may prefer a minimal drop between heel and toe cushioning.
The drop is the difference in height between the heel and the forefoot midsole cushioning. Traditional running shoes tend to have a 10mm drop or higher while minimalist style shoes are on the lower end of the spectrum.
Waterproof shoes and boots feature a waterproof-breathable membrane and a gusseted tongue to help keep your feet dry in wet conditions.