Better Pics Of Those Amazing Knitted Nikes

You’ll see FlyKnit on the feet of Olympic marathoners this year. This limited-edition collection shows the real-world application of Nike’s newfangled technology.

This week in Milan, Nike stole a bit of the spotlight away from the new designs unveiled during the Salone Internazionale del Mobile by launching its revolutionary HTM Flyknit series--a follow-up to its next-gen sneaker inspired by the snug fit, breathability, and flexibility of a sock. While the high-performance FlyKnit Racer, which was unveiled earlier this year, will be worn by Olympic marathoners, the limited-edition HTM is intended for the rest of us: plain old sneaker geeks.

Four years in the making, Flyknit Racer required an entirely different shoe-making process (including new machinery and software) to produce a one-piece, lightweight knit upper. For support and structure, Nike wove in supportive cables, which loosen and contract with your foot. For HTM, the collaborating team of stylist Hiroshi Fujiwara, Nike Vice President of Creative Design Tinker Hatfield, and Nike CEO Mark Parker used the warp and weft of the knit to come up with some interesting color combinations for the three-shoe line: Multiple yarns of varying hues are mixed to create a heathered effect, and bold color details are integrated throughout. They offer a stylish way to split the difference between an over-padded shoe and those freakish barefoot runners.

Check out the beauty shots in the slide show.

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  • Kardiogramm

    I bought one of the early releases of the 100 of each colour way that were available for people to buy and while they are really comfortable shoes to wear for walking, for gym use they lack stability in that your feet slide in them and they don’t actually feel like they are a part of you. Hopefully they will sort the problem out before they go on general release. I’d definately buy some again just for comfortable walking but at a lower price.  

  • Mark Bowyer

    OK Cliff I agree but my sarcasm will not stop me from
    getting some as an early adopter of all things cool and design concentric it’s
    my duty

  • Mark Bowyer

    I know when I wear socks they get baggy and my foot slips around inside so I am a little unsure of the statement: "and flexibility of a sock". Anyway I am sure Nike have found a way to charge $150 for a $1 sock :)

  • Cliff Kuang

    Then again, that sock took 3 years and many millions to develop. Sure, your iPhone costs $400, but it's really an object which actually took billions and billions of dollars to create. I'll bet that Nike tested the hell out of the stability of the thing.