Nike, Flyknit Trainer+, 2013

On the surface the Nike Flyknit Trainer+ shoe looks like any other athletic shoe with high tech aesthetics. By utilizing engineering and proprietary technology, Nike designed the toe box, upper and heel counter of the running shoe in one almost-seamless piece that is knit out of polyester yarn. The result of Flyknit technology is the dramatic reduction in the weight of the running shoe and decreased waste in the manufacturing process. Additionally, the shoe is formfitting like a “second skin.”

Waffleskin rubber outsole, nylon fibers, and polyester yarn
On loan by Nike
Photo credit: Nike

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