The best ideas come from runners on the front line.
The idea was a bit ahead of its time, but when runners asked for a sock that they could run in, we did more than just listen. We made it our mission. But creating the lightest, most form-fitting running shoe didn’t happen overnight, or even over a decade.
The journey to Nike Flyknit began forty years ago.
Innovations like the waffle outsole on the Moon Shoe and LDV’s mesh upper paved the way. By combining upper materials for the first time on the Bermuda we broke new ground. The ’87 Sock Racer gave runners an ultra-lightweight experience for the first time. Bold design innovations that opened new worlds of possibility by using only what you need and nothing more. It was just the beginning.
Air Woven’s unique textile pattern and the sock-like upper of the Air Presto pushed comfort and fit to new levels. Then in 2008, when we paired Lunarlon Technology with Flywire, the dynamic duo of targeted support and lightweight cushioning were together at last.
But it wasn’t enough. We continued to push, forging new ground, using materials in entirely new ways, and hacking machines to do things they weren’t built to do. Designers, engineers, programmers all came together, creating not just a revolutionary shoe, but a revolutionary manufacturing process.
After several years the team unveiled proprietary technology that could create a single layer upper from an ultralight thread. Nike Flyknit is a magical feat of science and creativity that gives static properties to ultra-light pliable materials. Or in runner terms, a sock-like fit, with race-like lockdown.
The invention of Nike Flyknit followed decades of inventions and a marathon of breakthroughs. And we’re just getting warmed up. Invent Better.