Nike Charts New Territory With Updated Air Zoom Technology and Recycled Space Hippie Sneaker
Unveiled at the sneaker giant’s Future Sport Forum.
Kicking off New York Fashion Week, Nike corralled some of the biggest names in sports, art and streetwear — including Travis Scott, Tom Sachs and Yoon Ahn of AMBUSH — at its 2020 Future Sport Forum. The event saw the unveiling of upcoming collaborations with Undercover, Off-White™ and 1017 ALYX 9SM, as well as sustainable athlete uniforms for this year’s Tokyo Olympics. Nike also announced several innovative new sneakers at the blowout event, many of which will make an on-foot appearance at the Olympics.
Four new running shoes — the Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT%, Air Zoom Tempo NEXT%, Air Zoom Viperfly and Air Zoom Victory — feature updated Air Zoom technology (such as expandable air pockets in the forefoot and more efficient track spikes) and arrive in a futuristic black and neon green colorway. Uppers are constructed of a new lightweight fabric, Atomknit yarn, a more supportive version of Nike’s Flyknit.
A second exciting development, the “Space Hippie” sneaker collection, takes sustainability into consideration and boasts Nike’s lowest carbon footprint score yet. The range of four sock-like models — the Space Hippie 1, Space Hippie 2 and so on — are constructed of rPoly, an eco-friendly material made from factory fabric scraps (specifically T-shirt and yarn castoffs), as well as recycled plastic bottles. The Space Hippie 1 and 2 feature higher cuts while the 3 and women’s-specific 4 are low silhouettes. All models are rendered with a cool grey upper accented with pops of neon orange.
The Nike Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT% will be available to Nike members in February preceding a full release this spring. The Space Hippie 1, 2 and 3 will all be available on Nike SNKRS this spring, and the Space Hippie 4 will debut this summer. Pricing for all sneakers have yet to be announced.