Earlier this month, runner Eliud Kipchoge set a new world record on the Formula 1 track at Monza, nearly breaking the elusive two-hour marathon barrier in Nike‘s Zoom Vaporfly 4%. With the kicks set to hit retail this summer, the Swoosh is celebrating its Breaking2 initiative with a special NikeLab rendition of the release. Inspired by the early prototype phase of the Breaking2 footwear, the Zoom Fly SP features a translucent, stretch-woven upper while incorporating a bevy of unique details throughout. For example, OG designer sketches grace the sockliner while a digital clock graphic on the heel references the attempt at the two-hour barrier; it’s also an homage of sorts to the original Zoom Mayfly. A speed track icon is even incorporated on the inside of the tongue — a reference to the aforementioned Autodromo Nationale Monza in Italy — along with a checkered flag and Nike’s classic Swoosh Pinwheel, which was created by the company’s first employee, Jeff Johnson, back in 1976. Other details on both the tongue and midsole indicate everything from the date the design was initiated and the construction of its upper to the iteration of the shoe and the season of its release.
Intended to be “fast enough for race day, yet durable enough for everyday training” and complete with Lunarlon foam, an embedded full-length carbon-infused nylon plate, a 10mm offset, and a 3mm stack height, the Zoom Fly SP is set to launch on June 8 at select NikeLab dealers.
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