Nike's new running shoe knitted running shoe to be Olympic 2012 star
Well, we always knew that knitting, far from being a thing of the past, is the future, and now sports giant Nike have confirmed it. Their new Flyknit running shoe is made from knitted fibre, and it looks all kinds of awesome too.
The Flyknit running shoes weigh a piddly 7.7 ounces (about 220g), and will be debuted at this summer's London Olympics worm by marathon runners from the United States, Kenya, Russia and the UK.
The idea is that the knitted fabric has flexibility and lightness, while retaining the toughness it needs to pound the track.
Nike will releasing a version of the shoe for the average Joe (or Joanna), which will be called the HTM Flyknit. Design by the Nike team and globally influential streetwear designer Hiroshi Fujiwara.
This video explains the concept behind them, and makes even an exercise-dodger like me want to go for a run in them.
Check out more pictures over at Freshness Mag.
What do you think about Nike leaping onto the crafty bandwagon? Passing phase or a permanent change for sporty shoe future? And will we live in fear of being approached by trendies asking us to stitch them a quick pair of sneakers every time we knit in public from now on? We'd love to know what you think.
[Image via Freshness Mag]