If you are a Nike stalwart, chances are you already know the Nike Air Force 1 Ultra Flyknit is out. If you didn’t get a chance to score something from Nike’s other recent collections, here’s another chance to ornament your feet. Well, just as Nike doled out the news, everyone wanted a pair because those sneakers are absolutely appealing and amazing.
The transformation of Nike’s flagship, the Air Force 1, comes after more than 30 years and about 2,000 repetitions that followed suit. Well, the Air Force 1 Ultra Flyknit seriously deserves the time and effort Nike put into nurturing it. The marriage of Nike’s iconic silhouette with the company’s frivolous Flyknit occurs at a time when you might have been thinking that the company has fallen short of ideas. Well, the Flyknit introduces a completely unique aspect to sneakers that we really didn’t see coming.
The classic Air Force 1 Ultra is the lightest from the company, thanks to the use of the pioneering Flyknit material that cut the weight of the shoe by fifty percent. The shoe is more flexible, comfy and long lasting than other shoes from Nike and other brands. The Flyknit material offered yet another opportunity to Nike engineers: They were now able to create the upper as a single piece.
The most unique aspect of the Air Force 1 Ultra Flyknit is its design, which makes it clear that the designers were well aware of the company’s commitment to the preservation of the kernel of the initial Air Force 1 (leather and rubber version), which was launched in 1982, but stopped a year after.
This new version of the Air Force 1 is a brainchild of Nike Footwear Design Director Jonathan Johnsongriffin who fused a dark grey Flyknit upper to 3D printed model of an Air Force 1 sole, and then coloured the eye soles and Swoosh with a black marker. The model triggered the design’s team interest, which immediately got down to the task and came up with a sample by using multicolour Flyknit material. Nike was soon passionate about the creation of the lightest Air Force 1, so it officially kick started development of the shoe.
The design team was highly committed to preserve the concentric loops of the prototype sole, shoe hinges besides its AIR inscription and tooling. Instead of embossing the AIR inscription, they debossed it, and in order to make the shoe lighter, they used unit rubber tooling instead of polyurethane tooling. The 52 stars were also retained, and the team resolved some of the problems with the leather shoes, such as crinkles that gradually developed in the material. The designers used a fusion of a variety of yarn weights in order to preserve the shape of the original footwear.
Nike’s Flyknit technology let the designers accurately micro-manage every stitch to develop the upper for all-out comfort and minimum weight. They successfully retained the original posture of the tip, foxing and vamp of the shoe by using denser and fuller yarn besides preserving the panel at the back. It has happened for the first time that Flyknit has been used in combination with leather. Another great feature kept in the Air Force 1 is the rolling eyestay. The designers also got rid of the rubber base by using infused foam to create a single sole, which made the shoe much comfortable, lighter and flexible.
Launched on Jan. 28, the Air Force 1 Ultra Flyknit is already available for men and women on Nike’s online store in a range of colours and will soon hit retailers worldwide.