It is the moment that all Nike running fans have been waiting for. Our first glimse at the shoe that is based on the shoe that helped Eliud Kipchoge become the first person to run a sub 2 hour marathon.
Ever since Eliud shocked the World with his heroic efforts on the 12th October 2019, the Alphafly has been surrounded by controversy. Would they be released on the general market? Would they be banned from competition use?
World Athletics recently placed a ban on any shoes being used that have a stack height thicker than 40mm and shoes with more than one carbon fibre plate. The ban will take effect after 30 April. Runners will also not be allowed to compete in prototype shoes.
Whilst a release date is yet to be announced, the World Athletics rules state that the shoe needs to be on sale to the general public for four months prior to competition use.
Nike have advised that the Air Zoom Alphafly Next % will not be exactly the same as the shoes that Kipchoge wore, as these prototypes have been banned, but they will be based upon them.
The exact specifications for the shoe are yet to be released, but we will be sure to report further when the information is released.
At the moment, all we know is that the shoe will feature two new Nike Zoom Air pods, more ZoomX foam and a single carbon fibre plate. The upper will consist of an ultra-breathable, lightweight Flyknit material.
The Nike Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT% aren’t the only shoe Nike have ready for release, they also announced the Nike Air Zoom Tempo NEXT% and Nike Air Zoom Tempo NEXT% FlyEase. Again, we will report on these when more is known.
Article published by Rob Beazley