Nike have given us a first look at their upcoming Alphafly running shoes, designed to boost your race-day performance
The athletics world has been buzzing since Nike announced the release of their brand new performance shoe on Wednesday, set to hit shelves in summer 2020. The Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT% is specifically designed for distance running, with a with a full length carbon fibre plate and zoom air pods.
You might recognise certain design elements from the Nike prototype shoe that Eliud Kipchoge sported when he broke the 2-hour marathon barrier in Vienna last year – the Nike Zoom Air Pods, for example, which are nestled in the forefoot and give added cushioning and increased energy return. The Alphafly also includes a full-length carbon fibre plate like the plates found in the prototype shoe.
Nike haven’t released details of the shoe’s height yet, but have assured customers that they comply with legal race guidelines. This follows new World Athletics regulations that ban shoes with a sole thicker than 40mm and shoes that contain more than one “rigid embedded plate or blade”. This means that Kipchoge’s prototype shoes would potentially be disallowed, but would give the all clear to the new Alphafly and the controversial Nike Vaporfly range. After 30 April further restrictions will be enforced, requiring athletes to wait for four months after a new shoe has hit the market before using it in a competition.
Nike’s distance running offering from NEXT% range, the Alphafly, not only features a carbon fibre plate and Air Pods for propulsion, but specially-designed cushioning, too, that provides optimal energy return. Efficient running economy as a means to increase speed is the clear design focus for these shoes.
They’ll also be releasing a training companion, designed for the kind of mileage you’re likely to rack up with everyday use – the Air Zoom Tempo NEXT% – so you can save the Alphafly for race day. They’ll feature a composite plate in place of carbon for added comfort.