On October 12, 2019, Eliud Kipchoge achieved what so many athletes and spectators said was impossible: he ran a marathon of less than two hours. To commemorate the 35-year-old Kenyan’s phenomenal achievement, Nike has prepared a special edition of the Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT%, the final version of the prototype that Kipchoge wore to make history.
Technologically, the commemorative pair is identical to the unfinished product worn during the INEOS 1:59 Challenge in Vienna. Two forefoot Zoom Air modules work in tandem with ZoomX foam throughout the midsole to provide increased impact protection and cushioning. The custom carbon fiber Flyplate, which has been the subject of controversy in the racing world since the Vaporfly NEXT%, helps with responsiveness in every stride. Since the sturdy sole added extra weight to the silhouette, Nike’s innovation team modified the company’s beloved Flyknit to the lighter but equally durable AtomKnit.
Similar to Kipchoge’s pair on October 12 last year, the festive release features a predominantly white and black palette, with lower halves indulging in a slightly yellowed aesthetic. As this is a special pair, however, the “ZoomX” branded heel is split into red and green layers as a nod to the Kenyan flag; the insoles alternate between the two colors and are stamped with the text “E:K” (left) or “1:59:40” (right). The heel pull tabs are also marked with Kipchoge’s initials and the marathon record time, which breaks down to a stunning sub-4:34 per mile or sub-2:50 per kilometer.
Full release details are still unknown, but this Alphafly NEXT% may arrive on Nike.com on either the INEOS 1:59 Challenge anniversary or Kipchoge’s anniversary (November 5). Either way, enjoy a first look at the pair below.
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The Nike Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT% “Kenya” releases October 11th exclusively for Nike members in the UK via the NRC app, while a wider drop is expected to arrive in 2021.
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Nike Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT% “Eliud Kipchoge”
Release date: February 8, 2021 (Monday)
Color: White/Lucky Green/Chili Red/Black
Style code: DD8877-101
after the marketAvailable now
North AmericaFebruary 8, 2021 (Monday)