Nike Air Zoom Spiridon Ultra
Moving on from the reissue’s that arrived towards the end of last year, Nike’s Spiridon see’s a reconsidered approach applied for this new iteration, with a selection of technological updates and a switch up in materials. We took a closer look at the new stealthy all black number, alongside the original silver colourway from 1997.
Following the introduction of the new Zoom cushioning technology in 1995, originally inserted into the Zoom LWP and Zoom Alpha, two years later Nike’s Spiridon was the next to carry the comfort onto the roads. Up top, the majority of the Spiridon upper construction comprised of a breathable mesh to keep feet healthily ventilated, and a hardened wrap circumnavigated the meeting between upper and midsole for added stability. Michael Johnson was the posterchild for the shoe at the time, in a campaign that saw him needing group therapy for being too damn-fast!
Fast forward twenty years, and it’s time for an update. For it’s anniversary year Nike have taken the classic DNA of the archetype and adapted it for the modern age. First off the Zoom midsole unit has been overhaulerd and replaced with Nike’s latest Ultra molding, something you may already be aware of having been added to the Air Max 1 and Air Force 1 last year.
This newly adapted form of construction hollows out the unnecessary bulk found within the form and makes use only of what is actually needed, making it super lightweight. Additionally, the upper has also undergone a few changes, re-interpreting the way it’s put together by actually seperating certain layers. The mesh element has been fused along it’s edge and sits as an outer membrane, with another sock-like neoprene layer sitting underneath to contain the heel section.
Both colourways of the Nike Spiridon Ultra will be available online and in size? stores in the coming days, keep an eye on our Instagram this week for more information…