Combining the aesthetic of the innovative Flyknit Racer with the DNA of the classic Air Mariah, Nike present a new runner that blends both shoes together seamlessly.
We’ve seen the woven fibre applied to a selection of icons from the back catalogue since Flyknit’s inception in 2012, notably the Air Max 1 and Air Force 1 in recent years, but vintage runners haven’t really had a look in until now. This latest release draws inspiration from 1981’s lightweight runner, the Zoom Mariah Racer Flyknit takes the streamlined profile of the original and updates it for the modern day. A full flyknit upper has been added to the upper in a similar fashion to 2012’s Flyknit Racer, and an additional heel counter has been included for extra support in the rear.
The split section on the midsole is a definite nod to the 1988 rendition under the same name, formed from a lightweight composite to keep weight down in a similar vein to the Flyknit Racer from this decade. This first colourway to introduce the style is very reminiscent of palettes used on runners throughout the 80’s, and we’re interested to see where the shoe can be taken next.
The Nike Air Zoom Mariah Racer Flyknit will be available online and in size? stores on Thursday 22nd, priced at £130.