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. Drawing 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 overhaul 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. If you look very carefully you can see how each section is formed from a slightly different construction method that nods to the original panels found on the second Air Mariah shape.
New colourways of the Nike Air Zoom Mariah Racer Flyknit are available online and in size? stores now.