Let's be honest. Pretty much anything that Nike does is instant news in and out of the sneaker world, but their latest release - a combination of their signature tech knit and a sneaker silhouette older than you and I both - is especially newsworthy. The newest drop from the Swoosh, the Air Force 1 Ultra Flyknit—takes the signature Air Force 1 (give meeee twooo paiiirrr) and constructs it with the brand's uber hype flyknit material, making it the lightest Air Force 1 ever. If that isn't enough to wet your Nike whistle, peep this: the Air Force 1 is 34 years old and has over two-thousand different options. Yea...this is the lightest EVER.
For the ladies (because you know I got us, gals!) Nike delivers the Women's Air Force 1 Ultra Flyknit. A new take on the classic white-on-white Force with not one, but two knitted patterns on the upper. Perforations on the toe provide max breathability and that white/icy blue sole? Perfection.
Stripping away weight we've come to expect from the AF1 (it probably takes me a solid 5 minutes to get into my mids. Solid. Five.) meant not only finding a way for the Flyknit material to be implemented into the shoe's design, but to rethink the sole as well. According to Nike, it took Footwear Design Director Jonathan Johnson Griffin and his team quite a bit of trail and error to marry these two Nike staples into one perfected design.
Starting with it's release yesterday (January 26th) you can get both the women's model and the men's (in red) on Nike Techbook, an app-based shoppable look book and style guide, before it's releases on the Nike Sportswear website on Thursday, January 28th.
Until then, take a look at a few images from the new wave in lightweight below.