It’s great to see how many big companies are now putting a strong focus on sustainability with their products. Sports giant Nike has recently released details on the latest Nike Air VaporMax 2020 Flyknit, which is said to be one of the brand’s most sustainable shoes to date.
When calculated by weight, more than half of the Nike Air VaporMax 2020 Flyknit is made from recycled materials – a big improvement from the past. The colourful, eye-catching stretchy Flyknit upper is made from recycled polyester yarns – using post-industrial recycled content plus recycled plastic bottles – and has an asymmetrical design to fit in with the “perfectly-imperfect” theme. The tongue features at least 80% recycled foam and the soft Ortholite sockliner uses more than 50% recycled material, while both the heel clip and toe tip have a unique swirled effect thanks to the 60% recycled TPU. The VaporMax Air unit runs from heel to toe, offering soft, lightweight responsiveness for the whole foot while consisting of 75% recycled content, and the transparent outsole contains Nike’s own manufacturing surplus material called Nike Grind.
Aside from its more eco-friendly materials, the new VaporMax 2020 Flyknit integrates the laceless FlyEase technology for a more inclusive fit. A one-handed lock and release mechanism also allows quick and easy wearing and taking off, while pulling the strap at the back offers a suction-like, customised lock.
The VaporMax 2020 Flyknit will be available on Nike’s official website from 30 July and in stores from 6 August onwards.