By Tiffany Ng – Denali New Haven
The Nike representative came to Denali New Haven to educate the (mostly new) staff on the Nike styles we carry. We learned a few different components of Nike footwear.
Flykint is an upper (not the sole construction) that is constructed by a technologically advanced sewing machine that weaves material to create a seamless, lightweight upper with a very comfortable fit. Flyknit also offers a greener process in production, which yields virtually no by-product waste since the upper is not cut out of a larger piece and then sewn and glued together like most traditional shoes.
Nike Free is a great transition into a minimalist shoe and refers specifically to the sole. It comes in three varieties: 3.0, 4.0, 5.0. The lower the number means increased flexibility with more of the sole cut into and out. The Free 5.0 has a 5 millimeter drop while the average shoe has around a 12 mm drop. The sole itself is very flexible and is good for barefoot like running as well as CrossFit like activities and gives the wearer a natural feel in terms of motion. Your foot muscles do more work in a Free due to the structure of the sole.
Other components in some of Nike’s soles include LunarIon, Zoom Air, and dynamic support. The lunar soles are soft and squishy, while zoom air utilizes vertical pockets of compressed air giving the wearer a responsive ride. Dynamic support is for people who pronate. Dynamic support consists of a density differential in the heel that is at an angle. The larger the incline or angle of the different density foams is for hard pronators (LunarEclipse) while a more subtle incline is for slight pronators (LunarGlide). Dynamic support can be visualized by looking at the back of the heel at the sole.
Zoom Fit is a trainer shoe, good for Zumba workouts. Air Pegasus is a great neutral rider, while the Dual Fusion is a great price point shoe that is also a neutral rider.
We also learned a little bit about Nike brand history in that Nike is the Greek goddess of victory.