Nike’s Lightweight Air Zoom Alphafly Next% 2 Sneakers Aim to Increase Stability, Comfort and Energy for Runners

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Nike’s hit Air Zoom Alphafly sneaker is getting a distinctly modern revamp with its newest marathon athlere-inspired iteration: the Air Zoom Alphafly Next% 2.

As it’s intended to raise runners’ limits during marathons and long-distance races, the style has gained several technological advancements in its construction — with input from marathon runners themselves, including Eliud Kipchoge. The first is notably the pair’s lightweight ZoomX foam midsoles, which include additional foam beneath the forefoot — which aims to raise wearers’ energy levels and create a smoother stride in each step.

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Nike’s Air Zoom Alphafly Next% 2 sneakers. - Credit: Courtesy of Nike
Nike’s Air Zoom Alphafly Next% 2 sneakers. - Credit: Courtesy of Nike

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“The Alphafly Next% 2 is built for athletes going after their personal best in the marathon,” said Elliott Heath, Nike Running footwear product manager, in a statement. “Since its inception, the Alphafly has been inspired by the most elite runners going after world records. The updates we’ve made in the second iteration continue to equip elite athletes competing on the world stage but were focused on improving the racing experience for all runners chasing their personal best.”

Marathon world runner Eliud Kipchoge with various Nike sneakers — including Nike’s Air Zoom Alphafly Next% 2. - Credit: Courtesy of Nike
Marathon world runner Eliud Kipchoge with various Nike sneakers — including Nike’s Air Zoom Alphafly Next% 2. - Credit: Courtesy of Nike

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Additionally, full-length curved carbon plates and wider heels have been inserted into the shoes to raise stability while running.

Expanding on Nike’s evolved silhouette, the style’s knit uppers have also been updated with Atomknit 2.0; an advanced version of its lightweight stretched FlyKnit fabric, which also includes padding under its laces. The new iteration increases comfort, breathability and foot containment due to the material’s thin texture and soft feel.

Nike’s Air Zoom Alphafly Next% 2 sneakers. - Credit: Courtesy of Nike
Nike’s Air Zoom Alphafly Next% 2 sneakers. - Credit: Courtesy of Nike

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The pair will launch on June 15 in an initial monochrome white colorway, elevated with red-tinted dual Zoom Air bags footbed insert and a thin strip of orange on each tongue. This version will also feature a wear test number on its side, as a not to the brand’s development process when testing new products with athletes.

You can shop the style when it debuts in limited quantities on Nike’s website.

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