Nike’s latest Alphafly running shoe is every marathoner’s dream

Nike has announced its Air Zoom Alphafly Next%, the second iteration of the Air Zoom Alphafly Next% running shoe.

For those unfamiliar, the original shoe helped legendary long-distance runner Eliud Kipchoge run a marathon in under two hours, breaking a world record. It’s certainly one of the best running shoes ever made, said to improve running economy by around 4%, and the new iteration appears to be even faster.

The Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next% 2, like its predecessor (opens in new tab), has a ZoomX foam midsole, a single curved carbon fiber plate and two Zoom Air pods, small air cavities designed to reduce the shoe’s weight while maintaining optimal shape for greater running economy. It is said to offer runners a ‘propulsive, light and supportive ride’, but there have been some changes since the last round.

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The top of Next%2 features a revised Atomknit version of the original, dubbed Atomknit 2.0. This new upper is said to be designed for breathability in the toes, closer containment in the forefoot, and padding under the shoe’s tongue.

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