In New York City, Nike held their Innovation Summit and it brought futuristic ideas to fruition. The Swoosh brought tons of new innovation and change for the future. Here's some of our favorite highlights from Day 1.
First off, the Nike KD9 was unveiled. Working with Flyknit, the KD signature line will finally gets Nike's highly popular material on its shoes. Although the KD8 Elite just unveiled, Nike is already looking to push the next model for the superstar. The shoes will feature "a visible, tapered Zoom Air unit runs from heel to toe."
In another model in the basketball line, the Nike Hyperdunk 2016 has been unveiled. Looking alot like the KD8 Elite, the shoes will feature the ultra-high collar. The Zoom Air unit is hollowed out (in the core between the unit and outsole) to bring a "trampoline-like snap."
Nike also took a gigantic leap and unveiled their self-lacing shoe, the HyperAdapt 1.0. The shoes aren't exactly the Air MAGs fans are looking for but its a huge development.
Tiffany Beers, Senior Innovator of Nike explains:
“When you step in, your heel will hit a sensor and the system will automatically tighten. Then there are two buttons on the side to tighten and loosen. You can adjust it until it’s perfect.”
Nike Air VaporMax is changing the way fans see Air Max. The visible Air-cushioning unit has developed and changed since its beginnings in 1987. The unit can act as a standalone outsole to eliminate the need of a traditional foam midsole. Without the foam layer, the midsole is more flexible, lighter, and reduces waste.
The Nike Free RN Motion Flyknit continues to bring the barefoot and natural ride to runners.
"Drawing upon new studies that reveal how the foot expands and contracts upon impact with and liftoff from the ground, Nike designers developed an auxetic, or splaying, midsole. Spreading across two planes, the geometric tri-star form mimics how the body and foot react to force and accounts for the massive changes in foot size — approximately one size in length and two sizes in width — that occur throughout a runner’s stride."