Nike was on to something when it debuted Flyknit—engineered yarn—in running shoes in 2012. Since then the apparel and footwear giant moved the new type of footwear material into basketball shoes. And recently they launched two new soccer cleats with the material, showing the ever-increasing move Nike has made toward Flyknit. Check out the evolution of Flyknit with my Sports Illustrated article here.
In a fashion nod to the achilles surgery that Kobe Bryant underwent, the latest Nike shoe release for the superstar includes red suture marks. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of other design elements to the Kobe 9 Elite, so check them out at my Sports Illustrated Extra Mustard post here.