Nike unveils a sustainable version of the shoes Eliud Kipchoge wore when he ran a sub-2 hour marathon

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The Air Zoom Alphafly Next Nature is arguably Nike's most sustainable sneaker yet. (Photo by Nike)
The Air Zoom Alphafly Next Nature is arguably Nike's most sustainable sneaker yet. (Photo by Nike)

Nike is continuing its commitment to a more sustainable lifestyle with the debut of the Air Zoom Alphafly Next Nature, a running shoe made from at least 50% of recyclable content.

If the silhouette looks familiar, your eyes aren't deceiving you. The sneaker features a reimagined iteration of the record-breaking technology used in Nike's innovative marathon shoe, the Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT%, better known as the trainers that helped Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge complete a sub-two hour marathon.

"We don’t want to be about making shiny objects — we wanted to set our concept car as the intent for how we think about performance and sustainability," Rachel Bull, Senior Footwear Product Director for Nike Running said in the release. "Putting a sustainable focus on our fastest marathon shoe also means we need all hands on deck for it to work, from our teams in design to material sourcing to manufacturing."

The Swoosh believes in embracing a more eco-friendly lifestyle without compromising quality or comfort. In fact, Nike says athletes recorded 400+ miles of rigorous testing for the sole purpose of confirming that the Air Zoom Alphafly Next Nature exceeded expectations. 

Additional highlights include an extremely responsive Nike ZoomX midsole manufactured from at least 70% recycled foam, a supportive upper assembled from both a 3D printed textile made with at least 20% recycled TPU and Flyknit fabric made with at least 45% recycled polyester. 

Take comfort in knowing the outsole is comprised of a mix of higher abrasion compounds and Nike Grind Rubber. Its data-informed design helps optimize traction patterns and wear areas as well, ensuring you're protected across whatever surface serves as your training ground. The construction finishes with woven labels and laces made with 100% recycled polyester.

Even production for the Air Zoom Alphafly Next Nature keeps sustainability in mind. Nike made adjustments in hopes of bringing them closer to a goal of diverting 100% of waste from landfills back into its supply chain. By 2025, Nike hopes to salvage at least 80% of material back into Nike products and other goods.

There's no release date for the Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next Nature yet, but scroll on for official images of the trainers and check out even more photos at Nike.

Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next Nature (Photo by Nike)
Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next Nature (Photo by Nike)
Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next Nature (Photo by Nike)
Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next Nature (Photo by Nike)
Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next Nature (Photo by Nike)
Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next Nature (Photo by Nike)
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