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 unaware, the original shoe helped legendary long-distance runner Eulid Kipchoge run a marathon under two hours and break a world record. It is certainly one of the best road running shoes ever made, said to improve running economy by about 4%, and the new version seems to be even faster.

The Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next%2, just 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 weight of the shoe while maintaining the optimal shape for better running economy. It’s said to provide runners with a “propulsive, lightweight and supportive ride,” but there have been a few changes since the last lap.

Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next% 2

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