In 2012, Nike’s game-changing Flyknit technology debuted at the London Summer Olympics, on the feet of Nike athletes and medalists Ashton Eaton, Trey Hardee and Mo Farah.
Five years later, Nike follows up on its revolutionary, proprietary knitted technology with its latest advent – Flyleather. According to Nike, Flyleather is 40-percent lighter and five times stronger than traditional leather, but also heralds big changes in terms of environmental impact. Whittling down the carbon footprint to roughly half that of traditional leather, Flyleather still “mimics athletic, pigmented full-grain leathers in everything from fit to touch,” says Tony Bignell, Nike VP of Footwear Innovation.
Flyleather is actually produced from excess cow hide that is discarded during the manufacturing process, which often ends up in a landfill. Now, Nike is gathering the discarded scraps from the floor of tanneries and creating new fibers. Recycled leather fibers are woven with with synthetic fibers, then dyed, and finished by being put on a roll to be cut.
Along with Flyleather technology, Nike has added this new technology to the Tennis Classic, creating the forthcoming Flyleather Tennis Classic. The Nike Flyleather Tennis Classic will be available September 18 on Nike.com and at the Nike SoHo store, NikeLab 21 Mercer and Dover Street Market in New York City.
In addition, made-in-Oregon, Flyleather versions of the Air Force 1, Air Max 90, Cortez, Jordan 1, and Tennis Classic will make their debut in New York during Climate Week NYC.
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