The Nike Alphafly Next% 2 is the next iteration of Nike’s flagship carbon-plated running shoe, and we now have a first look. The original Alphafly was on the feet of Eliud Kipchoge as he broke the two-hour marathon, as well as many other distance running achievements. It featured the plate, plus ZoomX foam and two visible Zoom Air units.
We now have a first look, via photos from Vaporflyers on Instagram. Be sure to give them a follow!
Based on the photos, the shape of the midsole appears to differ from the original shoe. It appears as if the Zoom Air units are still part of the shoe, but the foam in the heel area may be different, if not almost extended and boxier than the first edition of the shoe. Also, the upper in the photo is most likely temporary, as is often the case with Nike prototypes.
The outsole appears to have the same basic shape, but this time the rubber from the front of the shoe also appears to be on the back, which was not the case with the original. And good news for those of you passionate about the pull tab; it appears in these images.
There is no set release date for the Nike Alphafly Next% 2 as of now, but Nike could make quite a splash at the Olympics if the shoe made its debut in Tokyo. Of course that’s nothing but speculation on my part, so stay tuned for official updates.
Over the past year and a half, the Nike Vaporfly Next% has played a massive role in both competitive and every day running. Watch any race and you’re sure to see the signature bright pink, volt and other colors of this carbon fiber-plated shoe on at least half of the runners. Elite runners and amateurs alike have loved the shoe’s lightweight build and carbon fiber plate that supposedly accounts for a 5% improvement in performance.
It now appears as if the next iteration of the shoe will be hitting shelves at some point in the near-ish future. The first appearance of the Nike Vaporfly Next% 2 came from the Twitter account @TrackSneakLeaks, showing an updated version:
Sneakleaks also mentioned the possibility of an “OG” colorway, which pays tribute to Eliud Kipchoge’s first Breaking2 attempt:
Another post from the Instagram account @Vaporflyers gives us yet another look at they “Hyper Jade” colorway (along with a Hyper Jade colorway of the Nike Tempo Next%).
The updates to the Nike Vaporfly Next% 2 appear to mostly be focused on the upper. The Vaporweave upper material has been replaced with a mesh-like material for better breathability. There appears to be a few tweaks the the tongue and the position of the laces, moving them a little bit off-center, angling outward from the middle of the foot. There also appears to be some reinforced material along the forefoot rand.
The shoe’s ZoomX midsole with a carbon fiber plate appears to be the same as the original Vaporfly. The overall look is similar, with a giant Swoosh on the inside of the shoe, and a smaller Swoosh near the heel.
Nike Vaporfly Next% 2 Release Date
There has been no confirmed release date, but stay tuned for updates!