Nike announces four new running shoes for 2020

Unveiled at the Nike 2020 Forum in New York City, the unstoppable brand will be bringing four new running shoes to the masses in 2020. All part of Nike’s ambition to engineer footwear with measurable performance benefits for athletes, the forthcoming styles are each shaped to bush boundaries in sports and will be released at various points throughout the year.

The is first off the rack, a race-day shoe featuring two new Nike Zoom Air pods, more ZoomX foam, and a single carbon-fiber plate – all updates from the popular Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT%.

Daily trainers will want the Nike Air Zoom Tempo Next%, created as a daily training shoe that borrows ideas and learnings from the Nike Vaporfly series for increased running economy. Designed for tempo runs, the shoe has been specifically geared towards firmer rides, stability and transition with four major innovations like Nike Zoom X Foam sandwiching the midsole to maximise energy return; Nike Zoom Air Pods in the Tempo’s forefoot for responsive cushioning and further propulsion; Nike React Foam in the heel for durability and protection; and a Nike Flyknit upper for containment and support.

Next is the Nike Air Zoom Victory spike shoe with a sole that divides the unit into two separate pockets allowing for responsive impact protection and a smooth transition without sacrificing control the track. Nike ZoomX Foam has been employed as a thin midsole here between the carbon plate and the ground, designed to minimise energy loss and maximise response. There’s also a lightweight and breathable Nike Atomknit upper with various knits throughout the body of the shoe to provide less support in the heel and a denser knit in the forefoot for lockdown and containment.

The Nike Air Zoom Viperfly has been built to support the world’s fastest athletes, leveraging the best tools for speed with 100m runners in mind. Design features include the Nike Zoom Air bag in the spike to give athletes the ability to be as fast as possible for the 100, course with superb energy return; Carbon Fiber Plate which allows for varying flexibility within the plate; and a Nike Atomknit upper to maximise heel lockdown and decrease material easte.

Specific release dates for all shoes are yet to be confirmed.

Chris Singh

Chris Singh is the Deputy Editor of the AU review and a freelance travel writer. You can reach him on Instagram by following @chrisdsingh.

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