Flyknit was inspired by runners who desired a snug fit whilst on the move so Nike spent the next four years creating a material that could hold its structure whilst having that ‘sock-like’ aesthetic and retaining the breathable qualities and a lightweight running flex.
Nikes innovation has been pushing boundaries over the years and forever will be at the forefront of creativity, their recent endeavours have seen iconic shapes and models reimagined with a Flyknit upper including the Air Max 1, Air Max 90’s so it was no surprise that the Modern would be next to receive this treatment. The Modern Essential already rocked a minimal aesthetic with a deconstructed approach so the Flyknit further reduces the profile for a slick look to cut through the streets and turn some heads thanks to the unique and highly distinct colourways.
The Modern Flyknit doesn’t disappoint the Flyknit name as it still retains the breathable/lightweight material even with a denser Flyknit upper, the internal elastic strap on the midfoot provides a locked-down fit keeping that structure and hold intact allowing for a comfy ride. Nikes special IU midsole doubles as an outsole and delivers that bounce as well as a durable for that reliable daily wear. The visible air unit is renowned for Nike so Is a much welcomed visual cue for the sneaks, whilst offering further lightweight cushioning.
These Modern Flyknits boast a really distinct flecked pattern which completely makes these sneakers pop for me personally, especially on the College Navy iteration, the way the white flecks break them up is sublime and adds a whole new level of creative design.