Nike’s ISPA division consistently delivers some of the most extravagant sneakers you’ve ever seen. Soon they will be joined by the ISPA Sense Flyknit, which looks soft but should pack a punch.
A full breakdown of the sneaker’s capabilities has yet to be leaked, but the futuristic sneaker appears to be taking a similar approach to its Link brethren through its fashion-forward style. The upper is equipped with different pieces of Flyknit material and the soles are curved to allow a more dynamic walk. Since ISPA maintains a sustainable approach to sneaker design, the kicks are more than likely to include eco-friendly features as well.
Stones and bones — Flyknit on the upper appears in different thicknesses, colors and shapes which contribute to its intentionally messy look. The material is made up of lightweight strands of yarn that have been woven into a one-piece upper, which secures the wearer’s foot to the shoe platform and provides breathable cushioning.
The chunky midsole uses a cushioning system that puts it on par with the ISPA Overreact and Road Warrior models. React Foam is rumored to be the primary cushion material, but exact construction details have yet to be revealed by Nike. Branding is kept to a minimum, with baby Swooshes taking their place on the toe and collar, while an ISPA logo is knitted into a mid-panel.
Nike is gearing up for a release of the sneaker in “Light Bone” and “Enigma Stone” color schemes. The former takes on a neutral, off-white vibe with a combination of white, black, and marble on the upper and beige and gray on the sole. “Enigma Stone” adds color to the mix as the upper blends neon green, brown and marble, and gum and gray on the sole.
What’s Cooking at ISPA — The “Improvise, Scavenge, Protect, and Adapt” (ISPA) line launched the bulbous ISPA Link and ISPA Link Axis sneakers earlier this year as a revolutionary way to get rid of the need for glue and other unsustainable practices in the sneaker design. The shoes were designed with teardown in mind, and each pair takes around eight minutes to build. At the end of their life cycle, kicks can be recycled into anything from a water bottle to a basketball court.
Release information for the Nike ISPA Sense Flyknit is still under wraps, but official images are a telltale sign that a release date may not be far away. The Sense Flyknit doesn’t appear to be designed to be taken apart, so it’s best not to start ripping until Nike gives the go-ahead.