In Nike’s ongoing “Move to Zero” quest to reach levels of zero waste and zero carbon, the brand has recrafted their record-busting running shoes into their most sustainable performance sneaker ever. Meet the Air Zoom Alphafly Next Nature.
The Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next Nature shoes function exactly like the regular Air Zoom Alphafly Next, but they are made from at least 50 percent total recycled content by weight. Nike achieved that lofty number by getting creative with the shoe’s materials. The Flyknit upper is combined with 3D-printed FlyPrint that contains recycled content from the shoe’s Zoom Air pods, which themselves are made up of a high percentage of recycled content. The Nike ZoomX midsole is made from at least 70% recycled foam scraps, with extra foam from its production going into the sock liner. Even the carbon fiber plate — normally a rather wasteful product to produce — has been crafted from at least 50% recycled carbon fiber. Nike hasn’t yet revealed a price or release date for the Air Zoom Alphafly Next Nature, but the shoes offer an intriguing look at how Nike will continue to push the boundaries of performance while also increasing the sustainability of their products.