When Nike first dropped the Vaporfly back in 2017, it changed the running shoe game forever. Up until that time, racing flats had long ruled the roost at the elite marathon level. However, upon the addition of a propulsive carbon plate and a high stack midsole, runners began to record times the likes of which few would have thought was humanly possible.
With the announcement of the ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2, Nike is refining its cutting-edge marathon shoe to make it even more of a threat come race day. So, while it retains the full-length carbon plate and ZoomX foam of its predecessor, elsewhere you’ll find that it’s a very different beast. For instance, Nike has replaced Vaporweave upper with a new engineered mesh material, allowing it to be both softer and more breathable than the original Next%. And that’s not all — it’s also been given padding on the top of the tongue for an improved fit as well as some forefoot reinforcement to reduce wear at the point of foot strike. Priced at $225, it’s currently available as a Nike member exclusive, with a wider release date slated for March 25th.