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This summer, gold medalist Allyson Felix will be gunning to make her fourth(!) Olympic Games. The dynamite sprinter relies on regimented training, a super clean diet and her good luck charm necklace—but this Olympic cycle she has a new tool to use when she hits the oval.
Nike created the Zoom Superflyknit specifically for Allyson Felix’s stride, biomechanics and footwear preferences in mind. After analyzing the sprinter’s form in Nike’s Sports Research Lab, the team set to work to create a racing shoe that would mold to Felix’s size 9.5 foot. In order to attain the responsiveness and fluidity the athlete required, the brand used a custom last and plate created with 3D print prototyping.
Felix said, “One of the things that I love about the process is that I’m not an expert in this, but I have all this science behind me. This is what [Nike] does and this is what they’re passionate about. I can have confidence that they’re going to give me the best equipment.”
The level of research put into the shoe is pretty incredible—Allyson Felix and Nike went through more than 12 rounds of meetings to ensure every stitch and spike was perfect. And the fact that it looks like a beautiful mashup of a futurist princess crown and metallic tiger teeth doesn’t hurt.
The shoes aren’t available for sale right now—but we’re looking forward to watching Felix tear up the 200 and 400 meters in them this summer.