Technical characteristics and development of Flywire, Flyknit, Flyweave

What are the Flywire, Flyknit, and Flyweave newly developed by Nike in recent years? What is the difference when applied to shoes?

They all have “Fly” in their naming, which means flying. The official wants to reveal a message from the naming, frivolity. Indeed, these brand-new technologies also liberate the shoes from the leather and mesh surface and continuously improve the wrapping and comfort brought by the boots.


In 2008, Nike officially launched Flywire technology. Flywire innovatively uses the traction of high-strength nylon fibers to increase the support of the upper, making the shoes lighter and more robust. The upper is formed by engineering mesh or plastic material in the later stage.

Flywire technology can provide good support. The available materials for the upper are increased. The thickness of the thinnest Flywire running shoes is less than 1 mm. The weight of the shoes is greatly reduced. The weight is only 100g, which many athletes favor.

At that time, the concept of Flywire was launched, which significantly improved the lightweight and supportability of the upper, which was significantly ahead of various sports brands. Later, this technology was also applied to multiple sectors, and whether it is basketball, running, or football, you can see Flywire’s figure.

Flywire made its first major appearance at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The American basketball team wore Nike Hyperdunk 08, the first pair of sneakers with Flywire technology. It was a famous shoe because of its lightweight and good protection. The actual combat basketball shoes.


When the time came to 2012, Nike officially launched Flyknit technology. The progress from Flywire to Flyknit is line-to-surface progress.

Now Flyknit has become Nike’s leading shoe upper technology and is widely used in various fields, among which running shoes and basketball shoes are the most used.


Since the launch of Flyknit, lightweight and breathability have become the most significant selling points. Compared with traditional basketball shoes, the weight is significantly reduced. Because of the considerable running distance of basketball defenders, Flyknit can be an epoch-making technique. But everyone knows through Flyknit that the voids in the upper can also be seen with the naked eye, and the support of the upper is poor.

So Nike improved from the Flyknit weave, and Flyweave was born. Since the warp and weft knitting is used after the improvement, the gap becomes smaller, and the upper is more shaped, which significantly improves the problem of insufficient support. If Flyknit is a sweater, then Flyweave is denim.

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