Created through an intricate weaving process, Flyweave technology forms a textile upper maximizing the foot’s natural motion and acting as a bionic second skin. The process, producing a single piece of material, shifts shoe construction from a centuries old cut and sew method. Flyweave allows Nike designers to account for the specific durability, strength and stability requirements of individual athletes and sports.
Born from the Aerospace Industry
Textile Design 101
Textiles are typically developed by either knitting or weaving. “Knits” or “wovens,” commonly obsessed over by designers across multiple industries, have informed athletic shoe design since Nike Flyknit technology debuted in 2012.
Bell leveraged Nike’s collective experience in knit construction to engineer textiles with weaving, a process inherently stronger and more intricate than knitting, which ultimately led to Flyweave’s birth. Bell has become an expert in the weaving process, which is produced on a loom that interlaces two distinct sets of thread (the warp and weft) to create a textile. A woven seam connects every yarn and has maximum strength for footwear construction and the rigor of sport-specific movement.
Precision Engineering Now Available
“We have a growing group of designers that have used the technology and are excited by Flyweave’s potential to accomplish even more than we were able to do with the woven upper of the Air Jordan 29 that debuted in 2014,” says Bell.
Flyweave's Performance Versatility
Nike has debuted Flyweave in four prominent shoes over the past year: the Air Jordan 29 (basketball), Nike TW ’15 (golf), Nike CJ Elite TD Cleat (football) and Nike CJ3 Flyweave Trainer (training).
Future of Flyweave
The future of Flyweave excites many Nike designers, including Leo Chang, Nike Basketball’s Footwear Design Director. Charged with bringing top innovation to hoops, Chang has spent countless hours with Bell collaborating on a new Flyweave constructed basketball shoe debuting in the near future.
"Flyweave offers us an amazing technical advantage in basketball to create incredible strength with a precise, comfortable fit," said Chang. "We have some exciting news on the way and the response from athletes has even exceeded our expectations."
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