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FOOTWEAR Published: October 15, 2019 Updated: October 16, 2019  |  WORDS: Hana Kim

Next%: What Kipchoge wore to complete a marathon in under two hours

Eliud Kipchoge has done it again. This time, the Kenyan ran a marathon in 1:59:40.

The best drops and restocks during Nike Energy Week, November 6-16
Eliud Kipchoge, 34, averaged 4:34 per mile (approx. 1.6 km) for 26.2 miles (approx 42.1 km).
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While we ogled at the feat, we can’t help but wonder, what shoes were on Kipchoge’s feet?

Thankfully Nike, which kitted the Kenyan, has made a big show and tell of what he wore as he smashed his PB. They’re something futuristic called the Nike Next% marathon shoes.

Why Next%?

According to Nike, when it launched the Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4%, the shoe delivered an average of 4% improved running economy over Nike’s previous fastest marathon shoe, the Nike Zoom Streak 6. The Next% “represents looking forward to each new race day as a chance to cross the line faster.”

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Made with elite athlete feedback from the likes of Kipgoche and Mo Farah, the Next% debuts a new material construction called Vaporweave on the upper, said to be lighter than Nike Flyknit.
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Nice name, but what’s in the shoe? 

  • Vaporweave, a new material construction from Nike that’s lighter than Flyknit, breathable and absorbs far less water from sweat or rain, so it stays airy and dry over the course of a marathon.
  • The laces are slightly offset to alleviate pressure along the sensitive part of the foot (Mo Farah was supposedly a fan of this feature).
  • A thin foam pod in the heel to keep the achilles happy.
  • More Nike ZoomX foam in the midsole, which has been scientifically proven in Nike’s Sport Research Lab to further increase energy return.
  • The ZoomX foam has been redistributed to decrease the offset from 11mm to 8mm to provide a more stable feeling and help maximize energy return at the critical toe-off.
  • Designers merged Abel Kirui, Kipchoge and Farah’s custom traction patterns to improve the forefoot grip so the shoe performs better during inclement weather.
  • Contoured treads with deep grooves on the outsole facilitate smoother movement during turns.
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During his latest attempt to break the two-hour marathon barrier, Kipchoge wore a future edition of Nike’s Next% marathon shoe, the 2019 Nike Aeroswift Singlet, an athlete-exclusive version of the Nike Aeroswift Half Tight, his sleeves from Breaking2 and the 2019 Nike Elite Racing Sock.
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In addition to a future edition of Nike’s Next% shoe, Kipchoge was also kitted out in what looked like an incredibly airy 2019 Nike Aeroswift Singlet, an athlete-exclusive version of the Nike Aeroswift Half Tight, his sleeves from Breaking2 and the 2019 Nike Elite Racing Sock.

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