Nike’s Breaking2 shoe, the Vaporfly Elite, used during the sub-two-hour marathon attempt isn’t available for purchase. “It will never be sold,” Nike says.
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That said, there is a way to get your hands on a pair of the racing flats, which Eliud Kipchoge, Lelisa Desisa and Zersenay Tadese used during the May 6 event. Kipchoge, 32, ran 2:00:25 under ideal conditions, including running on a Formula One race track, having six alternating pacers as well as wearing the shoes that Nike says can improve running economy by four percent. Several factors involved made the run ineligible for a world record so Dennis Kimetto’s 2:02:57 still stands.
According to Nike:
“Every moonshot needs a rocket. This is ours. The Nike Vaporfly Elite, built in collaboration with, and for elite runners, is among the most innovative shoes we’ve ever made—an unprecedented combination of cutting-edge technology and historic ambition. It will never be sold. But now, you can win a pair. Here’s how:
First, download the Nike+ Run Club app. Then, run a global 5K with us for Just Do It. Sunday on May 7 or 14 (or both). That’s it. You’ll be entered into a drawing to win a free pair of Vaporfly Elites. This is your chance to own the fastest shoes money can’t buy. So mark your calendars, set a reminder or two, and we’ll see you on Sunday. The Nike Vaporfly Elite was customized to the specifications of our elite athletes and is only available in 3 men’s sizes: 8, 9 and 10.”
Though the Vaporfly Elite will not be sold, three similar-looking shoes will go on sale on June 8. Those include the Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4%, a racing flat, the Nike Zoom Fly and the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34, the sportswear brand’s iconic lightweight trainer. They will be in the same colourways as the shoes seen in Monza, Italy.