On Saturday morning, Eliud Kipchoge did something no one has ever done–he ran a sub-two hour marathon. And he didn’t just run under two hours, he cruised to a 1:59:40, knowing he had the time with about 1K to go.
Nike has unveiled the super shoes that Eliud Kipchoge will wear in his attempt to break the two hour marathon barrier. pic.twitter.com/mhTlUbKNZT
— Chris Chavez (@ChrisChavez) October 12, 2019
Kipchoge’s shoes look quite different than the Next% that are available to consumers. While the aerodynamic shape of the heel remains the same, the tread looks different and the midsole is even more built up. The lack of tread has been a chief complaint of the Vaporfly (the shoe’s predecessor), especially in wet conditions. To save on weight, the tread of previous models was kept very minimal, but on this shoe, there seems to be more emphasis placed on the outsole. This was a great addition, especially considering the intermittent rain during the attempt in Vienna.
The midsole is still cushioned with a carbon-fibre plate and Nike’s ZoomX foam, but there’s something new that the company has added. There seem to be built-in shock absorbers through the toe, that you can see a peak of on the inside of the shoe. The marathon beats up your legs, and this could be a step to ensure that Kipchoge felt as fresh as possible through 42.2K.
Kipchoge’s racing shoes in the past two years:
Nike said in a press release that Kipchoge has been an important part of their quest to redefine the marathon shoe.