Flyknit and Primeknit. Adidas and Nike’s most technologically advanced knit materials. One’s been around for a little while (Flyknit), and one was introduced a touch over two years ago (Primeknit). Both offer lightweight comfort and support with a healthy dose of athletic style thrown in, and both have a rabid following that occasionally overlaps.
We love Flyknit and Primeknit, and are glad to have shoes made with both materials in our collections. However, we’ve got a PSA of sorts for you today: Flyknit and Primeknit aren’t a winner on every shoe.
You see, both Nike and Adidas have this bad habit they seem to revert to a little too often for our tastes. They seem to think that slapping a futuristic technology on a classic shoe is always a winner. Don’t get it mistaken: blending old and new together on a sneaker can be very interesting and unique … but it doesn’t always work, and when it’s done too much, there’s bound to be more misses than hits.
Sure, we understand that it’s their best technology and they want to put it on as many shoes as possible … but our counterargument is that you should reserve your best technology for your best shoes, as that’s what makes them special. Nike will put Flyknit on anything and everything nowadays, and Adidas isn’t all that far behind with how liberally they’re slapping Primeknit on their releases too.
So we’re hoping they tone it down a little bit. Special materials for special shoes. Yeah, that’s probably not going to happen … but we can dream, right?
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