The sneakers are durable, supportive, and easy to clean. Besides race times and the names of shoes, we also have data on runners’ gender and approximate age. For some of the more serious runners, we have detailed information about their training volume in the months leading up to a race. We also know about the weather on race day. The first round of Nike Air Zoom Pulse sneakers will go on sale December 7 at select retailers and on Nike’s website. But Filipina Rhea Bullos bagged three gold medals (400 metres, 800m, and 1,500m) at a local inter-school athletics meet on Monday without wearing shoes, opting instead to wrap her feet in tape and drawing the iconic Nike “swoosh” logo on them.

Nike has grown exponentially since the 1970s, but it has maintained its dominance in running even while branching into other sports. Part of this running industry success is attributable to advanced upper designs that especially benefit runners. Many Nikes utilize a Flyknit upper construction, where a lightweight yarn is woven tightly in some areas of the shoe and loosely in others. The loose weave allows the shoe to flex with your foot for greater comfort, and the tight weave provides support in key areas where you need it. Flywire, another upper technology, uses a series of cables that connect a shoe’s laces and loop under the arch to provide a fit that securely grips your midfoot. More recently, Nike debuted its Vaporweave” material on the Vaporfly Next% and Zoom Fly 3. It’s a blend of TPU and nylon that’s lighter than Flyknit and also doesn’t absorb moisture, so rain and sweat won’t weigh it down.

Running styles are Nike’s bread and butter. From the original Air Max 1 to forward-thinking lines like the Nike Air Presto, Nike Flyknit, Nike Roshe, and everything in between, Nike has so many running shoe styles for both men and women to choose from. A pair of “Jesus Shoes” are on sale for $4,000 — and for that price, the lucky owner can literally walk on water. The shoes were designed by Brooklyn-based creative arts company MSCHF and they come with holy water in the soles. That was when Nike first planned to release its own footwear, unveiling the iconic swoosh logo for the first time. By 1976 Nike was already running national ad campaigns, and by 1980 it owned half the U.S. market share for athletic shoes.

Children over three years old grow one-half a foot size every 4 to 6 months. That means some older kids only need to replace their shoes twice per year, outside of excessive wear and tear. Whether you work in the medical industry or are simply looking for an ultra-comfy shoe to get you through long days spent on your feet, these slide-on sneakers are a great option and support a good cause. For its first-ever foray into the world of collectible sneakers, Sotheby’s teamed up with with sneaker marketplace Stadium Goods to present 100 of the rarest sneakers ever made. Last week, ahead of the planned auction, Nadal shelled out $850,000 on the other 99 lots for sale, but the 1972 Nikes eluded his grasp, with the consignor opting to move forward with the online sale. In the end, he got them anyway—but he had to pay almost half of what he put up for the other 99 pairs.

Founded in 1964 by Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight and originally named Blue Ribbon Sports, the company would take the name Nike in 1971. One of the company’s original shoes, the Nike Waffle Trainer, was patented in 1974. It was named as such because it was inspired by a waffle iron owned by company co-founder Bill Bowerman’s wife. Nike running shoes have come a very long way since that time, with the brand’s latest designs like the Nike Air Max MOTION, Air Precision, and ZOOM Winflo 6 running shoe delivering the latest in running and training innovation, comfort, and style.

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