Jesi Small, the designer behind the Air Zoom Mariah Flyknit, has broken down everything you need to know about the Air Max 270 Flyknit upper.
While the Air Max 270 debuted with a traditional cut-and-sew upper, Nike designers knew Flyknit would be coming to the model.
“When you do the toe-down view on the cut-and-sew pair, there’s this asymmetrical, wind-runner kind of look,” said Jesi Small, the Nike Footwear Product Design Lead who created the shoe’s Flyknit upper, in a statement. Small, who worked on The 1 Reimagined series, was ready to bring the design language of the Air Max 270 to a one-piece sock-like upper.
“The Flyknit has a nice graphical read on the medial side. Because it doesn’t have toecap or side overlays, we asked how we could garner interest in the look of the one-piece upper, as opposed to having the panels that you can play with on the cut-and-sew version,” said Small in a statement.
The Flyknit upper used on the Air Max 270 Flyknit features engineered zones for enhanced breathability, inconspicuous eyelets (because the shoe can be worn without laces), and a tighter knit over the toe for extra protection and durability.
A new Air Max 270 Flyknit colorway will release on May 15 for $170. The Air Max 270 Flyknit is available now in several colorways for both men and women at Eastbay.com.
Have you been wearing the Air Max 270 Flyknit? If so, share your experience in the comments.