The hotly anticipated/debated new running shoes (opens in new tab) from Nike, the Nike Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT%, has just been announced this week in New York (opens in new tab) but this fact did not seem to pacify the group of people who were asking the World Athletics to ban the shoes from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics (opens in new tab). Well, suck it up, haters: they’re going to be there.
It has already been confirmed by Nike that the stack height of the Nike Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT% is below the newly imposed limits – if only fractionally. But this left another question unanswered: will the shoes be available to purchase for the general public at least four months before the start of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics?
If not, this might still disqualify the shoes from the Olympic games and would throw Nike-sponsored superstars off balance, a few months before the games begin.
However a confirmed release date for Nike Alphafly (opens in new tab) of February 29, in the USA, even though that is initially for Nike members only, and a European/UK launch date, confirmed to us by Nike as ‘March’ seems to rule out any ambiguity. Unless, for some reason Nike decided to hold off until March 25 (1 day too late) before putting the bizzaro-world super shoes on sale to the general public.
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Nike Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT% European release date
So. Although we haven't been given an exact date, Nike confirmed that the Nike Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT% will be available to buy in Europe before the deadline. Nike's exact answer was : "We can say that the shoes will be available in Europe in March".
According to nike.com (opens in new tab), the Nike Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT% will be launching 29 Feb 2020 in the USA – for Nike Members only, so it figures that the EMEA region will get it ever so slightly later, but still well within the time limit proposed by the World Athletics.
Unfortunately, we haven't been given price tag for the new running shoes but we expect to be at least £260/$270, if not more, especially at launch. Given the publicity these shoes are getting already, it would be quite surprising if Nike would sell it for cheap. Not like they ever do. As they say in marketing, the price itself is a marketing tool to communicate the value of the product and if the price of the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% is anything to go by, it will be a really valuable running shoe indeed.
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