Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% 2: the successor of Nike's most controversial running shoes is here

Nike announced the new ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% 2 without warning on a Sunday: here's when can you get your hands on a pair

Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% 2 price release date
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Can't believe it's been a year since the big Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% debate, but this doesn't change the fact that Nike has just announced the new Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% 2, the successor of the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT%, the highly controversial (yet very popular) Nike running shoes. Can the NEXT% 2 dethrone the #1 entry on T3's best running shoes list?

Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% 2: price and release date

The white colorway of the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% 2 releases in limited quantities for Nike members beginning 28 February 2021. The Aqua colorway releases at Nike US / Nike UK beginning 25 March 2021 in select markets.

US/UK price TBC.

Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% 2: what's new

Much like the Nike Metcon 6, the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% 2 offers smaller updates over its predecessor. The ZoomX foam and the 'articulated' full-length carbon plate is pretty much unchanged, which is understandable as this combination still works perfectly and dominates the racing shoes market, despite efforts made by other manufacturers to offer a solid alternative.

Most of the changes can be found on the top of the shoes: the 'engineered' mesh material in the upper is now 'softer and more breathable' than Vaporweave. According to Nike, the mesh "better conforms to the foot and helps keep feet cool throughout a race."

To provide even more comfort, pockets of padding have been added at the top of the tongue to help provide reduce lace pressure. And finally, the forefoot area of the upper has been reinforced for "improved containment and durability in high-wear striking areas".

The Nike Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% 2 has an 8mm offset.

If you can't wait until the Vaporfly 2 drops, you can always just get the OG Vaporfly NEXT% which is surprisingly reappeared in stock in recent times. for the best prices, check out the widgets below.

Matt Kollat
Section Editor | Active

Matt Kollat is a journalist and content creator who works for and its magazine counterpart as an Active Editor. His areas of expertise include wearables, drones, fitness equipment, nutrition and outdoor gear. He joined T3 in 2019. His byline appears in several publications, including Techradar and Fit&Well, and more. Matt also collaborated with other content creators (e.g. Garage Gym Reviews) and judged many awards, such as the European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance's ESSNawards. When he isn't working out, running or cycling, you'll find him roaming the countryside and trying out new podcasting and content creation equipment.