10 fun facts about the original Nike Mayfly
Pretty cool things you probably didn't know about this cult sneaker.
First created in 2003 and designed specifically as a running shoe, the Nike Mayfly has come a long way since its humble beginnings. The latest to drop on Stylerunner.com is the Nike Mayfly Woven, so we decided to take a look back through the archives to learn more about how this cult sneaker came about. Here are ten fun facts about the design of the very first pair.
- The shoe got its name from the Mayfly, which is an aquatic insect
- Draws inspiration from characteristics such as a short lifespan
- Reflecting this, the first ever shoe was deliberately designed to only last 100km
- The printed upper resembled the textured membrane of the wings
- The first pair weighed just 135 grams
- It was crafted from a single piece of nylon
- In the development stage, athlete Paula Radcliffe was asked to assist with testing
- The shoe came in a unique slanted box
- Graphics were printed on the upper to allow you to record your race location and time
- After 100kms, Nike encouraged runners to pack their shoes up and mail them back to HQ to be recycled
Fast forward ten years later, and we see the introduction of the Nike Mayfly Woven. Now available in various colourways, the signature Swoosh branding has been completely removed from the side and replaced with an extremely technical handwoven pattern around the entire length of the upper. A premium suede lattice finish covers its original parachute nylon, and it has now made its way from the track to the street as an everyday favourite.
The very first pair designed as a running shoe.
The shoes came in a unique slanted box.
The shoe was deliberately designed to only last 100km, representing the short lifespan of the Mayfly.
Nike encouraged users to recycle the shoe after 100km.
The Nike Mayfly Woven.
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