A few weeks ago, Nike invited me to try out some of their new season tech gear – so that’s clothing and sneakerboots that are designed for winter weather. I’m not going to lie, it was a bit weird first thing on a Monday morning to be asked to pop on a pair of trainers and a jacket and stand in a wind tunnel and walk through puddles, but it certainly did the job of proving the point that the technology works!
Now, you know me, for the most part I’m a fan of classic styles, often with a retro twist, and when it comes to trainers I’m rarely swayed by the promise of modern technology because actually, when the weather’s bad I’ll probably just wear a pair of sturdy leather boots. But since I’ve been wearing my Clarks Originals Trigenics with their contemporary split sole, I’ve been more open to the idea (not that I’d risk those woollen beauties in the rain!). Not only that, having worn trainers solidly for the month of October to publicise my new book, it’s proving pretty hard to NOT wear trainers on any given day. And now that I have a pair of these Flyknit chukkas on my feet, I have to admit to being a bit smitten.
So what’s the technology bit? Well, they have reflective bits on them which makes you more visible when you’re walking around on a dark winter afternoon. And although it’s a soft woven fabric, the Flyknit is treated so that it’s water resistant so you’ll stay dry (and warm) in the rain and snow. Cool, eh? Plus they are incredibly lightweight and, obviously, very VERY comfortable.
They’re available in four different colours, but it’s only the orange (that I’m wearing, top) and the black that go down to really small sizes.