The bright hues of Nike’s carbon-enhanced Vaporfly running shoes are probably bleached out a bit by their time in the limelight lately. After the latest iteration helped athletes break marathon records, the World Athletics Council considered banning shoes with such enhancements. But new rules released in late January gave Vaporfly and their ilk a green light while covering the decision with a statement saying “the integrity of the sport could be threatened by recent developments in footwear technology.”
Another caveat states that, in order to be used in competition, any shoe must have been available on the open market for at least four months previously (read: no fancy prototypes allowed). No problem for Nike. The shoe that started it all, the Vaporfly 4%, has been around for a few years now. At the time, The New York Times was even able to conduct an exhaustive analysis of running results to reveal that yes, the shoe makes runners faster by about 4% on average.
So, with Nike’s certified and proven miracle shoe, you might be thinking of picking up a pair for yourself. If so, you’re in luck; the Vaporfly 4% is currently on sale for 25% off, a savings of $63.
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