25 Sneaker Innovations We're Thankful For

Nike Flywire

Year Introduced: 2008

Up until relatively recently, adding support meant adding weight. Maybe it wasn't much weight - that of a few nylon straps - but after a while it still added up. One of Nike's innovations for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Flywire, changed that. It enabled sneaker designers to utilize Vectran cables in place of straps, resulting in both weight savings and a whole new design element.

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