words // Zack Schlemmer

Many previews have already been seen, but today Nike officially announced their latest fabric technology: Engineered Mesh.

Designed to increase breathability and flexibility, while providing more strength and durability than previous mesh, Nike will be utilizing the new Engineered Mesh on modern performance models, as well as a few of the classics from Nike Sportswear. 

Reinventing some of the most iconic and sought-after sneaker silhouettes is no easy task ... especially when the original was designed by the man most consider a sneaker deity: Tinker Hatfield.

Nike has done just that by applying a new textile called Engineered Mesh to the Air Max 1, Air Max 90, Air Max 95 and Air Max 97. Proprietary mesh patterns enhance the functionality while keeping the sartorial integrity of the sneakers timeless style.

Originally used in performance running footwear, this updated version of traditional spacer mesh improves breathability for wear during warmer months and flexibility through the elimination of layers and stitching. And Air Max has never been lighter thanks to the collection’s leaner profile.

Tight and loose perforation patterns are “zoned” to reimagine the color blocking and gradient panels of some of the world’s most revered sneaker designs.

Engineered mesh will make its debut in January 2013, beginning with women's footwear models like this Air Max 90 inspired by the original "Laser Pink" colorway.  Stick with Sole Collector for further information on all future Engineered Mesh releases.