Though the name might remind of ’90s slang, the vibe of the new Nike Alphina 5000 is pure 2000s. The look is conveyed by a bold use of a generation-defining technology, Nike Flywire. Introduced in 2008, Flywire creates a lightweight system of support through principles inspired by the cables from suspension bridges. On the Alphina 5000, the articulation of Flywire celebrates its initial aesthetic, whether in multi-color bursts or more subdued tones. The shoe’s bold TPU Swoosh panel gives added dimension to the lateral side, as does the sculpted midsole. Paying homage to the classic 2000s Bowerman Series of running shoes, the sole unit is also cored out at key points and given a playful asymmetry. In combination, the shoe’s elements bring a new interpretation to chunky athletic nostalgia.
Nike will drop the Alphina 5000 this season. Hit nike.com for availability.