Nike’s Vaporfly 4%, the Fastest Shoe on the Planet, is Finally Available for Purchase


We’re nearly three months removed from Nike’s much-hyped Breaking2 event in Monza, Italy, where three elite athletes attempted to break the 2-hour mark in the marathon, and one of them, Eliud Kipchoge, came within a heartbreaking 25 seconds of doing just that. And now, finally, the extremely high-tech, and somewhat controversial, shoes they wore during the attempt are finally available for purchase.

This Vaporfly 4% is a lightweight (6.5oz) racer that’s all about its unprecedented combination of high-level cushioning and responsiveness, thanks to a brand new lightweight foam package and a full-length carbon fiber plate in the midsole. The 10mm offset is easy on the Achilles, and the midfoot hold of the seamless Flymesh upper is remarkable. 

At $250, they certainly don’t come cheap, but… they’ll look great on Instagram and maybe — maybe — get you a shiny new PR this fall. (Purchase at or on the Nike app.)