Size and fit

These classic shoes are updated with a sock-like upper with no laces but still keep one’s feet in place with the presence of an adjustable midfoot strap. With a Flyknit upper, the Sockracer provides the most comfortable feel. 

Men and women can enjoy the features of this performance shoe as they are available in both genders’ sizing. They fit true to size so it is advisable to go one’s usual size. 

Nike Air Sockracer Flyknit Style

Making a retro return, the Swoosh brand have reintroduced its modern version of the Air Sockracer with an upgraded Flyknit construction. It features a sock-like upper and two forefoot straps. These retro shoes have also retained the minimal silhouette of the ‘80s version. Additionally, a very minimal branding appears on the shoe as it can only be seen by way of the Nike Air hit on the heel.

Debuting in a black and white silhouette, a handful of newer colorways have also been introduced such as an all-black pair, olive and black and a glacier blue with racer pink color scheme. Having a minimal design, these shoes can be styled with a lot of clothing pieces. One can go for a sporty ensemble with a pair of jogger pants, gym shorts, and leggings topped with tank tops and dri-fit shirts. The pair can also go well with casual pieces like jeans, plain shirts or hoodies. 

Notable Features

The iconic 1986 marathon shoe, the Nike Air Sock Racer is given a new twist by constructing it with the brand’s latest tech. This newest iteration, the Air Sock Racer Flyknit brings the innovations of the original shoe into the present. The stretchy upper uses Nike Flyknit for the first time, offering increased breathability, a more improved fit, and the capacity to take different coloring. Moreover, a deconstructed Flyknit mesh base does not have the traditional lace-up system. Instead, the adjustable, double buckle forefoot straps give the feet an extra snug fit. 

Completing the look, the lightweight, phylon foam Free sole offers barefoot like flex with a cushioned feel. The rubber outsole ensures premium traction and grip. 

Nike Air Sockracer Flyknit History

In 1964, the world’s leading sports brand Nike was originally named Blue Ribbon Sports by Bill Bowerman, a track-and-field coach at the University of Oregon, and his former student Phil Knight. This teacher-student tandem invested $500 to import Tiger shoes from Japan to sell them in the United States. They then opened their first retail outlet in 1966 and officially became Nike, which the company takes the name from Nike, the Greek goddess of victory, in 1971. A year later, they launched the Nike brand in 1972. 

Nike has a lot of classic shoes that have been given new iterations. One of these is the Nike Air Sockracer Flyknit. Originally released in its OG form in 1985, the Air Sock Racer features a sock-like upper and two forefoot straps. The design would pave the way for several staple styles in the world of running, and now returns in a modern fashion fit for everyday wear. It has been upgraded for the modern era, as it’s sleek design consists of maintaining the stretchy, sock-like upper while adding a Flyknit construction and lightweight Ultra sole to keep it fresh and stylish for 2017.

Nice to know

  • The Nike Air Sockracer was inspired by Bill Bowerman’s order to strip away all unnecessary elements of a running shoe. 
  • This performance shoe was designed by Tinker Hatfield in 1986. 
  • After 31 years after its debut, the Sockracer has been updated in 2017. 
  • It inspired cult favourites like the Air Sock, Air Flow, Air Current and Aqua Sock. 


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Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.