We spent 9.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

8 reasons to buy

  • One Nike Footscape Flyknit DM review appreciated the weird and non-traditional look of the sneaker.
  • An online commenter says the “ugly sneakers are surprisingly comfortable” on feet.
  • Some reasoned out that they copped a pair because the design was out of the box and the fit was fantastic.
  • Majority of reviewers find the mid-top Nike Footscape Flyknit DM comfortable from the sole to the Flyknit material.
  • The pod-like Footscape soles deliver flexibility and allow a wide range of movement, an observer posted.
  • The Flyknit material used in the upper delivers a sock-like fit and breathability.
  • Several reviewers liked the foam cushioning as it feels comfy while walking.
  • The flexible Dynamic Motion sole which allows a variety of movements makes these a form-fitting sneaker built for daily wear, others noted.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some reviewers say the Footscape Flyknit DM shoe from Nike could have used some more colorway options.
  • The snap fastening system does little to secure the feet and felt like an aesthetic add-on, one user said.
  • One observer noted how difficult it would be to pull off and style these with other casual clothes aside from tech-wear.

Bottom line

The futuristic-looking design of the Nike Footscape Flyknit DM is both its strength and weakness. While some sneakerheads love these technical kicks for its out of the box design, some critics say the sneaker model is hard to pull off and style with casual clothing.

However, what is undeniable in this modern tech-wear shoe is that it delivers incredible comfort and precision fitting from the Dynamic Motion foam sole and the Flyknit material that assures a breathable wearing experience for ninja shoe lovers.


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With a Flyknit material that promises a sock-like fit from above the ankle all the way to the forefoot, the Nike Footscape Flyknit DM sneaker is secured by a snap-fastening system instead of conventional shoelaces while a leather heel bracket helps give additional heel support and protection.

The Nike Footscape Flyknit DM shoes run true to size and fit wearers with narrow to medium feet. Shoe fitting is only offered in men’s US sizes 6 to 16. Women may also wear these shoes by dropping 1.5 sizes down for a similar fit.

Sporting a sock-like fit with flexible grooves at the bottom, styling this sneaker could pose a challenge especially for those who do not appreciate tech-wear on feet. However, ever since the Footscape silhouette received a cult following in Japan and soon in other countries, the ninja-like aesthetics became a standard style fixture for tech-wear loving sneakerheads.

Wear these sneakers with walking or relaxed-fit shorts and some graphic tee. As for pants, the sock-like fitting sneaker could work well with dark-colored tapered cotton pants or a similar tech-wear or athleisure styled jogger. The Nike Footscape Flyknit DM Light Bone, Hyper Grape, and Pure Platinum were the first colorways released by the brand. Other colorways were also dropped after the March 2018 release like the Tan and the Volt/Bright Mango colorways.

The Footscape silhouette is decked in Flyknit material comprising of a knit upper that maintains structure, flexibility, and breathability. The durable Flyknit material is lightweight and form-fitting to adhere to the shape of the feet. Further enhancing the wearing experience of the Nike Footscape Flyknit DM is the Dynamic Motion foam sole that gives a plush cushioning on foot. The foam sole also has deep flex grooves that allow natural motion so that the foot moves the way it wants to.

The Nike Footscape silhouette was first seen in 1996 and has since grown a cult following. While the design of the Footscape does not easily resemble that of a regular shoe, the sneaker has taken the interest of many practical shoe owners who were treated with comfort by the foot-hugging design.

The design of the futuristic-looking sneaker was the result of research and development by the Nike Advanced Product Engineering Group and the Sports Research Lab. The first design called the Nike Air Footscape was designed to help relieve the feet of stress and at the same time be responsive to various movements when running. Nike’s team of footwear designers studied the nature and structure of the human foot starting with the bones, arches, to the ligaments, muscles, and nerves to determine the shape and motion of the average foot. The result of the Nike design team’s extensive research and the study was the Footscape design of the Nike Footscape OG, which are evident particularly in the soles as it has flex grooves and pods aimed at providing cushioning as well as adhere to the natural movement of the foot.

In the past two decades, other shoes that adhere to the Footscape silhouette were released including the Nike Air Footscape 2 Presto, Nike Air Footscape Magista, Nike Air Footscape Woven Chukka and more recently the Nike Footscape Flyknit DM.

Using Nike’s latest upper material, the Footscape design was given a Flyknit treatment to provide the shoe with a sock-like fit and snug comfort. Flyknit in itself is also a product of extensive research as designers listened to feedback coming from runners wanting a snug shoe with a fit of a sock. After four years of research, Nike unveiled the Flyknit material with static properties that enhance structure and durability.  The lightweight knit material used in the Nike Footscape Flyknit DM also maximizes footwear production by reducing as much as 60 percent of the waste material as compared to the usual cut and sew process in shoe manufacturing.

Compared to other Footscape shoes like the Nike Air Footscape NM or Natural Motion, the Nike Footscape Flyknit DM or Dynamic Motion has improved the Footscape foam sole by adding extra plush cushioning with deep flex grooves so the foot can move naturally and the way it wants to.

  • Upper consists of leather, synthetic, and textile materials for comfortable support.
  • The Tan colorway was released in April 2018 while the Volt/Bright Mango was released in June 2018 just in time for the Spring and Summer months.
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.