Nike SB introduces the Janoski Flyleather
Flyleather is the newest material development from Nike SB. It is made of at least 50 percent recycled natural leather fiber. Therefore it has the potential to be as game-changing as Nike Flyknit. The Nike Flyleather was born out of a challenge to evolve leather into the performance material it once was – before the invention of advanced performance materials like engineered mesh. The goal was to do so while still preserving the things people love about leather: Certainly the look, feel and even the smell. NOW, Nike SB introduces the Janoski Flyleather.
Another crucial factor was the desire to reduce the environmental footprint associated with leather manufacturing. Which not only uses a lot of energy and chemicals, but also results in a great deal of leftover scrap material. The mission became to not simply invent a better version of leather, but also reinvent the material production process to be more sustainable.
During a typical leather manufacturing process, scrap pieces are discarded and often end up in a landfill. Flyleather is composed of that discarded leather scrap from the tannery floor. The scraps are combined with synthetic fibers and a fabric infrastructure via a hydro process with a force that’s so strong, it fuses everything into one material. The material then goes through a finishing process, which can include things like pigmentation, and is put on a roll to be cut.
For Nike, leather is featured across many iconic footwear styles. But it has the second-highest environmental impact on the company’s carbon emissions and water usage. Flyleather can change that.
• Creating it uses less water and has a lower carbon footprint than traditional leather manufacturing
• Nike Flyleather is lighter and more durable than traditional leather (based on abrasion testing)
• Because Nike Flyleather is produced on a roll, it improves cutting efficiency and creates less waste than traditional cut-and-sew methods for full-grain leather
For the new Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski Flyleather (FL) Remastered (RM) Nike has applied the backside of Flyleather in the upper. The material went through detailed wear-testing and shows a similar feel and most importantly durability to regular suede. In the rest of the style Nike focused on: 3% Recycled Nike Grind Reduced amount of stitch content in the outsole lines in the swoosh.
The Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski Flyleather will be available on the 07.09.2020 at ZUPPORT-Store instore and online