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As a 49ers fans, it pains me to post this picture.  As a sneakerhead, though, these are kinda awesome....
As a 49er fan, it pains me to post this picture. As a sneaker enthusiast, these are kinda awesome….

This past weekend, Nike officially debuted the next generation of Flyknit with the Nike Flyknit Lunar2 along with the much talked about Nike Kobe 9 Elite. With Flyknit ready to take center stage once again during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Nike is banking on the world seeing what they feel is the future of footwear by placing them on the feet of their medal winning athletes and turning them into believers.  Hey, it worked in 2012 so why not now?

Nike Flyknit Trainer Chukka FSB "Medal Stand" for the 2014 Winter Olympics
Nike Flyknit Trainer Chukka FSB “Medal Stand” for the 2014 Winter Olympics

It seems silly now, but there was plenty of skepticism about Flyknit back when it first debuted in 2012. A one-piece upper that looked more like a sock than a traditional shoe should be cause for concern for those who take their running or training seriously, but it wasn’t until people actually started wearing them did the doubts start to fade. Sneakerheads were quick to adapt to Flyknits because of the elusive HTM collaborations by Fragment Design’s Hiroshi Fujiwara, Nike’s Tinker Hatfield and Mark Parker, but once people saw the benefits of Flyknit and how they still retained form and structure in spite of being a knit upper, people jumped on board. Now Flyknits are as ubiquitous at the mall or in the gym or on a track as a pair of Air Max or Pegasus kicks.

As we get closer to the launch of the newest additions to the Flyknit family, let’s take a look back at our picks for Top 10 Nike Flyknit Kicks So Far. Sorry, Nike Free Hyperfeel and your super minimalist everything, we had to bump you for the hypebeasts…