Nike Vaporfly sneaker to be banned by World Athletics
Nike’s controversial Vaporfly sneaker is set to be banned for use in competitions by the World Athletics.
Nike’s Vaporfly shoes have caused uproar over the past few weeks, with some athletes claiming the shoe gives the wearers an unfair advantage. Both independent and Nike studies have revealed that the Vaporfly improves energy efficiency of running by at least 4 per cent.
The ban is expected to be handed out over the next few months.
According to popular sneaker re-seller StockX – a leading sneaker marketplace – being banned is only good for business. According to the site, the Vaporfly sneaker has never been more popular.
Launch of the Nike Vaporfly with Mo Farah
Other sneakers have previously been banned by the WA, including a pair of 1984 Air Jodan 1s (which were banned over its flashy colours). The shoe – which Michael Jordan wore and was reportedly fined US$5,000 each time he stepped on the court in them – are still some of the most popular sneakers in history.
Previously, Nike has had one shoe banned. The Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour Grass was famously worn by Roger Federer at Wimbledon in 2013. The shoes were later banned because of its organ sole, which violates the all-white dress code at Wimbledon.
Air Jordan 1s banned commercial feautiring Michael Jordan