Originally Posted by bawlin
What's the benefit of the regular model? I don't care what anyone says - the Flyknit is a lifestyle shoe and anyone who uses these for running or working out is a fool in my mind.
Flyknit material is lighter and much more breathable while maintaining it's durability, might even be more durable than synthetic materials. It being a low-cut makes it more versatile for running and training, it won't restrict ankle movement.
I actually use mine for running and cross-training and is in my top 3 right now for overall training shoes.
You're insane if you think Nike spent millions to develop the material knitting method to simply make a casual pair of shoes. I always see Nikes as Sportswear first that has an athletic purpose (ie: specific for running, basketball, soccer, training, etc…) unless it is some casual-specific shoe they made for casual-wear and Nike does make those but the FlyKnits were made to perform first, I am 100% certain of that. If Nike simply wanted to make a casual pair, I am sure they can make it look like FlyKnits w/o all the new tech and make it look like there is no difference at all.
Also, if the FlyKnit can't perform or stand up to the abuse of using it for running or training, then Nike has failed miserably with the shoe.