Nike Free Flyknit Chukka
The Nike Lunar Flyknit Chukka is proof that opposites attract. Only one year after Flyknit’s big debut at the 2012 London Olympics, the high-performance material was coerced into a lifestyle silhouette designed for anything but athletics. By all accounts, the Flyknit Chukka shouldn’t have been successful. Flyknit was ludicrously expensive when it launched, but at least the Racer and Trainer had Olympic-caliber pedigree to justify their price tag. A $170 mid-top built on a standard Lunarlon outsole, well, didn’t. Retro Jordan money for an unproven silhouette was hardly an easy sell. Until you gave it the right paintjob.