How To Get The Nike Flyknits Worn By Olympic Medalists

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From left to right: Ryan Murphy, Cody Miller, Michael Phelps, and Nathan Adrian.
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Four years ago, Nike debuted Flyknit technology at the 2012 London Olympics, introducing a new way of making sneakers that’s still fueling the brand’s performance sneaker offerings today. While the Flyknit Trainer “Volt” was the highlight of Nike’s presence, that model has since been discontinued, and Nike has moved on to a new shoe for its medalists to wear on the podium this year.

Nike Free RN Flyknit "Medal Stand" The volt green Nike Free RN Flyknit sneakers worn by Nike’s Olympic medalists at the 2016 Rio Olympics are now available. Courtesy of brand

For the 2016 Rio Olympics, Nike has given the Free RN Flyknit running sneaker a vibrant “Volt” touch, resulting in a colorway that has been turning just as many heads as the 2012 medal-stand shoes did.

Nike Free RN Flyknit "Medal Stand" The volt green Nike Free RN Flyknit sneakers worn by Nike’s Olympic medalists at the 2016 Rio Olympics are now available. Courtesy of brand

These performance runners are constructed with a breathable Flyknit upper that’s supported by concealed Flywire cables for a lockdown fit, and cushioning is provided by a flexible Free sole.

Nike Free RN Flyknit "Medal Stand" The volt green Nike Free RN Flyknit sneakers worn by Nike’s Olympic medalists at the 2016 Rio Olympics are now available. Courtesy of brand

Many of Nike’s Olympic sneakers have already sold out, but this “Medal Stand” colorway of the Free RN Flyknit is still available in a wide range of sizes from nike.com for $130.

Nike Free RN Flyknit "Medal Stand" The volt green Nike Free RN Flyknit sneakers worn by Nike’s Olympic medalists at the 2016 Rio Olympics are now available. Courtesy of brand
Nike Free RN Flyknit "Medal Stand" The volt green Nike Free RN Flyknit sneakers worn by Nike’s Olympic medalists at the 2016 Rio Olympics are now available. Courtesy of brand
Nike Free RN Flyknit "Medal Stand" The volt green Nike Free RN Flyknit sneakers worn by Nike’s Olympic medalists at the 2016 Rio Olympics are now available. Courtesy of brand