Tiger Woods x Nike Prototype Comeback Shoe

For his return to competitive action, Tiger Woods has been working with NIKE Golf and Tobie Hatfield on a FREE-inspired prototype shoe which he will wear during this week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Yet to be named, the shoe features the sensibilities and performance enhancements of Nike’s FREE technology. The majority of the upper consists of a polyurethane coated stretch fabric, also seen within the construction of NIKE Basketball’s Hyperfuse 2011. Part of the heel is created from recycled NIKE Air Max units melted into thread and then woven together to create a strong, breathable textile material. The outsole is taken from NIKE Sportswear’s Special Field Boot designed for first-responders.

Originally developed in 2004 by a group led by Toby Hatfield, NIKE FREE is a ‘natural motion’ technology that is designed to mimic and conform to the natural motion of the foot, coupled with the protection and traction of a lightweight performance shoe. The FREE-inspired elements in Tiger’s prototype model allow greater movement for the front of the foot, increasing stability with mobility. 


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