It took a polar vortex, Sochi, and probably the Illuminati for Nike to finally recognize potential greatness and drop its rendition of a winterized Flyknit boot. The Nike Flyknit Trainer Chukka FSB is going to be the medal stand shoe for Sochi and all signs point to fuck yeah. Since the first release of the Flyknit Chukkas early last year we’ve been waiting for a more rugged version and the effort put into the shoe hasn’t disappointed.
From the jump, the things that stand out most about the kicks are the upgrades to suit shitty winter weather. The standard Chukkas only had rubber covering about half the sole, whereas the FSBs have rubber covering the majority of the bottom as well as the toe bumpers. A closer look at the heel and toe cap reveal a sort of dipped matte material which should add more durability.
Another difference with the FSBs are the flex grooves on the middle of the shoe for more flexibility. We might be reaching, but we’re going to assume that FSB stands for Field Snow Boot. We’re also going to assume that the entire Flyknit upper has received some backup with fleece lining or something similar. Because no one wants to lose toes to frostbite while sporting a dope pair of shoes.
We were fans of the design idea behind the Dunk OMS, and it seems now that Nike upped the ante by providing a rugged Free outsole to its Flyknit line. Daps and a round of drinks to the designer behind the Nike Flyknit Trainer Chukka FSB. Finding a balance between comfort and style in a winter shoe is hard to accomplish, but it’s pretty well done in this instance.
The Nike Flyknit Trainer Chukka FSB releases in early February before the Sochi 2014 Olympics.
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