Style Code: 526628-101
Release date: December 18th, 2015
The black and white silhouette design of the Flyknit Racer “Orca” was so popular that the colourway was released twice. The only change between the first release and the second release was the colour of the tongue was changed from white to black.
In 2015 this colourway was released for a third time but in this instance Nike added a subtle change to add some bright flare to the shoe. The upper portion of the shoe is still black/white but the Flywire that threads through the shoe are the famous Volt colour that was used on the first ever Flyknit Racer release.
The midsole and uppersole are the standard black/white that Nike has used for many of these releases but it has proven to be a successful design formula for fans of the shoes.
This colourway was quite hyped upon release and sold out across Europe. Due to the fact that this was a general release and large quantities of the shoe were made you will not find it difficult to pick these up for a reasonable price or even for retail price. This is a very clean colourway and will almost certainly make up for anyone who was not fortunate enough to purchase either of the first two Orca releases.
Colourway: university red/white-black
Style Code: 526628-610
Release date: 1st May, 2013
This University Red Flyknit Racer was released the same year as the “Volt” and “Team Orange” racers. Those three colourways are regarded as the ‘OG’ colourways for this sneaker line and as mentioned in previous blogs they are becoming increasingly difficult to acquire in deadstock condition.
The design of this colourway with the half colour/half black silhouette makes them one of my favourite sneakers to date. The shoe has a University Red upper on the outside of the shoe and a black upper on the inside. Red Flywire runs through the material holding the shape of the shoe together. A white swoosh is the centerpiece on both the inside and outside of the shoe, this is a great contrast to the colours of the Flyknit material.
My personal experience with trying to find this colourway was quite exhausting. When I found a deadstock condition pair online, the price was always far above my budget. The reason these shoes are so expensive is due to the fact that they are one of the original Flyknit Racer releases and this colourway is especially versatile.
If you find these sneakers deadstock for less than €250 then I highly recommend that you buy them as soon as you find them. It is very rare that they will appear for a reasonable price. Most sellers are willing to reduce the price for a fast sale so don’t be afraid to barter.
Average Deadstock Price: €250-400
Average Used Price: €200-220
Style Code: 526628-721
Release date: 27th July, 2012
This colourway is very special when it comes to the marketing and history of the flyknit shoes. The “Volt” was the first ever Flyknit Racer shoe produced and it was marketed to the public during the 2012 Olympics.
Nike gave the racers and other types of volt shoes to 400 athletes who wore the very bright shoes during their various athletic events. Out of the 400 athletes that wore the shoes, 68 of them won medals. Mo Farah of Great Britain won Gold in both the 5,000 and 10,000 metre running events while wearing a pair of volt shoes.
The colours used in the shoe are certainly eye catching and sold out very fast when released to the public. A colourway similar to the Volt’s has not been seen since. Nike has decided to use Volt Flywire and midsole in some of its recent releases but no other Flyknit Racer shoe has a Volt coloured upper made from Flyknit material.
These sneakers are very hard to find in deadstock condition. I picked up mine a year ago for a very good price but they are becoming more expensive due to the fact that there are less pairs in circulation.
If you want to own a part of Nike history with the first every Flyknit Racer colourway released then I highly recommend you keep an eye out for a pair of these.
Average Deadstock Price: €330
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Colourway: SQUADRON BLUE / PURE PLATINUM - OBSIDIAN - WHITE
Style Code: 554969-400
Release date: 1st February, 2014
I kicked off the Flyknit Chukka Blog series with the original Wolf Grey colourway that released in June 2013. Unfortunately I missed out on the very limited HTM Flyknit Chukka release of 2013 also so I decided that the next best option was to track down these Squadron Blue Chukka’s.
In my opinion, these sneakers look very similar to the HTM model and were far easier to get my hands on.
The subtle blend of Squadron Blue and Obsidian provides the overall flyknit upper with a both dark and light blue material. Pure Platinum and Wolf Grey colours combine to run a white/silver tone through the blue thus creating a stark contrast that has proved highly popular amongst sneakerheads.
The shoe features a white swoosh that matches the colour of the midsole. Unlike previous Flyknit Chukka releases, this colourway features a speckled sole with touches of Squadron blue speckles spread across the entire midsole.
This colourway sold out very fast across Europe and Worldwide and it is very difficult to find a new pair for sale. At the time of writing this blog there were few pairs available for sale on Ebay or Klekt. If you do manage to see them for a reasonable price I advise that you buy them before someone else seizes the opportunity.
Colourway: Team Orange/Black-Laser Orange-Volt
Style Code: 526628-808
Release date: 1st October 2013
The “Team Orange” Flyknit Racer is also commonly nicknamed the “Cheetos” racer. Its’ bright orange colour is similar to the popular American cheese flavoured snacks that share the name “Cheetos”.
The upper flyknit material consists of team orange and laser orange blending across each other. The jet-black swoosh provides a stark contrast to the bright orange colours that makes the shoe pop. This colourway was one of the first flyknit racer sneakers to have a full all round colour instead of a half colour/half black silhouette design.
If you are looking to purchase this colourway then you can expect to pay quite a bit more than their original retail price. During 2015 it was quite difficult to pick up a pair of these for a reasonable price, my advice is to wait and see if a pair pops up on eBay or Klekt. Very few pairs come up for sale below €250 so be sure to pounce if the opportunity arises to snag a pair below the average deadstock market price.
Colourway: Fuchsia Glow/Black/Vapor Green/Polarized Blue
Release date: July 2015
This Flyknit Lunar colourway is exclusive to the Nike womens collection. The fuchsia glow colour is dominant throughout the upper flyknit material of the sneaker and polarized blue flywire runs through and forms the lace eyelets that run either side of the black tongue.
This is the third time that Nike has used the combination of Flyknit material and the Lunarlon sole as seen in the ‘Flyknit Chukka’ original releases. This colourway uses a unique two-tone sole. The upper portion of the sole is a graphite black speckled with the fuchsia glow that is seen on the flyknit upper as previously mentioned.
The underbelly of the sole has a pressure map that indicates the different pressure the wearer's feet come under while moving around.
The Flyknit Lunar sneaker range provides a snug, true to size fit. The Lunarlon heel gives the wearer a large amount of support, which makes the shoes ideal for the gym, or cardio related exercises. This colourway is now scarcely seen online to buy so act fast if you see it for a reasonable price.
Average Deadstock Price: €210-250
Colourway: Dark Grey/Black-Blue Glow-Pink Flash
Release date: 28th June 2013
This colourway is the most sought after flyknit racer ever produced. There was an exclusive release at Nike Stadium Milano on April 12th 2013, followed by 1948 London on April 13th. The sneaker was then given a general release in the summer of 2013 and the hype for these shoes has grown ever since. Sneakerheads that are looking to buy a pair of these racers will now have to pay over double the original retail price for them.
No two pairs of this colourway are the same due to the fact that each side is weaved using a combination of random colours. The black tongue and laces provide a nice contrast to the bright flyknit upper.
The flyknit racer multicolor was such a large success that a slightly different variation of the shoe was released in September 2015 named the multicolor 2.0. To the majority of people, the original colourway will always remain the ‘holy grail’ of racers.
Average Deadstock Price: €365
Average Used Price: €300
Release date: June 22nd, 2013
The Flyknit Chukka was released to the public in 2013. It’s a sneaker that was designed with both performance and comfort in mind. Nike used a Lunarlon midsole that gives the wearer a smooth but light feeling when wearing the shoe.
This is one of my favourite colourways that was released for this sneaker type. It features a dark/light grey flyknit upper combined with a blood red swoosh. The flywire that runs through the flyknit material matches the colour of the swoosh and the red lace locks can be seen below.
The shape of this shoe wraps around the wearers feet and ankles acting almost like a lightweight version of the combat boot. The Chukkas may not be suitable for hiking or any outdoor activities but they are ideal for leisurewear. They are a design that is timeless and the Chukka has become a wardrobe staple for any sneakerhead.
Average Deadstock Price: €220-250
Average Used Price: €180
Release Date: September 28th, 2013
The Nike Flyknit Racer uses Flyknit technology to give the sneaker a lightweight but supportive feel to its wearer. This colourway was released in 2013 and has been popular since it became available to the public.
The sneaker runs with a Dark Obsidian colour on the inner side while the Chlorine Blue wraps around the outer side of the shoe. The shoe is still available to buy from resellers online but at a higher cost than the orginal retail price as seen below.
Average Deadstock Price: €230
Average Used Price: €155