Nike is releasing a brand new edition of the Nike Pegasus, the Pegasus Turbo Next Nature. Focused on sustainability, this new launch marks a new threshold for the brand and gives more environmentally conscious runners an option of the brand’s leading running sneaker.
The Nike Pegasus sneaker model was added to the brand’s range of running shoes in 1983, with the aim of catering to every runner. The sneaker was designed to be half air, another of Nike’s sneaker models, representing movement, quickness, and the appeal of flying – tying into the flying half-horse the model is named after.
During its nearly 40 years in the market, the Pegasus has gone through multiple technological shifts and has contributed to the training practice of not only numerous everyday runners but also some of the most renowned names in distance running. Today, it sits atop Nike’s running line – along with a select few – as the brand’s all-time best-selling running shoe.
This new version of the Pegasus has a Flyknit upper for a more secure fit, which uses 100 percent recycled yarn, and is also made from at least 50 percent recycled material, by weight.
Based on data from testing groups, runners wanted an adaptable shoe, made responsibly, that had more foam underfoot. Now, with the Nike Pegasus Turbo Next Nature, the sport’s giant has delivered a midsole made with at least 55 percent recycled ZoomX foam.
The new trainer was developed with information gathered from previous developments of sustainably-focused shoes such as the Air Zoom AlphaFly Next Nature.
The Flyknit upper is dyed using a solution-dying process that saves up to 70 litres of water for every kilogram of yarn made.
Nike also used the insights gathered from its Nike Running app/program to create the new running sneaker. Back in 2018, the brand found that based on the Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4%, leaving out the carbon plate while keeping the Nike ZoomX foam in the midsole was a good practice for a daily running shoe. Later in 2021, the Air Zoom AlphaFly Next Nature established that it was possible to develop a performance shoe, and a best-selling one at that, from recycled materials. Giving a second life to the fibers that would otherwise end up in landfills, Nike used recycled ZoomX foam and Flyknit yarns to make a model that set a new record for the brand, achieving its first performance shoe that uses at least 50 percent recycled content by weight.
There isn’t a set release date for the Pegasus Turbo Next Nature which can point to a rolling release across the globe, so if you’re looking to get your hands on a pair keep on the lookout.