What Are Foamposites?


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Foamposites are a type of Nike basketball shoes constructed from a tough, lightweight synthetic material of the same name. These sneakers have shock-absorbing soles and ventilated uppers. All Foamposites are stitch-free, which reduces the risk of blisters.

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The shape and appearance of Nike Foamposites were inspired by beetles. By mimicking the insects' contours, Nike designers created a low-profile, aerodynamic shoe. The molded uppers are much stronger than those of other basketball shoes, which keeps them attached without stitches. The molding process involves pouring hot liquid foamposite into a mold surrounding the sole and waiting for it to cool and cure. Each shoe is molded individually.

Several Nike models contain foamposite, including the Air Foamposite Pro, Air Foamposite Pro Premium and the Air Hyperposite 2. Shoes in the Hyperposite line have single-piece, molded uppers and sweat-absorbing removable interior booties. They also offer advanced impact suppression. Foamposites and Hyperposites are available in men's and boys' sizes.

Nike also sells two styles of infant booties made with foamposite. The Nike Lil' Posite Pro features a foamposite upper covered with quilted leather. This style also has two convenient pull straps, which help caregivers put the shoes on and off quickly. The Nike Lil' Posite One has a flexible sole, leather upper and padded footbed.

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