Released in 2017 after a seven-year journey from ideation, the Nike Air Vapormax
has become a solid staple in Nike's portfolio of classic sneaker silhouettes. Easy to style for any occasion, the Nike Air VaporMax is an innovative sneak that doesn't compromise on aesthetics.
Behind the final design is seven years of research into how to use Air and incorporate it into a sole. Designers, Tom Minami and Zachary Elder wanted to create a sneak that focused using as little Air as possible by using it wisely to support the stride of a runner.
Taking Nike's legendary cushioning technology that started in 1987 with the Air Max 1
and focusing on pressure maps of the foot Elder and Minami were able to create a tread pattern containing Air in the most important places.
Moving away from the traditional trainer build of a midsole and outsole, the VaporMax has one single unit featuring connected pockets of Air. The Air is less pressurised than earlier Air sneaks making the VaporMax more lightweight.
As the Air moves through the single unit the pressure points underneath the foot change giving the effect of a piston. With every step being pushed into the Air unit releasing giving you a springy bounce with every stride.
For the visual design, Minami wanted the sneak to look as though the wearer was walking on air, resulting in the translucent Air sole to give the appearance of floating.
To keep up the lightweight approach, a fly knit upper sits above the translucent sole making this sneak ideal for running or leisure.
Here at Footasylum, we stock the hottest collection of VaporMax, including the VaporMax Plus.
A celebration of both VaporMax and Air Max Plus, the VaporMax Plus takes the wavy Air Max Plus upper and combines it with the futuristic sole of VaporMax to create an unrivalled sneak for the streets.
With a whale-inspired arch in the midsole, and a neoprene upper with debossed details and classic Swoosh the Nike VaporMax Plus is a must-have sneak for anyone who wants to look fresh without compromising on comfort.
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