Just when you thought you saw it all, the Nike VaporMax reminds us that innovation in Beaverton, Oregon knows no boundaries.
The Nike Air VaporMax is the first-ever shoe to feature a full-length 360° air unit. First unveiled during 2016’s Nike Innovation Summit, this model’s DNA traces back to the proverbial sneaker godfather Tinker Hatfield, who introduced the visual air unit on the Air Max 1 back in 1987.
The Swoosh brand continued to develop the Nike Air technology, integrating many of the greatest releases ever with the visible cushioning. The sole unit is sectioned off to cater to specific areas of the wearer’s foot. The magic doesn’t end with a jaw-dropping sole, as the Air VaporMax also happens to be a mosaic of the technology Nike has introduced since Hatfield’s aforementioned creation; the shoe is also the answer to an era defined by textured woven uppers – crafted for comfort and breathability – and soles built to return the energy exerted by runners.
To satisfy the former, we see a Flyknit upper sit atop of the complete air-filled sole to not only add a stylish look, but to also ensure that there’s a high level of functionality. Overlay Swooshes and Dynamic Flywire are details that make the Air VaporMax aesthetically different from any shoe on the market.
The month-long Air Max Day 2017 celebration was the perfect occasion for a grand revealing of the Nike VaporMax. It took very little time for other brands to acknowledge that we were witnessing the future of footwear. And during that same time, Nike delivered a “Triple Black” version created in collaboration with Japanese fashion label COMME des GARÇONS that featured a slip-on upper instead of traditional laces. The Air VaporMax will surely take on new forms in the future, and your best bet to track its progression is right here.