Just when you thought they couldn’t put any more Air in a shoe, 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 with no need for a foam midsole above. First unveiled during Nike Innovation Summit in 2016, 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 is also a representation of one of Nike’s other most modern technologies: Flyknit.

The woven Flyknit upper built for lightweight, dynamic support and breathability sits atop the completely Air-filled sole to not only add a stylish look, but to also ensure that there’s a high level of functionality.

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.

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