THE AIR OF THE FUTURE
The Nike Air VaporMax running shoe features a redesigned cushioning system and a revised upper. The mesh model is based on lightweight and responsive cushioning to defy the laws of gravity.
Air cushioning offers maximum impact protection, from heel to toe. The sculpted parts of the sole make the shoe incredibly supple and lightweight.
Designed to evacuate heat and let air through, the mesh upper helps keep your feet cool. Light and flexible, it offers optimal comfort from the beginning to the end.
Lightweight midfoot to heel coverings provide more support without bulk. The midfoot covers are made of synthetic leather with a polished texture to combine the style of a sneaker and the innovation of a high-performance shoe.
Ultra-soft collar wraps the ankle for comfort
Tip reinforcement providing more structure for a feeling of stability
Rubber reinforcements on the soleplate for added strength
Weight: 326 grams
ORIGIN OF THE DESIGN
The Air VaporMax opens a new era of Nike innovation. "It has completely transformed our design approach for Air technology," says Zachary Elder, a designer specializing in cushioning innovation. With VaporMax, designers really wanted to give athletes the impression of "running on air". They began by restructuring the Air unit to connect it directly to the upper. "It was the main challenge," said Tom Minami, senior shoe designer, but it was worth it. "With no midsole or sockliner, you'll rediscover the feel of Air cushioning. In previous Air Max models, the goal was to place as many Air units as possible in the outsole, but the VaporMax relies on more efficient use of the technology. "When you put your foot down, each lug goes into the Air unit, increasing the pressure," says Zachary Elder. "When you lift your foot, the pressure is released, creating even more dynamic cushioning." After working for seven years on this shoe, Zachary Elder and Tom Minami are eager to discover what the future holds for them. "I'm really proud of the product," says Zachary Elder. "This new approach represents a real turning point for Nike Air technology, and also for Nike. "
- Air VaporMax