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Nike VaporMax
Nike Air VaporMax 2023 Flyknit DV1678-003
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax 2023 Flyknit
  • "Triple Black"
  • R4.453,15
Nike Air VaporMax 2023 Flyknit DV1678-002
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax 2023 Flyknit
  • "Pure Platinum"
  • R4.453,15
Nike Air VaporMax 2023 Flyknit DV1678-001
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax 2023 Flyknit
  • "Oreo"
  • R3.117,14
Nike Air VaporMax Plus 924453-100
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax Plus
  • "White & Pure Platinum"
  • R3.042,92
Nike Air VaporMax Plus 924453-004
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax Plus
  • "Triple Black"
  • R3.042,92
Nike Air VaporMax Moc Roam DZ7273-100
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax Moc Roam
  • "Light Stone"
Nike Air VaporMax Plus DZ4440-800
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax Plus
  • "Triple Orange"
Nike Air VaporMax 2023 Flyknit DV6840-101
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax 2023 Flyknit
  • "Oatmeal & Pearl Pink"
Nike Air VaporMax 2023 Flyknit DV6840-100
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax 2023 Flyknit
  • "Pure Platinum & Metallic Silver"
Nike Air VaporMax 2023 Flyknit DV6840-002
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax 2023 Flyknit
  • "Black & Sail"
Nike Air VaporMax 2023 Flyknit DV6840-001
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax 2023 Flyknit
  • "Black"
Nike Air VaporMax 2023 Flyknit DV1678-400
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax 2023 Flyknit
  • "Baltic Blue"
Nike Air VaporMax 2023 Flyknit DV1678-004
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax 2023 Flyknit
  • "Pure Platinum & Anthracite"
Nike Air VaporMax 2021 Flyknit DH4084-001
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax 2021 Flyknit
  • "Triple Black"
Nike Air VaporMax 2021 Flyknit DC9394-001
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax 2021 Flyknit
  • "Oreo"
Nike Air VaporMax Plus FZ3614-686
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax Plus
  • "Pink Foam"
Nike Air VaporMax 2019 AR6631-004
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax 2019
  • "Triple Black"
Nike Air VaporMax 2019 AR6631-001
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax 2019
  • "Throwback Future"
Nike Air VaporMax Run Utility AQ8810-009
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax Run Utility
  • "Throwback Future"
Nike Air VaporMax 95 AJ7292-001
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax 95
  • "Neon"
Nike Air VaporMax Plus DZ4403-400
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax Plus
  • "University Blue"
Nike Air VaporMax Plus DX1784-300
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax Plus
  • "Tennis Ball"
Nike Air VaporMax 2023 Flyknit DV1678-600
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax 2023 Flyknit
  • "Triple Red"
Nike Air VaporMax 2021 Flyknit SE DQ8963-100
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax 2021 Flyknit SE
  • "Frank Rudy"
Nike Air VaporMax 2021 Flyknit SE DN3074-001
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax 2021 Flyknit SE
  • "Dark Atomic Teal"
Nike Air VaporMax Plus DM8337-600
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax Plus
  • "Bubblegum"
Nike Air VaporMax Plus x Ken Griffey Jr. DJ5189-001
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax Plus x Ken Griffey Jr.
  • "Spider-Man Catch"
Nike Air VaporMax Plus DJ3023-600
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax Plus
  • "Fireberry"
Nike Air Vapormax 2021 Flyknit DH4090-001
  • Nike
  • Air Vapormax 2021 Flyknit
  • "Leopard"
Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit 3 DH1307-200
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax Flyknit 3
  • "Exeter Edition"
Nike Air VaporMax Plus DH0611-400
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax Plus
  • "Midnight Navy"
Nike Air VaporMax Plus DH0145-300
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax Plus
  • "City Special, Atlanta"
Nike Air VaporMax EVO NRG DD3054-001
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax EVO NRG
  • "Air Max Day Mashup"
Nike Air VaporMax EVO DC9992-001
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax EVO
  • "Hyper Grape"
Nike Air VaporMax 2021 Flyknit DC9454-101
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax 2021 Flyknit
  • "Oatmeal"
Nike Air VaporMax Plus DC1850-600
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax Plus
  • "Berry"
Nike Air VaporMax EVO SE DB0159-100
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax EVO SE
  • "First Use"
Nike Air VaporMax EVO CZ1924-100
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax EVO
  • "Infrared"
Nike Air VaporMax Plus CW7478-001
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax Plus
  • "Neon"
Nike Air VaporMax Plus CW7299-001
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax Plus
  • "Black & Metallic Gold"
Nike Air VaporMax Plus CW7014-100
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax Plus
  • "Easter"
Nike Air VaporMax Plus CW6973-600
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax Plus
  • "Triple Red"
Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit 3 CW5643-100
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax Flyknit 3
  • "One of One"
Nike Air VaporMax Plus CW5593-700
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax Plus
  • "Pastel"
Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit 3 CW5585-100
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax Flyknit 3
  • "USA"
Nike Air VaporMax Plus CU4863-600
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax Plus
  • "University Red & Black"
Nike Air VaporMax 360 CT5063-100
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax 360
  • "Bubble Pack"
Nike Air VaporMax EVO CT2868-003
  • Nike
  • Air VaporMax EVO
  • "Triple Black"

Air VaporMax

When Frank Rudy brought his Air technology to Nike in 1977, it began a process of development that wouldn’t reach its eventual conclusion until almost 40 years later. This evolution saw the groundbreaking innovation go from being hidden inside the midsole of Nike’s shoes, to being revealed through a small window on the Air Max 1, to completely replacing the foam in the midsole of the Air Max 360. As the years passed, Nike strived to place more and more Air under the wearer’s feet, until one day, the brand was finally able to provide the ultimate feeling of walking on air with the revolutionary Nike VaporMax.

Achieving the unconventional design of the VaporMax would take seven years of hard work as Nike returned to the original ethos of Air, emphasising optimisation ahead of maximisation. Being such a challenging assignment, Nike allocated two key members of its staff to work on it. The first was Cushioning Innovation Designer Zach Elder, who spent three years working on the cushioning system, before the second, Footwear Innovation Designer and innovation specialist Tom Minami, was brought in to create the upper and complete the design.

The VaporMax sole that Elder designed is entirely unique. It contains a series of TPU lugs that work like tiny pistons alongside air-filled rubber pockets located at high-stress points on the bottom of the shoe which were precisely chosen based on pressure maps of the foot. As the wearer’s step pushes down on the sole, the lugs squeeze upwards into the rubber pockets, which soak up the pressure, distributing it evenly across the sole. When the foot is lifted up off the ground, the pistons spring back so that all of the strain and tension collected in the airbags is released, giving a supremely comfortable bouncy feel to the step.

This remarkable system put the Air VaporMax in a class of its own, but it was far from easy to create. Consisting of more than 39,000 components, this complex sole was only perfected after 15 prior attempts to construct it had failed. By the time of its completion, it had been tested on a staggering 350 runners across 120 different trials on a range of terrains and in all weather conditions, making it one of the brand’s most tested running shoes.

All this effort would prove to be worth it as, seven years after the project had begun, Nike was presented with a shoe that was the culmination of its Air technology – a brand new system which fused the groundbreaking full-length visible Air sole directly to the upper, without any layers in between the two. This meant that the sole was made up of just one piece, rather than the usual combination of an outsole, cushioning and footbed. This direct attachment had required the shoe’s designers to completely change how they approached the construction of an Air Max shoe, leading them to develop new design and engineering processes. They focused less on maximising the amount of Air and more on making the whole design more efficient so that it was more flexible and could move more freely than previous models.

These technological achievements and the translucent, pillowy aesthetic of Elder’s Air sole were perfectly complemented by Minami’s elegant upper. It was made from Flyknit material with a naturally grooved appearance and included Nike’s innovative FlyWire lacing technology, which secured the foot in place. The ultralight thread was seamlessly connected to the Air Max sole with the use of essential materials only, making the shoe incredibly lightweight. This matched the streamlining process that had been established on the sole to give that all-important feeling of walking on air.

Just ahead of its full release, Nike gave its fans a teaser of its revolutionary new design in a collaboration with Commes des Garçons which debuted at the fashion label’s Paris catwalk show in October 2016. Featuring a pair of laceless colourways, one an elegant white, the other a sleek black, the event provided the perfect exposure for the Nike Air VaporMax’s official release for Air Max Day on March 26th, 2017. The launch models were two similar colourways. One was the Pure Platinum, a simple, chic version, while the other had the same base colour with bold University Red elements for a more vibrant look. Both were successful on release thanks to the design’s perfect balance of performance and style. Its substantial cushioning system made it popular amongst runners, while its futuristic look attracted fans from the fashion world as well. Its initial success was boosted by collaborations with brands like Off-White, and the VaporMax sole has since been combined with other classic Air Max lines, including the 95, the 97 and the Plus.

Many also admire the Nike VaporMax for its sustainable construction. During production, each VaporMax sole is put through its paces in a rigorous testing process that ensures each and every one comes out just right. Those which don’t make the grade are broken down before being repurposed into new soles, so everything is recycled. On top of this, each VaporMax is made using a high percentage of recycled materials. This peaked with the release of the Nike Air VaporMax 2020, which had an incredibly low environmental impact as 75% of each sneaker was made up of recycled elements left over from the manufacturing process.

The incredible work that went into producing the Nike VaporMax suggests that the brand always envisaged it as a truly modern sports luxe shoe. The design not only embodied its future-focused slogan – “Air to move you forward” – it also represented a pivotal moment in the history of the Air Max where the technology could finally offer its fans the opportunity to walk on a cloud of air. With three decades of history and seven years of development behind it, the VaporMax achieved the complete Air system, creating a whole new generation of Air for the sneaker enthusiasts of the future.

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