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Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit Shoe

In 2017, Nike debuted its lightest, most flexible Air Max ever: the Nike Vapormax.

The philosophy behind Vapormax shoes is about optimization over maximization. Where previous Air Max shoes filled the sole with as much air as possible, the VaporMax focuses on using air more efficiently. Instead of integrating additional air to the sole, the Vapormax utilizes more extreme Air geometries to completely replace the midsole and outsole and strategically place cushioning only where you need it the most.

Previously, Air Max shoes needed secondary mid-layers in the sole for protection and durability. With the Vapormax, Nike designers were able to use new innovative techniques to incorporate the exterior layer and Air into one holistic Air unit.

Nike VaporMax on Feet

By eliminating the bulk and weight of foam layers, this new midsole allows for more air directly under foot providing greater flexibility and spring. When you step on it, the air bag compresses like a trampoline, pistoning and ramping up the pressure. As you step off, the pressure releases creating a springy bounce that supports a runner’s stride.

The upper on Nike VaporMax shoes features Nike’s lightweight Flyknit material. Besides providing lightweight support, its placement directly on the VaporMax air unit creates a pillow-like sensation with greater energy response. The elimination of foam layers and the optimization of the Air Max unit enables this shoe to deliver the lightest, most flexible Air Max running shoe yet.

Looking back from the Air Max styles from 1987 to 2018, the progress from a tiny window of visible air to a full visible air system is almost like a complete system of AIR from Nike. By removing the foam layers in between and directly placing your foot on air, Nike has truly delivered on their promise of actually running on Air setting a whole new definition for “walking on clouds”.

Nike Air VaporMax Plus

The Vapormax Plus originally released in January 2018 as a hybrid sneaker that combines the Nike Air Max Plus upper with a Nike Vapormax cushioning unit. With its striking aesthetic, the Air Max Plus release in 1998 drew a fan base of its own. By marrying the wavy Air Max Plus upper with the futuristic VaporMax outsole, the silhouette continues to stay relevant in the market with a nostalgic touch.

The VaporMax Plus is reviewed to have a better lockdown fit than its predecessor due to the additional reinforcements on the upper. It combines the bold look of the Air Max Plus with the sleek, ultra-responsive VaporMax Air unit for ultimate style and comfort.

Nike VaporMax Flyknit Price

The Nike VaporMax Flyknit shoe retails at $190. Kids styles have a lower price point at $155. Certain VaporMax styles are available on sale making it an affordable option for the lightest Air Max shoe yet.

Nike Air VaporMax 2019

2019 will be the third year since Nike’s best selling VaporMax silhouette hit the market. Following the VaporMax 2.0, the newest iteration for this model will be the Nike VaporMax 2019 releasing on January 10, 2019. While it inherits the same shape as its predecessors, the VaporMax 2019 features new material such as a glittered full-length VaporMax sole with a TPE-infused upper and a new lacing system.

The Nike Air VaporMax 2019 'Black and Grey' colorway (Sku AR6631-004) will be available at KicksUSA on January 10, 2019 priced at $190.

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