Comme des Garçons debut the Air VaporMax for Spring 17
- Nike x Comme des Garçons
- Black Textured Flyknit Upper
- Black Polyurethane Rubber Panels with CDG Branding
- Black Polyurethane Rubber Heel Counter & Mudguard Reinforcement
- VaporMax Midsole Unit in Black (TPU)
Refining what has just been refined. The newest Nike Air model and the pinnacle of cushioning innovation, the NikeLab x Comme des Garçons Air VaporMax takes the Flyknit woven upper and removes its laces. The black version replaces the lace eyelets with polyurethane rubber panels finished in black, with Comme des Garçons engraved into the rubber. The rear quarter panel and heel counter are reinforced with polyurethane, an idiosyncrasy relative to its white counterpart. The Swoosh is charcoal, and the Air midsole unit is translucent sheen-coated black.
Silhouette Explored — History
The Air VaporMax represents Nike's 30-year legacy to Air-cushioning technology. For now, Nike have reached the apex of sporting innovation - considered a convergence of technical performance innovation and modern-style. Previous air units required multiple segments fused together, Air Vapormax is a holistic structure that requires no external components to maintain its form. The Air VaporMax was introduced in 2017, led by Kathy Gomez, the VP of Underfoot Cushioning Innovation. It is considered the lightest silhouette to date through its use of a combination Flyknit-Flywire upper and the holistic VaporMax air unit, which is built to provide wearers with the ideal that they are walking on a cloud. The removal of the foam unit in the midsole, greatly reduces weight and waste, whilst the increase in Air enables the wearer to generate heightened levels of energy response. The mechanisms behind thr VaporMax mimicking that of a piston and how they transfer force by compressing and releasing fluid. The VaporMax also incorporates a footbridge in the midsection of the sole in order to improve stability and reduce pronation when running (or moving).