Seamless Design. Virgil Abloh reimagines the Air VaporMax
- Nike x Off-White™ c/o Virgil Abloh
- Flyknit & Flywire Upper
- TPU Outsole
- Stitch Detailing Around the Swoosh
- Red Zip-Tie
- Orange Tab Accents
- Text Branding on Medial Side
The 10: Air VaporMax. One of the 3 new silhouettes that Nike gave him access to (alongside the Flyknit Hyperdunk 2017 & ZoomFly), Virgil Abloh heralded the Air VaporMax as a perfect fusion between the upper and the Air sole unit - an achievement long overdue. Virgil applied his craft of 'cut and paste' (in his own words) to the VaporMax by merging classic Nike details such as a perforated tongue with the modern Flyknit body that has defined the VaporMax revolution. Virgil Abloh's version combines a black lightweight yarn Flyknit upper with Flywire threads providing additional support to the forefoot. The lower front area upper blends grey or charcoal black stitching into the remaining part of the upper, which produces a subtle gradient effect. The heel collar is made of synthetic textile and features "AIR" on the lateral side. The medial portion of the shoe features Off-White™ branding underneath a stitched white Swoosh. The silhouette is finished with Nike's newest cushioning unit, the fully foamless TPU Air VaporMax midsole in 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).