Seamless Design. Virgil Abloh reimagines the Air VaporMax
- Nike x Off-White™ c/o Virgil Abloh
- Black Flyknit & Flywire Upper
- Translucent TPU Outsole
- Stitch Detailing Around the Black Swoosh
- Black Suede Lace Guard
- Synthetic Textile Heel Counter
- Red Zip-Tie
- Orange Tab Accents
- Text Branding on Medial Side
The 10 RE-ISSUES: Air VaporMax. The first VaporMax re-issue is dressed in black. Virgil Abloh's version combines a black lightweight yarn Flyknit upper with Flywire threads providing additional support to the forefoot. The heel collar is made of synthetic textile and features "AIR" in white Helvetica on the lateral side. The medial portion of the show features Off-White™ branding underneath a stitched black Swoosh. The silhouette is finished with Nike's newest cushioning unit, a fully foamless translucent TPU Air VaporMax midsole. The lace guard is dyed black suede and comes complete with a red zip-tie locked in the laces.
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).