Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit 2.0

Walk on Air with the Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit 2.0. It’s Nike’s lightest Air Max yet and hands-down the pinnacle of Air Max technology, matched with an ultra-lightweight Flyknit upper for exceptional support and comfort.

When the original Nike Air Max debuted in 1987, it was the first shoe to showcase a large, visible Air-cushioning unit. In 1997, the Air Max 97 evolved the technology by placing an Air unit along the entire sole. Incremental steps followed, and now Air Max builds upon its nearly 30-year legacy with a leap: the Nike Air VaporMax, which pays off the full promise of Air — to provide lightweight, consistent cushioning that lasts.

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With the radically reinvented VaporMax Air cushioning unit, the Nike Air VaporMax not only defies convention, it delivers a sensation that seems to defy gravity.


Where previous Air Max models filled the sole with as much air as possible, the VaporMax focuses on using less air, more efficiently. Using pressure maps of the foot, the designers were able to pinpoint the exact amount of Air as well as Air placement needed to support a runner’s stride. Building on that technology, the team designed a tread pattern that behaves like small pistons. “As you step down, each lug gets pushed into the Air unit, ramping up the pressure”, cushioning innovation designer Elder explains. “As you step off, the pressure releases, creating that springy bounce.”

Nike VaporMax Behind the Design

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Footwear innovation designer Minami wanted the visual design to reflect the concept of running on air. “The translucent Air Sole is supposed to look almost like you’re floating”, he says. A Flyknit upper keeps the lightweight approach by replacing stitched or glued panels with woven, ultralight yarn.

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After the seven-year journey from ideation to release, Elder and Minami are excited for what’s to come. “I’m super proud of the product”, Elder says. “This is a whole new design territory that we have only begun tapping into, it’s an exciting turning point for Air Max.”

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