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In sneaker culture, innovation is key to success and survival. Even the most well-known and beloved brands in this market have to continuously offer new and exciting ideas to keep their customers loyal and invite new ones. One of the labels successful at such is American sportswear behemoth, Nike. Through the years, they’ve introduced the most daring and courageous of ideas into creating the perfect pair of sneakers. Their most recent of which, the Air VaporMax, exemplify that to a tee.
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Release date: March 26, 2017
Price when reviewed: $190
The Air VaporMax shoes, a continuation of the Nike’s Air line from 1987, is said to be the pinnacle of the model. The line was introduced back in 2016 but only went on sale for public purchase beginning on March 26, 2017. Today, the VaporMax has seen countless reiterations and variations—all continuing the legacy of Nike Air. Each pair costs around $190 but this may also vary depending on material and type.
Nike Air revolutionized sneaker culture by making use of air as a cushioning unit. 30 years later since it first debuted, Nike Air is said to have reached its pinnacle with the Air VaporMax sneakers. The new models make use of air in the totality of the cushioning unit, making for an extremely lightweight pair of sneakers. Such will enable any wearer to move a lot freer, especially during sports and any other athletic endeavors. Fashion-wise, customers will find no difficulty in purchasing a pair to their liking as the Air VaporMax shoes have been offered in several colorways and materializations despite its recent debut.
The uppers of this shoe are made out of primeknit material and make no use of any additional foam layer as an attachment. While this makes for a sleeker silhouette and more flexibility, it does put to question the pair’s overall durability. If not sewn or attached correctly, knit can be a rather fragile material when it comes to withstanding strenuous activities. It’s highly possible that wearers can go overboard, especially with how light the shoes are, and lead to irreparable damage.
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