When the Nike Tailwind first debuted the Air tech in its sole, the brand knew it had something big on its hands — er, feet. Intended for the runner to use less energy and feel a softer landing, thanks to the tiny air pockets he was landing on, the cushioning was eventually highlighted in Nike’s Air Max 1 a decade later, leading into a wave in the ‘90s that saw icon after icon, informing much of the design language we still see today. Since then, you could always view the little air pockets through a small window on the sole, but with Nike’s latest Air VaporMax 2023 Flyknit, the cushioning is on full display.
Nearly the entire bottom portion of the new Air VaporMax, including the outsole underneath, is transparent so you and those around you can see the magic of Air cushioning at work. And if you remove the perforated sockliner, you can see even more. Weighing less than any other Air unit that’s ever been made, the new sneakers also feature a stretchy Flyknit upper, which is not only breathable, supportive, and visually attractive but is now made with at least 20% recycled material by weight. Reducing hot spots when most active, the seamless collar sculpts the ankle and provides you with the security you need when working out or simply enduring your urban commute.
Available in black, white/platinum, and blue/yellow, the Air VaporMax 2023 features the first single-piece Air unit to span the entire length of the shoe, giving you smoother transitions, even better cushioning, and an amazing aesthetic on your feet that people won’t stop complimenting you on.
To add a striking and versatile pair of sneakers to your everyday wardrobe, head over to Nike’s website to purchase your own Air VaporMax 2023 Flyknit for $210.