Throughout their history, Nike has been partial to adding a bit of animal-inspired print to their releases, and this time the brand’s most innovative runner to date gets the Tiger print treatment. We’ll examine this shortly, but first, a look back at the pioneering technology that led to the birth of the model.
On March 26th, 1987, the world was introduced to one of Nike’s most innovative creations to date: The Air Max. A combination of Frank Rudy’s technical concept and Tinker Hatfield’s visionary approach to design, this meeting of minds would go on to revolutionise the idea of comfort within running shoes. Thirty years on – on Nike’s Air Max Day 2017, to honour the game-changing midsole that propelled the footwear design forward and place benchmark in how far the technology has come since it’s birth, Nike released another revolutionary into the world: the Nike Air VaporMax.
Distancing from its predecessors, the Air VaporMax was formed with the idea of using less air, more efficiently. With the aid of pressure maps on the foot, Nike designers identified the precise amount of Air needed to support a runner’s step. Building on that technology, the team formed a tread patterned outsole which performed like small pistons; with each of its lugs being pushed into the Air unit and releasing at step-off for that energy-responsive, springy bounce.
This season, Nike’s revolutionary running revolutionary evolves once again, this time receiving a safari-inspired update. Arriving in a tiger influenced colourway, this iteration of the VaporMax retains all key features of the ground-breaking original.
The sock-like Flyknit upper is decorated in a two-tone orange and black, with wavy tiger stripes adorning the pairs plastic heel and midfoot panels. Signing things off, the lightweight trainer plays host to the instantly recognisable Air bubble outsole for a wonderfully buoyant sensation underfoot.