Taking inspiration from a colourway first seen on the LeBron 9 basketball sneaker, Nike continues its series of outlandish animal-inspired Air VaporMax designs with the VaporMax ‘Safari’.
Distancing itself 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.
Arriving in a black, white and orange ‘Safari’ colourway, this iteration of the VaporMax retains all key features of the ground-breaking original. The sock-like Flyknit upper is decorated primarily in a contrasting palette, with black, white and silver featuring throughout. Even when the switch is flipped, the stand-out style remains, with reflective 3M detailing ensuring you remain visible at all times.
Signing things off, the lightweight trainer plays host to the VaporMax’s instantly recognisable Air bubble sole unit. This time the cushioning midsole is painted in a daring fresh orange design, setting you apart from the rest whilst still providing that wonderfully buoyant sensation underfoot.
Keep an eye out for the Nike Air VaporMax ‘Safari’ arriving via the size? Previews App and in size? stores on Friday 23rd November, priced at £170.