After months of teasers, the Nike Air VaporMax 2021 sneakers are finally here.
The follow-up to the Swoosh’s sustainable Air VaporMax 2020 trainers officially comes in five colourways, ranging from a sleek, all-black pair, to everyday styles in grey with accents of neon orange (“Bright Mango”) or green (“Light Liquid Lime”). The highlight is no doubt the pair in “Armory Blue”, which boasts a neutral, monochromatic design that emphasises the texture of the sock-like Flyknit uppers.
The environmentally-friendly sneakers are also big on branding: you’ll spot large Swooshes on the sides of each pair, often outlined in a contrasting colour. Nike’s Sportswear Sunburst graphic appear on the insoles, while the VaporMax label lines the tongue and heel’s pull tabs.
Construction-wise, the Nike Air VaporMax 2021 sneakers don’t vary much from last year’s releases. The first thing you’ll notice are the distinctive VaporMax air bubble cushioning units — one in the forefoot, another in the heel — that replace the heavy foam structure that other sneakers typically use.
The Nike Air VaporMax 2021 shoes get their green credentials through the outsoles, which are made of recycled rubber and feature recycled TPU clips. Overall, the build of Nike’s new sneakers includes at least 40 per cent recycled content by weight — a drop from the 50 per cent boasted by the 2020 edition that it unveiled for the Tokyo Olympics.
The sportswear giant has also traded its FlyEase laceless technology, which allows athletes of all ability to slip the shoes on effortlessly, for the standard lacing system.
Nonetheless, the Nike Air VaporMax 2021 is sure to remain one of the most coveted sneaker releases of June. The bubble-cushioned style, which first launched in 2017, established its must-have status through Nike’s collaborations with Comme des Garçons and Off-White designer Virgil Abloh over the last few years. It even became the official shoes for Team USA at the 2020 Olympics.
You can get your hands on the Nike Air VaporMax 2021 sneakers in men’s, women’s and kid’s sizes at Nike.com, or shop some of them through the links below.
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