By Rozalynn S. Frazier
Nike debuted its?Air Max sneaker in 1987, featuring a visible air-cushioning unit in the sole designed to absorb shock and-more importantly, some may say-look really freakin’ cool. Over the years, Nike has retooled and reimagined the innovative design, releasing dozens of versions of the now-iconic shoe that’s beloved?by sneakerheads and athletes alike. A variety of new Air Max shoes are now available on Nike.com, and?on March 25-one previous day?Air Max Day-Nike will release a running shoe known as the Air VaporMax. Ahead of its release, fitness editors much like me were?invited to log several miles in the shoe, which is about Many years within the making.?
This latest silhouette?features plush Air Max cushioning across the entire foot and Nike’s ultra-flexible Flyknit upper. The first thing I noticed when I put the shoes?on was how comfortable they believed. I took a few bounces inside them, and seemed to be astounded by their light-as-a-feather feel.?As I started my run, I was amazed by how bouncy they felt-it?was as if I’d lined up a?couple of trampolines and leapt in one to another. Another standout feature: check your grip. Surprisingly, those air bags?around the soles really grab the floor. On a snowy, icy, or perhaps rainy day, that might be an awesome feature.?
There’s one potential downside to this shoe: The price. At $190, the Air VaporMax is pretty expensive. But, you can be assured the shoe should last. During its initial testing phrase,?more than 350 runners?put 126,000 miles on these babies in a number of climates and across myriad surfaces. Basically, Nike attempted to kick this shoe’s butt. Kathy Gomez, v . p . of Nike Innovation, claims the first mile and 1,000th mile will feel exactly the same in the Air VaporMax. ?
The bottom line:?If you are a fan of Nike Air, are in the marketplace for a new set of kicks, and therefore are cool with a bit of a splurge, i quickly would?definitely consider these. They’re light, bouncy, and flexible-and they’ve 3 decades of design innovation in it. Sounds like a success to us!