The latest of the Max inventions, The Nike Air Vapormax is the creation of many efforts. 15 soles were tried to get the feeling of walking on air perfected. The breakthrough was the ability to create an outsole that wove directly into the Air bag focusing on using less Air systematically.
Pressure maps for runners and athletes were used to find out exactly where the Air needed to land in this performance shoe. Nike designers used a tread pattern that works in unison while you move. The flyknit upper allowed for a light and foot molding sneaker. It took 7 years for the team to get it right and deliver what we know now as a re-invented cushioning system for a lightweight ride.