A Detailed Look into the Nike Air Vapormax

September 19, 2017

A Detailed Look into the Nike Air Vapormax

Nike has recently been lagging behind their key competitors, adidas, in new releases and innovation in technology. With the Air Max having its 30th birthday this year, we now see one of Nike's biggest innovations in air - the Air Vapormax. It has been a few years since Nike first introduced the full air bubble midsole, but they take the next step with the compartmentalisation of each air bubble. Similar to a free run in that each portion of the sole is individual, these provide increased flexibility for the wearer. 

Nike opened up its lab in Beaverton in the last year, showing where each of these bags are manufactured, inflated and tested. It is an amazing feat to see the technology advance in such a way since the original tailwinds and Air Max 1s over 30 years ago.

The question is what the future may hold for Air technology. With the reinvention of Air and of Flyknit - how far can Nike push this technology?

We love our Vapormax, and if you are like us and want a killer laceswap on yours, make sure you chuck some MEDIUM - 43 inch laceson them from our rope or flat lace collection.

 


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Sizing Chart

ROWS OF EYELETS

LACE LENGTH RECOMMENDED SNEAKERS
4 OR LESS

Small

(36 inch)

  • adidas Ultraboosts(through the cage)
  • adidas NMDs(both NMD_R1 and NMD_R2)
  • ASICS Gel Lyte III (untied)
  • Puma Tsugi Shinsei

Includes both rope laces and flat laces for Ultraboosts and NMDs

5 - 6

Small

(36 inch)

Untied

-------

Medium

(43 inch)

Tied

  • adidas Ultraboost (tied with OG length or stacking through primeknit)
  • adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V1 and V2(untied)
  • adidas Y3 Qasa High
  • adidas ZG Boost
  • adidas Pure Boost
  • Nike Flyknit Racer
  • Nike Flyknit Mariah Racer
  • Nike Air Vapormax
  • Nike Janoski and Janoski Max
  • Nike Air Max Zero
  • New Balance 997
  • New Balance 247
  • New Balance 1978
7 - 8

Medium

(43 inch)

Untied

-------

Large

(50 inch)

Tied

  • Nike Air Max 97
  • Nke Air Max 95
  • Nike Air Max 98
  • Nike Air Max Plus (Nike TN)
  • Nike Air Max 1 (Women)
  • Nike Air Max 90 (Women)
  • Nike Air Max LD-Zero
  • Nike Free Runs
  • ASICS Gel Saga
  • ASICS Gel Lyte V
  • ASICS Gel Respector
  • ASICS GT-2
  • ASICS Gel Kayano Trainer
  • adidas ZX Flux
  • adidas Tubular
  • adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V1 and V2
  • New Balance 996
  • New Balance 997
  • New Balance 998
  • New Balance 1500
  • Puma Blaze of Glory

The majority of running shoes will be in this range.

9 -10

Large

(50 inch)

  • Nike Air Presto (though fewer eyelets, these are widely laced)
  • Nike Air Max 1
  • Nike Air Max 90
  • Nike Air Force 1 Lows
  • Nike Dunk Lows
  • Any Nike Air Jordan from the Air Jordan III (untied)
  • adidas Stan Smith (inc Raf Simons)
  • Converse All Stars
  • adidas Superstar
  • adidas Ultraboost (stacking through the primeknit)
  • adidas Yeezy Boost 750
  • ASICS Gel Lyte V
  • Rick Owens Ramones Lows
11 +

X-Large

(63 inch)

  • Nike Air Jordan I
  • Nike Foamposites
  • Nike Dunk Highs
  • Nike Air Force 1 Highs
  • Rick Owens Ramone Highs (no wrap)
  • Any other Air Jordan where you want to tie
  • Most high-top basketball shoes (KDs, LeBrons, Currys, Kyries, Kobes).

 

Most Common Questions

Ultra Boost laces length?

We recommend Medium (43 Inch) laces for Ultraboosts, as this matches the stock lace length. However, for those looking for a smaller bow or to wear untied, Small (36 Inch) would be an ideal option. You can find both these lengths across our most popular styles in our Ultraboost collection

NMD laces length?

The adidas NMD is notorious for having laces which are way too long. We suggest our Small (36 Inch) laces for the best fit, which when threaded loosely will give you a nicely sized bow without all the dangle and mess of the stock laces. You can find NMD laces here in our NMD collection

Most popular Ultra Boost laces?

The best thing about ultraboosts is that they are versatile and look great with both rope laces, and flat laces. We suggest keeping to the lightweight, tech-vibe by using regular aglets. Our favourite laces for ultraboosts are the black/3M flat lacesin Medium (43 Inch).

 

This sizing chart is a guide only and is flexible depending on how you thread your laces. For those you enjoy tight threading, our recommended "untied" versions may be appropriate for tying. For those who enjoy particularly loose threading, a larger length may be more appropriate. It will also depend on the size of the shoe (for example some smaller Ultraboosts would be recommended as 36 inch, but larger ones as 45")

The best way to check a rough appropriate length is to measure the current laces in your shoes.