Verdict from +100 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • Heaps of shoppers are drawn to its futuristic styling and fascinating colorways of the Nike Air Max Vapormax 2019.
  • This kind of Nike sneakers can easily match various casual outfits, according to a lot of wearers.
  • More than a handful of people share that they can wear them all day (standing and walking long periods) without feeling pain anywhere in the foot.
  • Its air bubbles feel so comfortable and bouncy on feet, according to various testers.
  • Some reviewers prefer this 2019 Nike Air Vapormax over the previous Vapormaxes, saying that this one feels upgraded, hence more superior in quality.
  • Several wearers observe that their feet breathe well inside the shoe’s woven, transparent upper.
  • It feels pleasant and light on the feet, which many users find perfect for their travels.
  • This Nike model is worthy of its slightly expensive price, according to most purchasers.

4 reasons not to buy

  • The air bubble feels thin and doesn’t have much support in the heel area, according to some users.      
  • Quite a few users feel awkward about the sneaker having no midsole that they had to add an extra insole to “fix” it.
  • Some customers have reported about bubbles (or pods) bursting after wearing the shoe for a month or two.
  • The shoe makes squishy sounds on hard floors, which a couple of wearers find annoying.

Bottom line

Nike unleashes the latest generation of its Vapormax sneakers, in Nike Air Vapormax 2019. The iconic heel-to-toe visible Air units and their level of comfort remain the same. But instead of a Flyknit upper, it now has a stretchy, lightweight, durable, and transparent shell, comprised of textile and synthetic materials.

Decked in a futuristic silhouette, laden in rich, vibrant colorways, the Vapormax 2019 looks to set trends and change the sneaker game, as it exudes that trendy high-performance look. 

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Good to know

The Nike Air Vapormax 2019 is available in both men’s and women’s sizes. Its upper is made of textile and synthetic material, which is stretchy and lightweight. It has a midfoot cage, designed to add support and stability to each stride, while the reinforced heel secures the back of the foot.

This model has a low profile, allowing the ankles to retain a full range of motion. It also uses a traditional lace-up closure to give the foot a custom, lockdown fit. Moreover, a loop in the middle of the tongue prevents tongue slippage.

The Nike Air VaporMax has vintage running shoe roots. Despite its futuristic appeal, its running heritage can be seen from its athletic-looking silhouette. This model easily pairs up with casual and sporty outfits, as well as athleisure, such as jeans, joggers, sweatpants, and the sort.

Its design alone is "visionary," but the colorways on which these new Vapormaxes come push it further ahead of its time. A couple of captivating color concepts are up for grabs, such as all black, navy blue/white/black, platinum tint/aurora/pink blast/black, black/hyper pink/scream green.

And some of which are experimental such as the “Throwback Future” drop (blue/black/purple) and the “Impossible Air” drop (white and metallic gold). Fans should take note of release dates of upcoming new colorways, for there are many. Moreover, this model has a custom colorway version, where customers can come up with their own colorways.

The Nike Air Vapormax 2019 is not only the latest in the Air Vapormax series but also the peak of the Nike Air design. Placing the cushioning and rubber pods on key specific areas, this model features the lightest and most flexible Vapormax cushioning to date.

Besides that, it sets itself out among its predecessors with its stretchy textile and synthetic upper, which is both durable and lightweight. The upper is also semi-translucent, giving it an experimental, futuristic, space-ish vibe.  

Though first introduced only in 2017, the Vapormax’s roots began in 1978, with the debut of the iconic Nike Tailwind. It was the first-ever Nike shoe to ever dare dream of walking—literally—on air. The idea or dream of capturing the feeling of “walking on air” was then set in motion. The Tailwind’s design and Frank Rudy’s cushioning system set the groundwork for Nike’s Air Technology.

The redesigning of the Tailwind bore fruit in 1987, with the debut of the Nike Air Max 1. The legendary Tinker Hatfield designed it. It contains the brand’s wildly innovative and intriguing Air technology. Having a transparent heel side air pocket, the Air Max 1 boasts a highly distinct silhouette that shook fans, sneakerheads, and athletes. Seeing the success, Nike banked on the air-filled midsole design and never stopped innovating it.

In 2017, thirty years from the first Air Max shoe, the Vapormax technology arrived. It was dubbed as the apex of the brand’s Air technology. The Vapormax sneakers feature a heel-to-toe, transparent, air-filled sole directly under the upper. It was said to be the closest to touch the experience of actually standing, walking, and running on air. The Nike Air Vapormax 2019 is the latest of the series, enriching the Vapormax catalog by bringing in a superbly futuristic style and colors.  

  • It features a pair of rounded laces with reinforced tips for the vintage styling and added durability.
  • The heel collar area has a loop to aid on-and-off wear.


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Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.