Verdict from 2 experts and 5 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • Eye-catching: The Nike Air Vapormax EVO displays elements from previous Air Max models that reviewers find exciting and truly unique.
  • Cozy: Cruising through the streets all day is virtually pain-free with this model, thanks to this pair's comfortable fit. 
  • Airy: It is a lightweight sneaker despite its chunky profile.
  • High-quality: It is made with premium materials, similar to most Nike Air Vapormax sneakers available.
  • Collectible: Reviewers dig the one-off style of its box that says a lot as to what the shoe is all about.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Expensive: The Air Vapormax Evolution has an upscale price range.
  • Tad rigid:  Squatting may need a bit of effort as its sole is pretty inflexible, according to a video reviewer.

Bottom line

The Nike Air Vapormax EVO took ideas from various precious Air Max models that allow you to step out into the streets rooted in Nike's colorful history. It is perfect for any sneaker lover as it neatly combines comfort, style, and uniqueness in single footwear. An undeniably head-turning kick and homey footwear all wrapped into one. 

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Nike Air Vapormax EVO: The evolution of icons

Considered as the "tamed version" of the Nike Vapormax EVO NRG, the Air Vapormax EVO combines several heritage Air Max details from different generations to create an authentic, extraordinary concept. This sneaker puts together must-have pieces from iconic Air Max models - Air Max 90Air Max 93, Air Max 96, Tuned 99, Solas, Air Max 180, and Air Max Plus.

Some of its noteworthy features:

A mash-up of several Nike Air Max sneakers, this kick subtly tells you a piece of the brand's impressive history. Here are a few of its striking elements:

  • The brand uses synthetic leather on its upper to give a complete retro style. Found under is mesh layer that provides ventilation and contributes to the sneaker's lightness. 
  • Housing the upper is the full-length Air unit to provide bouncy cushioning and vintage style. Its grippy rubber pods, meanwhile, boost the overall traction.
  • Nike branding is seen on its removable insole, heel, and lateral and medial sides. Meanwhile, Nike combines details from different Air Maxes on its tongue, ranging from the 90s until the early 2000s. 
  • The brand's story-telling starts from its box that looks like ripped boxes from heritage Air Maxes fused to give a unique style. And to show its buyers a brief background about the Air Max models used as references, this sneaker's package comes with a booklet.


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