Facts

Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Price
$190
Weight
Men: 9oz
Women: 7.3oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 8mm
Women: 8mm

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 7.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Many purchasers loved the design of the Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit’s upper unit, stating that it looked cool.
  • The different colorways that are available for this shoe received positive feedback.
  • This shoe felt suitably lightweight for daily use, noted a number of runners.
  • Most of those who have tried this shoe wrote that the mid-sole was comfortable enough to carry their feet responsibly throughout various activities.
  • There were individuals who were able to use this shoe for gym exercises and other sports and they felt that it was efficient.
  • There were comments about the VaporMax Flyknit’s underfoot feel, which was apparently as soft as running on clouds.

8 reasons not to buy

  • Some consumers thought that the Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit is half-a-size smaller than what they were used to.
  • The shoe felt a bit narrow for a few testers.
  • There were people who didn’t like the look of the Air cushioning system, which covers the entire heel-to-toe area of the sole unit.
  • While moving around with this shoe, there were runners claimed to hear some annoying squeaky noises from the mid-sole.
  • The Flyknit upper apparently caused some pressure as it encompassed the feet of some testers.
  • The price was observed to be expensive.
  • The mid-sole was not as soft or bouncy as some runners had expected.
  • A number of runners complained that the Air units in the mid-sole had burst after only a short amount of time.

Bottom line

The Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit generally received mixed reviews from consumers and testers. Many of them felt that this neutral road running shoe was inefficient in giving comfort and security to their feet. They also felt that it was an expensive product that didn’t provide the quality that they expected. But there were those who appreciated it for the features that it was able to give.


Rankings


Ratings

4 / 5 based on 144 ratings

5 star
49%
4 star
15%
3 star
6%
2 star
8%
1 star
8%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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82 / 100 based on 25 expert reviews

  • 83 / 100 by Soccer Reviews For You • Josh • Level 3 expert

    Overall, I'm impressed with the VaporMax. Much better than expected.

  • 78 / 100 by Nightwing2303 • Nightwing2303 • Level 3 expert

    I think that they are slightly overrated because people are saying it's the most comfortable shoe of all time.

  • 90 / 100 by Sole Collector • Brendan Dunne • Level 2 expert

    ..the VaporMax is a win from Nike in this writer’s opinion in that it’s a reminder of what the brand can do to push the look of footwear forward. And beyond aesthetics, it feels how one imagines Air Max should.

  • 88 / 100 by Mr. Stoltz • Mr. Stoltz • Level 2 expert

    I think that this is an excellent shoe.

  • 87 / 100 by Sean Go • Sean Go • Level 2 expert

    After about my 5th or 6th wear, this midfoot area really did stretchout and form well to my feet. So, i'd say that after that this became very comfortable.

  • 86 / 100 by Hes Kicks • Hes • Level 2 expert

    It ends up being comfortable after you wear them more and get used to that new style of sensation on your feet.

  • 85 / 100 by s2DoubleU • s2DoubleU • Level 2 expert

    But, would I weara these specifically for running, though? That's questionable as the cushion feels to springy and the lack of a more structural fit does feel like I can twist my ankle pretty easily, with the uneven air sole units as well.

  • 85 / 100 by Seth Fowler • Seth Fowler • Level 2 expert

    Overall, I've got to say, I think Nike's actually won me over with this shoe.

  • 90 / 100 by Honeydewforme • JTan • Level 1 expert

    I feel like this is a well executed shoe.

  • 89 / 100 by David Parkinson • David Parkinson • Level 1 expert

    Performance is what it's built for, running is what it is designed for, and it works very very well.

  • 88 / 100 by The Currian Lifestyle • Currian • Level 1 expert

    So, if you try it, I'm telling you, you won't be disappointed. Go ahead and get these.

  • 87 / 100 by The Brag Affair • Jonathan Kim • Level 1 expert

    They are the best of both worlds offering with the great aesthetics of the Flyknit upper with the bold exaggerated bottoms that are made to look like actual clouds.

  • 85 / 100 by Basketball Diagnostics • Daumantas Rimkus • Level 1 expert

    They are really unique – you need to have them.

  • 85 / 100 by Bdubu • Brandon • Level 1 expert

    Highly recommend these!

  • 82 / 100 by Raindamaskreviews • Raindamaskreviews • Level 1 expert

    If you are a runner, apparently, these are supposed to be the thing. From a fashion point of view, I think they are the thing as well.

  • 81 / 100 by Yahoo! Sports • Allen Kim • Level 1 expert

    The designers and engineers at Nike set out to create a shoe that was like walking on air, and while they didn’t completely hit that mark, they largely succeeded with the VaporMax.

  • 80 / 100 by BULL1TRC • BULL1TRC • Level 1 expert

    So all in all for the Vapormax, it's definitely a niche shoe if you're looking to wear it casually. Not for a runner or for the gym.

  • 80 / 100 by AG Z • AG Z • Level 1 expert

    If you are looking for a training shoe, training running shoe with maximum cushioning, this should be a good choice.

  • 78 / 100 by isaac • isaac • Level 1 expert

    I love the way Nike is going with the futuristic feel but I cant just buy spending $300 for a shoe like this with no midsole, no unique material.

  • 75 / 100 by Sole Brothers • Sammy Lee • Level 1 expert

    Definitely not one of my favorite shoes, but it's ok.

  • 75 / 100 by THESNEAKERADDICT • Delz • Level 1 expert

    After putting these on my feet, I feel like this was like a gimmick-y shoe that they put out.

  • 74 / 100 by Christian Krebs • Christian Krebs • Level 1 expert

    This will not be my shoe of choice when it comes to running.

  • 72 / 100 by Jt Smelik • Jt Smelik • Level 1 expert

    This shoe is so so overrated compared to what everyone wanted it to be.

  • 65 / 100 by Arjay • Arjay • Level 1 expert

    It's pretty basic, overall, but it is something really really cool.

  • 64 / 100 by Vision Project • Dickson • Level 1 expert

    It's not as squishy but it's really responsive.

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Updates to Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit

  • The Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit is a running shoe that’s meant for those who have a neutral gait. Its design is based on years of evolution from the brand. It has modern aesthetics, a sock-like design, and a bevy of colorways to sate the stylistic flair of consumers.
  • The upper unit makes use of a fabric that has the softness and consistency of woven cloth. It wraps around the foot like a sock, potentially accommodating the option to omit the wearing of actual socks. Lightweight and thin overlays cover the front and sides of the shoe, providing additional security and lockdown.
  • Air units fill the entire surface area of the sole unit, basically acting as the main cushioning system of the Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit. That is the main focus of the design: ensuring that the lightweight Air cushioning lugs are the exclusive source of cushioning since it’s a popular concept that has graced many Nike shoes for years. A dedicated midsole or sock liner isn’t included in this package.
  • Rubber pods on the outsole protect the Air unit from wear and tear. They also provide responsible traction for those fast movements on the asphalt.

Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit size and fit

The Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit has a standard running shoe length. The available widths for both the men and women’s versions is medium. It accommodates those who have medium sized feet. The semi-curved shape of this shoe follows the natural curve of the human foot.

Outsole

The outsole unit of the Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit makes use of rubber-pods, which protect the Air cushioning units. Majorly placed in areas that are sensitive to wear and tear, they basically shield the sole unit from the abrasive nature of the asphalt.

Spaces in between the Air units serve as flex grooves. They allow the platform to be more flexible and agreeable to the natural movement of the wearer’s foot, particularly when it comes to the toe-off phase of the gait cycle.

Midsole

The Air cushioning tech comprises a set of individual units that have compressed air inside of them. Placed throughout the entirety of the mid-sole, they ensure full-length cushioning that’s lightweight and responsive.

Upper

The upper unit of the Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit makes use of the Flyknit technology, which is a fabric that has the look and feel of woven cloth. It’s breathable, so it is able to accommodate the flow of air into the foot-chamber, resulting in a cool and dry environment for the foot.

A gartered collar is employed in this running shoe. It basically completes the feeling of wearing a sock. It also compliments the thin tongue.

A traditional lacing system is utilized in this model, but they’re connected to Flywires, which are flexible and non-invasive cables that help in securing the foot in accordance with the adjustments made to the shoelaces.

Thin overlays are fused directly to the front and sides of the upper. They provide structure to the relatively soft façade of the shoe, yet they also assist in holding the foot in place and preventing it from accidentally slipping off the shoe.