Who should buy the Nike Air Vapormax Plus 

This bold and bodacious statement shoe is definitely a steal if:

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Who should NOT buy it

If you want an almost weightless but glove-like fitting shoe, drop this style and shift to the Vapormax Flyknit 3 or the Vapormax Flyknit 2021 FK

Nike Air VaporMax Plus dont buy it

Nothing short of a trendsetter

Many reviewers are pleased with the stylish look of the Nike Air VaporMax Plus. Its upper offers a good mix of old and new styles, mimicking the classic 1998 Air Max Plus. Everything on the upper sits on an innovative full-length VaporMax sole.

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Sturdy structure

According to those who have sported this repeatedly, the web-like synthetic overlays help splendidly hold its shape. 

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Comfy, stretchy fabric

The colorful neoprene fabric makes this ultra-hip Air Max brood a swagger and a lot more comfortable. It's stretchy enough and conforms to the foot's shape like a sock.

A fascinating kaleidoscope of colors 

The colorways range from neutral shades, bright-colored, to gradient-toned. Vapormax followers are fascinated by the vibrant choices that let them flash hip and cool outfits. Nike went playful with the sole by whipping it up with a kaleidoscope of colors. 

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It pops even in dark areas

Another borrowed design element from the Air Max Plus is the horizontal strips along the center of the shoe from the tip of the toe box up to the neoprene tongue. These streaks of 3M make the shoe reflective. 

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It gets flexible through frequent use

As described by reviewers, this game-changing Air sole sneaker requires minimal break-in.

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It fits just right

This shoe can accommodate different foot shapes. As expressed by vloggers in their on-feet videos, this shoe fits perfectly and encourages a natural gait.

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Not as breathable as expected 

Compared to the other VaporMax kicks, its neoprene cover feels warm.

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Bulkier than most Vapormaxes

This shoe is heavier than other iterations, including the original Air Max Plus

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How the Vapormax Plus came to be

Back in 1998, Nike designer Sean McDowell came up with a performance running shoe in addition to the Air Max line. Dubbed as the Nike Air Max Plus, its design was inspired by the Florida beaches, sunset, and palm trees. Compared to its predecessors in the Air Max line, it has bolder aesthetics with its brightly colored spray-faded upper enclosed by an external TPU skeleton, plastic toe cap, flat tube lacing, wedged shape, and the classic hexagonal “Tn” branding.

Backing up the Air Max Plus's captivating exterior is the Tuned Air technology in the sole. Nike Air is combined with pods "tuned" individually per section for the high-performance impact protection that the runners need. Because of this, the shoe also gained the name "Nike Air Max TN" or simply "Tn."

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The Nike Air Max Plus turned out to be an instant hit and eventually a cultural phenomenon. Although designed to run in, its immense influence in the fashion scene cannot be denied. For almost two decades since its launch, the silhouette has not shown any signs of slowing down sales. Hundreds of colorways have been released for the model, and even variations in construction and materials surfaced, like slip-on, leather editions, and Ultra versions.  

To commemorate Air Max Plus’s 20th anniversary, Nike released the Nike Air VaporMax Plus on January 25, 2018. This new and revolutionary silhouette combines the upper of the classic Max Plus with the new sole of one of Swoosh's most advanced Air Max shoes, the 2017 model Nike Air VaporMax.  

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Debuted in several colorways and a $190 price tag, the Nike Air VaporMax Plus features a light neoprene upper with the Air Max Plus's signature TPU overlays. It also has a reflective 3M detailing along the center from the toe up to the tongue, a heel pull tab, and a “Vm Air” branding on the heel as a nod to the Air Max Plus’s signature hexagonal “Tn” branding. This familiar façade sits atop a full-length Nike Air VaporMax sole for lightweight cushioning and aggressive traction.

Notable Nike Air VaporMax releases

The Nike Air VaporMax may be a newcomer in the sneaker industry, but it has been receiving countless colorways already since its launch in 2018. Here is a list of some of the most hyped and highly anticipated drops of the stylish low-top Swoosh shoe.

Nike Air VaporMax Plus Triple Black

The Air VaporMax Plus in Triple Black colorway is one for the books. It has its highly recognizable Air Max Plus upper and VaporMax outsole combo, all dressed in a crisp monochromatic black color scheme. The neoprene upper provides a comfortable and lockdown fit, while the TPU overlays (a design element borrowed from the Air Max Plus) secure the foot and give added support. A pop of the VM Air logo is on the heel in yellow/white. This black Nike Air VaporMax Plus was released exclusively in men’s sizing on January 25, 2018.

Nike Air VaporMax Plus Sunset

Also dropped on January 25, 2018, alongside the street-ready Triple Black colorway is the Nike Air VaporMax Plus Sunset. Nike followers are familiar with its color scheme as it was a nod to the OG Sunset colorway of the Air Max Plus back in the ‘90s. The neoprene upper exhibits a yellow-to-orange gradient (hence the name sunset) with black overlays giving the perfect contrast to the brightly-hued base. The Air Max Plus-inspired upper sits atop an equally recognizable translucent black VaporMax sole unit. 

Nike Air VaporMax Plus Triple White

The modernized hybrid Nike sneaker also comes in an all-white colorway through the Nike Air VaporMax Plus Triple White (White/ Pure Platinum) release. It made its debut on February 28, 2018. Street-ready and versatile, the low-top Swoosh flaunts a clean-looking façade, all thanks to its monochromatic white neoprene upper, including the laces and heel tab, white TPU overlays, and translucent white VaporMax sole unit.  

Nike Air VaporMax Plus Aluminum

Released on February 9, 2019, is the Nike Air VaporMax Plus in Aluminum (Black/Aluminum) colorway. The running-inspired sneaker displays an ombre-like, light grey to blue gradient neoprene upper finished off with solid black TPU overlays, laces, tongue branding, and a heel pull tab. The one-of-a-kind comfortable upper sits atop a blacked-out VaporMax sole unit.

Nike Air VaporMax Plus Midnight Navy Metallic Gold

The Nike Air VaporMax Plus in Midnight Navy Metallic Gold colorway is available in men's sizing for an initial retail price of $190. One of the first Air VaporMax Plus colorways dropped in 2019 (it was released officially on January 5, 2019). Unlike other favorite colorways of this hybrid kick, this one comes with a unique and more adventurous color scheme rather than a versatile, play-it-safe monochromatic hue.

The neoprene upper not only gives a sock-like snug fit, as its aesthetic is indeed street style-approved in a premium deep blue hue with a matching tonal TPU quarter panel reinforcements. Metallic gold accents are seen on the miniature Swoosh below the collar and midsole, while a University Red VaporMax sole unit and heel tab complete the shoe's stylish flair.  

Nike Air VaporMax Plus Rainbow

Though the Air VaporMax Plus started to appear in monochromatic colorway releases, it eventually surfaced in a slew of brightly hued and multi-colored gradient options later on. One of these (and an eye-catchy pair, to say the least) is the Nike Air VaporMax Plus Rainbow, a summer-ready rendition of this crowd’s favorite hybrid Swoosh. It was released on April 26, 2018, with White/ Neptune Green - Dynamic Yellow - Blue Nebula - Habanero Red as its official colorway.

The full-blown rainbow-themed VaporMax Plus shoe features a multi-colored gradient neoprene upper with hints of teal and blue on the heel that transitions to yellow on the midfoot, then vibrant habanero red toward the toe area. Sealing this off is a white midsole with a bit of yellow accent on the midfoot part and a translucent white or clear VaporMax sole unit. The TPU reinforcements on the upper match the sole, while the laces and heel tab comes in white.

Nike Air VaporMax Plus Grape

Another exciting release of 2018 is the Nike Air VaporMax Plus sneakers in the "Grape" colorway. It debuted on April 6 with a gradient theme that combines Fierce Purple, Aurora Green, White, and Black colors on the neoprene upper. Adding support and stability is a white exoskeleton, aka TPU quarter panel reinforcements, that works as eyestays. The laces are also in white, matching the clean-looking midsole. The heel area, including the loop tab, appears in a contrasting grey hue, while the clear VaporMax sole unit completes the look.  

Facts / Specs

Style: Retro, Sporty, Futuristic
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Nike Air Vapormax, Nike VaporMax, Nike Air, Nike Air Max Plus
Closure: Laces
Material: Rubber Sole, Neoprene
Technology: Air Cushion

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.