EXCELSIOR EXCLUSIVE: OFF-WHITE X NIKE AIR VAPORMAX

THE DARK SIDE OF RUNNING

The OFF WHITE x Nike partnership takes another leap forward this month with the latest iteration of the VaporMax – the uber-light running shoe created around Nike’s famous Air cushioning system. Aside from gorgeous styling, this limited-edition sneaker is notable for its exposed stitching and the word “AIR” stamped on the heel. It also boasts a black midfoot swoosh, a chunky tongue, the Flywire lacing system and a super-light Flyknit upper – the stretch technology designed to leave your foot feeling hugged and supported from toe to ankle. But let’s not forget the feature that makes this shoe truly unique – the superbly constructed, transparent VaporMax sole, that bouncy bubble of air that protects you from the impact of landing with every foot-strike on the pavement.

The creative spark behind the latest Nike Air is Virgil Abloh, American designer, DJ and founder of the high-end streetwear fashion label OFF-WHITE. Abloh – a master of understatement – has kept the sneaker’s colour scheme typically pared-down, with small pops of orange added as his only concession to colour.