Ever since the Vapormax was introduced to the market around Air Max Day 2017, I have been intrigued by the silhouette. Although I never ended up buying a pair (you know, self inflicted rule of only buying something that is exclusive) until exactly a year later around Air Max Day 2018, I have shared somewhat of a love/hate relationship with the sneaker. It was the Vapormax made by Acronym in collab with Nike.
I only recently picked up my favourite (yup, I prefer it over the Off White too) Air Force 1 of all time, the Acronym Air Force 100.
A quick unboxing and on-feet video from my YouTube channel to “kick” things of.
Touted back in 2017, as the UltraBoost killer from Nike (that label eventually went to the Epic React), the silhouette was received with mixed feelings. I for one, thought the design was way too funky. That paper thin Flyknit upper coupled with an all through bulging air unit was certainly not a good look on a stocky body like mine. I need my sneakers to have some chunk in them, like I have said before. Nonetheless I still wanted to get a pair to try on for experience.
I picked up the Riccardo Tisci Air Max 97 Mid as my Air Max Day sneaker for 2017.
When the Acronym Vapormax was announced, I thought the colorway was outrageous. No way was I going to get one of them. But then they teased the other 2 color options and I thought to myself “If I must pick up an outrageous looking sneaker, why not pick up an outrageous colorway?!”
Pros – Lightweight and comfortable, easy to slip on and off.
Cons – They look like football cleats, silhouette better suited for lean people, makes a squeaky noise when walking on surfaces like hard wood floors or polished tiles.
Would I buy another pair? – Maybe, maybe not. I am not 100% convinced with the sneaker. Add to it the fact that they look better on skinny legs than on someone bulky. Also, I hate wearing pants, leave alone skinny jeans and I guess it is a better look with jeans that hug your legs. Which is why, better on lean men. But if something outstanding blows me away, like the black Off White Vapormax 2, I just might pull the trigger on them
Verdict: These kicks will perhaps see some wear time, if I sign up at a gym. I don’t think I would wear them for a run, but if I am doing some light weights at the gym (again, if and when I get to enrolling somewhere) I don’t mind flexing these. Alternatively, these could be my new airport sneakers. As for their UltraBoost killing abilities, we all know that did not happen. Perhaps more of an Alphabounce Killer you think?
Nike spent close to 7 years to develop the Vapormax. And if you think about it, 2017 was the first time an entirely new Air Max sneaker was introduced in the market (after all those retros) making it the lightest till date. Hoping the future holds more of the similar excitement.
About Odd Future:
Odd Future was a group of about 10 mid to late teen rappers/skaters that shot to fame in 2011. They go by OFWGKTA which stands for Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All. The leader of the group, is Tyler The Creator as you would know. Which also explains Golf Wang which is the title letter swap on Wolf Gang. If my memory serves me right, it was Tyler who brought Supreme to the forefront when he wore their 5-panel hat to the MTv awards and also box logo hoodies in his videos and public appearances.
Odd Future, in it’s collective also had Frank Ocean. And when they all found success in their breakaway careers, it is only obvious that the group ceased to exist. The brand though, the seven letters in Tyler’s words, lives on.
Sneakers – Acronym X Nike Sportswear Vapormax Moc 2
Shorts – Stone Island
Sunglasses – Off White X Warby Parker
Tee – Odd Future
Watch – Omega