These Illustrations Show How a Nike VaporMax Air Unit Is Made

Made of 75 percent recycled materials.

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You’re likely familiar with the Nike Air VaporMax sneaker, which made its debut as part of 2017’s Air Max Day, but you probably haven’t considered how the shoe’s signature sole is made. The unique sole is designed not only for comfort and functionality, but also for sustainability. Each sole is made of 75 percent recycled material at Nike’s plants in Oregon and St. Louis with a 10-step system.

The VaporMax soles begin as two sheets of thermoplastic polyurethane, which are then heated and molded into the signature Air Max sole. The soles are subsequently inflated with pressurized nitrogen and inspected for consistency. In keeping with the goal of a sustainable sneaker, Nike then reuses 90 percent of the excess scrap accumulated in the process.

Check out the illustrations above to see how the sneaker gets its sole. If your kids are interested in the sneaker design process, consider picking them up this connect-the-dots coloring book.

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