With a reinvented cushioning system, Andrew's Nike VaporMax Flyknit (Doernbecher Freestyle) Men's Shoe delivers a lightweight, bouncy ride for a gravity-defying sensation underfoot and Flyknit fabric for a snug, flawless feel.
Andrew Merydith doesn’t let cystic fibrosis stop him from running, riding BMX or playing football. His designs pay homage to his favorite BMX jersey with vibrant shades of green and purple. Andrew wanted to thank his family for their support throughout his journey and designed the outsole hashtag of his signature shoe, #ilovethefam, to show the just how important they are. Andrew wants to become a scientist to help treat and cure cystic fibrosis, but also enjoyed the Doernbecher design process so much that he hopes to design shoes when he gets older.
Doernbecher Freestyle Program
Doernbecher Children's Hospital has been helping heal children and families in the Oregon and Washington area since 1926. It's a national leader in research and education and offers a wide range of comprehensive pediatric care. The Doernbecher Freestyle program, a partnership between Nike and Doernbecher, allows a group of special patients who have triumphed over serious illnesses to design authentic Nike gear. This collection is sold on a limited-edition basis in select Nike stores and on Nike.com.
BEHIND THE DESIGNThe Air VaporMax represents a new era in Nike innovation. “It’s changed our whole philosophy on how we design for Air,” says Cushioning Innovation Designer Zachary Elder. With the VaporMax, the designers wanted to truly capture the feeling of ‘running on air.’ The designers started by restructuring the Air unit so they could attach it directly to the upper. “That was the biggest challenge,” says Tom Minami, Senior Footwear Designer – but it was worth it. “Without any midsole or sockliner, you get to feel the Air in a whole new way.” In previous Air Max models, the goal was to fill the sole with as much Air as possible, but the in VaporMax, the focus is on using the Air efficiently. “As you step down, each lug gets pushed into the Air unit, ramping up the pressure,” Elder explains. “As you step off, the pressure releases, creating that springy bounce.” After the seven-year journey from ideation to release, Elder and Minami are excited for what’s to come. “I’m super proud of the product," Elder says. “This new approach is going to be a huge turning point for Air – and for Nike.”