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But the construction of the Nike Air VaporMax is stripped down, placing your foot the closest it has ever been to the brand’s Air bag, which significantly reduces the weight. And pairing the Air unit with a thin and stretchy Flyknit upper ensures the sneakers are light.The VaporMax weight is similar to neutral performance models I’ve put miles in from the favorite brands of devoted runners such as Brooks and Saucony.And the Air VaporMax cushioning rivals the best compounds on the market today. Yes, Air technology isn’t new, but having your foot so close to the air bag provides a far different on-foot experience. The ride of the VaporMax is smooth, and the lack of a traditional midsole and outsole gives the shoe a springier feel with each step.

For Air Max fans that wear the shoes for look versus performance, the VaporMax is eye-catching in person. Part of me was hesitant to run in them because it was pouring, and I didn’t hit them with protective spray first (the rain didn’t kill them; style disaster avoided).After wearing the Air VaporMax, I’d say this shoe is a win for Nike, and has what it takes to win over both the dedicated runner and the fashion-forward sneaker fan.Chance the Rapper cleaned up at the 59th Grammy Awards Sunday, taking home three awards out of seven nominations. As if the budding hip-hop star’s first career Grammy wins weren’t headline-worthy enough, Chance capped off the evening with a powerful performance of songs from “Coloring Book,” which won the best rap album honor.

Backed by a massive choir, Chance took to the Grammy stage with gospel artist Kirk Franklin, Francis and the Lights, and Tamela Mann for a medley that included the songs “How Great” and “All We Got.”