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    Nike Zoom Vomero 5

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    The popular running shoe that made a masterful comeback.

    Zoom Vomero 5

    In 2011, Nike released the fifth iteration of its Vomero running sneaker. Already renowned for providing comfort across many miles of training, the series continued this trend with the Zoom Vomero+ 5, giving it plush Zoom Air cushioning under both the forefoot and heel. Owners of the popular shoe could also make use of Nike+ tech to track their health data with each run. Though popular, the Vomero+ 5 soon made way for newer designs as it gradually left the shelves. However, as the brand moved on to subsequent versions of the Vomero – the line passed double digits some years ago now – the 5 model stayed in the hearts and minds of its fans, and just a few years later it was reintroduced in the form of the Nike Zoom Vomero 5.

    Only Nike’s most iconic designs have been brought back into circulation over the years, often due to a combination of appeals from passionate fans and the brand’s realisation that it has something special on its hands. For the Vomero 5, both of these were true, but it was ultimately the work of fashion designer Samuel Ross that gave the shoe the impetus it needed to make a successful comeback. After interning for legendary designer Virgil Abloh, Ross set up his own luxury menswear brand, A-Cold-Wall*, and it wasn’t long before his bold style began to have a profound impact on the fashion industry. By 2018, Nike had already completed one collaboration with the talented young designer, and now it was time for them to work on another sneaker together. This time, Ross chose the Nike Zoom Vomero 5 as he was captivated by the era of design from which it came. In an attempt to humanise the model, he removed some of the outer’s protective layers so that signs of wear and tear would be evident on its exterior over time. He also added a large brick-like structure to the heel, which gave the shoe an incredibly distinctive appearance. The whole design process took 18 months, and though its unconventional look split audiences, with some even cutting the heel block off entirely, it was still very popular. More models were created in partnership with A-Cold-Wall* in 2019 before a general release was boosted by the sight of Drake wearing his own pair during his Assassination Vacation Tour that same year.

    While it seemed like the Vomero 5 was well and truly back, especially with the release of the popular Electric Green and Bright Crimson colourways in 2019 and 2020 respectively, things were soon to go quiet again. This time, its hiatus was far more short-lived, and in 2022, another revival was sparked by the release of the Oatmeal and Cobblestone colourways. Both had the classic eclectic look of the original, with a range of materials creating dynamic patterns across the upper. Mesh textiles through the forefoot, ankle and tongue made the whole shoe extremely breathable, synthetic leather and suede gave it a premium feel, and plastic accents down the flanks lent it a futuristic but sporty appearance. A supportive TPU cage fashioned into a honeycomb pattern provided structure around the heel, while more TPU bands on the underneath supported the arch of the foot. For added sheen, 3M reflective highlights were dotted across the upper, and the insoles carried an homage to Nike’s co-founder Bill Bowerman via a print of the legendary shoe designer.

    As well as having an eye-catching aesthetic and robust build, the Vomero 5 also provided runners with supreme comfort due to a combination of Cushlon foam and Zoom Air. The former is a reliable and supportive EVA material that predates many of Nike’s other cushioning foams, while the latter is an update of the brand’s bouncy Air cushioning whose placement at both ends of the shoe served to distribute the wearer’s weight. Bringing together the two made the Zoom Vomero 5 both responsive and remarkably lightweight, weighing in at a mere 328 grams. This all added up to a shoe that was stylish, sporty and outstandingly comfortable.

    Following its second resurgence, the Nike Zoom Vomero 5 became a beloved fan favourite, both amongst the running community and casual wearers, with some declaring it the most comfortable Nike sneaker of all time. More colourways were released, including a notable design that saw elements of the iconic Dunk Low integrated into its makeup. It even received the honour of its own Doernbecher model in collaboration with a patient from Oregon’s famous children’s hospital, only something reserved for the very top Nike lines. With a radiant crimson, orange and yellow colourway, this shoe is already being sold for more than its original price on retail sites, as are many Vomero 5 designs, thus emphasising its stunning popularity.

    From starting out as a classic running sneaker to becoming a sought after fashion item, the Vomero 5 has had a remarkable life so far. Fans of the original might have assumed that they would never see it return, given the fate of many modern sneakers, but its captivating aesthetic and extraordinary performance design allowed it to achieve not just one but two comebacks. Today, the rejuvenated Nike Zoom Vomero 5 is still riding high on its latest return to the limelight, and it’s entirely possible that this time it’s here to stay.

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