Much of how Nike creates its game-changing footwear products have been kept hidden behind closed door within its Beaverton, Oregon-based headquarters. Well in a surprising change of heart, the major sportswear giant has decided to offer up a glimpse at its AIR Manufacturing Innovation Facility, where last years’ technological addition to the brand’s roster of innovation–the VaporMax sole–was conceived. The sole unit has since found its way on to highly coveted models like the monochromatic Nike VaporMax for COMME des GARÇONS.
The glimpse into the AIR facility comes by way of the above 1-minute video titled “Fresh Air from Oregon,” which showcases just how complex the making of the Nike VaporMax sole unit is, where 30,000 parts are used to make just one unit. The video also reveals that 3.5 million AIR units are produced, where 90% of its waste material is recycled, and it boasts several hundred patents for its design. In addition to the video, Nike has also put out images that candidly show the process of the Nike VaporMax being made. Enjoy the video in the jump above, as well as the images in the following gallery.