The Nike Vapormax is one of Nike’s most popular shoe models, known for its unique and comfortable air bubble sole. However, the air bubbles can sometimes pop or deflate over time. Fixing a deflated Vapormax bubble is easy to do at home with just a few simple steps and items.
How to Fix the Air Bubble in Nike Vapormax Shoes (What You Need)
- Nike Vapormax shoe with deflated bubble
- Bike tire patch kit or shoe glue
- Sandpaper or emery board
Step 1: Locate the Deflated Bubble Turn the Vapormax shoe over and locate the clear air bubble that is deflated. The deflated bubble may appear sunken or misshapen compared to surrounding bubbles.
Step 2: Deflate the Bubble Fully Use a pin or needle to pop the deflated bubble, letting all remaining air escape. Make sure to push the pin through the center of the bubble to avoid damaging other areas of the sole.
Step 3: Rough Up the Bubble Surface
Use sandpaper or an emery board to rough up the smooth surface of the popped bubble. This helps the glue adhere properly in the next steps. Avoid sanding any other area of the sole.
Step 4: Apply Bike Tire Patch or Shoe Glue Following the instructions on the package, apply a bike tire patch or a few small drops of strong shoe glue to the roughened surface of the popped bubble. Use tweezers to avoid getting glue on other areas.
Step 5: Smooth Down the Patch and Allow Drying Once glued, place a weight like a book on top of the shoe to flatten the patch over the hole. Allow 24 hours for thorough drying before wearing. The patched bubble will reinflate with air over time.
Step 6: Trim Excess Glue or Patch Use scissors to carefully trim off any excess dried glue or overlap from the bike tire patch along the bubble seam line.
And that’s it! With a few inexpensive supplies and a little time, you can easily fix a popped Nike Vapormax air bubble at home. Your repaired shoe will be ready for comfortable wear once again.