On March 26th, 1987, Nike launched Air Max 1. It was the first shoe ever to feature the now-iconic ‘window into the sole,’ visibly showcasing the brand’s innovative air cushion technology. The original silhouette, created by sneaker design rockstar Tinker Hatfield, has also achieved icon status.
On this, the 33rd anniversary of this remarkable footwear, we’d like to join our friends at Nike in celebrating Air Max Day by sharing some of our favorite designs and why they top our list.
The Nike Air Max 180 Opium is the top pick for [ 2 one 5 ] Founder and CCO Nik Greenblatt: “This pair specifically I love for the integration of the desert storm camo balanced by the pop color and infrared.”
Accounts Manager and Producer Brendon Riley cites the Parra x Nike Air Max 1, saying, “They’re my favorite because of the Parra’s highly saturated color scheme and loud patterns.”
Senior Web Developer “Finn” (AKA Haveboard) brings our attention to the oft copied, never duplicated Air Max 95 OG. For more info on the influence of this shoe on skate culture, check out Eric Koston’s Nike Air Max episode of Footnotes.
Motion + Video Producer Jackie Papanier says, “I’d always rather be at the beach so it’s no surprise my favorite shoe is the [Air Max] Plus. The Plus is the ocean neatly bundled into a sneaker. Palm trees swaying, the sunset and the ocean are written all over this vibrant shoe.”
Finally, Executive Creative Director Kris Blake goes old school, naming the Air Max 1 Anniversary as his top pick. He said he was always a fan of the shoe’s silhouette.
Enjoy more Nike Air Max designs and learn about what’s dropping next at Nike News.
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