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NIKE AIR MAX
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The Air Max 97 is the golden revival of a 90s classic. The fluid yet reflective lines that shape the shoe were inspired by Japan’s bullet trains and its early venture into full-length Max Air cushioning.


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AIR MAX 1 JEWEL UNIVERSITY BLUE AVAILABLE IN STORE + ONLINE 13TH JUL This new release is in perfect time for Summer and set to sell out in minutes. The iconic renditions that first showcased the Jewel motif, this design features a chunky embossed Swoosh. Premium white compliments this pair with blue coloured mudguards and the same tonal shade used for the branding at the rear. What sets the new version apart from the classic is the sole unit? a visible blue Max Air unit and a translucent outsole.


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Air Max Evolution In 1987, Nike Air technology was born with the release of the Nike Air Max 1,
the first shoe to put innovation on full display. Showing the world the Visible Air unit, which gave birth to a franchise that forever altered the course of sneakers.
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1987

The shoe that started it all
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The shoe that started it all. The Air Max 87 was the first shoe with visible Nike Air. The primary developer on the shoe was Mark Parker and the designer was Tinker Hatfield, an all-star cast by all accounts.

At the time, Nike Air was nothing new. Introduced in 1978 in the Nike Air Tailwind, the "Air-Sole" unit was hidden in foam. Many people thought the idea to make air visible was outlandish but Hatfield and the team pushed forward and the Air Max '87 was born.

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1990

An eye-catching shade of red
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The Nike Air Max 90 was an evolution from the original 1987 Air Max with updated features including a bigger visible air window, a flex groove outsole and an eye-catching shade of red that highlighted these updates. The shoe's radiant shade of red, would later become known as "infared." The color remains synonymous with the Air Max 90.

This installment of the Air Max family featured a larger volume of Nike Air than its predecessors. However, its fluid aesthetic that evoked forward motion was the defining feature.

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1991

By Tinker Hatfield and Bruce Kilgore
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The Air Max 180 was born from the collective minds of Tinker Hatfield and Air Force 1 designer Bruce Kilgore. The two legends set out to make the Air Max unit visible from the outsole to the midsole, highlighting 180 degrees of cushioning.

The upper featured a new stretch dynamic inner sleeve that flexed with the foot while the molded heel counter provided support. The forefoot grooves were an early experiment in natural motion. Breakthrough aside, it was considered heavy and offered less-than-desired transition.

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1991

Heavy but comfortable ride
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In 1991 Nike released two pinnacle Air Max products the Air Max 180 and this Air Max BW (Big Window) in Fall 1991.

Like in the Air Max 90, the Visible Air heel and encapsulated forefoot air in the Air Max BW resulted in a heavy but comfortable ride. The shoe's moniker "Big Window" is due to the enlarged visible air window.

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1993

An artistic celebration of Air technology
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A neoprene liner and the first fully-visible heel air wedge gave this 1993 Nike Air Max its unique look and style. Using the Air Max 90's flex groove outsole. Tinker Hatfield pushed the visible air bag to the limit with the Air Max 93.

Tinker Hatfield created the Air Max 93 to be an artistic celebration of Air technology. The blow-molded 270 degree cushioning unit was visible around the entire heel would be affectionately dubbed “the bubble." The precision-engineered Air-Sole was inspired by plastic milk jugs, created completely new standards of cushioning and became the cornerstone for visible air.

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1994

The first dual pressure heel bag
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Ride is defined as the athlete’s perception of how a shoe feels from an overall performance standpoint when it makes contact with a running surface. The components of ride include flexibility, transition, weight and overall comfort.

The Air Max2 is included in Nike’s history of ride because it was the first dual pressure heel bag in full length polyurethane.
The result was elevated center heights and added weight.

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1995

Inspired by the human body
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The stylish Nike Air Max 95 earned praise for its look and comfort and was the first shoe to incorporate a visible forefoot air bag. This new approach to cushioning brought runners increased comfort and support with dual air units. The flex groove pattern and a higher, colored midsole were also firsts for this Air Max. These traits drastically departed from traditional running shoe designs.

The silhouette was inspired by the human body with the midsole representing the base of the spin, serving as the backbone of the design. Nylon eyelets represented the ribs, while the upper's layered panels and mesh symbolized muscle fibers and flesh.

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1997

The first to use a full-length air bag
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The Air Max 97 was the first shoe to use a full-length, dual-pressured air bag in full-length polyurethane. This resulted in a heavier shoe. Starting with silver the fluid design took inspiration from Tokyo's lightning-fast bullet trains. Reflective piping gave the Air Max 97 a look that amplified in the right light.

The shoe design fit in well during this period where music, movies and style adopted the maximalist approach. The shoe has since become an era-defining design classic.

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1998

Another full-length Max Air unit
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This is the second Air Max release of 98. The Air Max 98 introduced Tuned Air to the Nike Air Max. This Spring release featured a slightly different upper design and colorway. Like the Air Max 97, the 98 featured full-length Max Air technology. The two lace loops at the forefoot were designed to provide optimal fit.

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2006

20 years after the original Air Max
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The revolutionary Air Max 360 launched in 2006. Its design utilized visible Max Air throughout the shoe’s midsole.

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2015

Plenty of soft, flexible cushioning
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In 2015 the Air Max line expanded yet again with the Air Max 2015. The update included Flywire tchnology as well as elevate features from the 2014 version. The seamless mesh upper got lighter and more breathable. And new features included an internal bootie, and a sculpted Cushlon midsole.

The Nike Air Max 2015 Men’s Running Shoe puts plenty of soft, flexible cushioning between you and the unforgiving ground for exceptional comfort throughout your run.

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2015

The One before the 1
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Nike Design Director Graeme McMillan came upon an old sketch by legendary designer Tinker Hatfield that pre-dated Hatfield’s iconic Air Max 1 model. According to Hatfield, the sketch was literally ahead of its time.

The key detail of this unrealised trainer is the visible Air Unit that sits on the heel, for the upper Tinker used the Sock Racer technology and added support with an external strap that wraps around the heel.

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NEW COLOURWAYS
The Air VaporMax represents a new era in Nike innovation. The designers wanted to truly capture the feeling of "running on air", by restructuring the Air unit so they could attach it directly to the upper.

New colours of this revolutionary sneaker emerge in a 'PALE GREY' and 'ASPHALT'. The Air VaporMax is built to thrive on the tarmac as well as make a stamp on streetwear.
THE FUTURE IS IN YOUR HANDS
Nike has selected 12 of the world's most influential creatives to reimagine the new Air Max. No rules. One winner. One completely new Air Max.

Like the original Air Max, these designs challenge the status quo and embrace the spirit of creative revolution. Check out the designs from these 12 creators and vote for the Air Max you want to see Nike offer.
ONES OF 1
After forever changing footwear in 1987 with visible Air cushioning, the Air Max 1 would go on to become a collector’s dream. The decades following would birth countless icons through collaborations and rich storytelling.

These designs would gain a following of collectors that spanned the entire globe, quickly becoming 'Grails' in the eyes of many. They sparked a chase and the collectors followed, passionately going after each and every coveted drop. Now as the Air Max 1 celebrates its 30th anniversary, some of the most legendary Air Max 1 designs ever released come together to create the Air Max 1 Master. From the heavily praised atmos x Air Max 1 'Safari', to the original Red and Blue editions that started it all, each staple is represented along the Air Max 1’s iconic brand. The premium leather and Swoosh detailing throughout the upper nod to some of the most coveted Air Max 1 styles of the last two decades. Some old, some new, this 1 is for the Masters of Air.
Feeling the Air
The Nike Air VaporMax is all about sophistication through simplicity – very few components. The innovative Air cushioning system is paired with a Nike Flyknit upper that integrates precise support, stretch, breathability and further reduces the shoe’s weight.

The new innovative air system allows for more extreme Air geometries that enable designers to place even more Air directly underfoot. Together, these capabilities solely eliminate the need for traditional foam midsole.
20 YEARS ON
The Air Max 97 was unlike any Air Max runner before it. Its smooth, flowing upper was as appealing as ever, but it was the full-length Air unit below that caught everyone’s attention. Inspired by Japan’s aerodynamic bullet trains, the shoe debuted in a sleek silver-based colourway.

This classic retro will be making reappearance in the early Spring, 20 years on from its first release back in 1997.
IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY
On 26 March 2017, we observe Air Max Day and mark the 30th anniversary of the Air Max 1, the shoe that pushed Air Innovation to new heights. To celebrate, a mix of retros, remixes and innovations will be released through the month of March.

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