Reviewed & updated: October 19, 2022 by Jamie Wilson BA
The first trainer to feature the Nike Air technology was the Nike Air Max 1, this trainer changed the way we think of trainers to this day. Here’s a brief look at the history behind it.
Tinker Hatfield changed the sneaker game forever with this pair of trainers. This design was the first to feature the air bubble unit outside of the shoe, and ever since then the Air Max has become of the best selling designs that Nike has ever made. Within the past few years Nike have pushed the Air Technology, now their are many variations of the Air Max 1’s in different colours, style and designs.
The Nike Air Max 1
The first in the Air Max series, the pair, designed by Tinker Hatfield takes inspiration from the Pompidou Centre in Paris. Featuring a lightweight mesh upper, with colour changing leather panels – reacting in the sun and UV light to change from off-white to blue. The pair is completed with swoosh branding to the side walls, and sits upon a visible Air unit midsole
- Textile and synthetic suede for premium durability
- Max Air heel unit provides soft cushioning
- Waffle rubber outsole for durable traction
The Nike Air Max 1 is another Tinker Hatfield creation, and thanks to him we saw a development in Nike technology and some ground breaking shoes were created. When Hatfield first showed the Air Max 1 to the marketing team at Nike they were stumped by the “hole in side”, and were not too sure how to market them. Through their doubts Nike still released the shoe, and since then have done their biggest numbers to date.
The Nike Air sole units first appeared on the scene in the late 70’s. In 1987 the Nike Air Max debuted with visible air in it’s heel, inspired from the Pompidou Centre in Paris. The Air-Sole comfort soon became a sneaker icon with athletic, celebrities and collectors co-signing the design. With a catalogue of offspring colour-ways and collaborations the Air Max has cemented itself as a Nike fans staple.
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Black Nike Air Max 1
There are many variations of the Nike Air Max 1, and since it’s inception the black ones have been made in different colourways, textures and styles.
Red Nike Air Max 1
The premium Pimento (right) dropped in 2012 and is still one of the freshest red colourways that has dropped.
White Nike Air Max 1
If you can keep your trainers clean than an all white pair of Air Max 1’s is ideal. The essential range are premium leather and are close to the original design.
Nike Air Max 1 Premium
The premium Nike Air Max are for the luxe sneakerheads of there. Ranging in suede, leather and textures these trainers will make you stand out from your average joe.
Where to buy a pair of Nike Air Max 1
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