If you’re an Air Max fan, then you’re bound to have a pair of Nike Air Max 95’s in your closet. But, do you know the history behind the iconic shoe? We take a look at the trainer from it’s birth in … 1995.
We take a look at one of Nike’s most iconic silhouettes, the Air Max 95. With an array of colourways, collaborations and significant drops, we have a look into a trainer that has a lot of history.
The Nike Air Max 95
The Nike Air Max 95 Essential Men’s Shoe is made with the lightweight cushioning that made the original famous, and its updated design creates a streamlined look
- Leather and mesh upper with synthetic overlays for comfort, support and ventilation
- Full-length PU midsole for lightweight cushioning
- Visible Air-Sole units for cushioning and maximum impact protection
- Rubber Waffle outsole for multi-surface traction and durability
- Extra cushioning in the collar and ankle enhance comfort
- Flex grooves for natural range of motion
Designer Sergio Lozano looked at the structure and sinews of the human anatomy to create this classic silhouette. The first colour way that was produced was a gradient grey monotone with neon accents running across the design. For the 20th anniversary of the design Nike brought back the original colourway to celebrate the OG silhouette.
In a time where Nike basketball sneakers were dominated the trainer market, Lozano wanted to strip back to the roots of creating a great running shoe.
I was looking across the lake out into the trees and I began picturing the process of rain eroding the earth and thought it would be interesting if the perfect product was unearthed by erosion
– Sergio Lozano, Designer
The gradient grey symbolises eroding rock, but also was calculated choice to avoid the appearance of dirt and mud. Lozano was warned that the “volt” colourway would not sell, however, he was determined to stick to his vision. The neon signature resembles the traditional Nike running kits. The original design did not include the swoosh detailing as Lozano believed the shoe spoke for itself, however later editions featured the swoosh on the side panel as well as the sign off at the back.
If this shoe couldn’t get anymore iconic, it was the first Nike trainer to feature the visible air bubble in the forefront, and to have a black midsole.
Original Release Date:
Original Model Name:
Nike Air Max 95 (after the year it was released)
Key Drop Variations:
Nike Air Max 95 Sneakerboot Pack
This drop came in the ever so coveting all black Air Max 95 colourway, but also in a trusty beige for all your camo accessorising needs.
Nike Air Max 95 Ultra Neon
These Nike Air Max 95 no sew are an update of the original style, featuring the original neon but flipping the gradient from dark to light.
Nike Air Max 95 White/Black
Stussy x Nike Air Max 95 Blue
Nike Air Max 95 Team Red
Where to buy a pair of Nike Air Max 95
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