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Nike Air Max 1

Multicolor Nike Air Max Sneakers

The Nike Air Max 1 debuted in 1987 with a clear plastic window, or bubble, that displayed the inner-workings of Nikes Air Sole cushioning platform. The columned Air chambers displayed in the bubble had been in use by Nike for nearly a decade but remained hidden until the release of the Nike Air Max 1. The exposed design was inspired by the architecture of the Centre Pompidou museum in Paris, namely, the large exterior windows exposing the clear tube-like walkway chambers running along the buildings faade. The shoe continues to be revisited to this day in countless new color combinations and materials, as well as through modernized reconstructions.

How has the design of the Air Bubble

changed since the release of the Air Max 1?

Nike had to redesign the Air Cushion chamber for the Nike Air Max 1 by widening the traditional Air pouch to give the columns a more rigid appearance. Nike then carved out the sides of the midsole to reveal a column of the soles Air cushioning to show off how Nike's air-filled technology works. Air cushioning technology replaced traditional molded EVA soles with gas-filled urethane pouches that look like tubes. While the air pocket on the classic Air Max 1 may look dated from a modern perspective, over time, the air pockets on the Air Max product line became more refined as seen in later releases. The size, design, and the number of air units varies within the product line; the "retro" Air Max 1 simply includes one small unit under the heel, while the biggest and boldest Air Max bubbles (found on the Air VaporMax and Air Max 270) have midsoles composed entirely of air units with no conventional foam present.

Animal Print Nike Air 1 Sneakers for Men

What colorways are available

for the Nike Air Max 1?

The Nike Air Max 1 have been the fashion sneakers for bold experiments with color and texture. Unique colorways of these low-top fashion sneakers include:

  • The Chinese New Year mixes bold solids with patterns and is buffed to a high shine
  • The Air Max 1 Tokyo Maze colorway features geometric art shapes across the upper
  • The Air Max 1 Chinatown New York catches the eye with a multi-colored sole and contrast stitching in the upper
  • The Have a Nike Day features a soft suede upper and a more subdued palette
Red and Blue Nike Air Max 1 Sneakers

What unique features of the Nike Air Max 1 set it apart?

Although originally designed as an athletic shoe, the colorful sneakers quickly became a mainstay for casual wearers due to their bright original colorways in white with red or blue accents, but most importantly, because of the Air bubble. With nylon and synthetic felt upper and sleek color lines, the athletic sneakers design draws attention to the heel. For those looking for durable streetstyle sneakers with a preference for leather, a version was released in 1988 with an entirely leather upper. Unique features of the Nike Air Max 1 include:

  • Nike Air Cushioning technology in the sole prominently displayed by clear plastic bubbles in the midsole
  • Nylon/synthetic felt upper or all leather upper
  • Bold colorways in sleek lines that draw attention to the prominent heel
Nike Air Max 1 Sneakers

Nike Air Max 1 vs. Reebok Pump

Nike Air Max 1 Reebok Pump
Fit A little small True to size
Generations 94 28
Closures Laces Laces
Release Year 1987 1989

Does the Nike Air Max 1 fit true to size?

The Nike Air Max 1 fits true to size and is available in unisex sizing so a mens US 11 should order a mens US 11 sneaker. The design of the Nike Air Max 1 accommodates wide feet. However, the comfort level varies from model to model. The original Nike Air Max 1 is comfortable for all-day use. This silhouette is a collectible models for sneakerheads, from the original release in 1987 to limited-edition collaborations between Nike and artists from around the globe.

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