Throughout the years Air Max underwent a lot of changes. There’s one thing that remained the same and that’s the air. (Besides the fact that AM is still a sneaker, obviously.) Many versions have been successfully introduced and reintroduced. Behold the evolution of one of Nike’s most epic sneakers.
Air Max 1 – 1987
To relive the birth of the Air Max 1 we have to go all the way back to 1987. In the beginning of the 80’s Nike hired Tinker Hatfield as their architect to design buildings on one of their campuses. Putting him in the right environment apparently highlighted some other talents. In ’85 he began designing footwear upon request and it was Hatfield who created the first Air Max. Funny note: he was inspired by Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris when he created the sneaker.
Air Max Light – 1989
The Air Max Light a.k.a the Air Max II was released two years after AM1. Both look were more or less the same, the only major difference was the weight. AM2 was lighter thanks to the forefoot polyurethane midsole that was replaced with one made of EVA foam.
Air Max 90 – 1990
AM90 became mostly famous because of its well chosen combination of colors. The original colorway with infrared details was created to highlight the thickness of the sole air cushion.