25 years ago Nike changed running sneakers and cushioning with the introduction of the Air Max 87 or the Air Max 1 as it is now more commonly known as. The first time a visible air unit was used, the design from famed Nike designer Tinker Hatfield. From that point forward each upgraded version of the Air Max featured a more upgraded air unit and superior cushioning. But up until six years ago every sneaker sporting the Air Max name was created using a combination of foam and visible air unit. That is until the beginning of the year 2006 when the Air Max 360 was released to the world.
Nike Air Max 360 Original colorway uploaded by ciuffo
The first Air Max model created that had no foam on the midsole and was all Nike Air. A major advancement in Nike cushioning the new sneaker was the center of global attention. The anticipation of the release of the new sneaker was pushed by the Nike’s creation of special packs. The History of Air pack was the most available, sold at most Nike retailers. For this pack Nike took the original men’s and women’s colorways of the Air Max 1, Air Max 90, Air Max 180, Air Max 93, Air Max 95, Air Max 97 and Air Max ’03 and retroed them for the world. Other special packs were released in select locations worldwide at the same time to coincide with the release of the Air Max 360.
Nike Women’s Air Max 360 Original colorway uploaded by Lady Sneakerhead
Six years later Nike has constantly improved on the full 360 sole. Now it is fully uncaged and even more stable then before. The new Air Max 2012 is now available and we are anticipating to see it on the wiki shortly. But it’s nice to pay homage to the sneaker that was the basis for the newer Air Max lineups.