Nike Is Bringing Back Two Hugely Influential Air Maxes
With Nike Air Max Day—otherwise known as March 26, the day the first Air Max was released in 1987—just under two months away, the Swoosh is rereleasing a whole slew of Air Max goodness. Last month, we gave you a closer look at the newest silhouette in the lineup, the 270. Now, we're going hands-on with the two models that inspired it: the 93 and the 180.
The Nike Air Max 180 features a 180-degree exposed air unit on its heel—the first shoe of its kind to take advantage of the unit as a portion of the outsole. (For the logical conclusion of that experiment, look no further than last year's Air VaporMax, which turned the entire midsole and outsole into an air unit.) The "Ultramarine" colorway was last released in 2013, but now it's back in all its innovative glory.
Along with the 180, this week sees the return of Tinker Hatfield's Nike Air Max 93 in the OG "Dusty Cactus" colorway. Said to be one of his personal favorites, it was the first to display a wraparound visible air unit on the heel of the shoe.
Both silhouettes were instrumental in the creation of the 270—but they also stand on their own as key moments in sneaker history. They're available now.
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