On March 26, 2017, Air Max 1 celebrates the 30th anniversary of the shoe that pushed Air Innovation to new heights. Thirty years after the shoes made a revolution, the brand has asked three designers from different fields to put their own stamp on the model. Marc Newson, Riccardo Tisci and Arthur Huang were choosen to show their versions of iconic trainers. Industrial designer Newson has combined Nike’s Flyknit material and Vapormax soles made entirely from air-filled pockets to create the NikeLab Air Vapormax. The shoe has a moccasin construction, joining a leather chassis and velcro strap frame to a pre-moulded sockliner. Nike said it provides “a lightweight and responsive underfoot feel”.
Italian fashion designer Tisci is behind the NikeLab Air Max 97 X RT. His version features an elevated mid-cut and a concealed zip pocket on the tongue. A translucent milky-white outsole contrasts with the synthetic leather and suede underlays of the upper, and the design is finished with foil accents.
Taiwanese architect and engineer who co-founded eco-design firm Miniwiz showed his vision of the 1990s Air Max. NikeLab Air Max 1 Ultra 2.0 x Arthur Huang are the lightest ever Air Max 1, designed using only recycled materials.
Tisci’s designs will cost $200 (£163), Huang’s will be available for $250 (£204) and Newson’s will be sold at $275 (£225). All three versions will be available to purchase in limited numbers from 26 March 2017.